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The Orphanage [Blu-ray] [Import]

Belén Rueda , Fernando Cayo , J.A. Bayona    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller from the Spanish Team Oct. 7 2008
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Orphanage, does bring sophistication in ghost stories which is rarely heard of, but Guillermo Del Toro manages to pull it off time and time again, and somehow he even managed to inject his magic into this one, which he only produced - as this very much plays out like one of his own films. Not to discredit Mr. Bayona, though, for he has done a fine job. This is a dark, powerful, and moving masterpiece that both adheres to convention and brings some new, more artistic elements to the table in the direction and storytelling.

There was nothing about this film I didn't like. The acting, the thrills, the cinematography, the story, and the atmosphere. Everything was not short of sheer brilliance. The chilling moments freaked me out a couple of times, which I'm glad they did. That was what I wanted out of this film, but I was offered so much in return. Since I knew Guillermo Del Toro was involved with this project, I had a feeling it would be good. I just didn't think it would be THIS good. It was also very heart-warming, which was something I did not expect.

The acting is great, Belen Rueda as Laura is magnificent. Fernando Cayo as the husband Carlos is also good; he looks like a Spanish version of Josh Lucas. The kids do a decent job. And seeing Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin's daughter) was a surprise, and she delivered an excellent performance as the 'seeing' medium. The bond that Laura, Simon, and Carlos shared is very sensitive and is carried out well throughout the movie.

This is definitely one of those horror films you should see more than once. The horror films you see nowadays are weak, not scary, and most of all; not worth your time. This one is WORTH the time. Believe me, his film has absolutely everything you need to know on how to make a well-executed ghost story and more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"The Orphanage" is a Spanish chiller in the vain of "Pan's Labyrinth" and especially, Guillermo Del Toro's 90's masterstroke "The Devil's Backbone". Whereas those movies were period pieces, The Orphanage takes place in the present as a mother returns to the abandones orphanage where she grew up to raise her son.

Not surprisingly, the place is filled with ghosts of the children who died there in a tragic accident. Soon after, the mother's son goes missing and she embarks on an obsessive journey to find him.

Believe the hype; this is one of the best horror movies in a LONG time. It's genuinely creepy, has a great story, is filled with chilling mythology and goes places we seldom espect it to. A true winner that will stand the test of time and is sure to become a modern horror classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good Sept. 13 2009
By Sam TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Orphanage is a Spanish movie with English subtitles that starts off with a married couple moving into the orphanage that the woman grew up in. They have an adopted child who has imaginary friends. Once they move there, their child makes friends with another imaginary friend, but this one does not seem imaginary at all. Little by little, their adopted child discovers that he is not their real child and the distance between the child and the stepmother grows further until the child goes missing.

Discover where the child disappears and the dark secrets of the orphanage in this shocking mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! July 14 2014
By Emily
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I thought that it was a great movie with a fantastic surprise ending. The plot at first glance seemed extremely cliché, but as the film progressed it went away from that. It truly had a great plot and the subtitles didn't seem to bug me at all. This movie is a must watch and I enjoyed it immensely. You definitely don't usually see a lot of horror/thriller movies like this now a days. In my personal opinion this is the best horror/thriller film I've seen that was made past the year 2 000. Overall it was an endearing film with a great plot and well done surprise ending...I would definitely recommend this movie, it's truly a work of art.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, bad dvd... Oct. 14 2008
Format:DVD
This wonderful ghost story was originaly shot with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, unfortunately, this dvd (the bilingual canadian edition distributed by Cristal Films) has been transfered at 1.78:1 to fill the screen of your widescreen tv by cutting off the sides of the film.

This results in a few shots where the main character or element in the shot is overly off to the side of the screen in a way that was never inteded by the filmmakers.

Oh and the menues are quite horrible and there almost no special features other than deleted scenes which CANNOT be watched WITHOUT the director's commentary!?!

Shame on you Cristal! How can any professional distributor release anything like this in 2008, I do not know.

So if you still want this film (and I'd recommend it), go for the Blu-ray or order New Line's US edition from amazon.com instead...
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite suspenseful,if very bleak July 29 2010
By falcon
Format:DVD
i thought this was a very good suspense movie.there were a number of creepy moments,and thankfully no cheap scares.i also liked the fact that unlike in many films of the genre,there are no gimmicky CGI ghosts that look ridiculous.the acting is very good too,especially from the woman who plays the mother.i did think it was bit long though,at 105 minutes.i think they could have stream lined it a bit and knocked off a few minutes.the movie is also quite bleak,a bit too much for my tastes,except for the very last scene.and as for the ending,i found it a bit confusing,but maybe it's just me,me,because after checking the message boards on IMDb i noticed many people seemed to have the ending figured out.anyway i'll have to watch it again to see if i can figure out what i missed.overall,i'd give The Orphanage a 3/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
One of the best horror/suspense movie. Pictures and ambiance fabulous.
Published 3 months ago by Vien Minh Van
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied
Published 10 months ago by james 007
5.0 out of 5 stars Orphanage I Would Try To Forget..
I agree with all the other reviews that this is one scary movie,just the
way i love them,you see this is why people don't broaden their mind
just because a movie has... Read more
Published 17 months ago by trek fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Orphage
Watch for the elephant dressed up as a rabia in the second half of this earth shaking rendition of the old shakespear classic.
Published 20 months ago by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars sad sad story
You have go to see this movie. Just a fantastic story. I do think if you don't mind watching movies with subtitles you have got to see this one.
Published 21 months ago by Angela Bouman
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody, emotional, intelligent and well acted horror
Well above average haunted house film. As emotional as it is scary.

The same could be said of most of producer Guillermo Del Toro's films. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent story line.
Guillermo del Toro presents this great movie, filmed in Spain. Thjere are very scary moments, and the story is a very sad one. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2011 by Luis Vazquez-Venegas
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
Don't worry if you're not a fan of subtitles, this is a good film to watch. Not gory, just creepy and a great story. A good and worthy addition to any collection.
Published on Sept. 23 2010 by Skippy
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