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419 of 433 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This set demands to be in your DVD collection
Paul Pritchard, DVD Verdict --Now this is certainly different. When one hears that a film clocking in at 152 minutes is getting an additional 30 minutes added to its runtime, it can be off-putting, no matter how good the original may have been. When that same extension is applied to an entire trilogy, it can become a somewhat daunting task. The simple fact is that most...
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353 of 370 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for the COMPLETE versions of each film...
If you are a real fan of these films then you are probably aware that they were made originally for Swedish television and the versions released to theaters have been shortened to make their running times more palatable for audiences who are forced to keep their butts in their seats viewing these films during their theatrical release. The films as shown on TV have a...
Published on December 11, 2010 by Sandoz


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419 of 433 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This set demands to be in your DVD collection, December 2, 2011
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Paul Pritchard, DVD Verdict --Now this is certainly different. When one hears that a film clocking in at 152 minutes is getting an additional 30 minutes added to its runtime, it can be off-putting, no matter how good the original may have been. When that same extension is applied to an entire trilogy, it can become a somewhat daunting task. The simple fact is that most people just don't have three hours to sit and watch a movie all that often. So with that in mind, it is both refreshing and reassuring to find The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy reconfigured as a TV miniseries, with each film broken into two 90-minute episodes.

First of all, this change of format not only doesn't harm the material, it actually enhances it. Given the extra room to breathe, the films are both richer and a much more palatable proposition. Whether by chance or design, each of the films also has a natural break-off point, where each episode can draw to a close; this allows the viewer to take in each story in easily digestible chunks whilst ensuring they are left desperate to find out what happens next. It's also important to stress that the story still maintains its cinematic feel.

Presented as one long six-part series, the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition is broken down into three distinct sections, thus allowing the viewer to watch each film independently of the rest.

Each film in the trilogy is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, which obviously means the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been cropped to fit with the aspect ratio of its sequels. This really makes little difference, however, and still delivers a fine-looking picture, with natural colors, high levels of detail, and solid blacks. The viewer has the choice of playing the movie in either its native Swedish, or, for those with an aversion to subtitles, English. Both options provide a clean, nicely balanced 5.1 mix.

This four-DVD set contains each film on separate discs, with the fourth disc reserved for supplemental materials. The bonus disc delivers two hours of features, and begins with "Millennium: The Story." Clocking in at 48 minutes, this documentary actually focuses on author Steig Larsson, and is an excellent insight into his work. Both Noomi Rapace, and her co-star Michael Nyqvist are each interviewed in separate featurettes, whilst notable members of the cast and crew also get to discuss the film in a further set of interviews. "Nidermann vs. Roberto" focuses on a fight scene from The Girl who Played with Fire. Finally there is a selection of trailers for each of the films.

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353 of 370 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for the COMPLETE versions of each film..., December 11, 2010
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If you are a real fan of these films then you are probably aware that they were made originally for Swedish television and the versions released to theaters have been shortened to make their running times more palatable for audiences who are forced to keep their butts in their seats viewing these films during their theatrical release. The films as shown on TV have a run-time closer to 3 hours, whereas the theatrical prints clock-in around the 2 1/2 hour mark. It would have been nice if they had saw fit to release the unexpurgated versions in this complete box set, rather than the slimmer versions.

This collection is still a good deal...if you want to get all the films of the trilogy in one fell swoop and, though i haven't compared them to the single film editons to see if anything is new, it does appear that the 4th bonus disc has some good extras. Myself, I'd rather wait until the longer versions get their inevitable release (this story has become too phenomenal for it not to) either on this side of the pond, or in a R2 version.

