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Postby Benjamin Haines » Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:55 pm

DVD Talk now has seven different reviews pertaining to The Host.

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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:06 am

HD-DVD review by Adam Tyner - Rent It
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php ... 77&___rd=1

Blu-Ray review by Daniel Hirshleifer - Rent It
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=29545


Rent it???? RENT IT?!?!?!?!? LOL XD.

No..but seriously....how could anyone watch that movie and say it's not worth buying. lol, Granted HD and Blu-Ray is more expensive....but if you can afford the player you can afford the movies lol.
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Postby Retro Rooster » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:44 pm

I actually rented it, but mostly because I couldn't afford to buy it at the time, truck payments/insurance kills you when you work as a cashier at a grocery store lol
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Postby Gman2887 » Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:18 pm

My thoughts: http://gmanmovieblog.blogspot.com/2007/ ... -2007.html

I just don't want to retype anything, but anyway, I loved it.
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Postby swfreakjpb » Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:46 pm

spoiler

Oh yeah, The ending. The girl died, right?

When I first watched it I assumed that the girl lived and was just not shown in the end. After watching it a second time with my friend he asked me, is she dead? He was not very happy at all with this. Then we watched the end again and I realized that yeah she probably is I guess. I did not notice it at first.
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Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:12 pm

*spoilers*


Yeah, Gang-du pulls his daugther and the boy out of the creature after it's killed. His daughter is dead, but the boy is alive. He realizes that the boy had been trapped with Hyun-seo down there and decides to take him in as his own.

I just thought it was great that they broke convention like that. Everything about this movie goes against the grain and does things you don't expect, breaking traditions, taboo, and cliches in the process. Once the creature is killed, everybody expects a traditional warm-fuzzy ending for the whole family where the kids are both safe and sound and everything goes back to normal. But it doesn't happen that way. One of the kids does survive, but the little girl we've been following since the start of the movie doesn't. I love it.

So the creature is defeated, Gang-du gets to continue being a father, and the boy gets a home and a family at last. It ends up that it is a happy ending for everybody, except for the little girl, who died.
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:10 pm

Benjamin Haines wrote:*spoilers*


Yeah, Gang-du pulls his daugther and the boy out of the creature after it's killed. His daughter is dead, but the boy is alive. He realizes that the boy had been trapped with Hyun-seo down there and decides to take him in as his own.

I just thought it was great that they broke convention like that. Everything about this movie goes against the grain and does things you don't expect, breaking traditions, taboo, and cliches in the process. Once the creature is killed, everybody expects a traditional warm-fuzzy ending for the whole family where the kids are both safe and sound and everything goes back to normal. But it doesn't happen that way. One of the kids does survive, but the little girl we've been following since the start of the movie doesn't. I love it.

So the creature is defeated, Gang-du gets to continue being a father, and the boy gets a home and a family at last. It ends up that it is a happy ending for everybody, except for the little girl, who died.


yeah the ending is weird. It's one of the few movies that leaves me with mixed emotions at the end...

I am depressed because Gang-du dies...but I am happy because the homeless boy lived and now has a home. It was a really great twist.
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:44 pm

Gang-Du doesn't die...

Spoilers again!





Hyun-seo does...

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Postby GFan » Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:54 pm

Just finished watching it. I really liked it; great looking monster... some touching and funny moments. But the ending sucked IMO.

Usually I like going-against-the-standard kind of endings, but this was too depressing and ultimately ruined the movie for me. Can't say I'll be buying it (unless they come out with an alternate happy-ending version :wink: ).

And then there's poor Yongary...
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:36 pm

kiryugoji04 wrote:Gang-Du doesn't die...

Spoilers again!





Hyun-seo does...

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Whoops! lol I don't know why I wrote Gand-Du lol XD

Somebody kick me! Kick me Hard!!!! :lol:
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Postby Glow-nut » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:14 pm

dIsCoMbObuLaTor wrote:Rent it???? RENT IT?!?!?!?!? LOL XD.

No..but seriously....how could anyone watch that movie and say it's not worth buying. lol, Granted HD and Blu-Ray is more expensive....but if you can afford the player you can afford the movies lol.


