S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Thirst' or 'Bakjwi')
South Korea 2009
Plot: When priest Sang-hyun (Song) volunteers for a medical experiment, a transfusion turns him into a vampire. Soon he’s drawn to Tae-ju (Kim), the put-upon wife of an old friend. The couple kill her husband, and Tae-ju turns into a bloodthirsty creature...
The whole world seems to be
intent on turning out vampire movies, TV shows and novels at the moment. Yet
Park Chan-wook, the Korean director who made
Oldboy, has still managed a fresh spin on the subgenre in this lengthy,
Theatrical Release: May 13th, 2009 - Cannes Film Festival
DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 7.42 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.
|Audio||Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English SDH (non-removable on bottom), French, Spanish (optional on top)|
Focus Film / Universal have given us a reasonably strong progressive and anamorphic transfer to this dual-layered DVD. For SD quality the image is quite striking - strong detail and bright colors. There are few artifacts and noise is minimal. For this particular format the visual appearance is impressive.
Audio is a reasonably aggressive 5.1 track with a lot of boisterous effect sounds springing form corners of the room with a decent punch. We get a bit spoiled with lossless HD - but this Dolby track seems to hold its own - and then some - if not exhibiting the demonstrative range and depth of its superior cousin.
Regarding the subtitles - I couldn't remove the English no matter what I did - even through the menu - and the French or Spanish (if chosen) appear at the top of the frame in a larger font. It's not a huge issue but it seems an odd authoring glitch or the source print already had them fixed.
There are no extras at all which seems a bit disappointing considering the director's building reputation and following. I don't know if a commentary would be warranted but some form of 'making of..' or better yet - interviews.
For Chan-wook Park fans - this is another of his films that will get under your skin and stay there with some notable dark humor present. There is both sexual activity and violence so the R-rating is earned. Fans of the genre will definitely appreciate this one - recommended!