Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Yesterday we told you that the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Let The Right One In featured drastically altered subtitles from the theatrical release — horribly dumbed down, and missing much of the dark humor of the original critically acclaimed release. Fans of the film were outraged (which they should be), and Magnet Releasing has finally issued a statement through the DVD website Digital Bits:
“We’ve been made aware that there are several fans that don’t like the version of the subtitles on the DVD/BR. We had an alternate translation that we went with. Obviously a lot of fans thought we should have stuck with the original theatrical version. We are listening to the fans feedback, and going forward we will be manufacturing the discs with the subtitles from the theatrical version.”
For those that wish to purchase a version with the theatrical subtitles, you will be able to tell in the tech specs box at the back/bottom of the package because it will read “SUBTITLES: ENGLISH (Theatrical), SPANISH.” Magnet refuses to offer exchanges to anyone who has bought the altered version, which is really upsetting to me as a consumer.
If you ask me, the distributor should make every effort to take care of all the upset customers who purchased the dvd under the assumption that it would feature the same subtitles that were released in theaters. And from the sound of it, I doubt Magnet plans to recall/replace the previously pressed discs which are currently in stores which makes it almost impossible to purchase the movie through an online website like Amazon, because you don’t know what you’re going to get.
You can email Magnet at: firstname.lastname@example.org