Review: ‘The Orphanage’

After being mostly ignored in theaters, Spain's 2007 Oscar entry, the Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story "The Orphanage," arrives on DVD with a disapppointingly few bonus features.

After being mostly ignored in theaters, Spain’s 2007 Oscar entry, the Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story “The Orphanage,” arrives on DVD with a disapppointingly few bonus features. Despite this lackluster grouping of extra material, the pic should be adopted by fans of arty horror films.

Spanish-language add-ons (with English subtitles) include an in-depth 27-minute making-of documentary that reveals, among other things, the difficulties in working with child actors (although Roger Princep’s perf in the final film is exemplary). A 10-minute, multipart featurette (exploring various aspects of the film’s production, from scoring to production design) is interesting, but too brief to make much of an impression beyond the content usually found in a typical EPK. Likewise, a look at the film’s rehearsal process adds little to the experience.

Viewers can also compare the vastly different full-length trailers created for Spain and the U.S. Spain’s trailer emphasizes the film’s mystery and the character’s family ties, while the U.S. trailer focuses on action and thrills.

Other notable DVD releases for the week of April 22:

Click here to read Variety’s film review of “The Orphanage.”

The Orphanage

April 22; DVD: $27.98; Blu-Ray: $35.99

Production

New Line Home Entertainment
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