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VENGEANCE TRILOGY

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  8 disc set, three film set, audio commentaries, making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and more plus a 32 page booklet

-SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (two discs)-

129 minutes, two audio commentaries, featurettes, crew interviews, storyboards, soundtrack & photos, theatrical trailer

-OLDBOY (three discs)-

120 minutes, three audio commentaries (disc 1), five behind-the-scenes documentaries, cast & crew interviews, 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary, Cannes featurttes, trailer, The Autobiography of OLDBOY (3 hour video diary on disc 3)

-LADY VENGEANCE (three discs)-

112 minutes, three audio commentaries (disc 1), Fade To White version of film (disc 2) with introduction and three audio commentaries, Making of Lady Vengeance featurettes, Style Of Lady Vengeance featurettes, deleted scenes with audio commentary, other fetaurettes, character interviews, Lady Vengeance in Venice featurette, trailer TV posts, poster gallery

 

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:

SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE & LADY VENGEANCE- Korean 5.1 Dolby Digital and Korean 5.1 DTS

OLDBOY- 5.1 Dolby Digital, 6.1 DTS-ES, 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles:  English, Spanish (feature film only)

 

STUDIO:  Palisades Tartan/ Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme/ CJ Entertainment/ Cine Click Asia/ Moho Film

RELEASE DATE:  3-16-2010

SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE

OLDBOY

LADY VENGEANCE

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Many of the extras are new for this collection except OLDBOY (which has extras from the previous OLDBOY collection).   The audio commentaries are from the first Tartan editions of the films.

 

SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE-

Disc one has an audio commentary with Director Park Chan-wook and Actor/ Filmmaker Ryoo Seong-wan

 

Disc two has various extras-

THE PROCESS OF MR. VENGEANCE-  the making of the film

MY BOKSU STORY-   the cast and crew remember the film

Crew interviews

JONATHAN ROSS ON PARK CHAN-WOOK-   a British TV piece on the films of Park Chan-wook

Soundtrack & Photos

Storyboards

Original Behind-The-Scenes featurette

Trailer

 

OLDBOY-

Disc one has three audio commentaries- the first by Director Park Chan-wook, the second where the director is joined by the Director of Photography, and the third is with Director and Cast

 

Disc two has 5 Behind-The-Scene documentaries:

MAKING THE FILM-   how the film came to be made and the cinematography (and directing) of OLDBOY including using bleach bypass to get a unique visual look to the film negative and problems that happened when shooting the epilogue in New Zealand

PRODUCTION DESIGN-   production design, hair and make-up

THE MUSIC SCORE-    describing the choice of music for various scenes in OLDBOY

CGI DOCUMENTARY-   the use of digital effects and digital color correction in OLDBOY

FLASHBACK-   cast and crew reflect back on the film.

 

Cast and crew interviews, the LE GRAND PRIX AT CANNES featurette (focusing on OLDBOY’s premiere at Cannes), 10 deleted and alternate scenes with optional audio commentary, and a trailer

 

 

LADY VENGEANCE-

Two audio commentaries on disc one- the first by Director Park Chan-wook and Actress Lee Toung-ae and the second by the director, director of photography, and the art director

Three audio commentaries on disc two with the third one by Critic Richard Pena

 

Disc three has a variety of making-of extras-

MAKING OF LADY VENGEANCE which includes a making-of featurette and a Electronic Press Kit which includes a different making-of featurette and a teaser trailer

STYLE OF LADY VENGEANCE which is broken down into Visualization, Production Design, Costume & Makeup, Art, and CG featurettes

PARK CHAN-WOOK that has an interview with the director, a MR. VEGEANCE featurette, a Photography featurette, and a short film recommended by Park Chan-wook

CHARACTER INTERVIEWS- Lee Geum-ja, Professor Baek, Prisoners, and Families

LADY VENGEANCE IN VENICE-

GET TOGETHER- a featurette that focuses on the actors from the other films who appeared as characters in LADY VENGEANCE

Also disc 3 has a trailer, TV spots, deleted scenes with audio commentary (no option to turn off the commentary) and a poster gallery.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:    THE VENGEANCE TRILOGY is a set full of extras for three unforgettable films from one of the best directors today, park Chan-wook.   OLDBOY and LADY VENGEANCE are the strong films of the trilogy while SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is just brutal.   The other two films have humanity and humor despite the films being about vengeance.    Also the set will be out everywhere in Blu-ray on 6-15 (It was a Best Buy exclusive before that).

 

This DVD review is (c)6-3-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com