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The Devil's Backbone Blu-ray

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El espinazo del diablo / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 2001 | 108 min | Rated R | Jul 30, 2013

The Devil's Backbone (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.9 of 54.9
Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 4.8 of 54.8
Based on 3 user reviews

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The Devil's Backbone

 (2001)

The Devil's Backbone Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of a fallen Republican war hero, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. The orphanage is run by a curt but considerate headmistress named Carmen and a kindly Professor Casares, both of whom are sympathetic to the doomed Republican cause. Despite their concern for him, and his gradual triumph over the usual schoolhouse bully, Carlos never feels completely comfortable in his new environment. First of all, there was that initial encounter with the orphanage's nasty caretaker, Jacinto, who reacts even more violently when anyone is caught looking around a particular storage room the one with the deep well.

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

Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve
Director: Guillermo del Toro

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The Devil's Backbone Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"Supervised by director Guillermo del Toro and director of photography Guillermo Navarro, this new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on an ARRISCAN film scanner from the original 35mm camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain management, jitter, and flicker.

Transfer supervisors: Guillermo del Toro, Lee Kline, Guillermo Navaro.
Scanning: Deluxe, Spain, Madrid.
Colorist: Bryan McMahan/Modern VideoFilm, Burbank, CA."

The new and approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro high-definition transfer is very impressive. Detail and image depth are dramatically improved, allowing one to essentially experience this very atmospheric film in an entirely new way. During the darker sequences, there are plenty of objects and facial expressions that were previously impossible to see on the DVD release. The far better color reproduction also gives the film a type of look that occasionally reminds of Mario Bava's work. There are no traces of problematic degraining corrections. Sharpening adjustments have not been applied either. Unsurprisingly, from start to finish the film has a very solid, very pleasing organic look. Also, there are absolutely no debris, scratches, dirt, cuts, or warps to report in this review. Compression is also excellent. All in all, I think it is fair to say that Criterion's presentation of The Devil's Backbone will likely remain the film's definition presentation on the home video marketplace for years to come. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Devil's Backbone Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

Depth, clarity, and surround movement are excellent. Even a seemingly random sound or noise can easily be identified while viewing the film. During some of the most atmospheric sequences, surround movement also makes an impression as overall fluidity is indeed outstanding. The dialog is always crisp, exceptionally clear, and very easy to follow. Also, there are no pops, cracks, audio dropouts, or distortions to report in this review. The English translation is excellent.



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