"Rent it" sounds about right to me. This movie has some good things going for it, but it's way overhyped. Given the significant amount of time spent on the family members there's fairly little characterization there and, frankly, I didn't like most of them. While either the monster or Hyun-Seo are on screen the movie's very compelling ... but unfortunately that's not much of the film. The rest of the time I found it tedious.
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:22 pm

Glow-nut wrote:
dIsCoMbObuLaTor wrote:Rent it???? RENT IT?!?!?!?!? LOL XD.

No..but seriously....how could anyone watch that movie and say it's not worth buying. lol, Granted HD and Blu-Ray is more expensive....but if you can afford the player you can afford the movies lol.


"Rent it" sounds about right to me. This movie has some good things going for it, but it's way overhyped. Given the significant amount of time spent on the family members there's fairly little characterization there and, frankly, I didn't like most of them. While either the monster or Hyun-Seo are on screen the movie's very compelling ... but unfortunately that's not much of the film. The rest of the time I found it tedious.


To each his own I suppose, but I found it to be one of the best Monster flicks put out in a long time.......It's gotten lots of great reviews as well.

You didn't watch the dubbed version did you?....that could kill the movie lol XD
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Postby ultrazilla2000 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:05 pm

I bought The Host two weeks ago, and have watched it twice now. It's definately entertaining, and I enjoyed the characters and effects...but I didn't feel it lived up to the hype it's been getting from genre fans. Certainly wasn't a let down, just not as awesome as I'd read. Interesting creature though, very original. Not sure I get the origin of it though...was it a fish or an amphibian? And what was with the fish sticking out of it's backside??? Oh well...it still rocked.
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Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:05 pm

I was pretty surprised when I was walking back from my classes yesterday around 6ish and came to the area in front of my dorm where I always hang out, and several of the regular peeps there were gathered around a portable DVD player at the table watching The Host. I didn't get there until the final showdown scene, but it was cool to see a bunch of average college folk that I know gathered around what is normally the smokers table watching this little gem of a flick (albeit dubbed, which didn't seem half-bad from what I heard of it by the way).

I still haven't bought it yet.
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Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:51 pm

ultrazilla2000 wrote:I bought The Host two weeks ago, and have watched it twice now. It's definately entertaining, and I enjoyed the characters and effects...but I didn't feel it lived up to the hype it's been getting from genre fans. Certainly wasn't a let down, just not as awesome as I'd read. Interesting creature though, very original. Not sure I get the origin of it though...was it a fish or an amphibian? And what was with the fish sticking out of it's backside??? Oh well...it still rocked.


Ditto. Lot of hype that I feel it did not live up to. Story very disjointed and as a whole left me unsatisfied. The monster however was a big WOW. Amazing stuff and worth the price (DD's 20%off) to keep it on the shelf for that reason. No plans to do the same once D-War it DVD. ;)
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Postby lhb412 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:12 pm

Finally saw it, in fact I rented the DVD from the library. It was really great, and it was a very different kind of movie from what I was expecting, and I knew that it was supposed to be pretty different in the first place!


I hope they don't change the design of the creature for the American remake. I also don't see how they'll have the cultural commentary that made the original what it is. They only way I think they can pull it off is to have the creature attack what is a poor and mostly black section of a city and have some Katrina overtones... but knowing Hollywood it will be sanitized into just another creature flick.
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Postby emeGoji » Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:04 pm

The Host on Blu-Ray is on sale for $15 at Best Buy this week! I picked up a copy and it is stunning. :shock:
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Postby zekend01 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:12 pm

GREAT F'IN MOVIE!! The comedy was more than tolerable, and the creature was well realized. I prefer the sub-titles or dub BY FAR. The dub will make you wince and it leaves out lots of details.

Sound familiar?

But it's a cool segue movie if you are trying to recruit some more kaiju-files.
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Re: The Host

Postby lhb412 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:08 pm

Thread necromancy!

The AV Club just did a neat article on The Host's most celebrated scene:

http://www.avclub.com/article/host-says-screw-it-and-shows-its-glorious-monster--235898
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