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If missed yesterdays superb WonderCon footage from Guillermo del Toro’s epic futuristic creature feature, Pacific Rim, make sure sure you click on the link immediately. We’ve been excited at the prospect of massive mechanical man-made monsters taking on colossal Kaiji creatures but it was a trailer that blew many away and suggested that del Toro could have yet another masterpiece on hands. Only this time in the big-budget department, rather than his own personal projects that gave us the likes of Cronos and Pans Labyrinth.
This new banner certainly shows the same jaw-dropping scope and vision.
Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke. It hits cinemas from 12th July.
Cancel the apocalypse, as this is going to be blooming epic!
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- Craig Hunter
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Ghostly apparitions haunt a rural orphanage in The Devil's Backbone.
Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy (Fernando Tielve) who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets.
The ever-adept Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us—as would his later Pan’s Labyrinth—that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film contain the following features:
• New 2K digital film restoration, »
Already an inductee into the Collection thanks to a lavish release of his debut film Cronos, illustrious home video distributor Criterion has set a July 30th release date for Guillermo Del Toro’s haunting, Spanish Civil War set-horror The Devil’S Backbone! The Blu-ray & DVD will be fittingly graced with the mark of the beast, spine #666! Can I get a hail satan?!
As expected by Criterion standards, the disc is going to be packed to the brims with bonus features, and of course will look & sound incredible with the all new 2K transfer & 5.1 DTS-hd track. Plus, the cover art is supplied by none other than Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Here’s a break down of all the goodies included:
New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary featuring Del Toro Video »
- Justin Edwards
Since breaking into Hollywood with his horror movie Cronos, Guillermo del Toro continued his love of horror movies with Pan's Labryinth, The Devil's Backbone, Mimic and his most recent Mama. The Mexican director shares three tips to making a classic horror movie.
The Hellboy and Blade II director tells CineMovie he prefers old-fashion scares over just "killing off" people for a body count. For the Mexican native, these three elements are important to a horror film.
1. Emotionally relatable characters
2. A style in the scares or killings
3. Find new ways to tell classic stories
Del Toro's horror films nearly always include children as the protagonists starting with Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labrynth and his most recent film, Mama which he executive produced from new director Read more »
★★☆☆☆ Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the visionary filmmaker responsible for putting Spanish-language fantasy back on the map with efforts such as Cronos, The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, Andrés Muschietti's Mama (2013) has clearly taken its cues not only from del Toro's own back catalogue, but also the cinematic tradition of pans-European/Japanese horror. Sadly, this particular Spanish-Canadian co-production never quite feels like the sum of its parts, devolving disappointingly into a nuts 'n' bolts chiller with sparse originality of its own. Like a fairground ghost train, the more we understand the mechanics behind its scares, the less effective they become.
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- CineVue UK
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99, Five-Disc Blu-ray 3D $44.95
Studio: Warner Home Video
Martin Freeman (TV’s The Office) takes over the role of Bilbo Baggins, a sensible hobbit who gets pulled into an unexpected adventure with a group of dwarves (including Richard Armitage, Captain America: The First Avenger) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen, X-Men: The Last Stand) to reclaim the stolen mountain from a dragon called Smaug.
Jackson and the rest of his adaptation writing team from The Lord of the Rings, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, tackled Tolkien’s earlier book, the story of how Bilbo (played in Lotr by Ian Holm) became the adventurous hobbit we know and love. The screenplay also was co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos), who was »
"The Weekend Rent" offers quick-hit suggestions of what to watch at home to get psyched for new releases in theaters, on Fridays. Unlike other producers that lend their names to productions for which they have little involvement, Guillermo del Toro takes a personal interest in the movies he shepherds through development. The director of Pan's Labyrinth, Cronos and Hellboy knows firsthand how to get under the skin with fantastical imagery, and the directors he backs as a producer seem to be on the same page. Look at director Andre Muschetti's freaky Mama, which is now playing in theaters everywhere. Based on Muschetti's 2008 short film of the same name, Mama stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as woman tasked with helping to raise her boyfriend's...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Last night the following trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (7/2) found its way online after it played the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It also just so happens that last night, before my screening of Gangster Squad, the previously released trailer for the film played and I have got to say, if it was supposed to get me to want to see the movie, it failed big time. Giant, human-controlled robots clashing against alien monsters that have come to Earth via portals in the Earth's core? Seriously? And their goal is to... what... smash all the bridges? I also noticed in this new trailer the same final scene plays in which one of the robots spins through the air, crashes through a bridge, lands on a shipping container dock and slides to a stop. Wow! Exciting! Sorry, I'm just not on board with this one. I've seen Transformers and I've seen Real Steel, »
- Brad Brevet
Guillermo del Toro really, really wants to make something involving the H.P. Lovecraft mythos, but circumstances (namely the economy) just keep it from happening. First, it was his "Mountains of Madness" adaptation which died a quick death at Universal who were gun-shy about spending a couple of hundred million on an R-rated horror movie, and then there was "inSANE," the Volition-developed title which died a quick death as Thq's financial fortunes took a dramatic turn last year.
But according to a Toronto Sun piece, there might be hope that "inSANE" could live again at another publisher.
“We are in talks with a very, very big company. I can’t say who, but it’s one of the big ones. They really responded to the game, they responded to what we were trying,” del Toro told the Sun last week while doing press for "Pacific Rim." The "Hellboy" and "Cronos" director »
- Charles Webb
Back in mid-December I updated the upcoming schedule for the RopeofSilicon Movie Club due to the holidays, award season and an attempt to find a way to rejuvenate the club. Well, considering I'm trying to put together a list of my Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 to begin posting next week there is no chance I can prepare a Movie Club article for Monday. On top of that, I was getting a sense of general disinterest in discussing Wings of Desire anyway. Suffice to say, there will not be a Movie Club discussion this Monday and I have actually removed Wings of Desire from the calendar altogether, though if you're interested in discussing that film you can always click here for my review of the Blu-ray from 2009 and we can discuss. I'm game if you are. This brings me to the idea of the Movie Club overall. First off, I »
- Brad Brevet
10 items from 2013
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