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Yongary, Monster from the Deep [Blu-ray]
(Ki-duk Kim, 1967)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Toei Company
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 17,836,465,624 bytes
Feature Size: 17,003,581,440 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.92 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 5th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1635 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1635 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Steve Ryfle and Genre
Journalist Kim Song-ho
Description:A monstrous creature creates destruction throughout Korea... as scientists running against time create a refrigerant that maybe the only weapon to stop the monster before it destroys the whole country. This cult-classics was Korea's first entry into the kaiju movie genre, made famous by the Japanese with classics Godzilla and Gamera. After a nuclear test causes a massive earthquake, scientists realize that the quake is the least of their problems… the intense radiation has awoke the legendary reptilian monster, Yongary. Martial law is declared and cities are evacuated as the armed forces battle the fearsome creature with all the arsenal firearms available to them.
An enormous burrowing monster shakes up Seoul in this sci-fi monster film. The terror begins when the sleeping giant is awakened by an enormous earthquake. Destruction, death, and monster mayhem follows while scientists frantically work on the formula that will ensure the creature's demise.
If the number of films produced and the number of studios producing them are your yardstick, then it’s tough to dispute the premise that the years 1966 and 1967 marked the apogee of the big rubber monster in Asia. Gamera was going strong, and though the Godzilla series had already entered its long period of slow decline, nobody seemed to notice that at the time. Toho were still producing respectable numbers of non-Godzilla monster movies. Daiei had, in one frantic spasm of creativity, cranked out three Daimajin movies in a single year.Excerpt from 1000 Mispent Hours located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Yongary, Monster from the Deep looks decent and appealing in 1080P. Colors are bright - there is some spotty, frame-specific, damage. The many outdoor sequences can tend to look quite impressive where the building models and Yongary's effects are modest, frequently looking transparent in HD. I noticed no noise - and occasional depth. This Blu-ray image is more pleasing than I would have anticipated.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1635 kbps (16-bit) in English language. There are effects in the film - notably Yongary's growls. They sounds quite deep and ominous at times.Jeong-geun Jeon's score sounds pretty standard stuff with some dramatic orchestrations to heighten mood. The dialogue sync is charming. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Significant value comes from the audio commentary by film historian Steve Ryfle and genre journalist Kim Song-ho that is worth indulging. There is also a 2.5 minute Phantom From 10,000 Leagues "Trailers From Hell" segment with Joe Dante and a trailer forThe Monster That Challenged The World.
January 27th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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