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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 (271 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 (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00283PUQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,793 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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 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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The enduring popularity of the vampire myth rests, in part, on sexual magnetism. In Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredsons carefully controlled, yet sympathetic take on John Ajvide Lindqvists Swedish bestseller-turned-screenplay, the protagonists are pre-teens, unlike the fully-formed night crawlers of HBOs True Blood or Catherine Hardwickes Twilight (both also based on popular novels). Instead, 12-year-old Oskar (future heartbreaker KÃ¥re 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 HÃ¥kan (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 Rubiks 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 doesnt 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 Lindqvists fifth feature, like Norways chilling Insomnia before it, has inspired an American remake, which is sure to boast superior special effects, but cant possibly capture the delicate balance he strikes here between the tender and the terrible. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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141 of 149 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
Format:Blu-ray
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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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film, fantastic release. 2 Sep 2009
Format:Blu-ray
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, Blu-ray benefits only marginal 23 Jan 2010
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
So far this is one of the first reviews of the actual Blu-Ray disc - there are hardly any references to it elsewhere and one reviewer states "Technically, the DVD is brilliant and the blu-ray must be even better." So I guess they didn't see the BD.

But the high-definition benefits of Blu-Ray were only marginal here, and my conclusion is that if you are considering one or the other, go for a standard DVD. The extras are modest - four brief deleted scenes, a full re-run with the director talking about it, and little else. It's subtitled in English only, or at least my copy was, with audio soundtrack in Swedish with no other options.

The film itself is good, very good actually. It's different, it goes in (mostly) unexpected directions, and it captures a certain mood and atmosphere that befits the icy Swedish landscape. The two young leading actors - for both a debut - are excellent, with the vampire Eli particular photogenic and maintaining an air of mysticism and faint surreality throughout. The thought that kept coming back while watching this fim it is that it's just plain different, and a very welcome left-field take on the vampire concept. It discreetly retains all of the horrors you would expect and adds some new ones less familiar.

It's not brilliant though. I had very high expectations based on the generally lavish praise it has received from other reviewers, and although I'm very glad I rented it, very glad I watched it, it wasn't quite the classic I had hoped for. On the other hand, as one normally averse to horror films (a genre into which it partly fits), I enjoyed every horrifying detail and liked the sudden and matter-of-fact style of the director who avoided all the cheesey musical build-ups that Hollywood usually employ.
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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 2 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by George Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Enjoyed watching it very much. The little girl was very scary. A fine example of international cinema. Would recommend it very much.
Published 6 months ago by POS
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting twist on vampire films.
I am not normally interested in vampire movies at all, however a friend recomended this film to me, she said it had a very unique way of depicting a very old story and I beleive... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keith Phillips
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