Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar (Hedebrant) is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli (Leandersson), a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Oskar becomes more aware of Eli's tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to
continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can. Based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. (Gary Reber)
Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film (HD 07:37), four deleted scenes (HD 05:52), a photo gallery, and a theatrical poster gallery.
The 2.34:1 1080p VC-1 picture exhibits a perfectly natural appearance, with accurate fleshtones, deep and solid blacks, and excellent shadow delineation. Colors are naturally rendered with rich, warm hues contrasted with the icy white snow backgrounds. Resolution is excellent as well, with finely defined facial features, hair, and clothes, as well as textures. Imagery is dimensional throughout. Blacks are well defined with dense, dark northern Sweden winter skies, where light is limited during the day. The picture is pristine. This is a thoroughly pleasing picture that perfectly enhances the storytelling. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is well produced, with a terrific orchestral music score that is nicely recorded and expansive, extending to the surrounds with excellent presence. At times, bass extension is deep, with powerful LFE .1 20 Hz response. The Swedish dialogue version is perfectly natural, and at times, well integrated spatially in scenes. The English-dubbed ADR dialogue version is well recorded, and at times, is nicely integrated spatially as well. Low-level sound effects, such as a howling wind, are impressive and enhance the mood. Some interior scenes collapse to monaural, but these are not prominent. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack that heightens this unusual vampire storytelling. (Gary Reber)