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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (DVD + Blu-ray Combo)

Noomi Rapace , Michael Nyqvist , Niels Arden Oplev    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Fans of Stieg Larsson's Men Who Hate Women may have been concerned about how the Swedish author's novel would translate to the screen, but they needn't have worried. Significant changes to the source material have been made, but director Niels Arden Opley's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as it's now called, is mostly riveting. As the story begins, middle-aged investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has just been convicted of a bogus charge of libel against a rich and corrupt corporate hotshot when he's unexpectedly offered a most unusual gig. An aging captain of industry named Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) wants Blomkvist to figure out what happened to Vanger's niece, who disappeared more than 40 years earlier; not only is the old man convinced that she was murdered, but he suspects that another member of his large and rather disagreeable family (which includes several former Nazis) is the culprit. Blomkvist takes the job, which includes spending at least six months on Vanger's isolated island in the middle of winter. But what he doesn't know is that he's being spied on by twentysomething Lisbeth Salander (brilliantly played by Noomi Rapace in a career-making performance), the titular Girl and the possessor of remarkable skills as a sleuth and computer hacker. With her gothlike piercings and all-black clothes, Lisbeth is a vivid character, to say the least. While we don't exactly know the details of her dark past, it's obviously still with her; indeed, she's just been assigned a new "guardian" (like a parole officer) to look after her finances and other matters. We also know that she is not someone to mess with; when the guardian turns out to be a thoroughly vile monster, Lisbeth gets back at him in one of the more satisfying revenge sequences in recent memory. That Lisbeth and Mikael should end up working together, and more, isn't especially surprising. But the horrifying details and depths of depravity they uncover while working on the case (parallels to The Silence of the Lambs are facile but appropriate) definitely are, and Opley does a nice job of keeping it all straight. At more than two and a half hours, the film is long, with its share of grim, graphic, and scary moments, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a winner. --Sam Graham

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Oct. 3 2010
I'm sorry, but bernie "xyzzy"'s opinion is very idiotic in its description. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with watching a film in its original language with subtitles. Much of the time, I actually prefer this than a bad voice over. So, simply put, this is one of the best films to come out on DVD in North America within the last year. Watch it with "subtitles" in its original format, and enjoy a truly great suspense-filled film with absolutely amazing acting. Besides the sequels to this film, I also recommend another Swedish film called, "Let The Right One In."Let the Right One in
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl in the bloody thriller July 14 2010
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" sounds more like a kung-fu movie than a Swedish thriller. But a Swedish thriller it is.

And the film adapted from the late Stieg Larsson's first bestselling novel is a soon-to-be-classic example of a movie that has way more going on than it appears. It's a bit on the slow side at times, but it also has a raw, stark quality that hits you harder than any Hollywood blockbuster could -- and Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Take-no-prisoners journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has just lost his reputation, his savings and his freedom (hello, jail sentence!) after a nasty libel suit from an executive.

Then he's unexpectedly contacted by aged industrialist Henrik Vanger, to discover what happened to the guy's grandniece, Harriet. She vanished forty years ago from the family's isolated island home, and her body -- alive or dead -- was never found. When Mikael agrees to take the case, he's cybershadowed by the abused goth hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace).

Eventually Lisbeth reveals herself to Mikael by decoding vital information and sending it to him. Intrigued by this strange wounded woman, Mikael asks her to help him in his cold-case investigation, and the two begin unwinding a bizarre string of serial killings from long ago -- all tied to Bible quotes. And as Mikael unearths the clues to Harriet's disappearance, he also finds some skeletons long kept buried.

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" takes the Agatha Christie aesthetic of a locked-room murder with a dozen suspects, and enfolds it in a ruthless look at modern Swedish society and the study of sexual aggression.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the book July 5 2010
The Stieg Larsen trilogy books were a refreshing discovery and I ripped through them all. Everyone, to whom I recommended the books, enjoyed them as well. I saw the director interviewed on Charlie Rose and was intrigued with his description of the movie and characters. He said that at the initial screening of the movie he knew he was on the right track when, at the point of the movie the heroine exacts her revenge on her antagonist, all the women in the audience stood and cheered. He also said that he made all three movies, so there is a complete film trilogy to match the stories.

