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The Concubine aka "Hoo-goong: Je-wang-eui cheob" [Blu-ray]
(Dae-seung Kim, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: HwangKiSung Films
Video:Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,215,946,923 bytes
Feature Size: 23,507,705,856 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 18th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio Korean 2688 kbps 5.1 / 96 kHz / 2688 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbpst
English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, none
• Trailer (1:27)
Description: After her award-winning turn in The Servant, Jo Yeo Jeong delivers another alluring performance in the sexually charged period thriller The Concubine. Directed by Kim Dae Seung (Bungee Jumping of Their Own), the luscious period tale follows a concubine's tragic triangle with the king and her lover, played by Kim Dong Wook (Romantic Heaven) and Kim Min Joon (Hindsight). Her quest to survive in the palace turns into a dangerous struggle of love and lust, power and betrayal.
"The Concubine” sees actress Jo Yeo Jeong following her much
praised performance in “The Servant” with another bodice-ripping
costume drama and tale of lust and envy, this time for director Kim Dae
Seung (“Bungee Jumping of Their Own”). Set in the royal palace
during the Joseon Dynasty, the film is a twisted web of tangled scheming
and betrayals, and also stars Kim Dong Wook (“Romantic Heaven”),
Kim Min Joon (“Hindsight”), Jung Chan (“Superstar”) and
Park Ji Young (“The
Housemaid”) as the other players struggling for power and
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly, this is the 93-minute international version of the film with the theatrical running 1/2 hour longer. There was a Blu-ray with both versions HERE, and just theatrical HERE but both appear to be out-of-print. Nothing, in terms of nudity/sex appears to have been cut, although I can find few references of what has - except elaboration of sub-plots. Production values on this period piece are extensive with vast sets, extravagant costuming and Hwang Ki-seok's deliberate, and often stunning cinematography. This is adeptly transferred on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate in the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors don't look particularly rich, or bright, in 1080P but without another Blu-ray to compare I presume they are accurate. The image is clean and consistent with depth and looks just fine in-motion. It is quite a visual film - with kudos to the art direction. I had no issues with this HD presentation.
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Audio is given in the option of a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround at 2688 kbps (16-bit) in the original Korean or a lossy Chinese DUB. The film's infrequent effects are well supported. The score, and film's both traditional and orchestral theme music, is credited to Yeong-wook Jo (The Handmaiden, J.S.A.: Joint Security Area, Public Enemy, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, Old Boy, Thirst) and sounds epic in the lossless. There are optional English and Chinese subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer, which is a shame as so much could be said about the film, the period it represents, interviews with the cast and director...
July 3rd, 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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