Apparently, the subtitles on the Let the Right One In DVD/Blu-ray were changed for the worse when it was brought to home formats. The theatrical subtitles seem to not only have been changed but “dumbed down” from their original version, “missing much of the dark humor of the original release”. Posted below is a comparison between the 2008 screener subtitles (in scene) and the subtitles from the released DVD/Blu-ray so you can see for yourself courtesy of the good folks over at iconsoffright.
“Here’s a theory: The original screener attributes that the subtitles were done by Ingrid Eng. (Multiple kudos to Miss Eng for doing an amazing job.) My guess is that in order to re-use them for the American version of the DVD, Magnolia/MAGNET probably had to pay Ingrid again for her services. Rather then do that, perhaps they hired someone else to do the translations.” This is terrible news. When thedigitalbits contacted Magnet about the issue, they received this reply: “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.” “There are no exchanges. We are going to make an alternate version available however. For those that wish to purchase a version with the theatrical subtitles, it will be called out in the tech specs box at the back/bottom of the package where it will list SUBTITLES: ENGLISH (Theatrical), SPANISH.” No refunds for people that already purchased the film. That is unfortunate. We recently gave copies of Let the Right One In away in the hopes of sharing this great film with the masses. Now it turns out they and everyone else that did not see Let the Right One In n theater are seeing a lesser version. Its too bad but at least Magnet are trying to make it right. What do you think of this turn of events concerning the release of Let the Right One In on DVD/Blu-ray?