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Oldboy (Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)

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Product Description

Tartan’s top selling Asia Extreme title gets the deluxe treatment with this ultimate collector’s 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. He’s determined to discover the mysterious enemy who had him locked up.

Additional Features

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

Special Features

  • Director, Cinematographer and Cast commentaries
  • Behind the scenes documentaries including: Making of, Production design, CGI and more.
  • 5 Behind the Scenes Documentaries
  • 10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Cast & Crew interviews
  • Featurette: ‘Le Grand Prix at Cannes’
  • "The Autobiography of Oldboy," a 212 minute video diary from each of the 69 shooting days
  • A film cell from the theatrical 35mm print
  • The first volume of the Old Boy graphic novel upon which the movie is based
  • Metal collector's case

Product Details

  • Actors: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh
  • Directors: Chan-wook Park
  • Writers: Chan-wook Park, Chun-hyeong Lim, Garon Tsuchiya, Jo-yun Hwang, Joon-hyung Lim
  • Producers: Dong-Joo Kim
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HLDFM2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oldboy (Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Oldboy has a Shakespearian tone as it depicts the tale of Oh Dae-su (Min-sik Choi), whose name means "he who can get along with people". Oh Dae-su is on his way home after having been arrested for public drunkenness to celebrate his daughters birthday. However, Oh Dae-su never arrives to his home as he is kidnapped and imprisoned in a small room where his only contact with the human world is a television. During the time Oh Dae-su is caged someone murders his wife and he becomes the prime suspect for the murder. The questions that Oh Dae-su unsuccessfully attempts to answer while locked up is why revenge is being taken on him and who is seeking this cruel revenge. After 15 years Oh Dae-su is released from his torturous imprisonment, which leaves him confused and ragingly vengeful.

Chan-wook Park directs a brilliant cinematic experience that is full of well-written conspiring intrigues that will keep the audience in suspense. The suspense is initiated in the opening shot where a man is hanging over the edge of a roof top causing the audience to asks themselves--why is this happening? The suspense continues as new and mysterious clues appears, but apprehension does not leave the audience even after the end of the film as the final line echos in the minds of the audience. Park's vision of revenge in Oldboy often depicts exaggerated violence that is well balanced with story as it is related to the themes of the film. However, this should serve as a warning to squeamish folks as the film is occasionally brutal and bizarre. Furthermore, the cinematography used in Oldboy vividly projects the emotional tone of the cinematic themes and characters. The characters are also superbly performed by an excellent cast, which will help the audience to experience a first class cinematic event.
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I'm surprised to see that no one else has written about this collector's edition DVD package because it's so cool that it needs to be spoken about in some form or other. It comes in a metal box which is exactly the same dimensions as the box that the HBO series "Band of Brothers" came in. There's that which is already pretty nice but inside is where you find the real treasure. The film comes in a three disc set, each one in an individual slipcase with one of the three main characters in the film on the cover. The presentationof the film is on par with, if not above the quality of the previous Tartan video release in terms of picture and sound. This set has a 6.1 DTS mix which is nice, clear and loud. The picture is very nice as it should be, since this film is beautifully shot. There are plenty of bonus features like commentary and featurettes but the third disc has the best supplementary feature which is a production diary from the entire shoot. I think this is one of the shining examples of a behind the scenes documentary done right as it really shows you what goes in to making a film and how much hard work it can be. It's lengthy, it's detailed and thankfully, it has English subtitles because I don't speak a lick of Korean. Just for this documentary alone, this set is worth picking up.

Finally, you get not only a 35mm film strip encased in a nice cardboard sleeve, you get a miniaturized graphic novel of the original similarly titled Japanese Manga that the film was based off of. If you've seen the special edition of Sin City that came with the Hard Goodbye graphic novel, it's just like that except its printed in reverse and you have to read it from back cover to front like you would with an actual Japanese book!
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If you've never got into the whole 'world cinema' thing, then you're missing out on what cinema's best and most unique filmakers have to offer, like South Korean director Park Chan-wook.

Oldboy is the director's second film in his revenge trilogy that started off with Sympathy For Mr Vengeance in 2002.

Oldboy starts off with the main character Dae Su Oh drunk and being held in a police station, but is soon bailed by his friend. The credits kick off when he is talking to his daughter in aphone booth telling her he got her a birthday preasent, his friend then talks to his wife on the phone, he calls Dae Su to the phone but is nowhere to be seen, the only thing that is left behind is the bag that he was carrying his daughter's birthday preasent in. This is when we find out he's been kidnapped, and he has no idea why he is being locked up, but while locked up he has a TV in his room that he says is your only friend, clock , and lover, on this TV he finds out that he is a wanted fugitive for killing his wife. He then builds a plan of getting out and get his revenge on the person who did this to him. 15 years later he is free and is given new clothes and a cell phone, the man who did this to him is giving him five days to find out why he was imprisoned for 15 years, so 15 years of being curious wouldn't go to waste.

That is what I can tell you about the plot but don't want to spoil a brilliant twist that will force you to watch it a second time. This film has the energetic directing and storyline of a Quentin Tarrentino film, and has one of the best and possibly the best fight scene of all time. This film might not appeal to everyone but it certainly is a film you must watch before you die. This film is followed by Lady Vengance and is the final film in this revenge trilogy.

A must-have.
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