DVD - 2010 | Spanish | Director approved DVD special edition
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In the darkness, a clock ticks. Aging antique dealer Jesús Gris marks his time with his granddaughter Aurora, and his wife Mercedes. Señor Gris comes to possess, quite accidentally, the ancient Cronos device. The invention of a sixteenth century alchemist who fled to Mexico during the Spanish Inquisition, it grants eternal life and youthful vigor to the user. The only drawbacks are marble white skin that burns under sunlight and an insatiable thirst for human blood. Elsewhere in the city, a dying industrialist obtains the alchemist's journal, learns of the device, and imports his American nephew to track down and obtain the device, by force if necessary. Señor Gris can grasp the gift of time, but the cost is high. Can he keep his soul intact faced with such great temptation, or will he be overcome?
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2010]
Edition: Director approved DVD special edition
Copyright Date: ©1992, ©2010
ISBN: 9781604651836
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital stereo
DVD video,4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (37 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)


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Jun 21, 2018

This movie was unremarkable for me. None of the characters moved me, it dragged on in many places, and I just didn't like it.

Jan 06, 2017

Finally @ BPL...Guillermo del Toro's breakout film about two old men (rich tycoon and antique shop owner) searching for immortality; one has the Cronos device, the other has the operating manual. So the battle began... Great opening sequence with close-up of the innards of the mechanism: Gothic, macabre and rather beautiful. A creative twist on the vampire genre.
(see also The Hunger with Bowie/Deneuve/Sarandon, the 'chic-est' of all vampire films).

Oct 22, 2015

It seems to be a portrayal of the potential wickedness of the Human Mind and the potential Darkness of Hearts which is more and more prevalent nowadays, than ever before.

(*Warning! - Spoiler Alert!*)..... You know, what I found to be the most disturbing and repulsive aspect of Cronos' modern-day fantasy story wasn't its moments of intentional horror, at all - No - What I found to be the most distressing and repugnant thing here was the emotionally devoid child, Aurora, and her willing and unquestioning involvement with her dead grandfather and his ghastly transformation into a blood-lusting vampire.

I mean, Aurora even went so far as to actually empty out her huge toy-box as a makeshift coffin for good, old grand-dad to retreat to and be safe during the daylight hours.

And the fact that Aurora's vampire grandfather used his own grand-daughter as his accomplice (and set her up as a target to all sorts of deadly danger) really left a very unfavourable impression on me about Cronos' story as a whole. It convinced me that this film's story (in its desperate attempt to be original) was made in the poorest taste imaginable.

This very minor and ineffective horror film also lost itself some significant points for the miscasting of Ron Perlman as the "Angel" character. As far as I'm concerned, this self-adoring, Neanderthal, jug-head was completely incapable of playing the nasty villain with any believable conviction, whatsoever.

Jan 26, 2015

I love del Toro's take on the vampire genre. The Extras on this DVD are excellent, and after you watch them you should re-watch the movie. I do like this movie a lot, and this being del Toro's first movie he directed, an excellent effort.

Dec 28, 2014

Guillermo del Toro has been one of my favorite directors for a while and has managed to balance bigger, Hollywood films ("Pacific Rim," "Hellboy") with his smaller, Spanish-language films ("Pan's Labyrinth," "The Devil's Backbone"). Even in his bigger pictures, his imagination and vision always come through. He made his debut in 1993 with "Cronos," which updates the vampire tale, with a little of the fountain of youth thrown in for good measure. Small-scale and low budget, it nonetheless succeeds more than much bigger pictures and many of the familiar del Toro elements are in place: sympathetic monsters, a child, arcana, insects, the desire for immortality, cool objects, Ron Perlman. You can see a number of these elements in the recent TV show "The Strain," based on a series of books he co-wrote. He had an unhappy experience in Hollywood with his next film "Mimic," and wouldn't really get to make a personal film again until "The Devil's Backbone." This excellent Criterion release includes commentary by and interviews with del Toro, a tour of his very cool "Bleak House," an early short film, and artwork by "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola.

Apr 25, 2014

If you like Del Toro's vision and you like his work (in film, not print) than you will enjoy this. I'm a huge fan of his but this is not my favorite.

Apr 02, 2013

The trailer was awesome. Interesting but also gruesome at times. Dont like the Ron Pearlman character... he did such a good job.

Sep 05, 2011

A rather strange movie that combines the idea of immortality with a touch of blood lust. An antiques dealer discovers a golden device hidden inside an angel sculpture.The golden devise, including instructions, belonged to an ancient alchemist who created the device. Used correctly the owner could presumably live forever. Meanwhile a dying businessman, in possession of the instructions, has been on a quest to find the golden devise. Once the businessman realizes that the antiques dealer has the device he dispatches his nephew to steal it. The antiques dealer has already used the devise unaware of possible danger. The concept is interesting but the movie was not well done.

Aug 29, 2011

It was good but not enough to recommend it. I liked it's take on the vampire theme and it was an interesting story. However, I didn't care for the ending. They didn't explain enough and you're left kind of hanging.

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