Based on the first of Stieg Larsson's suspenseful and spellbinding "Millennium Trilogy," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is the first of Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation, which begins with disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Craig), having lost a libel suit and resigning as co-owner of his magazine, Millennium. In the interim, he takes on the investigation of a 40-year-old disappearance case on behalf of the wealthy Henrik Vanger (Plummer) of Vanger Industries. With the help of the pierced, tattooed and capable computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (Mara), they uncover corruption that no one could have ever imagined. (Gary Reber)
Special features on Disc One include commentary by Director David Fincher. Disc Two contains the Vangar Archives: "Men Who Hate Women" featurette (HD 06:40); Characters, On Location, and Post Production; Main Titles with commentary by Tim Miller of BLUR Studio; a Visual Effects Montage; theatrical trailers; TV spots; one sheet; Hard Copy commentary with Director David Prior; and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 1080p AVC picture exhibits many stylistic renderings, from an olive green tinted filter to a perfectly natural color palette. All this is intended, with the result of an engaging experience. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Jeff Cronenweth's cinematography is impressively cinematic. This is a stylized thriller with a varied look, yet always visually engaging. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is well produced with an impressively natural and spatially integrated dialogue track. Atmospherics and sound effects are nicely presented with, at times, enhanced surround envelopment and directionality. The .1 LFE foundation is solid and punctuates the more intense sequences with bass energy extended to below 25 Hz. The music score is nicely recorded with an electronic synthesizer presence that sounds intense, extending to the surrounds, for an effective holosonic® effect. This is a well-executed sonic experience that perfectly complements the suspense. (Gary Reber)