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Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno)
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 121 (Jun 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

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WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include audio commentary (in English) by Director Guillermo del Toro, a marketing campaign (which includes poster art, teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, and TV spots), and previews. Plus up-front previews. On Disc Two, you will find four widescreen featurettes: The Power Of Myth (14 minutes), Pan And The Fairies (30 minutes), The Color And The Shape (four minutes), and the two-part The Lullaby; a four-part Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N10887
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For graphic violence and some language
(Retail Price): $34.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/15/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Guillermo del Toro
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Now living in a hillside stronghold after the Spanish Civil War, young and imaginative Ofelia (Baquero) stumbles upon a long-forgotten stone labyrinth and meets Pan (Jones), a magical faun. He convinces her that she is a lost princess of the underworld, and in order for her to return, she must complete three tasks. Determined to reclaim her kingdom, she is unaware of the immediate danger that threatens her bedridden mother (Gil) and yet-to-be-born brother. Pan

DVD Picture:
With its golden color scheme, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD does not have the most accurate fleshtones, obviously a conscious decision by the filmmakers. Blacks are deep, and shadow delineation is good, making for a dimensional image. Details are captured well, and the image is generally void of any compression artifacts. Heavy film grain is noticeable throughout the presentation, and subtle stair-stepping artifacts can be noticed at times. Edge enhancement, while minor, can also be noticed. (Danny Richelieu)

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