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Let the Right One in [Blu-ray] [Import]

Kåre Hedebrant , Lina Leandersson , Tomas Alfredson    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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The enduring popularity of the vampire myth rests, in part, on sexual magnetism. In Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson's carefully controlled, yet sympathetic take on John Ajvide Lindqvist's Swedish bestseller-turned-screenplay, the protagonists are pre-teens, unlike the fully-formed night crawlers of HBO's True Blood or Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (both also based on popular novels). Instead, 12-year-old Oskar (future heartbreaker Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson) enter into a deadly form of puppy love. The product of divorce, Oskar lives with his harried mother, while his new neighbor resides with a mystery man named Håkan (Per Ragnar) who takes care of her unique dietary needs. From the wintery moment in 1982 that the lonely, towheaded boy spots the strange, dark-haired girl skulking around their outer-Stockholm tenement, he senses a kindred spirit. They bond, innocently enough, over a Rubik's Cube, but little does Oskar realize that Eli has been 12 for a very long time. Meanwhile, at school, bullies torment the pale and morbid student mercilessly. Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar doesn't just learn how to defend himself, but to become a sort of predator himself, begging the question as to whether Eli really exists or whether she represents a manifestation of his pent-up anger and resentment. Naturally, the international success of Lindqvist's fifth feature, like Norway's chilling Insomnia before it, has inspired an American remake, which is sure to boast superior special effects, but can't possibly capture the delicate balance he strikes here between the tender and the terrible. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Oscar, a 12-year-old fragile and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends, who moves into his building.   When Oscar discovers that Eli is a vampire it does not deter his increasing feelings and confused emotions of a young adolescent.  When Eli loses the man who protects and provides for her, and as suspicions are mounting from her neighbors and police she must move on to stay alive.  However when Oscar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the Theatrical Version - Beware! March 25 2009
Format:Blu-ray
A word of warning to those who saw this film in theatres and are interested in purchasing - this release has subtitles that were drastically altered from that original (and correct) version. The company has admitted as much and will be re-issuing the film with the proper subtitles included, but so far have not offered any recourse for those who have already purchased.

I would advise anyone wishing to own this movie to wait until the corrected version is released, and to voice their displeasure to the studio that no indication was made on the packaging or in press releases that any such changes had occurred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars corrected subtitles update Oct. 20 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I ordered this on october 15th 2010 to hopefully get the version with the english theatrical subtitles. I have the first version and didn't know until very recently about the crummy english subtitles because I never got around to watching my blu-ray since seeing the movie at Fantasia 2008. Indeed, the version I got yesterday is the corrected one, which says on the back cover, next to Subtitles: English (theatrical), Spanish. So for anybody still wondering if amazon.ca ships the good version, its seems they do. Also, the blu-ray still also has the mediocre subtitles, so you can compare between the good and bad ones.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be me Jan. 11 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Vampire movies tend to come in two flavours -- either they're gory bloodsucker actionfests, or celebrations of goth hotties tortured by their immortality.

But "Let The Right One In" is neither kind or story. Instead this haunting, atmospheric Swedish movie is a poignant look at a very unique friendship between a young boy and a vampire child. Brilliant acting and a sort of pale, ghostly directorial style make this a vivid experience, but the brilliance is in the story itself.

One winter night, Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) sees a car drop off his two new neighbors. He doesn't pay much attention at first, since he's always either ignored or bullied.

But as he vents his frustrations by stabbing a tree, he sees the ghostly, rumpled Eli (Lina Leandersson), who informs him, "Just so you know, I can't be your friend." She turns out to be as much of an oddball as Oskar -- especially since she only ventures out at night, smells a bit funny, and is unaffected by the winter cold. But despite her odd greeting, the two strike up a friendship.

At the same time, a series of brutal murders are taking place all around town -- and it's no great shock that Eli's companion Hakan (Per Ragnar) is harvesting blood for Eli. Being no idiot, Oskar realizes that Eli is a bona fide vampire, and doesn't intend to let that get in the way of their puppy love. Yet when Hakan's errands go horribly awry, Oskar finds himself to be the only person Eli can rely on.

It's no great exaggeration to say that "Let the Right One In" is undoubtedly the best vampire movie made in many years. While the movie has plenty of more violent moments and a snowy backdrop, director Tomas Alfredson is far more focused on the sweet, eerie relationship between two lonely, otherworldly young children.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles incorrect March 24 2009
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Format:DVD
To answer some questions as to the subtitles, the Canadian and US dvds of Let The Right One In are identical save for perhaps different trailers and logos on the dvd case. The subtitles are wrong on both releases. The original theatrical release had the correct subtitles, they have been changed for this dvd and they do not make sense. So I would also suggest that you do NOT buy this until this has been fixed. The subtitles make watching the film a confusing mess. There is an English audio dub on the film included and the original correct English translated script was used buy the voice actors for the dub, however the dub is horrible (adults dubbing childrens voices) One of the most important aspects of this film is the fact that the two main characters sometimes secretly communicate with one another using morse code. When they tap morse code to each other there is no translation to what they are saying in the subtitles and obviously not on the English dub either. The film gets 4 stars, this dvd version gets 0.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie; wrong English subtitles Aug. 29 2013
By Jory
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, amazon.ca still sells the version "Let the Right One in [Blu-ray] [Import]" with non-theatrical English subtitles. So if this matters to you, as it should, look elsewhere!

