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Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
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Both a commercial and critical hit, The Love of Siam swept most of Thailand's major film awards in 2007 and 2008 including Best Picture and Director at the Thailand National Film Association Awards. At first glance, this affecting multi-layered tale of family, friendship, and romance seems an unlikely entry from Chukiat Sakveerakul, director of the psychological thriller 13 Beloved and horror Pisaj, but the film did not come without its controversies. Produced by Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew, The Love of Siam attracted much attention and debate for its frank and sensitive portrayal of teen homosexuality, making overnight stars of newcomers Mario Maurer and Witwisit Hiranyawongkul who played the film's two confused teenage boys.

With his handsome looks and beautiful girlfriend (Aticha Pongsilpipat), high school senior Tong (Mario Maurer) shouldn't have much to worry about, but he can't seem to sort out certain questions in his mind. One day at Siam Square, he runs into his childhood friend, budding musician Mew (Witwisit Hiranyawongkul), and the encounter opens new possibilities and uncertainties into his life. Tong hires Mew's band manager June (Chermarn Boonyasak) to pose as his longlost sister in hopes that she can help pull his father out of alcoholism. Even more confusing than his family problems though are issues of the heart as Tong faces his own dormant feelings for Mew.

This 3-Disc Edition comes with Director's Cut version of film on DVD-9 and DVD-5, 2009 Calendar (while supplies last), and the following special features:

  • Taiwan Meet & Greet
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Making Of
  • Leading Cast Concert
  • Photo Gallery
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    Product Title: Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 愛在暹邏 (DVD) (限量三碟導演版) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 爱在暹逻 (DVD) (限量三碟导演版) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) ミウの歌 ~Love of Siam~ (3枚組ディレクターズカット版) (台湾版) Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
    Artist Name(s): Laila Boonyasak | Aticha Pongsilpipat | Mario Maurer | Witwisit Hirunwongkul 賴烈亞邦雅淑 | Aticha Pongsilpipat | 馬力歐慕瑞 | Witwisit Hirunwongkul 赖烈亚邦雅淑 | Aticha Pongsilpipat | 马力欧慕瑞 | Witwisit Hirunwongkul ライラ・ブンヤサック | Aticha Pongsilpipat | Mario Maurer | Witwisit Hirunwongkul Laila Boonyasak | Aticha Pongsilpipat | Mario Maurer | Witwisit Hirunwongkul
    Director: Chukiat Sakveerakul Chukiat Sakveerakul Chukiat Sakveerakul Chukiat Sakveerakul Chukiat Sakveerakul
    Producer: Prachya Pinkaew 巴猜平橋 巴猜平桥 プラッチャヤー・ピンゲーオ Prachya Pinkaew
    Release Date: 2009-02-10
    Language: Thai
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
    Country of Origin: Thailand
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: All Region What is it?
    Other Information: 3DVDs
    Package Weight: 530 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014032596

    Product Information

    * Disc 1: 電影正片 (D9導演版)
    * Disc 2: 電影正片 (D5導演版)
    * Disc 3: 特別收錄
    1. 來台影迷見面會
    2. 電影未公開畫面
    3. 電影精彩MV
    4. 幕後拍片花絮
    5. 男女主角演唱會
    6. 精選相片簿

    導演:楚克薩克瑞科

    住在曼谷的兩個男孩繆(Witwisit Hirunwongkul)和棟(Mario Maurer)從小就是最好朋友,然而由於棟的大姐失蹤,導致這個家庭從此遠走他鄉。ㄧ年多後,兩個男孩再度重逢,繆已是男子樂團的當家主唱,兩人必須學會處理家人及社會異樣的眼光誠實面對彼此。
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    Professional Review of "Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

    April 7, 2009

    A simple gay love story between two childhood friends turns into an epic about grief and infatuation in The Love of Siam, a seemingly unassuming drama that became a sensation in its native Thailand. Even a bigger surprise than its success is that Chookiat Sakveerakul, the writer-director of this gentle film, was the co-writer of the Muay Thai action fest Chocolate, which was…not so gentle. Despite coming dangerously close to being overstuffed, Love of Siam features enough endearing characters and intriguing situations that its 171-minute running time (this review refers to the director's cut) never feels like its length. And even then, the film feels like it has enough to fill in at least another hour. With so many over-bloated big-budget films out of Asia these days, that has to be some kind of compliment.

    What's impressive about Love of Siam is that it features a fairly simple cast of characters in a fairly simple story. The film's two heroes, Mew and Tong, meet as young boys after Mew moves into his grandmother's home and becomes Tong's neighbor. The two become inseparable good friends, but tragedy strikes Tong's family when Tong's older sister goes off on a jungle trip with her friends and goes missing. In the midst of their grief, Tong's entire family moves away, and the two eventually lose contact. Sakveerakul doesn't simply spend the opening section setting up the two boys' friendship. The motivations for all the other characters are set up during the opening in an organic manner that never drags, though the film doesn't really get to the heart of the story until 30 minutes in.

