In case you decided against seeing David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in theaters because its bruise-black Scandinavian nihilism wasn’t quite the holiday pick-me-up you were looking for, the good news is it finally comes out on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. But even if you have seen Daniel Craig inhabit the role of disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara’s harrowing, Oscar-nominated turn as the pierced cyber-sleuth Lisbeth Salander, you might want to check it out again on Blu-ray — if for no other reason than to take a deep dive in the disc’s four hours of extras.
In addition to an audio commentary with the exacting Fincher that you won’t want to miss, there are plenty of Millennium trilogy bits and bobs to keep you inside just as the weather’s getting nice again. Entertainment Weekly has two exclusive clips of what you can look forward to.
In the first, Fincher — a persnickety auteur with a rep for putting his actors through the wringer with dozens of takes of even the smallest-seeming scenes — talks about Craig’s subtle, nuanced performance. Then we get a rare glimpse of him behind the camera putting Craig through the paces. Sadly, Craig doesn’t lose his cool and scream at Fincher, “Two takes is all they ever need on the Bond films!”
In the second clip, writer Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) talks a bit about adapting Stieg Larsson’s novel and the difficulties of juggling two characters who don’t come together until halfway through the film.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20.
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