To reinforce the information I've seen around the web, the back of the Blu-ray case I received does *NOT* show "Subtitles: English (Theatrical)".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jan. 10 2013
By Mark
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This has to rank right up there with the best of films in the genre. As in Jacques Tatti' films, the dialogue is fairly sparse and so I think it is best to watch with English subtitles (unless you speak Swedish) as opposed to viewing the dubbed version. I was enthralled from start to finish. This is a must see film, especially if you like vampire films. It is both subtle and endearing while at the same time being just a tad chilling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be me Jan. 11 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Vampire movies tend to come in two flavours -- either they're gory bloodsucker actionfests, or celebrations of goth hotties tortured by their immortality.

But "Let The Right One In" is neither kind or story. Instead this haunting, atmospheric Swedish movie is a poignant look at a very unique friendship between a young boy and a vampire child. Brilliant acting and a sort of pale, ghostly directorial style make this a vivid experience, but the brilliance is in the story itself.

One winter night, Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) sees a car drop off his two new neighbors. He doesn't pay much attention at first, since he's always either ignored or bullied.

But as he vents his frustrations by stabbing a tree, he sees the ghostly, rumpled Eli (Lina Leandersson), who informs him, "Just so you know, I can't be your friend." She turns out to be as much of an oddball as Oskar -- especially since she only ventures out at night, smells a bit funny, and is unaffected by the winter cold. But despite her odd greeting, the two strike up a friendship.

At the same time, a series of brutal murders are taking place all around town -- and it's no great shock that Eli's companion Hakan (Per Ragnar) is harvesting blood for Eli. Being no idiot, Oskar realizes that Eli is a bona fide vampire, and doesn't intend to let that get in the way of their puppy love. Yet when Hakan's errands go horribly awry, Oskar finds himself to be the only person Eli can rely on.

It's no great exaggeration to say that "Let the Right One In" is undoubtedly the best vampire movie made in many years. While the movie has plenty of more violent moments and a snowy backdrop, director Tomas Alfredson is far more focused on the sweet, eerie relationship between two lonely, otherworldly young children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very original vampire picture
My wife and I both enjoyed this film which is best described as a genuine feeling vampire buddy movie. Highly recommended.
Published on May 18 2011 by Mark Dalpe
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique, emotional 'horror' film
Wow. Someone's actually managed to make an original vampire movie. I'm not a big fan of vampire stories, I've just seen it too many times. But this as good as it gets. Read more
Published on April 11 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique, emotional 'horror' film
Wow. Someone's actually managed to make an original vampire movie. I'm not a big fan of vampire stories, I've just seen it too many times. But this as good as it gets. Read more
Published on April 11 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Why This Movie (And The Arts) Really, Really Matter. LET THE RIGHT...
I am not a horror-film fan.

The Jasons and the Freddys and the forgotten-half-brother-of-the-high-school-jock who grows up to kill the children of his tormentors at... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2011 by Andre Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Why This Movie (And The Arts) Really, Really Matter. LET THE RIGHT...
I am not a horror-film fan.

The Jasons and the Freddys and the forgotten-half-brother-of-the-high-school-jock who grows up to kill the children of his tormentors at... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2011 by Andre Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Vampire Movie
Rather than dwell on the movie or the subtitles problem with older DVD releases, I will point out that there is a newer DVD release available on Amazon, and it heralds from Mongrel... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2011 by Douglas Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
I got the chance to see this movie on HBO its not the theatrical version that just came out this year but the 2008 original version. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2011 by Yannick Messaoud
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good.
First off, don't read the book first! The book was so amazing and the movie did not compare.

Otherwise, I did enjoy the movie, the relationship between Eli & Oskar was... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2010 by Twist
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the right one in.
For a low budget movie made in Sweden i was truly amazed.This is a word of mouth movie and i think everyone you tell to see this movie will have liked it. Read more
Published on May 25 2010 by Michel Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Canada's Theatrical English Subtitles version
Straight from Mongrel Media by phone. This version, with the French dub, and French festival banner on the cover, also has the updated corrected English THEATRICAL subtitles. Read more
Published on April 28 2010 by Deusfaux
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