The Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

If your idea of cinematic fun involves sexy hacker chicks teaming up with middle-aged journalists to expose serial killers and long-hidden conspiracies, then you’ll want to give the Stieg Larsson Trilogy (also known as the Millennium Trilogy) a try. It’s available from Amazon on both Blu-ray and DVD, and they also carry the best-selling novels the films were based on. (And if you want to see the movies in order, then you’ll find that information below.)

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Who Is Stieg Larsson?

Born in Sweden in 1954, Karl Stig-Erland Larsson was a writer whose real-life exploits rivaled those of his characters. Not only was he an authority on science fiction, but he also worked as a photographer and journalist for numerous publications.

For part of 1977, he trained female guerillas from Eritrea to use grenade launchers.

Larsson’s true passion was political activism, and his dedication to researching and documenting racist and right wing groups in his native country resulted in repeated death threats. He kept a low profile outside of his work, even deciding not to wed his longtime girlfriend due to a law requiring married couples to reveal their home address.

In his spare time, Stieg Larsson enjoyed writing tales of a journalist and a punk hacker who teamed up to expose corruption and bring down conspiracies in Sweden. These stories were for his own enjoyment, and years passed without any attempt to publish them. When Larsson passed away from a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50, he left behind three unpublished manuscripts, and notes and work for several more.

Since that time, those three manuscripts have become international best-sellers, frequently known as The Millennium Trilogy.

The Millennium Trilogy novels (and movies) in order are:

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  2. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets‘ Nest

As of early 2010, the books had sold more than 27 million copies in more than 40 countries, and the Swedish film adaptations have been met with critical acclaim and an enthusiastic response at the global box office. Hollywood is even getting in on the action, shooting their own adaptations of the Stieg Larsson Trilogy starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Thanks to Amazon, you can now purchase the Millennium Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a beautiful box set:

Here’s what’s included in this four disc collection:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) opens the film by being convicted of libel and sentenced to a stint behind bars. He doesn’t begin his incarceration for several months, so the crestfallen crusader is trying to figure out what to do next. That’s when he receives a job offer: head to an isolated island and try to solve a girl’s disappearance that occurred 40 years prior. He accepts, not knowing that he’s being spied on by a talented and troubled computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace). Lisbeth is certain that Mikael was set up in the libel case, and she becomes interested in his current investigation. But she has problems of her own, as her latest court-appointed guardian has taken control of her finances and seems unusually interested in her sexual habits. This leads to a number of disturbing scenes, as well as a revenge sequence that will have most audience members cheering. Mikael and Lisbeth eventually meet face-to-face, joining forces to solve a decades-old mystery involving Nazis, mysterious codes, and serial murder.

The Girl Who Played With Fire – Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return, and this time someone is trying to frame our favorite goth chick for the murder of two journalists and her lecherous guardian from the previous film. But Mikael is convinced of her innocence, and he’s willing to go to great lengths to clear her name. Lisbeth’s father–who she nearly burned to death as a young girl–puts in a sinister appearance, and their reunion is complicated by the presence of a biker gang and a hulking killer who’s incapable of feeling pain. While Lisbeth and Mikael share a lot less screen time in this installment, action fans will enjoy the well-choreographed fight sequences (including one where our heroine gets to show off her hand-to-hand skills).

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestThe Stieg Larsson Trilogy concludes with this entry that’s part conspiracy thriller and part courtroom drama. Having narrowly survived the events of the previous film, Lisbeth Salander is placed on trial for attempted murder. But a massive conspiracy is underway, one designed to place the feisty goth back in an institution under the care of a malevolent physician (if you thought her guardian from the first film was bad, wait until you get a load of this guy). Mikael comes through as usual, convincing his lawyer sister to handle Lisbeth’s case. As both sides present their arguments, a silent madman is still on the loose, and the powers-that-be are determined to silence Lisbeth at any cost. The trilogy is brought to a satisfying conclusion despite having less action than previous installments, and it’s great fun to see Lisbeth take the witness stand in all her pierced and mohawked glory.

Bonus Disc – While all of the Stieg Larsson Trilogy is included in this box set, there’s also a fourth bonus disc with over two hours of bonus features:

Keep in mind that Amazon carries the Stieg Larsson Trilogy, the individual movies, the novels, and anything else involving Mikael and Lisbeth. When Hollywood starts wheeling out their versions of the best-selling story, you can be sure that Amazon will carry those, as well. We get a small commission if you make a purchase by following our links, and this money goes right back into our site.

See also:

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  5. Lone Wolf and Cub Box Set
  6. The Elia Kazan Collection
  7. The James Bond Ultimate Collectors Set

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