Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The Girl With the Dragon TattooHollywood’s adaptation of Steig Larsson‘s novel brings together a stellar cast, director and writer, earning The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo five Academy Award nominations.

Daniel Craig (Dream House) plays disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who’s hired by the wealthy Henry Vanger (Christopher Plummer, The Last Station) to solve the 40-year-old disappearance of his neice, sister of Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgard, A Somewhat Gentle Man). To aid him in his investigation, Blomkvist hires computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara, Youth in Revolt) — the titular girl with the dragon tattoo — who has issues of her own.

The film’s cast also includes Robin Wright (The Conspirator), Steven Berkoff (The Tourist), Joely Richardson (Anonymous) and Goran Visnjic (Beginners).

Oscar-nominated David Fincher (The Social Network) did the directing duties, based on a screenplay written by Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian (Moneyball).

Among these big names, only relative newcomer Mara was recognized by Oscar, getting a nomination for Best Actress. The movie also was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Rated R, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo grossed $100 million in theaters, to much acclaim from both critics and audiences. The main criticism from critics was that Fincher’s adaptation isn’t that much different from the original Swedish film, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010, along with an Extended Edition in 2011.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2011 Blu-ray boxUnlike most three-disc Blu-ray combos that have a Blu-ray, a DVD and digital copy disc, this film comes with the movie on Blu-ray and DVD plus an extra Blu-ray disc with special features. And the extras package is substantial. Here’s the list:

  • commentary with Fincher
  • Vangar Archives:
    • “Men Who Hate Women”
    • “Characters”
      • Salander, Lisbeth: “Casting Salander,” “Different in Every Way,” “The Look of Salander,” “Mara/Fincher,” “Irene Nesser” and “Salander Test Footage”
      • Blomkvist, Michael: “Casting Blomkvist,” “Daniel Craig On Film Acting,” “Dressing Blomkvist,” investigation stills photo gallery
      • Vangar, Martin: “Stellan Skarsgard On Film Acting,” “Psychopathy, Bondage, Torture,” “Wrapped In Plastic,” set design stills
    • “On Location”
      • Sweden: “Stockholm Syndrome,” “Stockholms Tunnelbana,” “Fuck These People,” “The End,” “Picture Wrap”
      • Hollywood: “Casting Armansky,” “Armansky Audition,” “Thinking Evil Shit,” “Rape/Revenge,” “Int. Blomkvist’s Cottage,” “Int. Martin’s House,” “Int. Salander’s Apartment”
    • “Post Production”
      • “In the Cutting Room”
      • “ADR”
      • Main titles multi-angle with commentary by Tim Miller of BLUR Studio
      • Visual effects montage
    • Promotion – trailers, TV spots, one sheet
      • “Hard Copy” commentary with director David Prior
    • Digital copy via UltraViolet that can be downloaded or streamed

The DVD version of the movie has just Fincher’s commentary.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.