Originally Posted by raoul_duke
Which reeks of cheapness, as the UK set I have sitting in front of me, are all on BD-50s.
So does the UK set of the extended trilogy have a higher bitrate per disc and a noticeably better picture?*
* I.e., should I take my unopened B&N set when it arrives today and return it to the store for a refund and order the 50GB UK Blu-Ray edition instead? 'Cause the £26.99 price is probably comparable to the $47 U.S. set price (of which Amazon is currently sold out
).EDIT: Never mind. It's Region B locked http://www.avforums.com/movies/The-D...9/blu-ray.html. Also, the PQ is not outstanding. This review says the UK edition has the 50-minute Millennium bonus disc feature. Yet on other pages here is [edit: it] says Region Free http://www.avforums.com/movies/The-D...9/blu-ray.html (but the reviewer also thinks the 2.35:1 TGWTDT was zoomed in for the 1.85:1 extended version, when it's obvious from screencap comparisons from other sites that it was not; rather, the 1.85:1 is an open matte from the original Super 35). Weird.
It looks like the UK edition has a one-hour bonus disc
Includes Bonus 4th DVD disc totalling 1 hour run time with special feature content:* Cast Interviews including Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander) and Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist)
* Photo gallery
* Vanger family tree* Niedermann vs. Roberto: Behind the Fight Scene
while the US edition has a 2-hour bonus disc:
The same bonus disc that was included with the boxed set of the theatrical cuts is included here:
* Millennium: The Story (SD; 48:59) is a fascinating in-depth piece which gives a lot of background on Larsson (including interviews with his father and brother, as well as his publisher and agent) and how the property became such a phenomenon. The popularity of the books has led to an incredible uptick in tourism to Stockholm, and we follow a tourguide around to several of the sites mentioned in the book. Larsson's background as an investigative journalist is also explored, including his work to publicize the nascent neo-Nazi movement in Sweden, something which put his life in danger. There's some chilling footage of attacks on other journalists as well as horrifying anti-Semitic messages left on his home answering machine. Larsson's untimely death put the entire project in disarray, but after a brief break, the publisher went ahead and soon media rights were sold. Casting and production of the films is gone into in quite a bit of detail. The conflict over Larsson's estate after his death is also explored.* Interview with Noomi Rapace (SD; 19:36). Rapace was an unknown when she was selected for the film, and she talks about her preparation for the role as well as how she needed to not be cowed by how iconic the character had become by the time the film was underway.
* Interview with Michael Nyqvist (SD; 13:06). Nyqvist was at least relatively better known than Rapace and he talks about how the role has catapulted him into the front ranks of Swedish actors.
* Interview with Cast and Crew (SD; 13:59) features Pelle Bolander, Thomas Lindblad, Micke Spreitz, Paolo Roberto, Georgi Staykov, Love Larsson, Kerstin Sundberg, Knut Pedersen, David Gylje, Peder Svensk, Anja Davidson, and Anna Carin Lock.* Nidermann vs. Roberto (SD; 9:43) shows some fight scenes being staged
* Trailers (HD; 6:19)