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DVD Shopping Bag: Let Me In Blu-ray

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By Robert T. Trate     February 01, 2011


Chloe Moretz is Abby in Matt Reeves Let Me In (2010)
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A little over a year ago a good friend and well respected movie buff handed me Let the Right One In (2008). I had heard of this film right here, on Mania but sadly it wasn’t playing anywhere near me. The opportunity to watch it now, for free, in my big comfy chair was incredible. Perhaps the chair might have been a bit too comfortable because I feel asleep. Not only did I fall asleep once but two more times after that. Now please don’t think of me as one of those people that can’t watch foreign films. On the contrary, Europa Europa (1990) is one of my all time favorite films and I am scrambling to find Javier Bardem’s Biutiful (2010) on any screen other than one in the city of New York.
 
Let the Right One In is a very slow somber film. It moves at the right pace and is not in the vein of any other “vampire” flick. I know this because I did eventually finish the film. When the reconstructed Hammer Films said that their first film was going to be a remake of Let the Right One In I too was a bit skeptical. The subject matter was right but why remake a film that most people loved? The remake was a shocker. No, the pace did not pick up but the story shed more light on the dark questions that haunted so many of its fans. If this is better or not depends on your interpretation and appreciation of the film. I for one greatly enjoyed this remake but I wanted to know why a director/ writer would tackle the subject matter. Thankfully, there was a commentary track by the director/ writer of the film Matt Reeves. The director of Cloverfield (2008) was very open and honest about the why he took on the project as well as numerous behind the scenes stories. 
 
To get one thing out of the way the film on Blu-ray is stunning. The lighting and sound for Let Me In was amazing in the theater. Here in 1080p and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 it really shines. All this should be expected as it is a modern film and the transfer should be incredible. What Reeves said, during the commentary, about the creation of those two aspects only adds to the appreciation of this film. Reeves reveals that he is terrified of the horror genre and admitted that the first time he watched The Exorcist (1973) it was with his eyes closed. The sound, according to him, was just as scary as what was visually being told. This had a huge influence on him and his later works. The light though was heavily influenced by films like Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) and The Shining (1980).
 
Steven Spielberg would also have another effect on Let Me In outside of his own film. Reeves had his pal J.J. Abrams introduce him to Spielberg so that Reeves could ask him how to direct children better. A much needed lesson as Reeves had two twelve year olds on set and wanted to evoke the very best from each actor.
 
Why did Reeves tackle the subject of John Ajvide Lindqvist novel “Let the Right One In”after the highly successful Swedish film Let the Right One In was released in 2008? At first he thought it was a terrible idea and doomed to be blasted by the critics. After reading the original novel he felt he could tell the story in a different way and bring the characters to life truer to the novel. Not to say there aren’t some American influences on the film derived from Reeves’ own life experiences. The tone is different and more of what Lindqvist wrote in his novel. It is worth mentioning that the origins of Richard Jenkins’ character are not from the book. That was Reeves own doing and his interpretation of what happened before the film. Though the origin of Abby (Chloe Moretz) and “her” scar is now closer to the book that the 2008 version.
 
There are not many times you’ll find a remake so close to the original film in theaters. Whether you prefer Let Me In or Let the Right One In is entirely up to you. I found the premise to be completely fresh in a genre that is filled with Hot Topic Vampires smoldering all the way to the bank. For Hammer Films it was a great come back piece. For Reeves it highlighted that he could do something a tad more artistic that a shaky-cam Godzilla movie. For fans of the genre we got yet another incredible Vampire film.
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
2. Alice In Wonderland (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
3. Monsters Special Edition + Digital Copy [Blu-ray]
4. Highlander 2-Film Set (Highlander / Highlander 2) (Anniversary Collection) [Blu-ray]
5. An Affair to Remember [Blu-ray]
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
11 Harrowhouse Starring Charles Grodin, Candice Bergen, James Mason
 
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop [Blu-ray] Starring Sun Hunglei and Xiao Shenyang
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
 
Bad Boys [Blu-ray] Starring Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, and Eric Gurry
 
Bonded By Blood Starring Tamer Hassan
 
The Edge of Sanity / The Spiral Staircase / Equus / Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? Starring Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Geraldine Page
 
The Long Good Friday Starring Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, and Kevin McNally
 
Lucky Lady Starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds
 
Mona Lisa Starring Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, and Robbie Coltrane
 
Out of Time [Blu-ray] Starring Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, and Dean Cain
 
The Prowler Starring Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, and Katherine Warren
 
Rhineland Starring Derek Simmons, R. Travis Estes, Paul Wendell
Shopping [Blu-ray] Starring Jude Law and Sadie Frost
 
