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Dick
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March 29th, 2018, 4:24 pm #1

This is director Joon-ho (THE HOST, SNOWPIERCER) Bong's latest film, rather unfortunately financed by Netflix, which shows zero interest in releasing it on Blu-ray. It's available for streaming, of course, but those of us who like to have physical copies are being told what I was when I called the company: "Netflix has no plans at this time." This also goes for the superb MUDBOUND, which was nominated for an Oscar, and a bunch of other films they have produced. I protest, and will keep calling them and writing to them. I'd love a little support!

Phone support #: 866-579-7172
Address: Netflix Corporate Headquarters 100 Winchester Circle Los Gatos, CA 95032

Many thanks, fans!
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Joe Stemme
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April 8th, 2018, 9:39 pm #2

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I do echo your comments on Netflix in the review:

Nobody is ever going to confuse Bong Joon-Ho with an Alfred Hitchcock or a Sidney Lumet - direct, precise filmmakers. Joon-Ho's films veer wildly in tone. OKJA is no different than SNOWPIERCER, MOTHER, THE HOST etc. in that regard. But, no matter the apparent looseness of his filmmaking style, Joon-Ho's movies work on a deeper emotional level. And, so does his current work.
It's a Girl and her Pig tale meets Whistleblowing on evil corporate scientists - Charlotte's Web meets The Insider. Don't let the idyllic early scenes of the Mija and Okja the pig in South Korea fool you - this movie gets pretty dark before it's over (Parental warning: the movie is unrated, but it would be an R). Tilda Swinton has a dual role as twin sisters who run the evil food-processing corporation Mirando which has developed Super Pigs like Okja. The Mirando scenes are played very broadly which can be off-putting at first compared to the more naturalistic farm scenes. There's also a militant animal rights group (the ALF) lead by Paul Dano - and, those scenes often play as wacko as the Mirando ones.
All three story strands come together when Okja and Mija come to NYC and New Jersey for a Super-Pig convention, that, naturally, will be crashed by the ALF. As I noted earlier, the movie gets pretty grisly and dark towards the climax, but a strand of black satire and a touch of humanity makes it bearable - and brings the theme into focus.
OKJA (and Joon-Ho's work overall) is not for everybody. His methods border on the undisciplined, but, for me, they burrow into the subconscious like few other movie-makers working right now.

It's a damn shame that Netflix is dumping OKJA into only a handful of theaters. The $50M production with plentiful CGI deserves to be seen on the big screen. But, like the Mirando corporation, Netflix has their own corporate agenda.
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dracsback
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April 19th, 2018, 2:17 am #3

Why should Netflix release their movies on physical media?  Subscribe and be captive.
"I saw what I saw when I saw it!"
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April 19th, 2018, 2:26 am #4

dracsback wrote: Why should Netflix release their movies on physical media?  Subscribe and be captive.
Nope. I won't play that game, and they won't play mine (I want physical discs), so we're at a impasse for the time being.
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