THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD Finally Arrives On DVD March 11th

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It took a good long while but Kim Jee-woon's kimchi western The Good, The Bad And The Weird will finally get its first DVD release on March 11th, when it hits shelves in Korea. This release comes with two different cuts of the picture - the longer Korean version and the slightly short International Cut - and English subtitles. So get on your horses, boys, and giddyup!

And for fans of Korean action cinema, it actually gets better ... acclaimed stunt man documentary Action Boys - the film that broke news of a stunt man's death on set of The Good, The Bad And The Weird, news kept quiet for fear of bad luck - is also about to get a subtitled DVD release, hitting shelves on February 25th,

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Read X's GBW review here
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NaltrexoneFebruary 14, 2009 4:37 AM

Any indications of whether the English subtitles extend to the commentary and making-of? And if they don't, is there any word on whether a U.S. special edition DVD is in the offing?

ChevalierAguilaFebruary 14, 2009 4:47 AM

So, who exactly cut the international version? The director or producers? Or someone else?

J HurtadoFebruary 14, 2009 5:05 AM

I would guess that the extras are unsubbed, as they always are. I was under the impression that IFC was going to try a theatrical release for this.

TheDougFebruary 14, 2009 5:37 AM

I'm so glad I didn't order the Malaysian edition of this film!! It's rare that one sees any Region 1 sets that live up to the Korean editions. Now if Magnolia/Magnet releasing had gotten hold of this Kim Ji-Woon film maybe we might have seen this sooner in the US of A. (I'm still waiting for BIG MAN JAPAN on the big screen!!)

#1 defenderFebruary 14, 2009 5:56 AM

@ChevalierAguila: The international version is the director's cut.

Todd BrownFebruary 14, 2009 9:34 AM

It's not IFC's fault on this. MGM have been threatening lawsuit over the title of the film. If you must cast blame, blame the right people ...

Rhythm-XFebruary 14, 2009 10:55 AM

Then they should have quickly changed the title to something else and loudly blamed MGM for being jerks, rather than pissing away their prime window of opportunity to get the film out with relatively little competition from imports and bootlegs. Now it's on YouTube and imports from Korea (and with them better bootlegs) are forthcoming. Title changes are fine if you don't have a choice, and a company IFCs size going up against MGM = not having a choice. It's not like they're the Weinstein Company - they could probably be trusted to come up with something better than KUNG FU KILLZONE or some such garbage, and it wouldn't be their call anyway as MGM forced a title change. Instead they opted for the downright Weinsteinian "bury it nice and deep and let imports and bootlegs devalue our investment in it" option.

I blame MGM for being jerks about the title, but that's hardly a surprise from the people who tried to stop AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMBER from coming out. (And why isn't MGM doing anything about Icon releasing it in the UK? They control TGTB&TU; there too.) I blame IFC for their "deer in headlights" non-reaction to MGM being jerks about it a whole lot more than I blame MGM for being the jerks I already knew they were. I'd rather buy a ticket for UNTITLED KOREAN WESTERN than have to watch the film for the first time on the small screen, as is apparently going to be the case.

Kakihara69February 14, 2009 3:25 PM

Man, I hope a Blu-Ray version of this is released soon after because there's no mention of one released simultaneously with the DVD release. Hasn't Korea introduced Blu-Ray to their public yet?

quartet4February 14, 2009 11:48 PM

KD Media released a handful of Korean Blu-rays last June but I guess the market isn't thriving over there since nothing else has been released.

TushkaFebruary 16, 2009 11:19 AM

Saw this one during the AFI Film Fest here in LA. It was being advertised to screen at M Park 4 Theater in January, but never happened. It was so much fun that I had wanted to see it on the big screen again. Oh well, the small screen will have to do. This is a must buy.