Carlos Saura’s masterpiece – CRIA CUERVOS/RAISE RAVENS – released as dual format dvd set

posted 21 May 2013, 12:36 by Julian Whiting

cria cuervosCRIA CUERVOS/RAISE RAVENS (12) 1976 SPAIN    SAURA, CARLOS   £19.99  
Shot in the summer of 1975 as General Franco lay dying, Saura’s masterpiece takes its title from a sinister Spanish proverb: Raise ravens and they’ll pluck out your eyes. A subtle yet unmistakable indictment of the family as a repressive force in Spanish society, Cría Cuervos centres on an eight-year-old orphan (the spellbinding Ana Torrent, The Spirit of the Beehive) who believes herself to have poisoned her authoritarian father (Héctor Alterio), a high-ranking military man who she blames for the death of her adored mother (Geraldine Chaplin).

One of cinema’s most hauntingly vivid depictions of a child’s fantasy-imbued reality, Cría Cuervos is a darkly unsettling and deeply.

•109 minutes | ratio: 1.66:1

Cría Cuervos Special features

•Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
•Portrait of Carlos Saura (José Luis López-Linares, 2004, 60 mins, DVD only)
•On-stage interview with Carlos Saura (2012, 23 mins, DVD only)
•Original theatrical trailers
•Optional English language soundtrack
•Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes from Maria Delgado,
Mar Diestro-Dópido and
Michael Brooke
•Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
•Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)

In Spanish with English subtitles

DVD available at – https://sites.google.com/site/worldonlinecinema/Home/spanish-latin-american-films-on-dvd

Guardian review – http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jun/09/cria-cuervos-raise-ravens-review