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The Host (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2007)

Bong Joon-ho  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Bong Joon-ho
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PKG8TW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Host (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Excellent reviews abound for this film, and this is sure to be one of the biggest selling horror titles of the summer. Also available on Blu Ray and HD discs.

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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Watch the Dubbed Version January 30, 2009
By A. Yao
Format:DVD
Really, do not watch the dubbed version of this movie. If you're watching that then you are not watching the same movie. I have a feeling that nearly all of the negative reviews are due to the atrocious dubbing this film received.

If you're not willing to watch the subtitled version, then I suggest you avoid the film, because it will be an awful experience. I just watched a clip of it on YouTube and I was cringing!

The dubbing is an insult to the original cast and crew of this film. Please. Please. Please. Do not watch the dubbed version.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not necessarily for the "monster-lover" crowd. June 11, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've read a lot of reviews about 'The Host' by a lot of disappointed people who didn't understand the movie. In light of that, I just want to say that this isn't so much a monster flick as it is a family flick that happens to have a monster character. The film is about an already troubled Korean family that is taken to the brink of despair when a monster snatches its most innocent member. Besides being a story about the strength and importance of family, it's also a great character study...but keep in mind that the film is Korean; you aren't necessarily going to relate to the behaviors and reactions in every scene; a lot probably goes right over our heads because of the enormous culture gap. The film is also interesting as a social/national commentary; the creature exists due to the careless actions of occupying American forces, the government isn't tackling the problem effectively, so ultimately a victimized Korean family is forced to muster an unlikely skill set and the courage to defeat the monster themselves. In that sense, I think there's a duality to the title - the "host" isn't just the creature (which is a victim in its own right), it's Korea itself.

I loved the movie. It's a rare gem , and it's unfortunate that due to the film's marketing and/or viewer preconceptions that it's getting a raw deal as far as accurate reviews go. I hope this helps somewhat!
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122 of 140 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully original monster flick. May 15, 2007
Format:DVD
Pay no mind to the countless comparisons to "Jaws", "Alien", and the rest of the monster classics that a quality film like this always draws. This one stands on its own as an original mix of harsh political commentary, family drama, black comedy, and horror. The metaphor for the hysteria over the asian SARS epidemic is thick and the accusatory tone towards America's interventionist ways and the alarmist media's sensationalism is thicker. But don't think this is some heavy-handed self-serving political film that wallows in its own symbolism; this film is about the importance of family pulling together and taking care of each other when noone else will. Oh yes, and there's a monster in there somewhere too.

I'm going to drop a few minor spoilers now so if you want to go in completely cold and experience the full thrill I received viewing this movie you might want to go watch the film now. Alright, on with the content review. Let me put it this way, I got my money's worth in the first 20 minutes of the film. The sudden appearance of the beast breaks the most entrenched of monster movie standards: the slow reveal. The almost complete lack of buildup shocked me as the monster came charging out of the background in its high-velocity and unsettlingly awkward gait with ferocious momentum sending humanity flying left and right. What follows is one of the greatest rampage sequences ever seen by human eyes. I was absolutely thrilled by it and only the most jaded of film fans could feel otherwise. In fact, aside from a few gaping plot holes, my only real complaint about this movie is that it climaxes so soon. That's not to say the rest of the film isn't good, but it never reaches that fever pitch again.
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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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I felt a bit of skepticism when I heard that the top-grossing film in Korean history was headed to a big screen near me--and (gulp!) it was a "Godzilla" type monster movie. And then the critical reviews started pouring in--let's just say, they're pretty impressive! So intrigued, but still very wary, I headed out to Bong Joon-ho's "The Host." After a brief setup and a quick introduction to an impossibly dysfunctional family, a creature emerges from the Han River and starts to terrorize the citizens of Seoul. And I was hooked! Frightening and funny, the emergence of this indescribable creature (part fish, part "Alien," part unmentionable) is so well staged--I was alternately shocked and amused. From that moment on, "The Host" never let go and became a wildly entertaining ride.

The film introduces us to an unlikely group of protagonists--an inept and childlike man (played by Song Kang-ho), his put-upon father, and his school aged daughter. When the creature first attacks the city, the daughter is carried away. Grieving for her, father and son are reunited with Kang-ho's other siblings--a sister who is a competitive archer and a brother, college educated but unemployed. This quartet clearly has issues, and Kang-ho feels guilty for what has happened. After being isolated by the military for having been exposed to the creature (now being reported as the host of an unknown virus), Kang-ho becomes convinced his daughter is still alive. The family bands together and decides to break out and track down the creature's movements in an effort to locate the girl. Equal parts believable family interplay, genuine horror, slapstick, and harrowing moments with surprisingly real consequences--"The Host" is a multilayered film that works on many levels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
foriegn subtitles made me not finish it.
Published 10 hours ago by Danny Treadway
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most imaginative and continually engaging monster movies...
One of the most imaginative and continually engaging monster movies there is. The story never goes where you think it will, so eventually you stop trying to anticipate what... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dan Kirkmire
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance.
One of my absolute favorites. My mother who is not a fan of Korean movies also adored it.
I also recommend 'I'm a Cyborg but Thats Okay' (Korean Romance) or 'IRIS' (Korean... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Neon Coffee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow..just Wow
Pleasantly surprised! So glad I took the time to watch this. This wasn't at all what I'd thought it would be.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye
This is one of my favorite Korean movies and I can't believe some people didn't like it! It has that flavor many Korean movies seem to have where it's funny but sad - flavor of... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Original recasting of an established genre.
Absolutely original in approach and execution, this is not just a "creature feature" but a legitimately good film. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Francisco Solareslarrave
4.0 out of 5 stars The Host
Pretty decent movie, one of the better ones I've seen. Kept my attention long enough to finish.
Published 8 days ago by R. East
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad graphics and an interesting story
An updated Godzilla for the modern era. Not bad graphics and an interesting story.
Published 15 days ago by oldmotem
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie
Love the movie, but I bought this version because it claims to be English dubbed. It is not english dubbed. Great movie though.
Published 17 days ago by Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 24 days ago by haesook joo
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This would stink on ice,
Thanks for the dumb opinion.
Jan 13, 2008 by E. Marshall |  See all 6 posts
It's not a typical monster flick.
Symbolism not withstanding, it's a good movie.
Dec 20, 2010 by Larry G. Wyant Jr. |  See all 3 posts
host or cloverfield
I definitely preferred The Host. Much more substantial.
Jul 29, 2008 by Thomas G. Morrison |  See all 3 posts
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