<UPDATE: Well, it took a year from my above disclaimer but the full-length versions of the films have finally been released here in the U.S. Was really just a matter of time that they'd eventually show up, but I know I'm glad I waited for them so I didn't have to double-dip on releases of these films. 01/12>
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286 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Are NOT The Complete, Original Versions!..., January 17, 2011
THE STEIG LARSON TRILOGY is NOT the complete, uncut version of the Swedish TV presentation. I E-mailed B. Brown at MUSIC BOX FILMS, and he said that the uncut versions will be released later this year. As for the movies themselves, they are three of the best suspense / mystery / thrillers I've ever seen. Noomi Rapace (as Lisbeth Salander) dominates every scene she's in, from the opening, disappearance mystery of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO through the human-trafficking tale of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and right through to the government conspiracy finale of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, Repace is incredible! Her psychological complexity and toughness are fascinating! I can only hope that the US remake stays true to these stories...
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195 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars includes both dubbed and subtitled versions!, October 31, 2011
Music Box Films responded to my email query by confirming that this Extended Edition includes both English-dubbed and subtitled versions, so it is indeed the definitive set that every fan has been waiting for.
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl in a bleak world, October 24, 2010
The late Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy was all about cruelty towards women -- and the movie adaptations don't hold back either. These are bleak, dark thrillers filled with razor-sharp social commentary, bloody action and conspiracies -- and brilliant performances by Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace.

In "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," take-no-prisoners journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has just lost his reputation, his savings and his freedom (hello, jail sentence!) after a nasty libel suit from an executive named Wennerström.

Then he's unexpectedly contacted by aged industrialist Henrik Vanger, to discover what happened to the guy's grandniece. He's offering evidence on Wennerström, so Mikael has no choice but to accept -- and as he investigates the sinister Vanger family, he joins forces with Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), an eccentric, abused computer hacker. And as Mikael unearths the clues to Harriet's disappearance, he also finds some skeletons long kept buried.

"The Girl Who Played With Fire" finds Mikael investigating sex trafficking in his own country, and young girls who are sold into it. Unknown to him, Lisbeth is keeping very close tabs on his work -- especially since she was abused as a child, and now plots revenge on the sex traffickers. But when she's accused of murder and ends up on the run, Mikael must discover what lies at the core of these crimes...

And finally, "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest": Lisbeth has been shot in the head, her malevolent father Zalachenko is in the same hospital claiming that she tried to kill him, and some nasty government forces want her locked away, as she was as a child. Her only hope lies in Mikael, who must unravel a government conspiracy formed around the young hacker...

"The Stieg Larsson Trilogy" takes the usual mystery/thriller plots and promptly turns them on their heads. They take place in a dark, dangerous, unfair world where the truth is quashed and women are treated horribly -- and no one more so than the eccentric, angry "girl with the dragon tattoo."

And the movies translate Larsson's novels beautifully. Niels Arden Oplev gives a raw, bone-chilling power to the first movie; Daniel Alfredson doesn't have quite the same kinetic touch, but both men do brilliant jobs with their films. And they weave in some horribly disturbing scenes (the ghastly, helpless rape of Lisbeth by her corrupt "guardian" -- followed by a gleefully horrific scene where she gets her revenge).

And Mikael and Salander make an intriguing odd couple -- Nyquist's journalist starts world-weary and demoralized that he seems to care about nothing, but regains his passion for the truth. And Rapace is absolutely electric as Lisbeth, who is one of the most devastatingly brilliant characters in modern cinema -- she's a wild, bleeding creature hiding her bruises behind a mask of piercings and jet-dyed hair, and whose torn-up heart begins to heal when she meets Mikael.

"The Steig Larsson Trilogy" is a powerful trio of movies that never stops hitting you in the gut when you least expect it. Absolutely brilliant.
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128 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars US Extended Edition received, November 27, 2011
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Received the blu-ray extended edition from Amazon.ca (Canada) on Nov. 25th. Pre ordered in September. This is likely the same product that will be shipped in the States as the sticker on the front mentions over 2 hours of additional footage not seen in the US. The back of the box states that "this complete version of the international hit series restores notable characters and subplots, most significantly in the portrayal of Erika Berger".

Each movie is on its own disc, and split between Part 1 and 2 for each movie. I assume that is how it was shown on Swedish TV. I've never seen the movie versions so I can't tell what the differences are in content.

All 3 features are available with the original Swedish language with English subtitles or an English language version.

The fourth disc has the special features and is 2 hrs, 2 minutes long. It includes a 53 minute documentary detailing the phenomenon of the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and the personal history of Stieg Larsson.

I've only watched the first disc and enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to watch the rest!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Girl" Watching, February 27, 2011
I'm glad I waited for this handsome, slim boxed set of the entire Stieg Larsson trilogy instead of buying each title as it became available. I'd already read the 3 books, and I'd seen the first film (DRAGON TATTOO) in a theater, but then I waited until all 3 films were packaged together on DVD. I cleared my schedule for one long afternoon and evening, and I watched all 7+ hours in uninterrupted bliss. It really is the perfect way to experience this remarkable story.

