Old Boy UK Release Feb 2005 2 Disc Set
By Andy McKeague Nov 30, 2004, 22:37 GMT
Choi Min-sik looks on as victim Dae-su
Unsettling but ingenious and darkly comic, it’s a revenge movie wrapped in a mystery that twists the nerves with every demented scene. Following a drunken spree, a businessman is arrested and imprisoned for 15 years, not knowing his crime or who his captors are. Suddenly, he’s released and given three days to discover why he was shut away and who was responsible. Influenced by Peckinpah, and with shades of The Usual Suspects and Memento, it’s proof that Korean cinema packs the biggest punch these days.
“Hyper-violent and ultra-cool existential revenge thriller” - Jonathan Ross
Exclusive Tartan extras include:
- Interview by Mark Salisbury with the director; original UK trailer; newly created English subtitles.
- Two fully subtitled commentaries with director & cast, and film critic Kim Jong Jin.
- Short film, The Judge
- Music video
- ‘Making of’ documentary
- Behind the scenes
- Shooting journal
- Interviews with cast and crew
- Cannes Film Festival footage
The release will be presented in 6.1 DTS ES and Dolby EX Stereo with optimized bit rate. The UK street date for Old Boy will 21 February 2005. You can pre-order at Amazon Uk (see links at bottom of this article).
We do not have a USA DVD release date as yet, though it is available on import. Tartan USA are distributing the US theatrical release so it may be they will sort out a DVD one as well. We think it will be on limited theatrical next February, again will try to clear that up.
Meantime you can also check out some stills and media in the movie entry for Old Boy.
Finally there are 3 Korea only editions which do have English subtitles at present. There are a standard 1 disc release, a limited 2 disc release and a gorgeous 3 disc box set. You can see some movie images here and here.