Pan's labyrinth [videorecording] = El laberinto del fauno / Telecinco presenta ; una producción de Estudios Picasso, Tequilla Gang, Esperanto Filmoj ; en asociacion con CaféFX, Inc. ; escrita, producida y dirigida por Guillermo del Toro ; producida por Bertha Navarro ... [et al.].
Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. A young girl goes to live with her mother and her new stepfather on a rural military outpost. Following her discovery of a labyrinth and the local group of resistance fighters, she is involved in a series of strange encounters.
MPAA rating: R; for graphic violence and some language.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2006.
Special features (disc 1) : video prologue (by Del Toro); optional audio commentary (by Del Toro); marketing campaign : poster art stills; marketing campaign : teaser trailer; marketing campaign : theatrical trailer (2 min.); marketing campaign : tv spots (4 min.).
Special features (disc 2) : "The power of myth" featurette (15 min.), "Pan and the fairies = El fauno y las hadas" featurette (31 min.), "The color and the shape" featurette (4 min.), "The lullaby" featurette (6 min.); "Director's notebook" introduction (by Del Toro) (1 min.); "Director's notebook" notes & sketches (14 min.); "Director's notebook" storyboard/thumbnail comparisons (13 min.); creature and prop design gallery; "Human world interiors and exteriors" production design gallery; "Underground realm interiors and exteriors" production design gallery; "Production scrapbook" on-set photos; "Production scrapbook" workshop photos; "The Charlie Rose Show" (Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro González Iñárritu (50 min.); "The Giant Toad", "The Fairies", "Pan", "The Pale Man" DVD comics (4 min.); Mac/Windows DVD-ROM features : production storyboards (644 pgs), production photo browser (282 images), production artwork browser (309 pgs), shooting script (english and spanish versions).
Director of photography, Guillermo Navarro ; editor, Bernat Vilaplana ; music, Javier Navarrete ; [costume designers, Lala Huete, Rocío Redondo ; production designer, Eugenio Caballero ; special effects supervisor, Reyes Abades ; visual effect supervisors, Everett Burrell, Edward Irastorza.].
Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones, Álex Angulo, Federico Luppi, Manolo Solo, César Vea, Roger Casamajor, Ivan Massagué, Gonzalo Uriarte.
DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 EX surround, DTS-ES, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
DVD-ROM requirements: InterActual compatible player; Non-Intel Macs, Windows 98 or later; Internet Explorer; Macromedia flash player 7; DVD-ROM drive; DirectShow compatible DVD decoder; Internet connection.
In Spanish dialogue, with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Closed-captioned in English.
Ariel Awards, 2007: Best direction; best actress (Verdu); best art direction; best cinematography; best costume design; best make-up; best original score; best special effects. Academy Awards, 2007: Best achievement in art direction; best achievement in cinematography; best achievement in makeup.
Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable. Told through the eyes of a little girl whose imaginary world is inhabited by nightmarish creatures, Pan's Labyrinth is a visually imaginative and allegorical take on the fears she faced in Spain during WWII.
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