When the movie showed up in my town to not much fanfare, I went with a friend. Although it is subtitled in English,, after a few minutes the subtitles become dialogue in your head, as your mind gives voice to the characters, as it does when you read a book. The movie was superbly cast and filmed and simply added to my enjoyment of the books and confirmed my own images of the characters. My friend pronounced it the best movie he'd seen. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a night in Feb. 1 2013
By Denise
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you can survive the subtitles it really is worth the watch. View the films in sequence though or you will miss out, this one first. Then be prepared to stay home for the next 2 nights to watch the others in the trilogy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film! Feb. 1 2012
I read all three novels before watching this movie. I have never been one on huge Hollywood productions with a big cast that gets paid too much money. It was nice to see the original film, it felt more real than having bimbo actress' play the role. Also watched the original second movie and just as super fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl May 24 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent book very well done movie,the captions were hard to see at times but very well done ,the English version is easier to under stand but not the same impact of the original.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I hope the book is better Sept. 5 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
A journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is fed misinformation and publishes this, which leads to a jail sentence. This brings him to the attention of Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube). Henrik is receiving packages from the person who probably killed his niece, Harriet. Therefore, he hires Mikael to track down and find out what actually happened to Harriet. With piles of old data and Mikael is still stumped and does not know where to turn to find the answer. He gets his help and answers from an unexpected source Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) a girl with the appearance of a punk rocker and bearing The Dragon Tattoo.

The only social redeeming value of this film is now I have learned how to cuss in Swedish. I also took notes on things I did not know you could do. I do not consider myself a prude however I believe this film was excessively graphic for the telling of the story. The film is very slow paced and makes you want to have the type of player that you can listen too when it is in fast forwarded mode. In addition, there is an annoying background theme plays over and over and over throughout the complete film. The film does stick to a generic formula, throws in the standard red herrings, and twist at the end no big surprises but it is what we expect.

For people interested in media I watched the Blu-ray version only and it has an option for English voiceover. The voiceover is easier to follow but sounds like a voiceover being read. The DVD has many by-passable coming attractions. There are the standard DVD extras that we have come to expect.
Theatrical trailer
Family tree (a single slide)
Interview with Noomi (her accent seems more British)
TGWPWF Sneak Previews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the American version
Good watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Action, Great Content
The first in the trilogy, caught your attention and did not let it go until you'd watched all three movies. The movies were just as good as the books, loved it all.
Published on Oct. 28 2011 by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Sub Titles
I thought I might have a hard time getting into it because of the subtitles, but the actors are sooo good and the film is soo good, that I started watching and couldn't stop... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2011 by macdawn21
4.0 out of 5 stars prompt service
The service was excellent. It arrived promptly in great shape. It was an excellent movie, but as usual the book was better.
Published on Oct. 26 2011 by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars gutwrenching emotional wringer of a thriller
As anyone who loves B movies you stick Nazis and lesbians together and you have a movie. Well, author Stieg Larsson knew what he was doing when writing the book this movie is based... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD/BluRay
This series has been enjoyed by both my husband and myself. We had difficulty finding this particular episode of the series. Read more
Published on July 30 2011 by Roseanne V. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Spellbinding
This film stayed true to the book. It was disturbing in places, yet enjoyed the grit of this movie. Loved the fact that they stayed close to the story without going too... Read more
Published on June 13 2011 by BJ Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The movie was fine if you hadn't read the book first. There were too many, IMHO, things left out and the ending was bad in fact it didn't have an ending that made sense at all... Read more
Published on May 14 2011 by Leonie Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I began watching the DVD and found it was not in English. This was disappointing. Was there someplace, somewhere, when I was ordering that told me it was not in English? Read more
Published on May 10 2011 by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good adaptation of the book
The movie does not follow the book in detail - no movie adaptations do - but it is close enough to enjoy it. But wait at least a month after having finished reading the book! Read more
Published on April 30 2011 by Hans Van Hell
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