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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS: 115 minutes, deleted scenes, photo galley, theatrical poster gallery, theatrical trailer, and behind-the-scenes featurette
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 and 2.0, Swedish 5.1 and 2.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish
 
STUDIO:  Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Magnet releasing/ Six Shooter Film Series/ Bavaria Film International/ Efti
RELEASE DATE: 3-10-2009

Oskar is a 12 year old boy bullied at school in Sweden. His life changes when a new mysterious girl, Eli, moves into his apartment building. Eli carries a secret- she's a vampire. The guy with her kills people so she can have blood to survive. Eli is stuck in the body of a 12 year old girl. She must always move. Oskar and Eli form a bond that is put ot the test when he finds out who she is. A series of events sets the stage for one of the best and most original vampire films in years called LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (based on a novel). It is liek PAN'S LABYRINTH- just better and without the oversentimentality that haunts the films of Guillermo del Toro. Director Thomas Alfredson knows how to balance the character relationships and the horror (whether it is a kid being bullied or Eli attacking).  LET THE RIGHT ONE IN sucks you in and doesn't let go. This disturbing fairy tale will haunt you.

AUDIO TRACKS:  Stick with the original Swedish.   The voices for the English dub aren't the best.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Three deleted scenes are included on the disc (I wish the third one stayed in). The Behind-The-Scenes featurette is brief and runs eight minutes while it shows behind-he-scenes footage mixed in the interview with the director (he speaks English). Rounding out the extras is the Theatrical poster gallery which features a poster that should have been the cover instead of the DVD cover, a photo gallery, trailers for all films in the Six Shooter Film Series (including this one).

FINAL ANALYSIS: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a haunting tale that happens to be one of the best vampire films in ages. I wish more extras were incldued on the DVD like an audio commentary and a featurette on how the novel came to be adapted.

this DVD review is (c)3-6-2009 David Blackwell and acnnot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com