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Train to Busan aka "Busanhaeng " [Blu-ray]


(Sang-ho Yeon, 2016)


More Apocalypse-related films on Blu-ray and DVD reviewed (click review buttons to also see

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Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Next Entertainment World

Video: Well Go USA



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:57:56.458 

Disc Size: 39,110,599,039 bytes

Feature Size: 31,983,667,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.83 Mbps

Chapters: 14

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 17th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio Korean 6171 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 6171 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Korean 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2274 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2274 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps



English, none



Behind the Scenes (13:01)
That's A Wrap (4:35)
Trailer (1:55)





Description: When a mysterious virus breaks out across the country, the infected turn into the murderous undead. A few terrified travelers find themselves trapped on a bullet train from hell, fighting for their lives as hordes of the living dead crash towards them, crawling closer with every stop. Suspicion is rife and tensions run high as some will do anything to survive and make it to the safe zone!


When a Korean high-speed commuter train is overrun by zombies, a selfish businessman (Gong Yoo), his guileless daughter (Kim Su-an), and a brawny laborer (Ma Dong-seok) must work together to save everyone onboard. Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho.



The Film:

Nobody would accuse Yeon of delivering his movies' messages gently under the best circumstances and a zombie movie is hardly where you're going to find subtlety, but he does find something to hope for underneath, even if he presents it in the inverted fashion of Seok-woo telling his daughter that she doesn't have to be good in this sort of situation like a genuinely concerned father. It's no stretch to see Yonog-seok used as a proxy for the sort of self-interested leader who plays upon others' fears to save himself, but he does it very well.

One thing that makes "Train to Busan" special is that by being a movable feast for the undead, it feels a bit more apocalyptic than a lot of zombie movies, with all of Korea going to hell rather than what, for all we can tell, may be an isolated pocket, making it exciting and high-stakes in a different way than you usually see, even while it keeps a tight, emotional focus on one set of survivors. Thrilling, clever, and brutal when the time comes, it's a pretty terrific movie, well worth getting across the Pacific as quickly as possible.

Excerpt from JaySeaverat eFilmCritic located HERE

Divorced father Seok Woo (Gong Yoo) is a workaholic fund manager who seldom shows affection for his daughter Su An (Kim Soo Ahn). For his daughter's birthday, Seok Woo takes Su An to see her mother in Busan. As the train departs, an infected teenage girl (Shim Eun Kyung) attacks one of the train attendants and her zombie virus spreads through the train. Seok Woo and Su An, together with other passengers including the pregnant Sung Kyung (Jung Yoo Mi), her wrestler husband Sang Hwa (Ma Dong Seok), high school girl Jin Hee (Ahn So Hee), baseball player Young Guk (Choi Woo Sik) and selfish CEO Yong Seok (Kim Eui Sung), fight for their lives in the zombie-riddled train.

Excerpt from YesAsian located HERE


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Now we're talkin! Train to Busan looks solid on Blu-ray from Well Go USA - it's a very tight crisp HD-shot image.  This is dual-layered with a decent bitrate and detail is very strong but there is a shade of teal-leaning. Adept contrast and come rich colors, plenty of generated effects, add to make some marvelous visuals. There are no flaws - except the softness in-motion that comes with HD shot presentation. I'd say it looks grand - kudos to the film itself!





















Audio :

Asian films seem to all bolster the audio to max - this is no different - a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track at 6171 kbps (24-bit) in the original Korean and it's a dozy. I don't see a credited score but the music takes you on a roller coaster ride almost as varied as the rich depth of the effects; zombie growls, trains and more. Superlative. Plenty of head-turning separation and seething powerful bass. There is a simpler 2.0 channel Korean option and two English DUBs.  There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.


Extras :

Extras are standard fare and look to come from Korea (with English subtitles) with a 13-minute Behind the Scenes piece and an additional 5-minute That's A Wrap video and there is also a trailer.



I enjoyed Train to Busan. It has all the zombified conventions we love about the genre focusing less on the details of the 'outbreak' and more on the results, chase-scenes and intense action. It dives head first into the genre. Delicious shades of Nightmare City.  The Well Go USA Blu-ray produces a fine presentation - worthy of repeat viewings for a double-feature Friday night. Perhaps with World War Z or another modern train apocalypse-related popcorner Snowpiercer! Go for it - you won't be disappointed! 

Gary Tooze

March 9th, 2017

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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