Pan’s Labyrinth (4K Ultra HD) Review

Starring: Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Alex Angulo
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Original Year of Release: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 58 minutes
Rated: R
Order the film HERE from Warner Bros.  

What better October activity than to cozy up with a cinematic faerie tale by one of the greatest storytelling masters of our time? Warner Bros. has released a beautiful 4k restoration of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth just in time to sooth your need for a good story in the midst of turbulent times.

Set in a conflict ridden Spain in 1944, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her pregnant mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), have journeyed deep into the country to join her stepfather (Sergi Lopez), a sadistic captain in the fascist army. Despite her grim new surroundings, Ofelia continues to find refuge in books, stories, and her own imagination while she awaits the birth of her baby brother surrounded by soldiers and spies at the woodland army base. Her curiosity leads her to investigate an old labyrinth on the chateau grounds and it is there that she discovers Fauno (the faun), brought majestically to screen life by Doug Jones. The mysterious and ancient faun reveals to Ofelia that she is really a lost princess who must complete three tasks to reclaim her throne at the side of her real father. This sets the girl on a mission into magical worlds with strange creatures intermixed with her harsh reality at the chateau army base.

Throughout the dreamlike unfolding of the rest of the picture, the audience is kept guessing as to what  parts of Ofelia's adventures are real and what are imaginary. Characters are revealed, layers are stripped back, and del Toro again showcases his gift for helping magical things seep through into the real world.

The picture quality of this brand new release is absolutely stunning and perfectly compliments this Oscar winner for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Makeup. Viewers will be awed by the beautiful, frightening creature effects associated with the tales of Guillermo del Toro. Doug Jones's physical portrayal of the captivating and terrifying Pale Man is even further brought to life by the vibrant colors and settings portrayed on screen. You'll also find a handful of engaging special features which have been carried over from the last release. In an introduction by the writer/director himself, del Toro makes no secret of the fact that Pan's Labyrinth. was a draining labor of love that very nearly killed him...but that he considers the end result completely worth it. You will think so, too, whether this will be your first watch or hundredth. Ultra HD Blu-ray Elements

Pan’s Labyrinth Ultra HD disc contains the following special features:

  • Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro

Pan’s Labyrinth Blu-ray disc contains the following special features:

  • Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro
  • Video prologue by Guillermo del Toro
  • The Power of Myth
  • The Faun and the Fairies
  • The Color and the Shape
  • The Director’s Notebook

Interview with Guillermo del Toro

4K Trailer

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