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The Girl Who Played With Fire [Blu-ray]
(Daniel Alfredson, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Yellow Bird Films
Video: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 26,913,699,196 bytes
Feature Size: 23,654,694,912 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.64 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 26th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3434 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3434 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Swedish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
English (SDH), none
• Cast and Crew Interviews (13:59 in HD!)
•Neidermann vs. Roberto: Behind the Fight Scene (9:45 in HD!)
• Sneak Preview of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2:39 in HD!)
The Canadian and Momentum package includes a, second disc, DVD of film
Description: Based on the international best-selling novel, The Girl Who Played With Fire is the explosive follow-up to the literary and cinematic hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In this second installment of Stieg Larsson's phenomenal "Millennium" trilogy, Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Mikael Blomkvist, Salander's friend and Millennium's publisher, is alone in his belief of Salander's innocence. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society - as well as shocking details about Salander's past. He is desperate to get to her before she is cornered - but no one can find her anywhere.
Those who need a break from the romantic travails of Bella Swan — and
who like a best-seller-list tie-in for their moviegoing — will welcome
the release of “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the second
installment in the Swedish trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s novels.
Hollywood remakes are not far off, but what Anglophone actress could
match the intense rightness of Noomi Rapace for the role of Lisbeth
Salander? Ellen Page? Carey Mulligan (listed as “rumored” on the IMDB
Web site)? Miley Cyrus?
Firstly, I feel reasonably certain that I have the Canadian (Alliance) Blu-ray sent as a screener but just like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo I doubt it will vary too much from its US counterpart. The image quality shows some grain but visuals aren't pristinely sharp. There is some noise and the bitrate is modest. Colors look accurate and un-manipulated and close-ups shows some texture. This Blu-ray isn't going to 'wow' you with the video presentation but it certainly looks HD - just without much of the depth and striking qualities many look for in a 1080P transfer. This is not to say it is poor - just less remarkable than many might have anticipated.
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Once again we have a poor choice by the Blu-ray producers - the lossless track (DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3434 kbps) is an English DUB ?! and the original Swedish track is a simple Dolby 5.1 . The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo also didn't offer a lossless track and this is quite a blunder in my opinion. What were they thinking? Anyway, I only sampled the DUB but, obviously preferred and recommend (always) original language whenever available. The Swedish language has some range and depth but not at the level and HD rendering would support. There are English subtitles if you choose the Swedish track - and there is a standard 5.1 English DUB as well.My Momitsu has identified it as being 'A'-locked.
Extras are a disappointment with only some fluff including 14-minutes of Cast and Crew Interviews (however none of the major performers) giving brief soundbytes in Swedish with English subtitles. There is a brief synopsis of the choreography of the Neidermann vs. Roberto fight scene from the film. This last 10-minutes and we get a 2.5 minute sneak preview of the upcoming The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. So no commentary and slap-dash supplements sent along with the source. Also included is a, second disc, DVD of the film (For Canadian and UK packages).
October 16th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
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Gary W. Tooze
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