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(aka "Seom" )

 

directed by Ki-Duk Kim
South Korea 2000

 

Following the controversial Bad Guy, Ki-duk Kim's The Isle is a gentler take on the themes of isolation and obsessive love, though it contains some still more violent scenes. Set around a lake where fishermen inhabit floating shacks, it explores the relationship between suicidal newcomer Hyun-Shik and Hee-Jin, the woman who runs the lake's shop and, with her boat, controls access for everyone. Though we see her early on engaged in prostitution and being treated badly, it gradually emerges that Hee-Jin is the most powerful person in the vicinity, and, with the constant rowing she does, physically a match for anyone. This independence disturbs and intrigues Hyun-Shik in equal measures, and what develops is a violent sado-masochistic relationship in which both characters struggle frantically against losing their independence to love.

The urgency of this central relationship is underlined by the fact that Hyun-Shik has a past he doesn't want to talk about and Hee-Jin is apparently mute (though we see her talk on the telephone, suggesting that her lack of verbal communication in the lake environment is willful). Unable to discuss the world beyond the lake, or how they came to be there, these two characters live entirely in the present tense. Their communication is entirely physical. Through mutual self-destruction, they briefly create an island of love within a brutal world, though, ultimately, each is an island alone. The lake itself might be seen as an island, apparently cut off from reality, open to extremes. Threats from the outside are managed in a peremptory fashion, as if Hee-Jin is barely able to countenance their relevance to her world.

Excerpt from Jennie Kermode at EyeForFilm located HERE

Theatrical Release: 11 September 2000 (Toronto Film Festival)

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DVD Comparison:

De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Martin Norefors for the Screen Caps!

(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

De A Planeta

Region 2 - PAL

First Run Features
Region 0 - NTSC
Universe Laser Co.
Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:26:15 (4% PAL speedup) 1:30:24 1:30:03
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.13 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.88:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.90 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

De A Planeta

 

Bitrate:

 

First Run Features

 

Bitrate:

 

Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition)

 

Audio Spanish DTS (half-bitrate); Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1); Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo)

Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles Spanish, Catalan, English, none English (burnt-in) Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: De A Planeta

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with the director and actors (4:3; 9:30)
• Music Video (4:3; 3:59)
• Crew List
• Cast List
• Dubbing Cast List
• SCHOOL KILLER trailer (4:3; 1:47)
• THE UNSAID trailer (4:3; 1:06)
• EN CONSTRUCCION trailer (4:3; 1:58)

DVD Release Date: 5/6/2008
Amaray

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio: First Run Features

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.88:1

Edition Details:
• Interviews with the director and actors (4:3; 9:28)
• Making the Film (4:3; 7:03)
• Music Video (4:3; 3:56)
• Trailer (4:3; 1:54)
• TUVALU trailer (4:3; 1:46)
• MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT trailer (4:3; 1:32)
• THE TRAILS OF HENRY KISSINGER trailer (4:3; 2:15)

 

DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Universe Laser Co.

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Info about director and lead actors

 

DVD Release Date: 2001-08-16
Keep Case

Chapters 9

 

Comments

De A Planeta's Spanish DVD presents the sharpest image of the three with different color timing. The 1.82:1 image reveals more peripheral information than the US and Chinese releases (the rounded corners of the hard matte are visible on all four corners). The Spanish DTS track is half-bitrate but the Korean 5.1 track is clear and enveloping (I believe 5.1 is the film's original mix as the specs for the Korean release has only a 5.1 mix) and the English subtitles seem to be the same as the other releases.

All of the extras on the Spanish disc are English friendly. The US release from First Run Features is an okay rental alternative. The image is non-anamorphic and interlaced but sharper than the Chinese DVD. The English subtitles are burnt-in. The contextual extras are the same as the Spanish disc (and are likely ported over from the Korean release). Reportedly, the Italian DVD from Raro (also available as part of a set of the director's films) has English subtitles and Korean 5.1 audio (the UK Tartan DVD has DTS audio but has been cut by the BBFC).

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

 

   

 


 

Screen Captures

(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)
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(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(De A Planeta - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universe Laser Co. (1-disc edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

De A Planeta

Sound:

De A Planeta

Extras: Draw (De A Planeta / First Run Features)
Menu: Draw (De A Planeta / First Run Features)

 
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Distribution

De A Planeta

Region 2 - PAL

First Run Features
Region 0 - NTSC
Universe Laser Co.
Region 3 - NTSC

 





 

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