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SRP $34.98 2.35:1 DTS-HS Master Audio 5.1 MAGNOLIA
 
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SRP $26.98 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1 MAGNOLIA
 

The Swedish thriller, "LET THE RIGHT ONE IN," is now available on blu-ray and dvd from MAGNOLIA. Oskar is a 12 year old boy living in Stockholm, Sweden. We find out quickly that in addition to living in a broken home(his gay father lives elsewhere with a lover, but sees him occasionally), he's also terrorized by school bullies. It seems his loneliness might end, after meeting a strange but friendly girl, while outside in the cold, snow of a typical Stockholm winter. The girl, Eli, doesn't have anything on close to appropriate for the cold,...no problem. She's a vampire,...problem!  While director Tomas Alfredson creates some fine moments which help "LET THE RIGHT ONE IN" transcend its genre, it also tries to stay faithful to vampire lore, and while much of this works, some of it(cats attacking a "turning" woman)fail in an unintentionally funny way.

But, Anderson deserves credit for the way he focuses on the sadness of its characters and even brings about "momentary" empathy for a vampire! While the ending will feel too unfinished for most mainstream audiences, and it's not the "greatest vampire film ever made," "LET THE RIGHT ONE IN" is still captivating from beginning to end, and sometimes poignant.

MAGNOLIA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for the dvd(16:9 enhanced) and a VC-1 1080p blu-ray. While the color scheme isn't too broad, focusing on blues, whites and blacks for the cold, winter setting, they still appear rich, and warmer colors pop up, adding warmth to specific scenes, with a seamless quality. Contrast is flawless, allowing the abundance of darker settings to show impressive levels of depth(notably more on blu-ray than on dvd). The dvd looks impressive throughout, but the blu-ray blows it away in both detail and contrast. Many scenes, but in particular, exterior scenes, with snow in the background appear soft in comparison to blu-ray, and color levels, while not dull, are never as vibrant.

MAGNOLIA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd and DTS-HD Master Audio for the blu-ray. Both mixes offer the original Swedish soundtrack of English Dubbing. As predictable, the English dubbing loses all of the subtleties and emotion found in the original mix and should be avoided. The mixes are both aggressive, while focusing most separation effects towards the front stage. Surrounds add some effective nuance to various scenes and kick into high gear at just the right moment. However, the DTS-HD Master Audio stands out as far superior to the standard Dolby Digital mix. To begin with, the better dynamic range of the lossy mix is something a non-audiophile can recognize in virtually any scene-to-scene comparison between both formats. But, the DTS lossy mix also offers deeper bass and balance as well.

Some extras are included. Deleted scenes(none add to the impact of the film)and a short, so-so featurette, commenting on the differences between the '80s timeline of Sweden(film's setting)and today.