Let The Right One In Blu-ray Review
Based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. Helmed by Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is the first release of the Magnet Six Shooter film series, a collection of six high-quality films that aims to bring fans a mix of the most intelligent, genre-bending titles available.
I have been curious about this film since I first hear about it last year. Never having seen a trailer or reading into much of the hype, I was finally able to view this film on Blu-ray. I am an avid fan of all films horror which ranges from gore to psychological genre films. What people need to understand going in is that ‘Let The Right One In’ is not a horror film, but a psychological vampire film.
Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) is a 12-year old boy whose parents are separated, he collects news clippings, and who gets bullied in school by his classmates. He usually wanders his apartment grounds at night while pining for vengeance against his tormentors. One evening, he meets Eli (superbly played by Lina Leanderson), a mysterious young girl of the same age with whom Oskar forms a provisional friendship. The two become quite close, as bizarre murders begin to run rampant in their community. Eli is a girl with powers that Oskar can barely understand, and she sees Oskar as an innocent, kindly soul worth preserving. Oskar sees Eli as his friend and confidant, as he becomes attracted to her. However, Eli has been twelve for quite a long time–she is a vampire. Their world is about to fall apart as things begin to spiral out of control.
Ever wonder what would happen if a 12 year old girl is turned into a vampire at such an early age? Being an immortal stuck at this pre-teen age can become quite complicated. Well, this Swedish vampire tale attempts to answer that question. The film is a moody affair and is full of hauntingly effective emotions. The film’s main focus is the relationship between Eli and Oskar, and Eli as an immortal with a tortured soul and a conscience. “..Right One” observes the naïve sensuality between pre-teens and the brutality of having to kill to survive. As an immortal, Eli is longing for companionship, there is a subtle hint that the man who brought her into Oskar’s apartment complex isn’t exactly her father but that definition isn’t really revealed which gives Eli a sense of being an enigma.
The acting was pretty good and I thought the actors who portrayed Eli and the bullied Oskar did a great job in that regard. When Eli very briefly reveals something pretty darn important about her past, it is not questioned by Oskar for even a second. Not even the fact that she is a vampire deters him or makes him blink. Some would call that sweet and romantic. Others would say it’s unrealistic.
Movie Content: 4/5
The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 codec with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image quality is spectacular and is like looking through glass in many of the scenes it is so clear. Colors are vivid throughout the print. Fleshtones are accurate with a nice touch adding to the look of our vampire. Black levels provide excellent depth. This overall package offers some very good details with both scenes that are up close and far away.
Print Quality: 4.5/5
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The audio was also fantastic providing a very deep atmospheric experience. I felt much immersed from the start of the film all the way to the end. The score by Johan Söderqvist is pure audio bliss to the ears. Dialogue was clear through the center channel providing excellent depth.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Deleted Scenes – there are a total of four deleted scenes.
- Behind the Scenes with Director Thomas Alfredson
- Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Poster Gallery
Special Features: 3/5
The Final Word
‘Let The Right One In’ is a very different movie which is a psychologically driven film. You will see this vampire tale in a very different light. It’s not about the blood and gore that one would expect. On Blu-ray, the video and audio are superb providing a surprising experience in high definition. The acting and story were pretty good; I did find this film a bit slower paced for my taste. I do recommend this for fans that want a different take on the vampire tale.
Overall Rating: 4/5