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Year of the dragon movie: Rooney Mara as the dragon girl.

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Blu-ray etches an indelible impression
by Steven Foster

The oily black cyberf–k title sequence alone makes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie crack worth scoring. David Fincher’s icicle-sharp take on the monster bestseller captures all the serial-killer evil, ponderous mystery, and cruel, nervy verve of Stieg Larsson’s twisted S&M love letter.

Daniel Craig

And the Girl home release is as meticulously crafted as any Fincher film—or rather, the Blu-ray version is. The standard DVD is so chintzy you can almost feel Sony’s corporate hand forcing you to cough up the extra bucks for the Blu-ray. But unlike iconic heroine Lisbeth Salander’s wincing-to-witness assault, you won’t feel abused. The B-R features a gorge-fest of extras that enhance the film.

Not that the movie is any slacker on its own. Girlis the twisty tale of a disgraced journalist who teams up with a bisexual hacker and leather waif/revenging angel to find “a killer of women” at the behest of a wealthy Swedish magnate. The smart cast features new-millennium 007 Daniel Craig pulling back on the beefcake to go glasses-wearing journalist, Christopher Plummer playing an

Robin Wright Penn

aging creepy heavy, Stellan Skarsgård telegraphing guilt as one of the many spiderweb suspects, Robin Wright Penn (looking hotter than ever) as Craig’s employer/lover, and notorious but brilliant casting choice Rooney Mara, breaking snow-covered ground as the iconic  heroine who, until Katniss Everdeen took over the multiplex with her PG-13 mettle, was the most engaging heroine in years.

Christopher Plummer

So skip the DVD and go for the Blu-ray with its orgiastic revelry in all things Dragon, including the inside scoop on the now-infamous trailer—with Oscar-winner Trent Reznor and Karen O’s skin-shredding cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.

2011. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (sonypictures.com).

Steven Foster is a regular contributor to OutSmart magazine.

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