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Blu-ray Review: Parasite

February 3, 2020

By John Corrado

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite was one of the true breakout hits of last year. The South Korean director’s brilliant, genre-defying mix of social satire and thriller has been gaining steam since it premiered at Cannes and won the Palme d’Or.

It went on to bring in a massive $163 million at the box office, and now the film is available on Blu-ray just in time for the Oscars, where it is nominated for a record-breaking total of six awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best International Film, becoming the first Korean film in history to be nominated in any category.

There’s a reason for this success, and that’s because the film is damn good, taking viewers on a wild, unpredictable thrill ride that is best experienced knowing as little about the story as possible. The film was my pick for the best movie of last year, so at this point I don’t have much more to say other than to overcome the “one-inch tall barrier of subtitles,” as Bong Joon-ho referred to it during his Golden Globes speach, and seek it out, especially if you haven’t already seen it. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a Q&A with Bong Joon-ho from Fantastic Fest 2019, in which the director is asked about the “upstairs-downstairs” allegories of class differences present throughout the film, and talks about how both the rich and poor houses were designed from scratch and built on sound stages, which were flooded with clean sewage water for one key sequence. This is followed by two trailers for the film. While I would have liked more in terms of bonus features, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Parasite gets a more decked out Criterion release sometime down the line, and this edition is just fine for now.

Parasite is a Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 132 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: January 28th, 2020

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