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Tartans top selling Asia Extreme title gets the deluxe treatment with this ultimate collectors set. Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter. After who, after a drunken night on the town, he is locked up in a strange, private "prison" for 15 years until he is unexpectedly freed. Hes determined to discover the mysterious enemy who had him locked up.
For the legion of Asian cinema fans who found Oldboy to be one of the best DVD releases of 2006, this elegant tin boxed, three-disc package will be a must-have, thoroughly engaging presentation of a modern classic of the genre for nearly everyone else. Disc one contains a stunning transfer of the film with 6.1 DTS surround and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Korean with English subtitles, as well as a dubbed English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There are a trio of commentary tracks, one with director Chanwook Park alone, another accompanied by the cinematographer, and a third with him joined by star Choi Min-sik and other cast members. They are all thorough and erudite (subtitled in English), covering the entire production. Disc two may be the most interesting (and most akin to the comprehensive style of documentary material included on the Lord of the Rings extended editions) for their depth and insight regarding all the production departments. There are eight long featurettes that cover making the film in general, the production design, the musical score, the CGI components, deleted scenes (with commentary), a video notebook of the production company's trip to Cannes, verbatim interviews (unlike the "Access Hollywood"-style standard tripe, as well as a cast and crew Q&A session from members of the Oldboy online fan club. Don't worry, all your favorite scenes get plenty of explanation, including the hallway fight, and all those poor octopi who gave their lives for Oldboy's art. Disc three, titled "The Autobiography of Oldboy" is a single, lengthy (three-and-a-half-hour) production diary that is transfixing not only for the craft that was explored every day, but also for the similarities and differences a film crew goes about its business on location and in studio compared to a Hollywood A-list production. It unfolds in chronological order with no commentary or explanation, just a voyeur's view of how the film was crafted and sometimes improvised. The day of the octopi gets more screen time here for everyone who regard that scene as a defining moment and important metaphor for the entire film. Along with the three individually packaged DVDs, the box also includes a limited edition 35mm frame of the film and a copy of the first volume of the graphic novel that inspired the film. Tartan has outdone itself with the attention to detail and aesthetic conception of both the physical and metaphysical importance Oldboy will hold for generations. --Ted Fry
This movie made me want to throw up! I so regret buying this film and watching it in its entirety. It's a shame too, because it started off intriguing, but then it seems some one... Read morePublished 26 days ago by SouthernHummingbird
I heard it was interesting and well-done. I started watching. I found it vile and disgusting. I should have known, once I read that Quentin Tarentino “raved about it”. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karl Weaver
I'm being generous with two stars. I thouroghly disliked the film, although it was a decently crafted movie I feel misled and I hated the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by soundstudio
No remake could ever compare to this original. This movie is an instant classic and personally one of my favorite films. Awesome cinematography and direction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cecelia
Warped Revenge Epic! Good Fight scenes. Sins of the past haunt the Future.Published 4 months ago by Celticnut
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|See this before America steals it||
You know what would be awesome? If people stoped categorizing America. We all aren't douchebags and it's not like the american audience decided to band together and have this movie remade, no it was the higher ups in hollywood with all the money, and to everyone that is so quick to blame... Read More
Jan 15, 2007 by Nicholas P. Buzalka | See all 10 posts
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I agree. Why can't anyone just leave this movie alone?
And seriously? Will Smith? This isn't a feel good movie you see with your girlfriend! Know your place, Smith and Speilberg!
Apr 5, 2009 by Album | See all 9 posts
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The bluray of Oldboy is pretty definitive in that it's the only domestic release to date of Chanwook Park's original Korean Region 3 DVD transfer, contrary to the subsequent re-releases and domestic DVD releases. Originally the transfer had a greenish tint with heavy grains, print damage, a... Read More
Aug 3, 2008 by Andrew Kotwicki | See all 3 posts
I doubt they will... because they released the Oldboy collector's edition... but they're supposed to be remaking the movies... so maybe they'll rerelease the originals in a greater fashion.
There are two sets, that I know of, released in the UK. There is the REALLY BIG set, which I've always... Read More
Aug 19, 2008 by Andrew M. Wolf | See all 3 posts