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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010)

Michael Nyqvist , Noomi Rapace , Niels Arden Oplev  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube
  • Directors: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,096 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003FBNJ4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on IMDb

Special Features

Interview with Noomi Rapace
Theatrical trailer
Vanger family tree

Editorial Reviews


This haunting and hypnotic movie gets under your skin, in a word, wow! --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A character driven mystery of considerable emotional power, harrowing, and always compelling. --Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

A gripping thriller...devasting, suspenseful & dazzling! --Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine

Product Description

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to investigate. When the pair link Harriet s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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504 of 527 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still speechless... This will be a classic! April 18, 2010
By Shopper
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first in the trilogy of crime novels written by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson. Larsson wrote them during his spare time, as a form of amusement. However, the novels were not published until after Larsson's untimely death in Nov 2004. The author never had the opportunity to enjoy the critical and the commercial success his books eventually earned. In 2008 Larssen became the second best selling author on the planet.

Now, on to the story:
Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist, convicted, unjustly he believes, of libel against a powerful industrialist. As Blomkvist awaits the commencement of his sentence, he is hired by a scion of a wealthy family to investigate the disappearance of the man's bellowed niece 40 years earlier. Everyone, initially including Blomkvist, believes the case is hopeless. Unexpectedly though, help comes in form of "the girl with the dragon tattoo", Lisbeth Salander. The mysterious woman clearly has a severe past: despite being 24 years old, her person and finances are being managed by a court appointed guardian. She does however, have a brilliant mind and, as we are about to learn, a powerful will... She quickly becomes the driving force of the investigation. We watch transfixed, as the past reaches into the presence, and touches the lives of Blomkvist, Salander, her guardian, the industrialist and the wealthy scion.

The story, as written by Larsson, is extremely brutal (consider that the original, and the very apt, Swedish title is "Men Who Hate Women"). However, I am inclined to believe the violence serves as another character in the story and as such is necessary. I am therefore glad that the filmmakers did not seek to tamper it, thus neutering the punch the story delivers.
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210 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rare movie that is even better than the book March 27, 2010
A terrific movie that develops a complex story in a fast-paced way. The screenwriter has done an excellent job at shaving away any excess in the book (which I liked very much) and really focused on the action without losing anything. Actors are wonderful, totally believable and unknown to this American - which goes a long way to making them inhabit their roles so completely. Swedish countryside is almost another character and the audience also gets a travelogue from seeing these great moody swaths of land, snow and island woods.

The movie is enjoyable whether or not you've read the book and is one of the rare ones that improves upon the book. [THE GODFATHER is the only other one that comes to mind.]

Highly recommended!
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
I'm a fervent and early fan of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. I would have flown to another city to watch this film if I had to. Luckily, I live in one of the country's best cities for art house cinema: Dallas. Yes, contrary to the expected stereotypes I always have to bat down when I tell out-of-town friends this fact: Dallas has a tremendous art house cinema culture. And, as testament to that, we got "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" very early. What a thrill for us.

I am not going to claim that the movie is better than the book. What makes the books so compelling are the monster-deep dives Larsson takes into varied areas like investigative journalism, corruption, hacking, mafia, governmental affairs, mafia-government connections, intelligence agencies, detectives..and a host of others. What makes the first book spin is its dual axes of investigative journalism and hacking, personified respectively by Larsson's two protagonists, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. In the movie, something's gotta give: there's just no earthly way director Niels Arden Oplev is going to be able to fit all of Larsson's work into a film of slightly less than three hours.

So what Oplev does is strip the story down to its core: the hunt for Harriet Vanger. It's this case that serendipitously brings Blomkvist and Salander together. In the process of the focus, we lose some of the flavor that is the hallmark of the book, most notably much of the investigative journalism as practiced inside the walls of Millennium magazine. Millennium's editor, Erika Berger, is but a footnote in the movie but a big part of the book. Likewise, little attention is given to the so-called "Wennerström Affair," the personal and professional downfall that befalls Mikael at the book's outset.
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160 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spare, Lean, Gritty and Explosive March 21, 2010
The best screen adaptation from a book in years. The director has honored this well writtten work by following the book almost perfectly without omitting or sacrificing parts of the story. Lisbeth Sanders is perfectly cast. Rapace is Lisbeth. She creates a cult of somewhat envious admiring viewers wanting to become like Lisbeth. She is a fiery hellcat with an appealing naivete. This has viewers cheering for her to be avenged. Mikael too is equally well cast. Using orthodox methods, he step-by step partners with Lisbeth to peal back the layers of the mystery. Lisbeth stays always a step ahead of Mikael in her discoveries. The less well developed character Erika plays a lesser role. However, it is obvious there is bond if not a deeper relationship between Erika and Mikael. This relationship is given little emphasis in the directors efforts to focus on the real plot. Fast moving,well filmed and worth seeing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Tattoo
This movie is far better than the American version. Warning: There is still a pretty graphic sex scene. This movie is not for those you can't handle violence and rough sex scenes.
Published 1 day ago by Nicolette Plummer
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
After reading Steig Larsson's triology I was interesting in seeing the movies but never got to see them in a theater. Read more
Published 1 day ago by spitfire 7
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Realistic. Quite close to the plot of the book. Did not rivet me, though. Still, liked it better than the American version.
Published 8 days ago by magdush smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a great story. Too bad the subject matter is gruesome. Recommend anyone wishing to see the movie, do so.
Published 10 days ago by Richard Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling movie
Edge of your seat movie. The dubbing was well done and if you hate to read a movie this is the way to go
Published 20 days ago by Paula Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was a very intense movie. It was interesting and made me want to keep watching. There were parts that were really stressful to watch, but it was well worth watching the movie... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies are as good as the books
This movie follows the book closely and that makes it a great movie. The Swedish version is better (IMHO) than the American version. Some scenes are graphic. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Allie Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Woo!
This a great novel. I loved it.Then after I finished this one I went on and got the other two books(the girl who played with fire & the girl who kicked the hornets nest) Great read... Read more
Published 24 days ago by tarzan281
1.0 out of 5 stars Unless you can speak a foreign language this movie is not for you....
This movie was in a foreign language with English subtitles. It was very distracting. We stopped watching after ten minutes.
Published 24 days ago by Matty150
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding series.
Wonderful mystery. Really gets to the core of a major problem. Presents a view of a journalism now almost lost in the US.
Published 29 days ago by Morris H Middleton
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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo English Dubbing

I own a copy of the Blu Ray version and to answer your questions. The DVD movie offers the viewer the options of watching the file w/Swedish language and English sub-titles, w/English language and no sub-titles, OR English language AND English sub-titles. The dubbing is nearly... Read more
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