directed by Bong Joon-Ho
South Korea 2003

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Theatrical Release: May 2, 2003

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DVD Comparison:

Universal - Region 2 - PAL vs. Optimum Asia - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution

Universal

Region 2 - PAL

Optimum Asia
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:10:52 2:05:08 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.88 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.27 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Universal

 

Bitrate:

 

Optimum Asia

 

Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean, DTS Korean

2.0 Dolby Digital Korean

Subtitles English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, none English (non-removable)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Biographies
• Trailers: Infernal Affairs, Asian Vision

DVD Release Date: 2004-10-13
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Chapters 18
 

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Asia

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Real Life Memories of Murder: Into the murder (3:43)
• Deleted Scenes w. optional audio commentary (14:26)
• Interview Song Kang-Ho (5:48)
• Interview Kim Roe-Ha (3:29)
• Interview Kim Sang-Kyung (5:29)
• CG Effects: Kang Yung-Ik (5:10)
 

DVD Release Date:
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Chapters 16

 

 

 

 

Comments

The Universal edition seems to have been taken from an NTSC source corroborated by the prevalent 'ghosting' (see last capture). Sharpness appears about the same but the Optimum is brighter. The unfortunate detail of the Optimum is the fixed English subtitles. The Optimum has the far better extras, but the Universal edition sports a 5.1 or DTS track option. Its betwixt and between which you prefer, but not being a fan of ghosting and with the wonderful extras of the Optimum that is the route we are going.

Gary Tooze

 

 





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Universal - Region 2 - PAL  
Ghosting

 

 


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Image:

Optimum Asia

Sound:

Universal

Extras: Optimum Asia
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Universal

Region 2 - PAL

Optimum Asia
Region 2 - PAL
 

 




 

 

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