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Review: Oldboy

Oldboy (10th Anniversary Edition)
oldboy blu

5 stars

Starring: Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-Jeong Kang

Directed: Chan-wook Park

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Run Time: 119 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

Korean, English Dub / Subtitles: English

Distributor: palisades Tartan

Film Synopsis

Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private “prison” for 15 years. No one will tell him why he’s there and who his jailer is, but he is kept in reasonably comfortable quarters and has a TV to keep him company.

Watching TV though, he discovers he has been framed for his wife’s murder and realizes that, during one of the occasions in which he’s knocked out by gas, someone has drawn blood from him and left it at the scene of the crime.

The imprisonment last for 15 years until one day when Dae-su finds himself unexpectedly deposited on a grass-covered high-rise roof. He’s determined to discover the mysterious enemy who had him locked up. While he’s eating in a Japanese restaurant, his cell phone rings and a voice dares him to figure out why he was imprisoned. – Palisades Tartan



Audio Format(s): Korean, English Dub
Subtitles: English

Audio is great and bursts with a great score.  Original sound tracks sounds good with bassy vocal tones. I didn’t view the film with the English dub so I don’t know how that sounds. I view all my films in its original soundtrack. If you have a great set up with speakers that can hit low and great high tones I’m sure you will appreciate the sound track even more than I did.



Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The PQ for this Blu-Ray looks good with sharp detail and poping red Blood but the film still has that grittiness as it should have. The blacks are Solid black and deep with no noise. Over all the Looks of this Blu-Ray Is pretty  good getting a 4 out of 5. It’s no Pixar visual but it does please the eye.



Theatrical release Date: November 21, 2003 (South Korea)

Blu-Ray Disc release Date: November 5, 2013 (USA)

  • Interview with Director
  • Commentary with Director and Cinematographer
  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • Oldboy Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • 3 hour video Diary
  • 5 behind the scenes documentaries
My Thoughts

Oldboy is tongue cutting insane with great action, a crazy storyline and a hammer hitting of a good time.

Don’t be fooled by the 2013 remake bomb that should have never been thought of, the original film that we are reviewing here is light years better, so Pop in the disc and let the crazynies begin.
The film is pretty twisted with cool action scenes but mostly a crazy story is what you are viewing here. This my 3rd time viewing the film since 2003, about an hour in I had an out-loud O Fu#*k momoent after seeing the sex scene and then remembering how much more twisted the film gets. Oldboy has a few scenes where you cringe in pain as well with your eyes squinting but still staring at the things that are going on. I don’t want to give any thing away so just belive the hype I spew and throw this film in your movie collection now.

The film will be on my mind as it is now for a few days and that is what Oldboy does. That’s how crazy and how good the film is. Oldboy is a must have and I give this film an easy 5 stars out of 5.

Even though I’m no better than a beast, don’t I have the right to live?

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