Released by Universal
Release Date: Oct. 16th, 2015 (Theatrical)
Feb. 9th, 2016 (Blu-ray)
Region Code: Region Free
Run Time: 1h 59m
Audio: English: DTS:X
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
English: DTS Headphone:X
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Video: 1080p (1.85:1 Aspect Ratio)
Just the Features is a new feature that will focus on the special features of a dvd or blu-ray. I am not an audio nor a videophile so I focus on what I can review: Special Features.
Deleted Scenes (4:26 1080p) with a PLAY ALL function
-Father Consoles Daughter
-Thomas Sees a Ghost
-Lucille at the Piano
None of these deleted scenes are missing. They were cut for good reason. They would have bogged down already existing scenes.
After clicking on the resting of the special features we are met with a red key. Above the key is a quote from Guillermo del Toro relating to the subject of that feature.
I Remember Crimson Peak (1080p)
The following four featurettes make up I Remember Crimson Peak:
-The Gothic Corridor (4:08 1080p)
-The Scullery (4:24 1080p)
-The Red Clay Mines (5:18 1080p)
-The Limbo Fog Set (5:42 1080p)
With these featurettes we are given greater detail about each of the areas mentioned. The Gothic Corridor was the most interesting one. Del Toro shows us how he was able to make what is essentially a hallway, scary. Not only that but we are also given a great feeling for the house which I the centerpiece of the entire movie.
A Primer of Gothic Romance (5:36 1080p) Here del Toro and the cast give us a quick recap of what a "Gothic Romance" is and how it applies to the movie.
The Light and the Dark (7:53 1080p) Every movie that del Toro makes has a scheme going on. Everything has to be working together in order to get the scheme to work. If the costume isn't right or the set design is a little bit off, the entire movie can crumble. With many directors this would not be an issue, but with del Toro, everything matters, even the things that we can't see.
Hand Tailored Gothic (8:58 1080p) del Toro and the costume designer talk about how the costumes come alive in Crimson Peak and what the different looks to the characters mean. I do not know much about costume design so I found this featurette very interesting.
Beware Crimson Peak (7:51 1080p) Star Tom Hiddleston takes us on a tour of the Sharpe House 'before they destroy the set forever. The set is huge and gorgeous and Hiddleston has a fun time telling us about each area. As he takes us to an area, we are treated to some behind-the-scenes footage of some scenes that were shot there. I liked the tour aspect, but I loved that we got to see the area and then some footage of the a scene being shot. It adds more the movie. Also, the set is just magnificent.
Crimson Phantoms (7:02 1080p) Here we get to see the inspiration for the ghosts of the movie and we see how they were shot. I loved this because when the movie came out, people were complaining that del Toro used way too much CGI and that the ghosts should have been done practically. Here we find out that the ghosts were done practically, with people inside suits, and then CGI was used to enhance the ghost.
Audio Commentary with Guillermo del Toro If ever there was a feature that would be sorely missing from a Guillermo del Toro dvd or blu-ray it would the commentary. Del Toro is one of the best commentators out there, giving us all the information that we need, along with his thought process while making the move. This is another commentary that is not to be missed.
I was a little let down by the features on this disc. Almost every del Toro disc comes with mountains of behind-the-scenes footage and stories that could go on for days, but here we are given the scraps. The biggest missing feature here is a documentary. Sure, we get the little featurettes, but nothing, outside of the commentary, runs more that ten minutes. All together, I think that we are given about an hour's worth of material here. Save for the commentary itself, the rest seems like it was taken from something bigger.