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Noomi Rapace's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' 9-Hour Extended Trilogy Coming To DVD/BluRay

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 8, 2011 2:45 AM
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A blockbuster literary sensation, turned into very successful trilogy of Swedish films, which in turn launched the international career of Noomi Rapace and is now the source of a highly anticipated Hollywood redo by David Fincher, there is no denying "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is a phenomenon in both mediums. And it's getting even bigger.

Arriving one month before the Rooney Mara-led remake hits multiplexes across the nation, Music Box Films will unveil for the first time on American shores the full, uncut, extended versions of the Swedish films. Hewing closer to Stieg Larsson's books, each movie is now three hours long, and they were first presented last year on Swedish television as a six-part mini-series. With more space to breathe, the films will feature additional roles and a larger subplot with Erika Berger (Lena Endre), the editor at Blomkvist’s Millennium Magazine as well as his friend and occasional lover.

So, there is definitely lots here to dig into, and fans of Stieg Larsson, Noomi Rapace and this trilogy in general will have lots to savour over the holidays this winter. But if you're looking to get the jump on Fincher by watching these first, just remember that he and screenwriter Steve Zaillian have changed the ending for their film. Sacrilege? We'll soon find out. But before that, the feel bad movie of Christmas comes early and in Swedish -- the "Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition" will hit DVD and BluRay on November 22nd.

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  • Alice | September 9, 2011 12:46 PMReply

    here in germany, this 'extented version' already was shown in tv. i know the books and i have to say that these 9 hours are rather closed to the books. i regret nevertheless that from the two main chararcters the male one (mikael) is not shown as in the book. even 9 hours aren't enough to show the complexitivity of these two protagonists - lisbeth and mikael.

  • F | September 9, 2011 1:40 AMReply

    While this IS good news, I think it should have been called "Millennium Trilogy: Extended Edition", so it doesn't look like crappy merchandise for the new hollywood movie.

  • James | September 8, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    Sounds good. I thought the first Swedish film worked well enough and the direction was surprisingly stylish. However the second one, by a different director, felt incoherent. It was painfully obvious that it was chopped down from a longer version. I never even saw the third one, deciding to wait for those longer versions. Looking forward to this, and to Fincher's interpretation.

  • Theoc | September 8, 2011 4:06 AMReply

    Oh this is good news, as the movies kinda stank and did feel like they were made for TV. The sequels were particularly bad and seemed to have gaping holes in the plots and missing some of the more interesting sub plots of the books. Anyway will I watch again? Probably not

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