The Criterion Collection has announced that they will be bringing us Pan's Labyrinth to blu-ray on October 11th. The film has been available on blu-ray since 2007 from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.
This is a film that is very worthy of the Criterion treatment. They did an outstanding job with Cronos and The Devil's Backbone, both of which are also Guillermo Del Toro films. I know that this will be added to my collection day one.
An Academy Award–winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan's Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Franco's army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child's imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.
Special Features and Specs
-Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 surround DTS- HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-Audio commentary by del Toro from 2007
-New interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan's Labyrinth
-New interview with actor Doug Jones
-Four 2007 making-of documentaries, examining the characters, production, special effects, themes, and music of the film
-Interactive director's notebook
-Footage of actor Ivana Baquero's audition for the film
-Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film's menagerie of creatures
-Programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro's thumbnail sketches with the final film; visual effects work for the Green Fairy; and elements of the film's score
-Trailers and TV spots
PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson