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OLDBOY (2013)

Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 104 minutes, alternate and extended scenes, four featurettes, previews

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Subtitles: English SDH, English

 

STUDIO: SPHE/ FilmDistrict/ Good Universe/ Vertigo Entertainment/ $0 Acres and a Mule

RELEASE DATE:  3-4-2014

Joe Doucett (JHosh Brolin) is kidnapped and jailed for 20 years in a private prison.  He is released one day and he is given five days to find out who imprisoned him and why.   He gets help from a social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) at a medical clinic.   Samuel L. Jackson seems to phone it in as an over-the-top bad guy here while Sharlto Copley seems to be a bad guy version of the type of characters he has played.  Josh Brolin is kinda of meh in this movie while Elizabeth Olsen is really impressive in this film.

 

I am a big fan of the Korean adaptation, bit I found that Spike Lee and Hollywood have turned the American adaptation into a bland and neutered remake.  The violence comes off as very cartoonish and the ending reeks of Hollywood morality code and it doesn’t have the ending be as shocking as what ended up in Spike Lee’s version (even though the bad guy is in an even more perverted relationship than in the Korean one).  I think he was the wrong guy to direct this movie.   Skip this movie and go rent (or buy) the Korean version instead.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There isn’t really anything you are missing out on with the one alternate scene and three extended scenes unless you want more of Sharlto Copley’s badass Asian bodyguard/ lover.

 

THE MAKING OF OLDBOY gives some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew.   Josh Brolin says he is a fan of the Korean version of the movie and the cast says how they like working with Spike Lee.

TRANSFORMATION- Josh Brolin talks about his physical transformation in this brief promo featurette

TALKING HEADS and WORKOUT VIDEO are other promotional featurettes which you can skip.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   Stick with the Korean version of OLDBOY which is a far superior version of the story compared to the Spike Lee joint of it.

 

 

This review is 3-8-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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