Let Me In and Monsters deserve a spot in your movie collection

Both “Let Me In” and “Monsters” make their respective ways onto DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday. If you haven’t seen either, perhaps it’s time to add them to your Netflix cue.

“Let Me In”

A year ago it would have been hard to believe that “Let Me In” would become not only one of the most well-received films by the critics in 2010, but also a favorite of many fans of the original Swedish film, “Let The Right One In.”

Originally based on the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel “Let The Right One In,” Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation was beloved by fans and critics alike when it made its way to art house cinemas in 2008. Yet once news of a remake by “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves made the rounds in early 2009, the reaction within the film community was very mixed, with opinions on both extremes.

While Reeves’s “Let Me In” certainly pays visual homage to “Let The Right One In,” Reeves has created a film that is truly his own telling of Lindqvist’s novel.

The film is eerily reminiscent of early Steven Spielberg films like “E.T.” in the sense that a socially isolated young boy comes across a very unique being – in this case, a young female vampire. The boy must cope with the advantages and consequences of a creature that is so misunderstood.

Set against the snowy backdrop of Los Alamos, N.M., “Let Me In” is a visual treat, as well as a film that is capable of tugging at raw emotions.

The film’s Blu-ray and DVD, available courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment, is packed with extras, including an in-depth commentary by Reeves, and a feature that shows the creation of one of the film’s most memorable and breathtaking sequences.


If you prefer thought-provoking alien invasion films along the lines of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “District 9,” and less like the campy summer blockbuster that was “Independence Day,” then “Monsters” is worth checking out.

While most attention to the film has revolved around the way in which director and cinematographer Gareth Edwards was virtually able to create the film’s complex special effects on his own laptop, little has been said about its actual quality.

“Monsters” follows characters Samantha and Andrew’s journey through an alien-infested Mexico on their way back to the U.S. border.

What they see along their trip proves that the film’s title isn’t just referring to the extraterrestrial life forms that have come to inhabit the planet Earth.

While many have compared it to the low-budget triumph “District 9,” “Monsters” feels much more assured in its storytelling and more content with being a science fiction drama rather than an action film with sci-fi influences.

Magnet has released a Blu-Ray of the film that complements its visuals perfectly, and Edwards sheds light on the film’s many intricacies through some essential special features.

Edwards has been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for the film, and was recently selected by Legendary Pictures to helm an American remake of “Godzilla.” Legendary Pictures has produced critically acclaimed films like “300,” “The Hangover” and “Watchmen.”