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The Host [2006] (2 -DISC EDITION) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Kang-Ho Song, Hie-Bong Byeon, Du-Na Bae, Ah-sung Ko
  • Directors: Joon-Ho Bong
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNMVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,507 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Korean special-effects-laden horror with comedic overtones sees dysfunctional family united in opposition to a gruesome foe from parts unknown. The Parks are an average suburban Seoul family; Park Senior, in his 60's, runs a kiosk by the Han River; his eldest son is a bit of a waste of skin whose wife has left him years ago with a young daughter; his younger son is a layabout with no intention of working; his daughter alone makes him proud - an prizewinning archer of note. Granddaughter little Hyun-Seo is the apple of everyone's eye so when she's abducted by a horrible monster that emerges from the depths of the Han one day, the family is righteously upset. The prospective loss of the only thing holding them all together, galvanizes them into a monster-hunting posse extraordinaire and off they go to slay the dreadful beast.

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The Host has managed to become Korea's most successful film to date, winning acclaim both domestically and internationally, and it's easy to see why. At first glance, it looks like any other monster movie--an amphibious creature from the depths stalks and devours an urban population--but there's actually much, much more going on beneath the surface. Not that there needs to be: although it has a fairly hefty 119-minute runtime, The Host is fast moving, with plenty of action and a truly gruesome-looking monster. Visually, it's a gorgeous movie, with stunning special effects and beautiful settings (even the rather nasty sewer scenes look perversely great). However, the real crux of The Host isn't really anything to do with the monster: at heart, this is a family drama, not a horror movie.

The story focuses on one small family and how they react to the weird goings-on all around them. When the youngest member of the family, Hyun-seo, is snatched by the titular monster, the family is devastated until a call from her mobile phone gives them fresh hope. Unfortunately, everyone who came into contact with the being has been quarantined due to a virus scare, so they have to escape the Korean authorities to go on a rescue mission. Then the American army steps in, and all hell breaks loose...

It's a very original idea, with nuanced and well-written characters, plenty of humour, and a darker undercurrent of social and political commentary, topped off with a thrilling monster-killing adventure. Brilliant, in other words. --Sarah Dobbs

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ralf Dupka on 12 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I saw this film after a review alerted me to its original format. Unlike holywood which relies either on making us wait a long time to see the monster, or revelling in gore rather than story, this Korean flick gives us the monster straight up, and follows with lots of story. It is a most original and engaging take on the horror/monster genre. The movie is about the struggles of one family who lose a daughter to it early in the film. Which is not to say it lacks suspense or action. It has these in globs, and all the more hard hitting as we can believe in these very real character's lives, and through them believe all the more in this fascinating monster. I only hope Holywood does not buy the rights to this, yet another piece of fresh imagination from the east, and and make a travesty of it. The bluray version is great, as unfortunately the normal DVD version is a poor grainy transfer.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Clara Butt on 12 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Far and away the best film of 2006. On the face of it your average big monster creature feature but not so. This film has everything. Action; comedy; drama; fantasy; horror; sci-fi; pathos; heroism; political comment and an examination of that trickest of life's challenges - family relationships. The characters are heroic but deeply flawed and prone to failure, in short really human.

I hate when people give the whole plot away, so I won't, but I will say take note of the opening scene it is a reconstruction of what was actually a quite horrifying true event. What Joon-ho Bong the Director does is extrapolate from that event and using an accessible entertaining film subtly comments on the real horrors that such cavalier attitudes will lead us to and no I don't mean the monster - state interference; state indifference, rumour and obfuscation; deliberate demonising everything we can see already in a world deliberately being taught to be afraid of its own shadow.

And the finale - Hollywood would never have the nerve.

Above all a cracking film - enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thor king of the universe on 15 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Host is a very funny witted film that brings horror, laughs and suspense all in one. The main plot of the film is about a family who fight to get there daughter back from a creature (which was created via toxic waste) who has taken her to the sewers. In this plot you see the family unfold and see the devastating effects of a conspiracy. I don't want to spoil it so that's all I say. The effects are brilliant I must say one of the best I have seen in a film. It looks more realistic then the CGI you get in most films these days. There is enough gore for the horror fans so there is no disappointment there. It is well worth a watch, a must see. Also note that there are subtitles in English. No English spoken in the film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ChrisHaydon on 26 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
'The Host' is just outstanding in every single way.
It rolls horror and comedy into one making a perfect mix for two hours entertainment.
The storyline is fantastic and for those who don't take their films too seriously, this is a must.
The story is based around a father called Gang-Du, desperate to save his daughter Hyun-Seo from the terrible monster holding her captive in a sewer under Wonhyo Bridge with the aid of his sister, a professional archer called Nam-Joo and his father, Hee-Bong, the owner of a local snack van.
This is a wonderful film, packed with fantastic CGI and a cast that you will fall in love with. This is an epic horror film that many could view and enjoy without being too scared and not having to take anything seriously for 2 hours.
This is a great film and yet again, it's not from Britian or America.
The best in cinema lies within Foreign countries without a doubt.
A grand achievement for Korea.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Macdonald on 4 Jun 2008
Format: HD DVD
Just wanted to leave a brief review, as I found the other review to be very harsh.

If you're a fan of Asian cinema and like monster movies, then you should love this. If you don't like reading subtitles ther'es an English Dub.

The picture and sound are a good improvement over the standard Dvd release. The picture's amazing.

There are some good extras, although not all of the extras from the 2-disc Standard Dvd are here.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By seldon on 23 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
if you like huge cgi spectacles, or cinemascopic amputations, or gore by the litre, stay well away. if however, you're looking for a change, step right in, wait no more.

staying well clear of the usual handling of monstor movies, this south korean epic manages to entertain, thrill and touch, at different times. just when i thought that the monstor movie genre was either the megabudget soul less godzilla kind of filck or the low budget, equally soul less zone horror variety, the host presents us with a third path.

it's funny, exciting, complex, unpredictable, and a bit overlong (my biggest complaint). still, immensely enjoyable
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By b4-its-2-l8 on 3 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
From the different comments I have seen about this move, the most accurate comes from the back of the DVD case itself... "the suspense of Jaws, the humour of Tremors, and the biting satire of Dawn Of The Dead. FANTASTIC." I wouldn't go so far as to call it fantastic, but it is good.

Although HOST has its scary moments, there's a little too much quirky humour for me to think it a horror movie, instead, I think of it as an enjoyable, albeit unorthodox Creature-Feature.

Unlike the majority of films of this ilk, there is no long, tension-building plot line before the monster is finally revealed in all its hideous glory, (thereby making its revelation the main focus of attention). Rather, HOST has a number of plot lines running simultaneously, one of which happens to be about a monster causing mayhem and snatching humans in broad daylight from under the noses of others (another unusual twist).

The CGI beastie is first class, to be honest it's far superior to what I expected (it's done by the same folk who did Superman Returns, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Sin City). The intertwining stories are engaging enough to hold the film together even without the Creature, so it won't take long to settle in and forget this is a 2 hour film in Korean with English subtitles though it does get a little surreal towards the end.

If you're feeling like a fishy Creature Feature with a bit of bite and a dollop of fun, this one's worth not letting get away. The only point of caution I'd make is that the related trailer above makes the film seem more menacing than I thought it actually was.
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