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Let the Right One in [DVD]

Kåre Hedebrant , Lina Leandersson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00283PUQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 realise 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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143 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I have been 12 for a long time....' 29 Aug 2009
By Pramod
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 6 Feb 2012
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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute MASTERPIECE! 22 Aug 2010
This film is absolutely amazing. Everything about it is great: the story, the acting, the cinematography. Everything.

It's different right from the start. The opening credits come up white text on a black backgound without any music, and the effect is quite spectacular. This simple trick sets an erie atmosphere instantly and is a perfect example of the approach taken in the rest of the film: less is more.

The film is long; one reviewer says slow but I disagree - I think perhaps minimalist is a better choice of word. The whole work looks stunning, and from the Blu ray menu to the subtle use of CGI, it almost felt like a piece of beautiful Swedish design for which the country is so known for; speaking of the subtle CGI, because it's used sparingly and cleverly, it's impact is all the more greater when you do notice it. Half the time though, you don't. Half the time, you're not sure if your eyes are playing tricks on you, and that's another example of the genius of the film and the incredible atmosphere it manages to create.

The scenery throughout the film is beautiful and Blue Ray is the perfect format for the sparkling white snow that this film is awash with. The actors who play the main characters, Oskar and Eli, although young, are excellent and do a great job. I won't go into the specifics here, I'm sure there's other reviews that tell you all about the story but 'Let the Right One In' is a love story of sorts between an awkward young boy and a young girl who moves onto his estate. What unfolds is a brilliant and touching piece of cinema that is both terrifying in places and beautiful in others.

It was also nice to watch a film in this language too I found, and the whole thing was just so well done on every level it was staggering.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film, fantastic release. 2 Sep 2009
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a wonderful film that deserves a proper release to home video, and the UK is able to enjoy just such a release. We here in America, however, aren't as lucky.

To praise LET THE RIGHT ONE IN as one of the best "vampire" films is doing it a disservice. While that claim is undoubtedly true, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is also one of the best films (regardless of genre) in quite some time. More a film about the budding relationship between a friendless, bullied 12 year old boy and someone who has "been 12 years old for a long time", the vampirism sets the backdrop and conflict for these two characters to find their way through to form a real connection. With amazing direction, cinematography, music and acting, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a truly great film.

A quick comment about this Blu-Ray release. Here in America, we suffer from a release that boasts a "dumbed-down" subtitle translation (different from the subtitles in the theatrical release) and the choice of an English-dubbed audio track that many claim to be one of the worst they've ever heard. Since Blu-Ray does not suffer from the Region Coding that restrains DVD releases and is also immune to any PAL/NTSC compatability issues (this release is fully functional on American equipment), I purchased the UK release and have been absolutely thrilled with its quality and presentation. I must also admit that it is amazingly refreshing to be offered a foreign-language film in which there simply is no English-dubbed option; you hear the film in Swedish and read subtitles. Period.

It's a shame I don't have the option of finding a quality release like this one in the States, but I am very glad that I was able to take advantage of this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
unusual film and worth a watch
Published 7 hours ago by G. Ashall
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Right One In - DVD
As this was a present it is very hard for me to comment. The recipient certainly seemed delighted.
The packaging was superb.
Published 1 month ago by Nureyev
4.0 out of 5 stars All the reviewers are right, sort of
This film was bound to be controversial because it will meet no one's preconceptions or expectations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve in Munich
4.0 out of 5 stars let the right one in.
was disappointed the film was subtitled, I didn't realise this when I ordered it but it was worth the money and arrived well packaged and on time.
Published 6 months ago by vivienne swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars An Affecting Take On The Modern Vampire
Swede Tomas Alfredson's 2008 film provides a refreshingly original (and largely subtle) take on the modern 'horror' (specifically vampire) genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
A classic movie. If you are tired of the American take on vampires try this one. It's a bit sad and strange and the ending left me wanting more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Celine
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Appraisal!
There are already a myriad of 5-star reviews for this movie, but I have to add my own review as I really do believe this film is deserving of every bit of praise! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cathal Lynch
3.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my 2 hours back please?
OK title of my review is a bit harsh but after reading all the glowing reviews this was a serious let down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THAT is a vampire movie as they should be done: dark, grim, cruel,...
This Swedish vampire drama (I do not consider it a horror film) is an absolute MASTERPIECE! Below more of my impressions, with very limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
Don't expect your typical horror here (though why would you? Foreign horrors are always vastly superior) this is smart, emotional and terrifying all at the same time.
Published 9 months ago by George Morris
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