Walking Tall [Blu-ray] Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Scott, Johnny Knoxville
 
Withnail and I Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Richard Griffiths
 
ANIME
 
Ikki Tousen: Premium Box (3pc) Starring Masumi Asano
 
Initial D: Second Stage Starring J. Michael Tatum, Christopher R. Sabat, Todd Haberkorn
 
Pokemon: Arceus & The Jewel of Life
 
You're Under Arrest: Fast & Furious Complete Coll
 
CARTOONS
 
Alice In Wonderland (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn
 
How to Train Your Dragon Blu Ray (Single Disc Blu-Ray 2010)
 
CLASSICS
 
10 [Blu-ray] Starring Dudley Moore and Robert Webber
 
An Affair to Remember [Blu-ray] Starring Cary Grant and Richard Denning
 
All About Eve [Blu-ray] Starring George Sanders and Gary Merrill
 
Precode Hollywood Double Feature: Hell Harbor & Jungle Bride Starring Lupe Velez, Jean Hersholt, John Holland, and Gibson Gowland
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
The Abbott and Costello Show: Who's On First? Starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
 
Big Momma's House 1 & 2 [Blu-ray]
 
HORROR
Aegri Somnia NR Starring Ashley Hirt and Tyhr Trubiak
 
Chain Letter (Unrated) Starring Nikki Reed, Keith David, Brad Dourif, and Betsy Russell
 
Chain Letter
 
Child's Play / Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 / The Dolls / Pumpkinhead Starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Dennis Hopper
 
Let Me In [Blu-ray] Starring Chloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins
 
The Last House on the Left / The Amityville Horror / The House on Carroll Street / Evil Dead Starring Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Bruce Campbell
Pleasures of the Damned: The European Cut Starring Sean Tigert, Megan Mundane, Larry Gamber, and Dustin Edwards
The Return of the Living Dead / Swamp Thing / A Bucket of Blood / Frogs Starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Ray Milland, and Sam Elliott
 
Virus X Starring Domiziano Arcangeli and Dylan Vox
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
Boys Don't Cry [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Sarsgaard
 
Pleasantville [Blu-ray] Starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen,
 
Road House [Blu-ray] Starring Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, and Ben Gazzara
 
You've Got Mail [Blu-ray] Starring Tom Hanks, Dave Chappelle, and Steve Zahn
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Highlander 2-Film Set (Highlander / Highlander 2) (Anniversary Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown, and Sean Connery
 
Monsters Special Edition + Digital Copy [Blu-ray] Starring Scoot McNairy
 
Monsters
 
Monsters (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD + Digital Copy)
 
Quantum Apocalypse Starring Rhett Giles and Stephanie Jacobsen
 
Time Bandits Starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sean Connery, and David Warner
 
TV LAND
 
Airwolf: Season Four Starring Barry Van Dyke, Michael Scarabelli, Geraint Wyn Davies
 
Blue Murder: Complete Collection Starring Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey
 
Garrow's Law: Series One Starring Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal, Alun Armstrong
 
I Spy: Complete Series Bundle Starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby
 
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey [Blu-ray]
 
Single Handed: Set One Starring Owen McDonnell, David Herlihy, Ruth McCabe
 
SNL: Tribute to Chris Farley Starring Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, and Chris Rock
 
SNL: Tribute to John Belushi Starring John Belushi
 
BOX SETS
 
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends - Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood / Captain Blood / The Sea Hawk / Adventures of Don Juan) Starring Errol Flynn
 
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends - John Ford (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon / Three Godfathers / Cheyenne Autumn / Wagon Master) Starring John Wayne
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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dnbritt 2/1/2011 5:10:23 AM

I don't know what Quantum Apocalypse is, but it sounds awesome!  Also, does it make sense to credit Peter Sarsgard as the star of Boys Don't Cry and not even mention Hilary Swank?  Oh, you were just warning everyone that Peter Sarsgard was in it so we wouldn't accidentally buy it?  Good point.

redhairs99 2/1/2011 9:19:47 AM

No mention of Heavy Metal being released on Blu-Ray today?

axia777 2/1/2011 12:17:20 PM

Let The Right One In was a GREAT movie and the idea of some American movie making D-Bag redoing it makes me want to PUKE on the floor.

themovielord 2/1/2011 2:33:08 PM

didn;t know Red Hairrs... cool though - Robert

Wyldstaar 2/1/2011 2:39:30 PM

Season Four of Airwolf?  Why would anyone in their right minds be interested in that disaster?  I still have nightmares.  The horror.. the horror...

redhairs99 2/1/2011 10:15:52 PM

PIcked it up today at Best Buy.  Looks like it was a Best Buy Exclusive.

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