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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (Sept. 13 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062082841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062082848
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“His creature fascination and his love of the macabre shine through in this book.” (New York Times)

“This lavishly illustrated book is the ultimate coffee table book for fans of the master Mexican filmmaker.” (Fangoria)

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An intimate look into one of the most imaginative minds of this century, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities reproduces the notes, the drawings, the untold creatures, and ideas of things to come that fill del Toro's fabled illustrated notebooks

  • This book will be a visual treasure trove for del Toro fans, as readers get a look at reproductions of his actual journal pages, filled with his handwriting, illustrations, notes in Spanish and English, as well as new annotations that add context and clarity.
  • Sketches, notes, and inspirations for del Toro's movies Cronos, Blade 2, Hellboy, Hellboy 2, Pan's Labyrinth, and even his upcoming 2013 movie Pacific Rim will be included.
  • Co-author Marc Scott Zicree has his own following in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world, with his Magic Time series and The Twilight Zone Companion remaining favorites among sf/f fans.
  • This book includes diary entries and illustrations for the following del Toro movies, both green lit and not: 

Cronos

At the Mountains of Madness (as yet unmade)

The Count of Monte Cristo

Mephisto’s Bridge

Mimic

The Devil’s Backbone

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark

Blade 2

Hellboy

Pan’s Labryrinth

Hellboy 2

Pacific Rim

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RIP on Jan. 9 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I originally was purchasing this it was listing it like it was the collector's edition of this offering that came with a hard wood case if I recall correctly. Been a fan of Del Toro's work for a while now and was looking forward to this. I am not die hard about following him, so I briefly skimmed the book before putting it away but everything I saw was really good. Gives an insight into his design processes behind some of his creations. Overall I would recommend it to fans of Del Toro and general collectors as well. Nice hardcover book with good quality paper and solid binding. One day I will probably go back through it more thoroughly but I am lacking space in my place and had to pack it up for the time being when I move to some place larger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick O Malley on June 18 2014
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Amazon.ca discounted the **** out of this ($240) and made it more worthwhile. I saw it for $700+ on other sites (even amazon.com) which is a total ripoff (big, big, ripoff). I'm a del Toro fan so I really wanted this and the book is totally worth it. All the extras are nice too but I wish the cabinet was made of wood and not cardboard. I assumed the expensive price tag meant it was made of wood. I also wish the del Toro autograph was on the actual book and not an autographed card pasted into the book. I tend to get suckered into limited edition items but you'd probably be better off just buying the hardcover book alone at $45. But good on Amazon.ca for the massive discount which made the whole thing hurt a lot less.
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If you've followed the career of director Guillermo del Toro, you no doubt have an admiration for his films. On the whole, some films are more successful than others - but they all have great design work. In particular, his films are known for their abundance of creatures (some elegant, others terrifying).

We get personal artwork from every film that Mr. del Toro has directed - "Cronos", "Mimic", "The Devil's Backbone", "Blade II", "Hellboy", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Hellboy II: The Golden Army", and "Pacific Rim". Most of these are early drawings, sketches, and storyboards - and some of it differs greatly from what appears in the finished film. There are also full-page scans from del Toro's idea journals, which includes extensive writing in both English and Spanish. I am so glad that this artwork has been made available, it shows how much time and effort goes into the designs of these movies.

Del Toro has been attached to dozens of projects, yet he has only made 8 films. So there's a lot of work that has yet to make it to the screen - fortunately, we also get a few pages of designs from some of these unfinished projects, such as "At the Mountains of Madness" and "Meat Market".

By far the best and most numerous designs come from "Pan's Labyrinth" and the two "Hellboy" movies... a lot of the book's real estate is dedicated to those films. In terms of disappointments, I would have liked to have seen more from "Pacific Rim" - there are about 10 pages or so on that movie, but oddly there are no Jaeger or Kaiju drawings.

What's NOT included in the book: most notably, del Toro spent 2+ years working on pre-production of "The Hobbit" before leaving the project. As a fan, I would have loved to see some of his artwork from Middle-Earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of Guillermo del Toro's body of work, you need to run, don't walk to the nearest computer and buy this book. It is a visual cornucopia of delights, gives you insight into the man as well as his artistic vision, and even a glimpse of some of his unfinished projects. If you love the director, you will need to have this book in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bella Swann Erotica on Feb. 18 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of Guillermo del Toro's body of work, this book is a must-have. It is visually stunning, gives you insight into the man as well as his artistic vision, and even a glimpse of some of his unfinished projects. He is one of my favourite directors across all genres and this book is amazing.
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Beautiful book, with mesmerizing and disturbing images by the famous director. Especially fascinating if you can read spanish. It is a great coffee table book, where you can open any page and spend time navigating through the details of each art work. A perfect gift for the movie aficionado.
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