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Oldboy (+Ultraviolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2013)

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GMV8IGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From director Spike Lee comes this chillingly dark tale of vengeance bursting with unforgettable twists and turns. Kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) has suddenly been set free without a word of explanation. Obsessed with finding those who imprisoned him, Doucett wreaks havoc upon his captors, unaware his freedom is part of a plan and his true punishment's about to begin. Starring Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlito Copley.

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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Remake misses the mark. February 15, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
I suggest that you, the viewer, please see the original film first and foremost. The original is breathtaking, beautifully done, and unforgettable. This remake film isn't entirely horrible;however, it's just not even comparable to the artistic excellence of the original film. The original South Korean film is on netflix. It is an experience, and it tells the story in a logical way that the remake waters down, muddies, and jumps over. Visually, the original is sharp and striking, the colors are vivid. The acting captures every facet of feeling, and it's fleshed out with nothing missing in between. The original doesn't leave you wanting more, you'll be taken aback, thinking about it after it's over. You'll feel full, over full. If you're a light-weight, then see the remake. If you're ready to be shocked and wrapped up in a classic film, please don't see the remake. South Korean Original all the way.
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139 of 183 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An unnecessary, sub-par remake. January 25, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
After begging for money for months and finally (somehow) ending up with a bloated budget of $30,000,000 to remake a film that originally cost $3,000,000, Spike Lee just swindled a whole lot of people to produce a lazy remake that ended up being a total flop at the box office. There really isn't much more to say about Spike Lee's remake of the classic Korean film "Oldboy," other than the fact that it is a pathetic attempt at a cash grab and the completely unnecessary "Americanization" of a modern foreign classic. This film makes light of the dark and haunting story of Oldboy and even makes some parts that should have been dark and gut-wrenching unintentionally funny. The whole film feels like a goofball attempt to remake Oldboy in terms that a western audience would enjoy, seeing as how the original Oldboy was probably too smart for most western audiences in the first place with its subtlety and a visceral, unflinching script.
As much as I enjoy watching Josh Brolin as an actor, he is barely passable in this film. Brolin barely captures Min-Sik Choi's dark performance in the original. The supporting cast, even with phenomenal actors like Sharlto Copley and Sam Jackson, this film felt lifeless, boring, and an insult to Chan-Wook Park.

Skip this garbage, watch the original, and stop giving Spike Lee money.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars was better than what it has been rated March 19, 2014
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I read he review's before I watched this movie.....almost all said I was a total waste of time an money. Well I thought it was a very interesting movie , awesome plot, twists n turns throughout the whole movie. Something intriguing all he way till he end. A man spends 20 years locked away never knowing why ??? He has a chance to find the man who was responsible for locking him up. The ending will blow your mind. A truly twisted movie. I would recommend it for anyone who likes these type movies
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel like the Majority of Reviews are Dead Wrong April 19, 2014
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Remakes are NOT supposed to be a mirror reflection of the original. A sequel should be true to the original, but not a remake. If major changes do not take place, why re-make it??? The movie is rough, violent, and very dark. The plot twists are clever and compelling. I found it to be a movie worth seeing. For those thumping it for the nature of the revenge (no spoilers here), look --- revenge is not pure and wholesome....it is a base and gritty human driver. I give OLDBOY Five Amazons!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SQUEEZE AND RELEASE February 19, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
Joe (Josh Brolin) is an ad man and not a nice person. He is a womanizer, bully , lousy husband or ex-husband, and a lousy father to his 3 year old daughter. One night Joe wakes up imprisoned in a room. He has a TV and discovers his ex-wife was raped and killed as his DNA is all over the place. Joe was framed, but remains imprisoned by Samuel L. Jackson.
Weirdly Joe is set free and engages in a cat and mouse game of life and death. He meets Marie (Elizabeth Olsen) who aids him on his quest.

This is an oddly conceived film, reminding me of parts of superior films. The audience attempts to figure out what is happening and are given no clues. We find out when Joe finds out. The climax was anti-climatic and Joe's response was overly dramatic and out of character.

Okay quirky rental

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Elizabeth Olsen)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely A Spike Lee Joint June 26, 2014
Format:DVD
I did not buy this film here, instead I watched it on Netflix. The original version is much better. Being a fan of Spike Lee's films I felt the editing was inconsistent. When the movie was done I went online to find out more about it, see if there were other versions.

It turns out Spike Lee's original cut was about an hour longer. He and Josh Brolin were much happier with that version, but producers cut the film down to what we see here. Since this movie did so badly at the box office it's doubtful that we'll see Spike Lee's original version, but I hope someday we can.

I don't think it's entirely fair to blame how this turned out on Spike Lee, as it was whittled down against his wishes. He even took "A Spike Lee Joint" off the credits and replaced it with the less familiar "A Spike Lee Film".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great remake April 17, 2014
By JWink
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Oldboy tells the story of Joe (Brolin) who sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years.

Its not that Oldboy is a terrible movie but a remake that just isn't done as well as the original. The story here is a bit muddled and at times falls into a "kill bill-esque" feel with its fight sequences that seem almost silly. The first half of the movie where he is stuck inside the room is slow and lacking much character development or any type of exploration into madness like one would expect from someone stuck 20 years. Brolin is ok as Joe and Samuel Jackson does well as the eccentric type characters that he plays frequently but Jackson's character almost seems out of place here.

The movie was watchable but I just felt that it was missing something that original seemed to have. Sometimes you just don't remake a movie that is done well the first time and it is especially a mistake to make one that is only a few years after the original. If you are a fan of the original you most likely won't like this remake.

This movie is watchable but I will only watch once.
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