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The Good, the Bad, the Weird [Blu-ray]

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From South Korea comes this wild take on Sergio Leone s classic spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It s 1930s Manchuria and greed is in the air. A manic outlaw, a nasty holy man and a determined bounty hunter are all in hot pursuit of a treasure map. Throw in Chinese gangsters, the Japanese army and other rival factions also in pursuit of the invaluable map, and it all comes down to a you ve-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it showdown in the desert. One of the most expensive films ever made in South Korea, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD was the talk of festivals worldwide and won such prizes as the Asia Pacific Screen Award for its cinematography and the Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Jung Woo-sung).

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  • Actors: Jung Woo-Sung, Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee
  • Directors: Ji-Woon Kim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NLE5J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Good, the Bad, the Weird [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Woopak VINE VOICE on June 11, 2010
Format: DVD
Small wonder that after director Kim Jee-Woon's magnificent "A Tale of Two Sisters" and the terrific "A Bittersweet Life" that his next film would be so eagerly anticipated. "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" has won numerous awards in Asia, achieved box-office acclaim in South Korea and has been selected for the Cannes film festival. I've said before that an Asian western isn't exactly an original concept; there was a video game called "Western Samurai", the Hong Kong produced "Peace Hotel" and most recently, Takashi Mike's "Sukiyaki Western Django" from Japan. Well, it seems like South Korea won't be left behind and with Kim Jee-Woon at the helm, expectations are rather high and the man doesn't disappoint.

A two-bit bumbling crook named Tae-Goo "The Weird" (Song Kang-Ho, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) robs a train only to unintentionally make off with a Quing Dynasty treasure map. Everyone wants this map; the Japanese army, the Korean independence group as well as a lot of shady characters. On Tae-goo's tail is a relentless killer named Park Chang-Yi "The Bad" (Lee Byung-Hyun, A Bittersweet Life) who is also after the map and has a seemingly personal reason as to why he wants Tae-Goo's head on a plate. In hot pursuit for both of them is a bounty hunter named Park Do-Won (Jung Woo-Sung, The Restless) who can do nicely with the bounty for Chang-Yi's capture or the treasure itself. Now, these three men are on a collision course--who would win out in the end?

Kim Jee-Woon's "The Good the Bad the Weird" is an extremely well-made film and is a highly entertaining genre-busting affair.
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I love this film. I am admittedly a junkie for Korean cinema, and this is one of the better films to come from that country in the past few years. A really exciting, action-filled "eastern" that takes place in the early 20th century in Manchuria. There are some flat-out great gun fights and chases throughout the entire film. Actually, the movie is like one giant chase with ample set pieces. The camera work and pacing is excellent and the performances are quite memorable. The tone is comically light, but never cartoonish. If you consider yourself a fan of action cinema, this is a must-watch.

BUT, the blu-ray is 1080i!! Most of the time when Asian films get a 1080i transfer, it's because that's the only one available and the studio releasing the film is lazy/cheap. Like with some of the HK/Chinese blus. What that means practically is that there was pixellating in the image when the camera panned slowly. Also, in wide shots with lots of little detail, the image gets kinda blocky. This is a particularly unforgivable offense as there is another, apparently great 1080p transfer available in other markets. Very lame IFC. Sorry.
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n the surface, Kim Ji-Won's ("A Tale of Two Sisters," "A Bittersweet Life") 2008 film, "The Good, The Bad & the Weird," is clearly a homage to Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, but it also draws much inspiration, in terms of tone and temperament, from much more lighthearted fare like Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" films.

Shot in Western China near the Gobi Desert, the film is set in a harsh, flat landscape that could just as easily stand in for the American Southwest circa 1860, as well as Manchuria in the 1930's. Into this inhospitable terrain has come, it seems, every Korean thief, gunfighter and gangster, all fleeing the brutality of the Japanese Occupation of Korea (1910-1945), including: a noble, if cold-blooded, bounty hunter Do-Weon ("The Good,") played by Woo Sung Jun (the heroic former slave in "Musa the Warrior,"); a vicious, if terribly insecure, urban gangster turned train robber, Park Chang-Yi ("The Bad"), played by Rom-Com hearthrob Lee Byeong-heon (who surprised many audiences with his portrayal of a young gangster in "A Bittersweet Life"), and Sang Kang-Ho (who has given great lead performances in lauded Korean dramas like "Joint Security Area," "Memories of Murder," and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,") who carries much of the film with his comedic portrayal of Yoon Tae-Gu ("The Weird"), a doofus of a bandit, who kicks off the action by making off with a priceless Q'ing Dynasty treasure map.

It's the race for said map, by mercenaries hired by pro- and anti-Japanese forces, as well as local thieves and roving bands of bandits, that drives the story, as seen in lively, extended action-packed set pieces: a bloody train robbery, a crazed gun battle in a sprawling desert marketplace, and a wild horse-motorcycle-jeep & truck chase across miles of territory.
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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD is director Kim Jee-woon's riff on Sergio Leone's classic THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, and despite the ripoff title it's a film that manages to become its own entity. Kim Jee-woon infuses his film with its own sense of bravura. It's certainly worth a peek if only for its exuberant excesses. The spectacular opening train robbery sequence should get your juices flowing. And this being an homage to Leone's vision of the spaghetti western, note that this isn't at all your conventional martial arts film. It's more of a wild shoot-'em-up, bold pistoleros clearing leather, firearms presiding over nunchuks. There is also a honking big mallet.

The (not much of a) plot revolves around three characters: a cool-as-ice bounty hunter (Woo-sung Jung, the Good), an assassin obsessed with being the best gunhand (Byung-hun Lee, the Bad), and a thieving buffoon (Kang-ho Song, the Weird). The three brace each other across the lawless desert frontier of 1930's Manchuria, in a freewheeling chase after a stolen treasure map. Hindering their progress are a rowdy complement of bandits, gangsters, and the Japanese army. Everyone's furiously scrambling, everyone's so trigger happy. And lurking somewhere in all this is the legendary bogeyman known as the Finger Chopper.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD eventually falls victim to its own mad predilections. The characters are uniformly so stylized that it's hard to invest emotionally in any of them. They just don't feel real or believable. It's like watching a Warner Bros. cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as wild west gunslingers. Appropriately, the film engages in all manner of cartoony mayhem and violence, and these action sequences are explosive and very fun to watch.
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