The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Overview

A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for...
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Overview

A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed.
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Special Features

Interview with Naomi Rapace; The Vanger Family Tree; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Adapting a best-seller for the screen is normally a safe bet for a studio, but a decidedly risky proposition for a director. While there is a considerable built-in audience that is virtually guaranteed to buy a ticket, many of those viewers are predisposed to criticize the film because of its inevitable differences from the book. While the most dedicated fans of Stieg Larsson's international best-seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will find enough discrepancies in Niels Arden Oplev's film to help them achieve their nitpicking fix, it is difficult to imagine anyone exiting the theater feeling disappointed by this riveting thriller. Regardless of the story, readers know that the film will succeed or fail on the basis of its depiction of the book's most memorable character, the punk-rock Sherlock Lisbeth Salander, an investigator extraordinaire who prefers black leather, a spiked collar, and Doc Martens to her predecessor's cape coat, deerstalker hat, and loafers. Lisbeth is utterly embodied by Swedish starlet Noomi Rapace, who did a "De Niro" to prepare for the role by getting several real piercings, studying kickboxing and motorcycle riding, and losing a dangerous amount of weight to shrink into Lisbeth's skinny frame. Beneath the stoic composure required by Salander's extreme social estrangement, Rapace masterfully conveys her character's complex mixture of violence and vulnerability, often using only expression, gesture, and tone. Rapace's presence as Lisbeth is more of a manifestation than a performance, an astonishing achievement that is even more impressive considering the overwhelming global expectations for the role. Danish director Niels Arden Oplev To Verdener does an equally impressive disappearing act, as he resists the urge to immerse Larsson's pitch-dark plot with superfluous violence and cinematic flash. The film features one searing scene of a vicious assault against Salander that is absolutely harrowing and hard to watch, but Oplev and Larsson later reverse the positions of power to produce one of the most memorable scenes of redemptive violence in film history. These two scenes are so skillfully balanced against one another that their resonance of male aggression and its repercussions carries through the rest of the film, allowing Oplev to forego the necessity for further graphic depictions. After establishing this tone of grim urgency, the director uses the tools of his trade to meticulously heighten the tension and embellish the literary plot with injections of pure cinema, such as when Mikael Blomkvist played with sedate determination by Michael Nyqvist uses new technology to conjure a ghost from a series of old photographs. As the protagonists dig deeper into the central mystery, the scope and gravity of the crime accumulates and the pressure builds to a striking climax that flirts with Hollywood convention just long enough to enhance the shock and delight of its eventual vicissitude. Those who have never read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be mesmerized by the addictive mystery at its center, involving Nazis, biblical murders, and a family that forever redefines dysfunction. Those who already know the solution to the mystery can still relish Noomi Rapace's impeccable rendition of Lisbeth Salander while they scrutinize the screen for disparities that might drag it down below the novel on the imaginary scale of universal artistic quality. But this outstanding film is all that could be hoped for from such a prominent adaptation, which means that there will be plenty of room beneath it on that artistic scale for the inevitable Hollywood remake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • UPC: 705105743950
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Music Box Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,447

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Nyqvist Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall Dirch Frode
Bjorn Granath Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling Harriet Vanger
Per Oscarsson Holger Palmgren
Michalis Koutsogiannakis Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp Malin Eriksson
Thomas Kohler Plauge
David Dencik Janne Dahlman
Stefan Sauk Hans-Erik Wennerstrom
Gösta Bredefeldt Harald Vanger
Fredrik Ohlsson Gunnar Brannlund
Jacob Ericksson Christer Malm
Gunnel Lindblom Isabella Vanger
Reuben Sallmander Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi Mimmi Wu
Margareta Stone Birgit Falk
Christian Fiedler Otto Falk
Gyorgi Staykov Alexander Zalachenko
Nina Norén Agneta Salander
Emil Almén Polis i Dalarna
Louise Ryme Receptionist
Pale Olofsson Domare
Mikael Rahm Bildredaktor
Willie Andréason Birger Vanger
Jan Mybrand Ekonomichef
Lennart R. Svensson Polisman i skogen
Carl Oscar Törnros Huliganer
Kalled Mustonen Huliganer
Henrik Knutsson Huliganer
Barbro Enberg Äldre dam
Ola Wallinder Miltontekniker
Alexandra Pascalidou Kvinnlig TV Reporter
Siewert Öholm Programledare
Theilla Bladh Ung Lisbeth
Laura Lind Jennie Giannini
Isabella Isacson Monica Giannini
Richard Franc Gottfried Vanger
Magnus Stenius Plit
Technical Credits
Niels Arden Oplev Director
Nicolaj Arcel Screenwriter
Tobias Åstrom Production Manager
Daniel Chilla Asst. Director
Jenny Fred Makeup
Jacob Groth Score Composer
Rasmus Heisterberg Screenwriter
Anders Hörling Sound/Sound Designer
Janus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Jannus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Eric Kress Cinematographer
Tusse Lande Casting
Anne Osterud Editor
Cilla Rorby Costumes/Costume Designer
Niels Sejer Production Designer
Soren Staermose Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
1. Scene 1 [7:00]
2. Scene 2 [9:32]
3. Scene 3 [7:38]
4. Scene 4 [8:11]
5. Scene 5 [7:26]
6. Scene 6 [7:38]
7. Scene 7 [8:49]
8. Scene 8 [9:50]
9. Scene 9 [8:29]
10. Scene 10 [2:54]
11. Scene 11 [4:55]
12. Scene 12 [8:38]
13. Scene 13 [11:54]
14. Scene 14 [8:54]
15. Scene 15 [16:47]
16. Scene 16 [16:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
   Play
   Chapters
   Setp-Up
      English Sub-Titles: On/Off
         English Sub-Titles: On
         English Sub-Titles: Off
      Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
      English Dolby 5.1
   Extras
      Interview With Noomi Rapace
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Vanger Family Tree
      TGWPWF Preview
      Previews
         Previews
            Northface
            Mesrine
            OSS: Lost in Rio
            Play All
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!

