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Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / The Girl Who Played with Fire / The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) (Sous-titres français)
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Based on Stieg Larsson's literary phenomenon and featuring a breakthrough performance by Noomi Rapace, the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy follows the unlikely heroine Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist. First, as they unite to solve the case of a missing girl and then as they fight to uncover the truth about Salander's past, a past full of secrets that a mysterious underground government group would kill to keep hidden-- featuring two hours of feature content never released in North America, the extended versions of the films are now offered together in English and French for the first time. In the extended edition of the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, get ready to get up close and personal with leading actors Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist; go behind-the-scenes of one of the most action-packed sequences in the trilogy and discover the man behind it all, author Stieg Larsson (1954-2004). --Kelsey Ganes
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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 twenty-something 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 goth-like 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.
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The toughest chick in Sweden returns to action in The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second film adaptation of the late author Stieg Larsson's “Millennium Trilogy” novels. That would be Lisbeth Salander, once again played with quiet, feral intensity by Noomi Rapace. As Larsson's readers and anyone who saw the first film (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also released in 2010) knows, Lisbeth is small in stature but big trouble for any man who crosses her--after all, this is the woman who set her father on fire after he abused her mother and later, after being released from a mental institution, took extreme revenge on her legal guardian after he brutally assaulted her (those scenes are briefly revisited for the enlightenment of those who missed the earlier film). Also back is investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), Lisbeth's erstwhile lover and partner in solving the Dragon Tattoo mystery. When two of his young colleagues are killed while at work on a story about sex trafficking, followed shortly by the murder of the aforementioned guardian, Salander is the prime suspect. But Mikael is sure of her innocence; in fact, he's convinced she's the next victim, leading to a tangled tale in which Lisbeth learns more about her family and its very dark secrets than she ever wanted to know. The story is compelling, if a bit slow to take shape, and director Daniel Alfredson, taking over for Niels Arden Oplev, skillfully sustains the mystery and tension (there are also doses of nudity and violence, the latter much more graphic than the former). But Lisbeth isn't on screen nearly as much this time, and her relationship with Blomkvist, so central to the Dragon Tattoo, is almost an afterthought. Still, The Girl Who Played with Fire will certainly whet fans' appetites for the next installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest; and considering the overall class and quality of these Swedish productions, one shudders to think how they'll turn out in the inevitable American versions, the first of which is due in 2011, with Daniel Craig as Blomkvist.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
It takes a while, but the saga of one of the more fascinating characters put on the page or the screen in recent years comes to a satisfying conclusion with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the last installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's so-called "Millennium Trilogy." That character is Lisbeth Salander, the computer-hacking, Goth-loving, dark angel of revenge, played by Noomi Rapace with the same black stare and taciturn charisma that were so riveting in the first two films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, both also released in 2010).
When we last saw her, Lisbeth was trying to kill her father, a Russian defector and abusive monster; in the process, the girl was seriously wounded by her half-brother, a hulking freak with a strange condition that renders him impervious to physical pain. As the new film opens, all three are still alive, and she's being taken to a hospital to recover while waiting to stand trial for attempted murder. Meanwhile, her champion and erstwhile lover, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), sets about uncovering the full extent of the conspiracy responsible for (among other crimes) Lisbeth's being sent to an asylum at age 12 while her father was protected by evil forces within the government.This investigation, which puts not only Lisbeth but also Blomkvist and his colleagues in considerable danger, leads to "the Section," a thoroughly repellent bunch of aging liars, killers, thieves, and perverts with a great many secrets they'd like to keep (the oily Dr. Peter Teleborian, who was responsible for Lisbeth's "treatment" as a child, emerges as the most vile antagonist since the guardian who brutally assaulted her in the first film).
Although much of the exhaustive detail about these and other matters has been eliminated by director Daniel Alfredson (who also helmed The Girl Who Played with Fire) and screenwriters Jonas Frykberg and Ulf Ryberg for the purpose of adapting the novel to the screen, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is still quite long (148 minutes), and less kinetic and violent than the earlier films; there are some exciting sequences, but Lisbeth, previously an unlikely but magnetic action heroine, is seen mostly on a hospital bed or in a courtroom, and much of the film is spent on procedural matters. Still, the fact that the loose ends are wrapped up in fairly conventional fashion doesn't make the conclusion any less satisfying. In fact, the only real letdown comes from knowing that we won't get to see Noomi Rapace play Lisbeth Salander again. --Sam Graham
- Millennium: The Story A 53-minute documentary detailing the phenomenon of the "Millennium Trilogy" and a brief biography of brilliant author Stieg Larsson, noting that the author died tragically before even seeing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo published.
- Interviews with leading actors Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander) and Michael Nyqvist (Michael Blomkvist), as well as the cast and crew of The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
- A "making of" featurette that goes behind the scenes of the fight scene between Niederman and Paulo Roberto in The Girl Who Played with Fire
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This the original,with extras is much better..LIKE THEY SAY...IF IT AIN'T BROKE...DON'T FIX IT !!!
ANYONE ! Who thinks Hollywood is the be all and end all, for movie making should see these FABULOUS offerings.
They will change your mind about international film makers and foreign films, REALLY FAST !
The negative reviews you are reading on this site about this release having no bonus disc are from another blu-ray trilogy set that Alliance released on May 10th, 2011. Those were only the 'theatrical' cuts of the films, contained only Swedish and English 5.1 dolby digital tracks, had English only subtitles, and contained only 3 discs. As far as I know, Alliance (now eOne) does not sell this set anymore.
In "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," 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 named Wennerström.
Then he's unexpectedly contacted by aged industrialist Henrik Vanger, to discover what happened to the guy's grandniece. He's offering evidence on Wennerström, so Mikael has no choice but to accept -- and as he investigates the sinister Vanger family, he joins forces with Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), an eccentric, abused computer hacker. And as Mikael unearths the clues to Harriet's disappearance, he also finds some skeletons long kept buried.
"The Girl Who Played With Fire" finds Mikael investigating sex trafficking in his own country, and young girls who are sold into it. Unknown to him, Lisbeth is keeping very close tabs on his work -- especially since she was abused as a child, and now plots revenge on the sex traffickers. But when she's accused of murder and ends up on the run, Mikael must discover what lies at the core of these crimes...
And finally, "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest": Lisbeth has been shot in the head, her malevolent father Zalachenko is in the same hospital claiming that she tried to kill him, and some nasty government forces want her locked away, as she was as a child.Read more ›
The six 90-minutes CDs were shot for a Sweden's TV chain, but the producers elected to issue first three movies (totaling 6 hours); the latter are interesting but the full six 90-minutes episodes are truly wonderful.
And please don't pay attention to the American Hollywoodian version of vol. 1 (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), starring a totally misacted and miscasted Daniel Craig. Not to mention that the actress personifying Lisbeth Salander is no match for Noomi Rapace, the actress who personified LS in the original production.
Read the books one by one, and then get to view the corresponding CDs. Lisbeth Salander is not an ordinary person but she needs love. As each human being.
Most recent customer reviews
The movies are amazing but Please change the description of the product, this is only on French and not include English.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Noomi Rapace truly is an amazing actor. These Swedish made films are truly outstanding and tell a gripping story staying true to Steig Larsson's millennium trilogy.Published 2 months ago by FQ Pp
I thoroughly enjoyed the novels; so I wanted to get the DVD collection as well.Published 3 months ago by Mary M.
This is a good story, acted VERY well (I LOVE how she makes the character her own like the story really is about her as a PERSON!)Published 4 months ago by CANDYMAN
The videos are amazing! I read the books and am thoroughly enjoying watching it play out!Published 5 months ago by Sue
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