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  • Mexico
  • 1993
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • Spanish
  • Spine #551

SYNOPSIS: Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American named Angel (a delightfully crude and deranged Ron Perlman). Featuring marvelous special makeup effects and the haunting imagery for which del Toro has become world-renowned, Cronos is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally captivating fantasy.

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Optional original Spanish-language voice-over introduction
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring del Toro, the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and coproducer Alejandro Springall
  • Geometria, an unreleased 1987 short horror film by del Toro, finished in 2010, with a new video interview with the director
  • Welcome to Bleak House, a video tour by del Toro of his home offices, featuring his personal collections
  • New video interviews with del Toro, Navarro, and actor Ron Perlman
  • Video interview with actor Federico Luppi
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation, approved by the director
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from del Toro’s notes for the film
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CastRon Perlman, Federico Luppi, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel
DirectorGuillermo del Toro
Genre:  Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Horror, Thriller
Release Date:  1993
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterGuillermo del Toro
DVD Release Date:  December 7, 2010
Runtime:  92 minutes
Studio:  The Criterion Collection
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review by . December 15, 2010
A Gentle And Affecting Story of Loneliness, Immortality And Vampirism....
Mainstream movie fans would know Guillermo Del Toro from his work with the underrated “Mimic”, the simple and yet affecting “The Devil’s Backbone”, comic-book adaptations such as the Hellboy franchise and the action-packed “Blade 2” and most significantly the critically-acclaimed “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Del Toro has been around and many may not even be familiar with his first full-length feature film “Cronos”, a film about vampirism …
Quick Tip by . April 08, 2011
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Guillermo del Toro's first and arguably best film (along with Pan's Labyrinth). Cronos is a strange fantasy-horror hybrid that tells the cautionary tale of a kindly old man who through an accidental encounter with an alchemical device is turned into a bizarre vampire and must regain his humanity through the innocent love of his granddaughter. The film is wonderfully dark, full of realistic and often gory special effects, and has all the key themes and visuals that are typical of del Toro's …
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