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Vengeance Trilogy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • 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, Jae-sun Lee, Jo-yun Hwang
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 361 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JYPVT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DVD Sponge on 31 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
FIVE STARS...so you think you know the trilogy (as I did) by owning Sympathy For Mr V, Old Boy and Lady Vengeance but then this baby comes out with a whole ton more extras than I'd ever known existed...this really has to be a case of 'The Ultimate Edition' rather than any kind of pre-xmas con job. GET IT, if only for the Fade-To-White version of Lady Vengeance. Stunning. I read it somewhere that that's how the director meant us to see it in the first place. Oh, and that's not forgetting that this set comes with all manner of goodies including the Old Boy Hammer (which is really a bottle opener). I said too cool for words but can't stop talking about it!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb 2008
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"Revenge is meaningless- it brings no profit, no benefit. What has passed is impossible to change. Nevertheless one still has a desire for revenge in one's heart." Chan-Wook Park

Should you worry when a society becomes obsessed with vengeance as a form of entertainment? In the transition from Elizabethan to Jacobean England the revenge tragedy became a popular play theme. Relying on desperation for the main character to get their own back big style with many sub plots as everyone else tried to put the boot in, as the last words were spoken any actor still standing would have been tripping over an impressive heap of corpses and trying not to slip on all the fake blood. Ranging from Shakespeare's Hamlet to Middleton's "Revenge Tragedy" (see Alex Cox's Scouse reworking of the play) the revenge theme has now been reborn Korean style in director and writer Chan Wook Park's loose trilogy.

This set includes the three superbly directed movies on single disks with each film's accompanying special features so you've got 6 in all. Now the price has thankfully dropped, it may make more sense to buy them as a set (it won't save you any shelf space though over the individual editions).

I found the director's commentary for the first in the series "Sympathy for Mr Vengeance" particularly useful as Park deliberately misses out scenes to keep the audience awake. Key plot points could be missed in this transfer as anything written in Korean (the redundancy form, the sister's suicide note, the revolutionaries' pamphlet in the final scene) are not translated in the subtitles. The first disk also includes a Jonathan Ross documentary on JSA, Mr Vengeance, and Oldboy. There's also small pieces on the special effects and anecdotes from the cast and crew.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Aisha I'm Vibrating on 25 Jan 2007
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This review is a rating of the films and not any extras, the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is it is actually cheaper to buy the three films seperately so I'd be more inclined to do it that way.

I'm absolutely enamoured with these films, they are visually astounding and all 3 stories are full with very considered characters making for a very rewarding viewing. Fans of the work of Beat Takeshi's directing style may find similarities in the director's visual methods particularly in the use of close ups. Korea has perhaps been less consistent with its production of exciting new films but these hopefully mark the rise of its quality along with the sublime Tale of Two Sisters.

First up is Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, a truly heartbreaking and uncompromising film. What stands out for me in this film is the use of two antiheroes and no real villains. Each character in the story is flawed and each makes decisions which ultimately turn out to be misguided and end in tragedy. What is often so apparent in new wave Asian cinema is the uncompromising brutality which is not watered down, it means that many scenes make for uncomfortably viewing but they have a definite necessity. Extreme scenes in these films are always visceral and confronting, but never unnecessary and gratuitious like some other films in the ever expanding new genre. In conclusion a heartbreaking film that massively marked the director's potential.

Next up arguably the best of the three films and in my opinion a modern classic, Oldboy. Like Sympathy out hero is more an antihero, a flawed character whose decisions are not always well judged. Firstly I have to say that the premise for this film had me so excited before I saw it, I had massively high expectations and was not dissapointed.
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By Adam on 15 April 2014
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Three excellent films that I'd recommend to anyone and everyone. Particularly Oldboy, which is one of my favourite films of all time. The stories really look at some serious moral problems with devastating consequences.
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By A. Kent on 24 Feb 2014
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Oldboy is the best, the other two are okay but not great. They really highlight how different Asian cinema is from Western, the plots are more complex than anything out of Hollywood.
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Bought this Boxset because I want the OLDBOY film and some more by the great Director. I have had yet to watch it all but if Oldboy is anything to go by just buy it!!
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By mokael on 19 July 2013
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Pack of 6 dvd with all the bonus you can imagine! I recomende if you are a fan of Chan-wook Park.
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By Andy on 23 May 2013
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3 great movies - i mostly bought this for old boy witch i already saw about 7 odd years ago, and its a realy good movie. it would have got a 5 star on its own, but the other 2 movies are just as or even better.

mr vengeance - i think is the best
old boy - sick but good
lady vengeance - pritty good

from now on any time i hear the name park chan wook i'm interested.
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