I won't rehash the plots of the 3 films, but I must mention the fine direction, writing, production design, cinematography, music, and the terrific cast, particularly the two leads. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace are so perfect together that I can't imagine anyone else playing these roles. (I wish Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara a lot of luck with the American remake--they have very big shoes to fill.) The scenery alone will have you booking the next flight to Sweden.

These DVDs are beautiful, with your choice of the original Swedish soundtracks with English subtitles or very well executed English-dubbed soundtracks. I prefer the Swedish--there's so much character detail conveyed by the actual actors' voices, even in a foreign language. And the extra DVD has 2 hours of documentaries, interviews and trailers. This trilogy of films (and books) is just about the best mystery series I've found in a long while. My only regret is that Stieg Larsson isn't around to bask in his well-deserved glory--and to continue the saga of Michael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander. Highly recommended.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is worth the money!, February 26, 2011
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If you just immigrated from outer space, you don't have any idea what this is. Otherwise, you have an idea of the international craze surrounding this series. In print or DVD, this is a best seller with an avid following. This review will not critique each movie. Nor will I enter into a discussion of what is lost in the movement from print to film. There is a question of a more "complete" version films later. With money to be made, that is a real possibility but the definition of "later" and how much more film is an open question. An American adaptation of the story is in the works. I do not think an American version will be able to capture the real feel of the story, as it exists here.
These films are a very hard R, full of nudity, sex and violence. If that is upsetting, you should not buy this item. This is an integral part of the story and not tacked on in an attempt to boost sales. The three movies are independent films, watched together, they tell a single story. If you buy one, chances are you will want all of them. Each film has a Swedish language track with English subtitles and an English language track. Each film is widescreen, preserving the full frame movie presentation. Each DVD is in a full color illustrated holder housed in a box with a changing picture front. The two-hour bonus disk contains a documentary, interviews and trailers for each film. If your decision is to buy the set, this is the best purchase option.
This is an excellent story, well acted presented in a quality production. The story is compelling and well crafted. I enjoyed them the first time and will watch them again.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This blu ray set is the ONLY way to see and expierence this!!, December 28, 2011
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Glad I took the risk in getting these "extended editions" on blu ray. What a show it is!! This set blows away the shorter "theatrical" cuts released here in the states. There are no words to describe this Swedish mini-series. Why weren't these available to begin with!? Each film is divided into two parts on the three blu rays. I wouldn't want to try to watch this on DVD with the compressing of over three hours of material on one DVD (over nine hours for all three movies). Blu ray is made for these longer series. The video quality is amazing! Cannot get over the detail in the picture. Yeah, there is some grain. But this is evident in the film itself and the high resolution of blu ray format just brings it out. Glad they didn't try removing the grain, it adds to the atmosphere. And boy howdy, does this show have atmosphere! This is a four disc set (three for the series and one for special features) and the video is presented in a 1.78 format filling the 16:9 screen of your television. The audio is presented in Swedish 5.1 DTS-HD and the old Dolby Digital (from DVD years) for the English dubbed. Either one sounds really good and adds to the excitement in surround sound!
My only complaint is there should have been more special features. I know there were still scenes not added into this extended edition. They could have put more deleted scenes on each disc. Maybe a commentary of some sort from the stars or the director. This is one fascinating show, would like to know and see more...
Even if you have the older theatrical cuts, get this newer version. If you are a fan of the series do yourself the favor. It is a blast!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!, January 8, 2012
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OMG I dont know how I missed these books or these movies....but I am so glad I found them now!!! I bought the books, the dvd set and headed for the theater to see the new movie with Daniel Craig. While the new movie was good, there just is no way anything will ever do justice to these amazing books like this 9 hour mini series did. Steig would be proud. American media may be a little too tight ass to make such an amazing mini series but the Swede knew what they were doing. I was electrified! Couldnt stop watching it. Love that this dvd set is so complete. It has horus of additional footage which I would never have known was missing if they hadnt told me but I like watching it all within the movie. I dont like the deleted scene section. This also has the option to either watch it with subtitles or with an English voiceover....awesome both ways!!!! So in love with this trilogy!! I even bought the books. Should keep me busy all winter!
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