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Oldboy [DVD] [2003]

Choi Min-Sik , Yue Jie-Tae , Chan-wook Park    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Choi Min-Sik, Yue Jie-Tae, Hye-jung Gang
  • Directors: Chan-wook Park
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVJLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Having knocked out judges at this year’s Cannes, winning the Grand Prix Du Jury prize and championed by Tarantino, Park Chan-Wook’s startling OLD BOY comes out on DVD in a fantastic two-disc set. Unsettling but ingenious and darkly comic, it’s a revenge movie wrapped in a mystery that twists the nerves at every scene. Following a drunken spree, a businessman is arrested and imprisoned for 15 years, not knowing his crime or who his captors are. Suddenly, he’s released and given three days to discover why he was shut away and who was responsible. A critical and box-office hit, the double disc set includes newly created English subtitles and commentaries with a exclusive Park Chan-Wook interview and original UK trailer.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle masterpiece. 1 Mar 2006
Let's get the details out of the way, before I sing my praises. Oh Dae-Su finds himself kidnapped and imprisoned in a hotel-esque room for 15 years. He teaches himself to fight (by beating the hell out of a brick wall!), and slowly begins to go crazy. He's then hypnotized, and wakes up on the roof of a building. He has a limited amount of time to find the people who imprisoned him, find out why they did it, and then exact revenge.
OKAY, now you've got the gist of the plot, allow me to rant and rave about how amazing this film is. The plot (taken from the manga of the same name) is out of this world. It's amazing that Hollywood didn't snap it up sooner (though unfortunately, Hollywood are planning to butcher it with a remake). It's twists and mind boggelers galore. Guaranteed to disturb and disgust you in parts, and leave you touched in others. Everything is brought together with strong characters, amazing music, a top-notch storyline, and most importantly, great acting. Every person feels like they were born to play their role.
I can't stress enough how much you need to watch this film. Pretentious critics like to sling mud at Oldboy, but none of it sticks. Despite over-hype and the occasional "well it wasn't THAT amazing" review, this film stands its own against any other film out there. I would go as far as to say it's my favourite film of all time. It's epic in a subtle way, and if you're not left mesmerized (albeit due to some confusion) by it, watch it again. I didn't notice the beauty of it all until its second viewing. A must see for any fan of intelligent films.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! It's Outstanding!!! 25 Oct 2006
This is probably one of the greatest revenge movies ever made, but be warned -- this film is NOT for the weak-minded, the faint-hearted nor the easily offended. But it's way better than all the dreck Hollywood keep making over the recent years.

One night, a man gets mysteriously captured and imprisoned in a cell where he goes under toture and madness. 15 years later, he is released back into his home country, where he's determined to find his captors & get his revenge...but he only has 5 days.

There are scenes in OLDBOY (2003), that will stay with you - the infamous live-octopus scene, the fighout in the corridor and the shocking plot twist which is revealed during the memorable climax. By the time the film ended, I was speechless.

Kudos to everyone who made this excellent movie. 5 out of 5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Korean Thriller 29 May 2006
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
Old Boy is a startling Korean film that caused quite a stir when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. After a drunken night of michief making, a man wakes up imprisoned in a room with no idea why or who is holding him. He is released 15 years later to discover he is the prime suspect in his wifes murder. He is given a mobile phone and a wallet full of cash and begins the task of tracking down his captors to solve the riddle of his incarceration.

The film is visually breathtaking with wonderfully shot scenes. The scene which stands out the most is a 2 minute continuous shot of Oh Dae-Su taking on dozens of thugs in a cramped corridor armed with nothing but his fists and a claw hammer. Its so stylish that you can understand why Tarantino named it as one of his favourite films.

It can be a little confusing but give it a chance and treat yourself to one of the finest pieces of Asian cinema in 2003.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speak softly and carry a big hammer 25 April 2007
By ZZrider
If you're a fan of Oldboy this is a great set to own. The U.S. version contains three DVD's, widescreen with Korean DTS sound and 5.1 english dub. The second disc has the making of documentaries and the third disc contains a daily video documentary of the 69 day shoot. You also get a film cell and a copy of the manga. I think this is the best of the vengeance trilogy. A violent emotional revenge drama with plenty of plot twists. Looks like this version may be out of print but you can still find it at a great price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie! 26 Jan 2006
By Russtafarian VINE VOICE
I really can't be bothered to go in too deep with my review - I'm tired!
But for those who like intriguing, clever, disgusting and genious movies should really watch this! It does push the limit a little in places, so you have to be prepared for that.
The film has little things to pick at, but to be honest I didn't bother thinking like that because I found the plot truly interesting (if disturbing) and the visual delights way too good to ignore.
This is Asian Extreme to its best! Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film! 21 Mar 2006
I rented this film on the strength of the reviews on this website and boy, was I not disappointed. It is a tour de force in film making. I am not going to rant on about it, just watch it now. It is gruesome, chilling, funny and the ending is disturbing. Watch it before the rumoured watered down Hollywood version comes out.
One of the best films I have seen and it has rekindled my interest in Asian films.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Change 4 Jan 2006
Being something of a newcomer to the asian cinema scene I picked up my copy of Old Boy on reccomendation from a friend. Being somewhat cynical i expected the whole usual polava of over the top kung-fu antics and esoteric storyline. Wow. This film took my breath away. An excellent and gripping storyline mixed with both realistic and exciting fight scenes. The sideways shot corridor fight is something fresh and new and a welcome change to the typical gung-ho western style fight where the 'hero' fights hundreds of would be enemies and wins without breaking into a sweat. There is hesitation in the attacks, bad punches are thrown and you feel as though you are watching something un-nervingly real! I wouldnt want to ruin the story for other newcomers and veterans of this genre so all I will say is that this film is a must see. In closing, an important film in the action/revenge genre and a worthy film for anyones collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a fantastic movie. Lot better than the remake.
Published 16 days ago by DJB7
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the Octopus!!
This movie has to be seen to be believed. Not one for the squeamish... Oh, and avoid the Hollywood remake at all costs. This is the original and best.
Published 1 month ago by Astor Edwyn Teller
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy but Brilliant
Hadn't seen this for a while so thought I'd give it a spin as its on Amazon Prime (at time of writing). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Some people are obviously very easily pleased
OK let me start by saying I like this film. It's OK, it's worth seeing, but that's all it is.

Some people are raving about it being fantastic and I don't see why. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Early
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best films I've ever seen
This film is extraordinary.

The story is totally engaging, but the acting lifts it to a different level. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Lee will never outdo Park Chan Wook
This original version of Old Boy and made by the legendary director Park Chan Wook will keep you seated and attentive during the whole saga. It's dark. It's not nice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. MAKULOLUWE
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 3 all time!!
Stunning amazing film -that's it, but I've got to do minimum words here - no need- its stunning and amazing!
Published 3 months ago by jeremy roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird but wonderful
Beautifully done. It is definitely a masterpiece that will take you on a strange journey into madness. It's a shocking film.
Published 3 months ago by NatashaNgon
5.0 out of 5 stars This Film is Amazing
Utterly fantastic film! It deals with a very gritty story and it's absolutely beautiful in it's execution. Read more
Published 3 months ago by adele
2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
This film was recommended to us for our son who is in to martial arts. Not worth looking at as total rubbish
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Adams
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