Locally Released by: C Interactive Digital Entertainment
Local Price: PhP 425.00 at Astroplus Megamall (as of June 20, 2008)
Runtime: 119 minutes
Format: 1.85:1 (Enhanced for widescreen tvs - CONFIRMED!)
MTRCB Rating: Restricted for AdultsBackground
From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy) comes a dark fantasy / thriller about a young girl who enters a mysterious Labyrinth and finds herself at the center of the ferocious battle between Good and Evil.
The movie's original title is El Laberinto del Fauno
, but in America this movie was released as Pan's Labyrinth
*Feature Commentary by the director
*Power of the Myth
*Pan and the Fairies
*The Color and the Shape
*The Charlie Rose Show
*Director's NotebookVerdict:Disc 1:
Disc 1 features the movie itself which was presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The movie looked superb, the violence too graphic (excellent!).
The menu looked exceptionally beautiful, and carefully artsy as seen below.
The movie is in Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, and there is an English subtitle (which is useful since not all of us speak spanish). This can be a turn-off to those people who particularly hate reading subtitles. But frankly this little snag shouldn't thwart you from watching this lovely movie.Disc 2:
This is a jampacked special features disc (presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format except the Charlie Rose Show feature), which included a free installer of the Inter-Actual Player (you need it to play the DVDROM features on the disc).
You have the option of playing English and Spanish subtitles, though there are some interviews that already has a "burned in" English subtitle (which is irksome if you're already displayed the subtitle).
I installed the Inter-Actual Player (afraid to miss so many dvdrom special features not playable in table-top dvd players), it was quick, it was painless but it was a hassle to boot my laptop just to see those.. but it was worthwhile -- best to wait when you're bored and your computer already running to see those dvdrom features.
The rest of the featurettes was comprehensive but not exhausting... you can really see the passion that went into making this film. Two thumbs up for the features.
Per net search, I found that this C-Interactive release doesn't differ much from it's Region 1 counterpart.
This dvd is excellent from start to finish, and it would be difficult to find a better looking movie (not to mention one of the most fantastical plots ive seen) on DVD, from the subtle but effective magical execution of the film to the wonderfully made but terribly visual violence sooo graphic i actually cringed on some scenes.
Again, as with most C-interactive releases, the dvd case leaves us much wanting... if only they also spend on the dvd packages, their dvds would be so much more desirable.
I never thought I'd see the day when there would be a local release of Pan's Labyrinth, and for only P425!!! THIS IS A BARGAIN... then again, we all know this'll be on sale in the near and happy future! Icaza feliz del dvd!
(Happy dvd hunting!) hi hi hi