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by Bryce J. Renninger
August 26, 2013 2:54 PM
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Anticipating Spike Lee's Remake and Want to Watch the Original 'Oldboy'? Don't Go to Netflix.

Want to watch or revisit the Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy"? Don't look to Netflix -- unless you want to see a dubbed version of the classic violent 2003 thriller.

Search the Internet for complaints from users trying to get a Korean language English-subtitled Watch Instantly version of the film on Netflix, and you'll see there have been people pointing out Netflix's dubbed streaming version of the film since at least 2010.  

READ MORE: Spike Lee Shares Park Chan-Wook's Reaction To His Remake Of 'Oldboy' Plus New Pics From The Film

Newer posts on a Screened message board also note that the UK version of Netflix has a Korean language English-subtitled version of the film to view.

Netflix has gotten in trouble with its cinephile fans recently for not quality controlling some cropping on its films, complaints to which they've responded, saying they don't crop but sometimes upload the wrong version of a film sent from a studio.

American users who want to see the film in the original Korean with subtitles will have to watch it with commercials on Hulu.

Here's the direct link to the film from Hulu.

8 Comments

  • joe webb | August 28, 2013 3:18 AMReply

    I just got through watching Oldboy on Netflix streaming and it wasn't dubbed! It had the original audio and English subtitles. I started the movie over my lunch break and it was the crappy dubbed version. After about 30 minutes I had to stop. When I came back to my computer about 8 hours later, it was suddenly in Korean. I don't know what changed midday but I'm glad it did.

  • jime | August 27, 2013 3:31 PMReply

    HuluPlus has "Oldboy," letterboxed and subtitled -- though I haven't looked at it on my TV. I don't think it's in HD -- just standard (DVD) resolution.

  • J3ff | August 26, 2013 10:17 PMReply

    Just buy the movie. You'll get your money's worth. Trust me.

  • emily709 | August 26, 2013 5:22 PMReply

    Oh come now... you can catch the subtitled version on any number of pirate sites on the net.

  • Fiddledee | August 26, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    I watch a lot of Japanese anime on Netflix. I like it because I can pick the Japanese or English dialogue. I've also watched a lot of foreign movies. Seems the author is grasping at straws. The cropping thing isnt Netflix 's fault at all, you even state it in your own article. The companies gave it to them that way. They probably didn't sort through it for the same reason YouTube misses things : high amounts of content and traffic.

  • D.J. | August 26, 2013 3:33 PMReply

    What about the DVD/Blu-Ray. I can't imagine that being dubbed. How about some physical media advocacy here.

  • cp24 | August 26, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    What do you expect for $8 a month . Go rent the movie on Bluray for $4 or buy the bluray/dvd and stop complaining you cheapskates.

  • Wesley | August 26, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Same with the Ip Man movies, which I tried to watch before seeing The Grandmaster.