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

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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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  • Actors: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel Jackson
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee, Doug Davison, Roy Lee
  • Format: Ultraviolet, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GMV8IGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Shakera K. Snelling on 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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I will lay it all out for you first. And this will be a long winded review. This is not a remake. The 2003 Korean film by Park Chan-wook is not the original source material. So, I hate that this film is in constant criticism of not being the 2003 Korean film. Because it's not a remake of that film nor was ever meant to be a remake.

The original story of Old Boy is a Japanese manga (comic) that the 2003 Korean film was adapted from. And not even 50% accurate at that. With that being said, the 2003 Korean film "Oldboy" is a great film in it's own right, but the 2013 American film "Oldboy" is a different adaptation that falls somewhere between the Japanese manga and the 2003 Korean film.

I personally really appreciate Spike Lee's adaptation of this film. While he did take quite a few liberties with the material, he took less liberties than Park Chan-wook did with the 2003 adaptation. Both films are absolutely amazing and a must see. The Japanese manga is an even more-so must see if you enjoyed the films. I personally love all three works of art and find them to be masterpieces in their own rights.

But, one thing you'll find on reviews of these two films that I severely loath is calling the 2013 film a remake of the 2003 film and that the 2003 film is the "original". Neither of these claims are remotely accurate. As the Japanese manga is the original and these two are merely adaptations of it. And the 2013 film get many poor reviews for the differences from the 2003 film even though the 2003 film is even more-so different from the Japanese manga. And it's quite a shame. As both films are magnificent.
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At first you think it's just another lame remake of a classic film. Then you realize that everything fun, freaky, and unique about the original has been sucked out of it. No mystery left here, everything is spoonfed to us. Where all the characters in the original were worthy of our sympathy, these characters start out as dispicable and unlikeable. Gone is the beauty and visual poetry replaced by cliché and tedium.

That's when you realize it doesn't just fail as a remake, but also as a film in it's own right. All the characters are cliché. The acting is bored and disinterested. The direction is pretty much nonexistent. Beyond that, and probably most painful of all, this movie is tedious. It is paced like a turtle on quaaludes. That makes this already painfully bad movie seem to last forever. It's like having your eyes water boarded, except that you know that waterboarding ends.

Avoid this movie. It's bad as just a movie. If you're a fan of the original then it's one of the lower levels of hell.
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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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Terrible, subpar, unimaginative, and bland. None of these words would I use to describe the original... oh, and pandering. However, this version of Oldboy does all of those things effortlessly. So really, what I'm saying, is that it's a pretty bad movie and stick with the original. I love me some Brolin, but even he can't save this train wreck.

Twenty thousand dollars worth of diamonds. Yup.
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