In 2006, after rotating between art-house horror and studio projects, Guillermo del Toro finally painted his masterpiece – Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale at heart, but with copious goo, gore, and death. It’s an impeccably designed picture, worked out to the last detail, and it’s a little surprising it’s taken this long for it to get the deluxe hardbound treatment. Mark Cotta Vaz and Nick Nunziata’s book (with a forward by del Toro himself) is, like The Godfather Notebook, a tactile experience; the dense text and plentiful photos are supplemented by sketches, storyboards, and notes, attached to the pages and allowed to spring from the book as they jump from the frame.
If the book puts you in a mind of checking out the movie again, you’re in luck; Criterion just gave it the Blu-ray special edition treatment, with audio commentary, featurettes, director’s notebook, short films, and more. Even better, they’ve bundled it with their previous releases of del Toro’s Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone to create a portrait of a true, one-of-a-kind visionary.