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Pan's Labyrinth Blu-ray

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El Laberinto del Fauno New Line Cinema | 2006 | 119 min | Rated R | Dec 26, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth (Blu-ray)
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Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Imaginary27%
Fantasy21%
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Pan's Labyrinth

 (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother. But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

For more about Pan's Labyrinth and the Pan's Labyrinth Blu-ray release, see Pan's Labyrinth Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones, Álex Angulo
Director: Guillermo del Toro

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Pan's Labyrinth Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Pan's Labyrinth is presented in 1.85 widescreen with a VC-1 transfer that every time I checked was running at about 18 Mb/s.
So how does the transfer compare to the 35mm presentation I saw? Well New Line's Blu-ray is assuredly clearer, contrastier, more colorful, and solid that the subtitled film print. The clarity, specially in the night scenes and underground in the faun's lair is impressive. I saw things, details, for example, in the faun's "costume" that I didn't see in the theater. Specially pleasing was to see aspects of his eyes that were sharp, liquid and more vivid that I hadn't noticed previously. If the dark shots look so good, the full-daylight shots, like the one where the car caravan arrives, look almost hyper-real: Vidal's skin detail when we first see him impatiently waiting for the mother carrying his child to arrive is unnerving. With the heightened clarity his beady calculating eyes seem more malignant and disturbing specially when he smirks. The colors be it golden oranges or night blues and greens are solid and sometimes emboldened, the red blood much stronger than I saw on the theatrical print. There's almost no grain to be found. To those that like their Blu-rays to have no grain, the transfer will look perfect and be most satisfying. Apparently some grain scrubbing has been done for this transfer and it does give the film a different feel than the theatrical presentation I saw. Purist might not be pleased, but there's no denying , the lack of grain gives the film a different look, more immediate, more in your face, than the slightly grainy faded look I saw on the theater screen. The theatrical was more mystic, more dreamlike. The Blu-ray is more visceral. Instead of having the impression of seeing something filmed long ago, it feels more like watching something happening now. Does this change the movie? Maybe. I'd think first time viewers might cringe a little more from the realism of the BD. And at the same time the faun and magical creatures look a little bit more real than something coming out from a shadow.



As a purist myself I like the grain to be preserved, specially if I worry that the image might lose sharpness in the process, but as this is a 1.85 film , with more than 1000 vertical lines, and I watch it at the same 2PH vertical image height viewing distance that I watch 800 pixel Scope BD movies and movies at the theater, there's still enough sharpness to present a good image. In fact the BD, as I've said is sharper than in the theater, while the theater has a softer, less hard edged image with maybe a little more detail and the grain. Surprisingly you can see on one of the trailers more grain which will give you an idea of how a different transfer would look. Those who watch at farther viewing distances than me (like 3 PH or 4) they will have to admit the current BD has an impressive clean colorful image.

Talking about color, Guillermo mentions how precisely the color palette of this film was planned, how the real world was given cold and grey colors and how the fantasy world was warm and red and golden, till they intersected at the end of the film, or how the faun's surroundings had moss greens. Well as I've mentioned, the Blu-ray transfer has some very dense colors, and I don't know if it's director approved, but sometimes what he's describing in the commentary doesn't exactly match what is on the screen on the areas he's talking about, while it matches more with the film I saw in the theater. On my first time viewing of the BD I found the "real world" exterior scenes more colorful, not the "grey" and muted he mentions, or in the interiors bathed in a golden light, particularly the orange tones in the actors skin colors in those scenes, where the orange color was so strong, they looked more like they've been sunning in Benidorm or Marbella than the normally pale skin tones of those living in northern Spain. The night scenes in the rain also looked more intensely blue. I asked one of my reviewer companions who saw the movie with me in the theater about this and we agreed on that. Sometimes, it seemed that some of the colors on the images of the trailer that I mentioned before appear to be more in tune (paler/greyed real life, golden fantasy, blue/green filtered moss, etc) with what Guillermo describes. I do know that when transferring from an original element the colors can be purer than in the duped subtitled print elements used in exhibition.


Pan's Labyrinth Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The movie has a single DTS HD master Audio 7.1 soundtrack and it's in the original Spanish language. (There's options in the set up menu for subtitles in English, English SDH, español, or none. The translation is a smidgen tamer than what's on the soundtrack). Altho I didn't get to listen to the HD part of the audio, even on the core DTS the movie sounded great and the mix intricate. Much more directional and enveloping that what I experienced on the theater. Compared to the Blu-ray's soundtrack, the theater might as well been blaring in mono. Be it swishes of fairies, whooshing left and right, or delicate insect noises, or hypnotic lullabies that might haunt you later, you could hear lots of detail in the mix, accompanied by music (Javier Navarrete) that evokes a profound melancholy. There's also couple of scary woofer workouts when something unmentionable was banging around which kind of made me jump, I did not jump on the theater in fact I barely heard anything like that there, which is probably why I jumped. Vidal's sweet as hell personality from his voice comes clear as poison from a vial.

One discrepancy that bugged me a little, in a particular scene which everybody that's seen the movie will remember, (and those that haven't yet will wish they didn't), the sound was clearer and you could hear every noise like cracking eggs next to you all too well, but the bass thumping that made you not forget about it, gave me the impression of being tamer in the mix in relation. Maybe it was that my speakers may have clearer sound. But seemed to me that when I heard the commentary track in that same scene the thumping was more prominent. In any case the sounds in the scene will make you wish there wasn't any sound at all ;)


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