Blu-ray Review: Let the Right One In

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Distributor: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Release Date: 10/Mar/2009

Region: Region Free (cover says Region A)

Length: 1:54:35

Video: 1080P (VC-1, 24 Mbps)

Main Audio:

Swedish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 2157 Kbps, 16-bit)

English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 2240 Kbps, 16-bit)

Subtitles: English Theatrical, English (Narrative), English SDH, & Spanish

Ratio: 2.35:1

Bitrate: 27.59 Mbps

Notes: There is also a DVD release of this title.

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“I tried to do this film as if it was a silent movie…” -Tomas Alfredson

Let the Right One In is a film that is nearly impossible to discuss. Words simply cannot do justice to the beautiful and chilling experience one has while watching the film. It seems to elicit emotions beyond the superficial fear that one might expect from such a movie. The issues that engulf the protagonist are extremely topical (cases of children going too far in their cruelty make headlines on a weekly basis). What is surprising about this is that the emotional effect on the child is handled honestly. He harbors violent revenge fantasies and acts them out when he is alone. Violence begets violence and in the end cruelty devours all involved. The supernatural elements are subtly represented (for the most part) and the film seems more concerned with the relationship between this young vampire and a little boy who privately wants to harm his bullies. The genre elements are chilling because they seem to mirror reality.

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The Presentation:

3.5 of 5 Screams

The disc is contained in a standard Blu-ray case with film related cover art and the animated menu features a black screen with a title that turns red.

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It is a very nice presentation, but there aren’t any bells and whistles.

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Picture Quality:

4.5 of 5 Screams

The film has received an excellent image transfer that is surprisingly clean with nice detail and decent resolution. Contrast levels are handled nicely, with black levels that are consistently solid. Grain levels seem to be faithful to its celluloid source and there is no edge enhancement or DNR to report. Colors seem to be accurately rendered as well. As a matter of fact, it is difficult to find a flaw in the image transfer.

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Sound Quality: 

4 of 5 Screams

Viewers are can watch the film with its original Swedish DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix, or watch it with an English dubbed DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix (this reviewer prefers the Swedish mix). It is quite wonderful to report that both tracks are quite effective. The mix is subtle and often quiet, but always perfectly serves the film and doesn’t stumble over the more dynamic moments. It exhibits excellent fidelity and clarity. Dialogue is always easy to understand and is well prioritized throughout both tracks (though the Swedish mix is superior). The atmospheric effects and the subtle score are perfectly mixed and give weight to the image.  There are those who will argue that it isn’t the most active soundtrack in the world, but this is a quiet film (and is all the more effective because of this fact).

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Special Features:

3 of 5 Screams

Deleted Scenes – (SD) – (5:53)

There are four deleted scenes included on the disc. Admirers of the film will find these scenes interesting.

“Behind the Scenes” Featurette – (SD) – (7:37)

This is an interesting little featurette, but isn’t terribly comprehensive. Viewers are shown some behind the scenes footage of the shoot that are thoroughly engaging, but a film as good as this deserves a proper “Making of” documentary.

Photo Gallery – (21 Photos)

Theatrical Poster Gallery – (6 Posters)

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Final Words:

This is an amazing film. It goes beyond what is expected from the genre and reinvents it completely. Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release surpasses expectations and comes most highly recommended.

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Review by: Devon Powell