Posted: 03/14/2010


Vengeance Trilogy Box Set

by Del Harvey

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Palisades Tartan has put together the definitive Park Chan-Wook Vengeance Trilogy box set, feature 8 discs and more special features than any other set anywhere, including the Korean version. If you’ve always wanted to own these films, this is the set to get.

Director Park Chan-Wook’s most recent film, Thirst, won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2009 and was released in the US earlier this year by Focus Features. But before he made that film, he made these intense and spellbinding films, which have garnered an impressive 28 wins at prestigious Film Festivals around the world, including Cannes, Venice, Chicago, Fantasia, Stockholm, and Hong Kong.

The Blu-Ray box set is available on Tuesday, March 16th. Each film is recorded in its original language (Korean) and offers English and Spanish subtitles. Each title is presented in anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTA Surround Sound 5.1.

Special features include an essay on each film by celebrated filmmakers, actors and writers. Additional features include but are not limited to:

-A full color booklet which is filled with photos and includes essays on each film by celebrated filmmakers, actors and writers, including Eli Roth.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
-Audio Commentary with Director Park Chan-wook and Actor/Filmmaker Ryoo Seong-wan
-The Process of Mr. Vengeance
-My Boksu Story
-Crew Interviews
-Jonathan Ross on Park Chan-wook
-Soundtrack & Photos
-Original Behind the Scenes feature

-Audio Commentary with Director Park Chan-wook
-Audio Commentary with Director and Cinematographer
-Audio Commentary with Director and Cast
-5 Behind The Scenes Documentaries: Making The Film – The Cast Remembers, Production Design, The Music Score, CGI Documentary, Flashback
-Cast & Crew Interviews
-10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
-Le Grand Prix at Cannes featurette
-The Autobiography of OldBoy

Lady Vengeance
-Director Park Chan-wook and Actress Lee Young-ae Commentary
-Director, Director of Photography and Art Director Commentary
-Critic Richard Peña Commentary
-Park Chan-wook introduction to the “Fade To White” version
-Director Park Chan-wook and Actress Lee Young-ae Commentary
-Director, DoP and Art Director Commentary
-Critic Richard Peña Commentary
-Making of Lady Vengeance
-Electronic Press Kit (“EPK”) includes Teaser, Trailer, “Highlight” and a different “Making-of” feature
-Style of Lady Vengeance: Visualization, Production Design, Costume & Makeup, Art, and CG
-Deleted Scenes with Commentary
-Interview with Park Chan-wook
-Park Chan-wook, “Mr. Vengeance”
-Photography featurette
-Director’s Choice, A short film recommended by Park Chan-wook
-Character Interviews: Lee Geum-ja, Professor Baek, Prisoners, and Families
-Lady Vengeance in Venice
-Get Together
-Trailer, TV Spots, Poster Gallery


SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is the first film in Park Chan-Wook’s acclaimed Vengeance trilogy. The sister of a simple and deaf factory worker, Ryu, falls ill and needs a kidney transplant, however he is not a match so he looks to the black market which he can’t afford. After being fired from his job, his rebel girlfriend suggests that he kidnap the child of his former boss, Park. When the girl accidentally dies, her father seeks vengeance for her death.

OLDBOY is Park Chan-Wook’s classic genre-defining revenge tale of a man who’s wrongly been imprisoned for 15 years and is then suddenly released. Given money and a cell phone, he’s challenged to discover who incarcerated him in the first place, but he only has five days to uncover the truth. Even with a mysterious young girl to help him, his tortures have just begun. Cannes-winner championed by Tarantino, OLDBOY regularly appeared in top ten best movie polls across the country and is listed as one of the all-time best films as rated by IMDB users.

LADY VENGEANCE, the final film in the trilogy was created by Chan-Wook for his daughter. After being wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young child, a beautiful young woman (Lee Young-ae) is imprisoned for 13 years. While in prison she gains the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, all the while plotting her vendetta on the man responsible (OLDBOY’s Choi Min-Sik). Upon her release she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution, but what she discovers is a truth so horrifying, even revenge doesn’t seem punishment enough.

Available for purchase on March 16th. For more information or to visit the official site, click here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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