The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with English subtitles!

Finally this movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is available from Amazon with English subtitles! This is first movie in the series, based on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo DVDthe bestselling book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Men Who Hate Women (the title is based on the original Swedish title of the book) tells the story of a disgraced financial journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, and a tattooed, anti-social goth-like computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, who are hired to look into the disappearance of a girl. Her name was Harriet Vanger, and she vanished 40 years ago.

Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace

The uncle who hired them is convinced his niece was murdered by a member of his own rich and very strange family.

Salander and Blomkvist link her after some investigation find links between her disappearance and a number grotesque murders that took place at the time. Soon they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

So far, before launching in the UK and US, about 7.5 million have seen Men Who Hate Women and loved it, whereof 2.8 million in the Nordic countries, 1.5 million in Spain and 1.2 million in France. In Norway and Denmark it is the most visited Swedish film ever.

  • Original Swedish title: Män som hatar Kvinnor
  • International title: Millennium: Part 1 - Men Who Hate Women, German title: Verblendung, Danish title: Mænd der hader kvinder
  • Extra features: An exclusive trailer to "Flickan som lekte med elden" and the first clips from the third movie in the series
  • Actors: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Sven-Bertil Taube, Ingvar Hirdwall, Annika Hallin, Björn Granath, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Peter Andersson, Marika Lagercrantz, David Dencik, Sofia Ledarp, Thomas Köhler
  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS
  • Picture: 16:9 Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Release date: July 6, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The second movie The Girl Who Played with Fire (DVD) in the Millennium trilogy, based on Stieg Larsson's book with the same name, again feature Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist. The second film adaptation is not, in my opinion, quite as good as the first, but still very good and very entertaining. Noomi Rapace once again does a marvelous job, and plays Lisbeth Salander with a quiet, feral intensity.

Salander is very much in focus in this movie, and we learn much more about her than we did in the first movie. Lisbeth may be small, but she is still a lot of trouble. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Now she is accused of murder, but still goes on the warpath and engages in a full frontal attack on her father - a man she once set on fire but who unfortunately survived.

Mikael Bloomkvist, Salander's friend and Millennium's publisher, is alone in his belief of Salander's innocence. Digging deeper, Bloomkvist unearths evidence of 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.

Product Details (US version):

  • Actors: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
  • Directors: Daniel Alfredson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 129 minutes

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (DVD)

The third Swedish-made movie The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest in the original Millennium-series based on the novels by Stieg Larsson, the very powerful thriller The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, is now available for pre-order at Amazon. This is the final chapter in the saga about Lisbeth Salander, the goth-like girl who has a dragoon tattoo and plays with fire.

After a near fatal confrontation with a Russian spy named Zala, who is also her father, Lisbeth Salander is rushed to the hospital with a life threatening head injury. And Zala, who has been taken to the same hospital, is in a similar condition. Lisbeth Salander is in a very bad spot - it seems very like that she will be killed, imprisoned for life or institutionalized.

The saga comes to a very satisfying conclusion with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Lisbeth Salander, the computer-hacking, Goth-loving, dark angel of revenge, played by Noomi Rapace with the same black stare and taciturn charisma that were so riveting in the first two films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, both released in 2010).

Her champion and erstwhile lover, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), is at Lisbeth's side. He tries to fight for Lisbeth. But this time he are up against forces that seemingly are far to powerful for him and Lisbeth to handle. Even so, he sets about uncovering the full extent of the conspiracy responsible for (among other crimes) Lisbeth's being sent to an asylum at age 12 while her father was protected by evil forces within the government. This investigation, which puts not only Lisbeth but also Blomkvist and his colleagues in considerable danger, leads to "the Section," a thoroughly repellent bunch of aging liars, killers, thieves, and perverts with a great many secrets they'd like to keep (the oily Dr. Peter Teleborian, who was responsible for Lisbeth's "treatment" as a child, emerges as the most vile antagonist since the guardian who brutally assaulted her in the first film).

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is less violent than the earlier films, yet in some ways even more exciting. It wraps up the loose ends and concludes in a very satisfying manner. The only real letdown comes from knowing that we won't get to see Noomi Rapace play Lisbeth Salander again.

Product details (US version):

  • Actors: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Hans Alfredson, Nicklas Hjulström
  • Directors: Daniel Alfredson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 148 minutes

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