The Orphanage R

A tale of love. A story of horror.
The Orphanage
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item number:  XD 12114D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 22, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Disc: DTS-ES 6.1
    • Audio:
      • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
      • Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
      • Subtitles - English, Spanish
    • Additional Release Material:
      • Behind the Scenes: Rehearsal Studio
      • Featurette:
        1. WHEN LAURA GREW UP: CONSTRUCTING THE ORPHANAGE
        2. TOMAS' SECRET ROOM (THE FILMMAKERS)
        3. HORROR IN THE UNKNOWN: MAKEUP EFFECTS
    • Text/Photo Galleries:
      • Still Gallery

    Performers, Cast and Crew:

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    Directed by
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    Director of Photography:

    Entertainment Reviews:

    Certified Fresh87%

    TOMATOMETER
    Total Count: 177

    Upright86%

    AUDIENCE SCORE
    User Ratings: 66,998
    In just a few minutes, Juan Antonio Bayona sets the tone of his eerie, atmospheric first feature....An unexpectedly poignant ghost story...
    Los Angeles Times
    Dec 28, 2007
    A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer.
    Rolling Stone
    Oct 7, 2013
    The picture is a creepily effective exercise in gothic technique. Full Review
    NPR.org
    Oct 18, 2008
    Rating: 4/5 -- It's only March but you're unlikely to see a better ghost story at the cinema this year than The Orphanage. Full Review
    The List
    Nov 3, 2018
    Rating: A- -- There are no monsters, or slashers, and yet the movie got under my skin so much so that it left me shaky as I walked out of the theater. Full Review
    Film School Rejects
    Oct 14, 2014
    THE ORPHANAGE is an effectively scary picture about guilt, retribution and acceptance, and it shares some of the spectral potency of Alejandro Amenabar's THE OTHERS.
    Box Office
    Jan 1, 2008
    3 stars out of 4 -- A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer.
    Rolling Stone
    Jan 24, 2008

    Product Description:

    It might come as no surprise that the producer of the Spanish supernatural thriller THE ORPHANAGE is none other than Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro (PAN'S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE), for his influence is felt greatly throughout the picture. Made by an entire crew of newcomers--director Juan Antonio Bayona, screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, director of photography Oscar Faura, composer Fernando Velazquez--THE ORPHANAGE is an extremely accomplished work. The story concerns Laura (Belen Rueda), who has returned with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and adopted child Simon (Roger Princep) to the large manor where she was raised in an orphanage as a child. Laura is determined to fix up the abandoned house and open it as a refuge for ill children. But from the moment she returns, the past begins to haunt her. It isn't long before she begins to see the children who she used to play with as a seven-year-old. And when Simon goes missing one afternoon, she's convinced that they have taken him hostage. What follows is a murky descent into Laura's mind, where she doesn't know what is real and what is a figment of her tortured imagination.

    Bayona brings Sanchez's complex script to life with the help of Faura's haunting imagery and Valazquez's atmospheric score. But what makes THE ORPHANAGE an even greater achievement is its insistence on being more than just a superficial scare-fest. Bayona and Sanchez are more interested in deeper themes of memory, loss, and grief, establishing Laura as a mother who feels guilt over not being able to protect her child from outside forces. The result is a film that is both unsettling and moving.

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