    I had the opportunity of seeing the Swedish film version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in its limited release in New York. I had read Steig Larsson's novel, and it is the best books I have read this year. That being said, I must say that the film is much better than the book. The Millenium Triology films have been shown on Swedish television, each book being a two-part movie.

    Having read that there are plans to remake this as a Hollywood production is a disappointment. Rumored for the part of journalist Mikael Blomkvist are "pretty boys" Clooney, Depp, and Pitt, and rumoured for the part of Lisbeth Salander are Carey Mulligan and Kristen Stewart. After seeing the Swedish version, in my opinion, it would be extremely difficult to see anyone other than actors Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace in these roles. The American version would benefit from getting Ms. Rapace to reprise her role as Lisbeth, and perhaps the accomplished actor Viggo Mortensen in the role of Blomkvist.

    Like the book, the film contains graphic sexual violence. However, it is not gratuitous, but serves to drive the narrative forward, and to underscore the alarming rate of sexual violence toward women in Sweden, one of the novel's underlying social themes.

    If you can find this movie in the theatre, please seek it out. If not, I would highly recommend owning the DVD.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Excellent

    Please disregard all negative reviews of this film. It is phenomenal, and extremely well put together... just like all of the novels. My high expectations were met with each character (especially Salander), above and beyond what I thought was possible. Take the time to watch each movie of this series if you love the books, you won't regret it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Expected more

    I saw this film (in a theater) with someone who hadn't read the book. He was confused, because the movie cuts plot points from the novel, and the story didn't quite make sense. I was disappointed, because they made the story feel workmanlike and obligatory, not suspenseful and sexy. Some nice moments, but overall a letdown. I recognize Larsson's shortcomings as a writer, but his novel was "grippy." The movie, not so much.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2010

    LOVED!

    I read the book first and felt that this film followed it as closely as a two hour film can. Even as a foreign film I felt that I could connect with all the characters and found the whole film riviting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2010

    Agree Highly Recommend

    I have read all of the books and found the movie great to watch, I will not view the American version when it comes out, this was too close to the feeling of the books in cast and setting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    I have not yet read Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, but after seeing this movie I will be reading them starting tomorrow. I found the overall plot exciting, gripping and intense. As mentioned in other reviews, this movie has several gritty scenes so it may not be for the faint at heart audience. Fans of crime novels will probably enjoy this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grizzly and Disgusting!

    I wanted to read the book series. So I watched the movie to see if it would spark an interest. I should have known better.
    The pros- I see where the story can suck you in to want to read the books.
    The cons- Very graphic rape scenes, sex scenes and disgusting murdered victims. I shake my head in horror.
    The subtitles did not bother me, the acting was okay, the ending left you hanging for the next chapter, but I wont be reading it. If this gave me nightmares what does book two do you. Maybe I am overreacting and its a great series, I was just turned off.
    Not suitable for young audiences!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    What just happened?

    I decided that I would watch this movie before I read the book because the book was getting such good reviews. I didn't even know what it was supposed to be about, and the fact that it was an investigation kind of surprised me. From the start I had no idea what was going on. That didn't change as the movie went on either. I still don't exactly know what a lot of the movie was about. The only thing that I really understood about this movie was that they were trying to uncover what happened to this girl. I have no idea how the very end played into the whole movie though...it just seemed really random. Let's just say that somewhere I read a review and it said that the movie was better than the book, I think the movie sucks so I'm definitely not going to read it.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    swedis

    when i first put the movie in
    it was in swedis.
    then i pressed a butten
    then it was in english.
    it was good and had you
    guessing untill the verry
    end. i cant belive ther making.
    an american remake would it even
    be the same. but others may not like
    the movie if you read the book.
    as i say if you read the books, the
    the movie is always shiz most of the time.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

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    Great Movie!

    I really enjoyed this movie despite the fact that I had to read it. The only bad thing I can think of is that the movie skipped around according to the book, but really what movie thats based off a book doesn't? the actors were phenomonal and the setting was exactly as I pictured it.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Good movie but you must read the book

    The movie is good, however I can see people getting confused specially if they have not read the book. Of course the book is so much better, they changed scenes around and some scenes are slighty different from the way is written in the book. They don't mention Millenium, the magazine, nearly as much as they should. They concentrated in Harriet and the Vanger family and left too much out about Wennerstrom. It's hard for me when I have to read the subtitles so I got a bit confused at times, specially because it was very fast paced and it was hard for me to keep up. But none-the-less it's a good movie and it's worth to see.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    save your money

    Save your money and buy the book. Loved the books and was excited to see the film and how it would encompus the book. For someone who has not read the book they will be lost, to many gaps in the story line of the movie that doesn't explain what happened or is happening. Very disappointed in this film version.

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