    The story then jumps to six years later, as Mew (Witwisit Hiranyawongkul) has become a lead singer in a popular pop group, while Tong (Mario Maurer) is trying to maintain some kind of normalcy with his family, even as his father slowly drinks himself to death out of guilt over what happened to his daughter. One day, the two reunite on the streets, and their friendship is immediately rekindled. However, Mew seems to be showing more than just friendly feelings for Tong, who isn't too sure about how to deal with them. Meanwhile, Tong meets June (Chermarn Boonyasak), Mew's band manager, and cooks up a scheme with his protective mother to save his father's life after realizing that June looks exactly like his vanished sister. Will June convince Tong's father to pick up the pieces and rejoin his family? Will love blossom between Mew and Tong, despite the obvious social taboos?

    Of course, since the film is called The Love of Siam (named after Siam Square in Bangkok, where the major events of the love story happen), a love affair is bound to happen for Mew and Tong. However, the love affair is handled in a surprisingly realistic manner, with the relationship shown in mostly ambiguous terms, rarely defining their relationship clearly. Even though this may be due to Thai audience's resistance to gay love stories (the film was reportedly advertised as a straight love story in Thailand, to the chagrin of some audiences), Sakveerakul's down-to-earth approach to the love affair as more than a gay love story allows audiences of all sexualities to relate, and it's a major key to the film's success.

    While the gay love story may be the film's selling point, Love of Siam's emotional core actually lies in the endless grieving process of Tong's family. The subplot on Tong's family is given the same amount of emphasis as the film's central love story plot. Even though June's character is enough of a melodramatic contrivance that she should earn the alternate name of Plot Device, she doesn't sidetrack the plot in any major way because of Sakveerakul's naturalistic handling of the story. However, the weak impact of the June device also means Sakveerakul doesn't lead her story to any type of clear resolution, which will sure dissatisfy audiences who want some kind of return for their time investment in the film.

    In fact, this reviewer is not entirely sure what kind of returns Love of Siam offers after 170 minutes. The conclusion of the story arrives at a somewhat abrupt point and feels like it can continue on to give the story a clearer resolution. While this speaks to the weakness of Sakaveerakul's script, it also speaks to its strength in creating characters and situations that are engaging enough that audiences would easily sign on for more. Credit must also go to Sakveerakul's role as director. Despite some awkward direction (especially the scene of Mew and Tong's first reunion), the director keeps a brisk pace throughout, never letting the film slow down for longer than it needs to, while also not cramming too much story in. The Love of Siam shouldn't be recognized as another gay romance film; it's simply a well-told love story related in an involving manner, and is one worth watching whether you're gay or straight.

    By Kevin Ma

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    Customer Review of "Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (2)
    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.7 out of 10 (3)

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    September 2, 2010

    This customer review refers to Love of Siam (DVD) (US Version)
    why.?? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    why this version dont have english subtitles ..??
    but even though it dont have english subtitles i love it because the story was so great
    but more people will love it more if this product will have english subtitles for them to understand easily the story..
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    December 19, 2009

    Something to Add Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
    I have to add this to my last review (and change my rating). I don't understand how this went over my head initially, but the movie is in the incorrect Aspect Ratio.

    The listed Aspect Ratio is Full Screen, but it really should be Wide Screen. If this were pan and scan, it would be bad enough, but the DVD actually has the entire image condensed into a full screen image. This means the everything in the image appears thinner and taller than it should (IE, the characters suddenly have Goofy-like proportions) With a new release on Region 1, I can no longer recommend this DVD.

    People who still own it should keep the third disc for the plentiful extras. But I plan on buying the Region 1 disc in time. Non-anamorphic Widescreen is Ok. Shoddy subtitles I can get over. But the incorrect aspect ratio is just unacceptable.
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    Kevin
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    February 7, 2009

    1 people found this review helpful

    Finally, an English Friendly Release (...sort of) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    I was pleasantly surprised to find that, what was initially described as a Region 3 NTSC release turned out to be a Free Region release, making this release the first DVD release accessible to English viewers. With the extras provided, I would've been glad to give the set a 10. However, the English subtitles are not without mistakes. Problems arise with the consistency in how character's names are spelled throughout the film ("Mew" and "Moug", "Tang" and "Hung"?). And the subtitles are sometimes ungrammatical English. This is typically characteristic of bootlegged versions of Asian movies. The only thing really distinguishing this from bootleg DVDs is the disc of supplemental materials provided (such as the promotional music video and stage performances). Therefore, I cannot give this release a 10.
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