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  • Language: English, Swedish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MYIXAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,018 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Pramod on 29 Aug. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Frankly, I haven't liked many of the vampire movies that hit the theatres in the recent past. They had very little substance, apart from gore and blood. The only upside was the superb special effects. One did not however feel they were `real' characters, if you can use that term for a bloodthirsty vampire.
Into this arid cinematic landscape comes Let the Right One In, a Swedish movie that tells the moving story of a young vampire. The hauntingly beautiful story is rather simple - the vampire girl Eli ("I have been 12 for a long time"), develops a relationship with Oskar, a 12-year-old boy who is tormented by classmates at his Stockholm school. Their relationship blossoms in a frozen landscape, amidst the frenzy of murder necessitated by Eli's thirst for blood and Oskar's travails at school. It is a voyage of discovery for both protagonists in the movie - they learn the finer points of life (and death) from each other.
The viewer immediately warms up to both characters, played brilliantly by the two first-time leads. It is hard not to sympathise with Oskar, who finally learns to `handle' his tormentors the hard way on Eli's advice. Eli is one vampire you do not hate - her life is one long struggle for blood, company and love. The film does have gore - but it is not the primary focus. It has plenty of blood, but in the director's hand it becomes the conduit through which the two characters bond. Oskar stands by Eli even after learning that she is a vampire. If that is not love, what is ?
In that context, The Right One is a love story par excellence. The one thing that could have prevented Oskar from reaching out to Eli instead becomes their greatest strength. In one instance, Oskar saves Eli's life from a potential killer. The would-be killer ends up being a source of blood for Eli.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Stephens on 6 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
This film blew me away when I watched it. There is one moment where CGI is used which looked unrealistic and was a bit of a blip (the cats!), but I can overlook that because of the great story, exceptional acting of the two main children, the fantastic music and one of the best camera shots I think I've ever seen in a film (where the girl is underneath the bridge). Can't recommend this film enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gwenelope on 7 Aug. 2010
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Now I write this having recently read the book swiftly followed by the film (in that order) and it was perhaps not necessarily wise to do so. The novel is a very rich narrative with some very uncomfortable themes in it and asks some interesting questions about what is a monster (much like Shelly's Frankenstein) and indeed what it means to be monstrous.

The narrative focuses on two lonely isolated children, Eli and Oskar. Eli just happens to be a vampire while Oskar is a victim of relentless bullying and is unable to fight back, at least at the start. Oskar, playing on his own at night, meets Eli and a meaningful and complex friendship develops between the two. We see how their relationship impacts on some other characters in the bleak setting of Stockholm such as a group of middle aged friends, some pupils at school and Eli's carer Hakan (although the relationship between Hakan and Eli is very much underplayed in the film).

The film focuses very much on the relationship between Eli (a young Vampire) and Oskar (a lonely victim of relentless bullying) and how this dysfunctional (can't really be otherwise can it?) relationship enables Oskar to grow and develop and gather strength enough to start fighting back against the bullies, or at least try to.

We are led to an uncomfortable climax where Oskar's tormentors seek one final moment of revenge and humiliation at Oskar's fitness club in the swimming pool. This final, climactic scene is easily one of the most remarkable and devastating of the whole film which delivers a final emotional punch. Too much description will give the game away but it really is the best use of 'old school' cinema, good use of camera work, editing and special effects (no CGI here folks!) you will see in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plom de Nume on 3 Sept. 2009
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Swedish with sub-titles, kids in the main roles, a very subdued, ordinary setting... but trust me: you're going to have a subtly breathtaking time with this. Expect echoes of M. R. James, Woody Allen, Bergman, Kubrick and no small measure of Hitchcock at his subtlest.

Let the Right One In is a quietly thrilling gem that works wonders with the vampire genre - it surprises and bewitches in its own particular way, delivering a unique, original experience that should satisfy cinephile and horror-fan alike. It's the most tasteful and magical take on the undead for some time - everything "Interview with the Vampire" wanted to be and "Near Dark" actually was for its time.

In case, though, you're getting visions either of some fey, cod-romantic nouveau horror, or of some gritty, sweat- and blood-streaked actioner, let me also say that this gorgeously-composed glory manages to work its spell by exploiting the ordinary, even banal side of the mythos. It's set in a modern, urban (Stockholm-suburb) reality whose understated "glamour" comes from being perfectly photographed and pin-drop sound-engineered. It's the perfect backdrop for this wonderfully oblique tale of childhood trauma, neighbourhood gossip, mundane lifestyle - and outrageous slaughter.

The film is a contradictory, bitter-sweet, excitingly low-key horror-romance; easily the most affecting story of mismatched childhood love (quietly awesome performances from the kids, indeed) for ages. If you loved "The Innocents" or the original "Haunting" or "The Woman in Black," this should really grab you; there are also reminders of the best elements of such works as "Innocent Blood" and "Salem's Lot.
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