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The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale aka "Daeho" [Blu-ray]
(Hoon-jung Park, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Next Entertainment World
Video: Well Go USA / Eureka (UK)
Region: 'A' / 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 2:19:59.182/ 2:19:46.419
Disc Size: 23,142,908,784 bytes/ 41,922,046,995 bytes
Feature Size: 21,872,105,472 bytes/ 40,800,380,928 bytes
Video Bitrate: 17.00 Mbps / 34.99 Mbps
Chapters: 16 / 14
Case: Standard Blu-ray case/ Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: August 9th, 2016 / November 6th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Korean 2235 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2235 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Korean 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio Korean 1983 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1983
kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Trailer (1:28)
• 3 Previews
• Trailer (1:23)
Description: Following his role as a naval hero in the period epic The Admiral: Roaring Currents, Choi Min Sik plays a retired sharpshooter this time in the period blockbuster The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale, which marks the actor's second collaboration with director Park Hoon Jung after the 2013 crime drama New World. The period drama also co-stars Jung Man Shik (A Hard Day) as a Joseon hunter under the Japanese army, young actor Sung Yu Bin (The Trip around the World) as the retired hunter's son and Japanese actor Osugi Ren (Chasuke's Journey) as a Japanese government official.
The Tiger is set in 1925, with Korea having already been under
Japanese rule for more than two decades. Determined to crush the morale
of the local population, the authorities — or, at least, the governor —
is at work to exterminate the country's tigers, an animal seen as the
embodiment of the Korean national spirit. But the plan has hit a snag:
Casualties are mounting as soldiers fail in their attempts to kill a
remaining streak on Jirisan, one of Korea's most sacred mountains.
South Korean director Park Hoon-jung wrote the excellent “I Saw the
Devil” and wrote/directed the innovative-but-flawed crime drama “New
World.” “The Tiger,” which he both scripted and helmed, sees
him find his footing as a filmmaker with an epic vision, a distinct
voice and an artful sensibility, preserved among all the big-budget
mayhem. While overlong – and sometimes overblown – “The Tiger” is
a thoughtful blockbuster, a truly pleasant oddity these days.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale looks solid on Blu-ray from Well Go USA - and the 1080P produces an acceptable presentation despite a modest bitrate. Probably more kudos to the film's impressive art direction. The CGI tiger sequences are, for the most part, fast-cut edited and I thought they worked fine within the context of the film's plot. There are some beautiful sequences - snow, autumn leaves... blood. Without comparing to the Korean Blu-ray, I thought it was a quite a decent HD video presentation.
So, Eureka do a more robust transfer - double the bitrate of the US BD. The image shows as brighter, tighter and... greener - which, for all I know - maybe more accurate. One thing I can state for certain is that the UK transfer looks superior in-motion. It's a gorgeous film and the CGI does not look clunky at all. Advantage Eureka.
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A standard lossless DTS-HD 5.1 surround track at 2235 kbps (16-bit) in the original Korean language (and some Japanese?). The tiger growls are intense to say the least, and it seems the audio transfer adequately supports the film frequent aggression with gunplay taking a second place to the animal noise (yes, there are some wolves, too). There is a lossy stereo option. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.
Similar audio - another 16-bit DTS-HD Master track for the surround but Eureka give a linear PCM for the stereo option. The score is credited to Yeong-wook Jo (The Concubine, The Handmaiden, J.S.A.: Joint Security Area, Public Enemy, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, Old Boy, Thirst) and sounds resounding in the lossless score and the many effects come across with intense depth. With the stereo being uncompressed Eureka take a slight advantage in the audio. There are, also, optional English subtitles on the region 'B' Blu-ray disc.
Only a trailer and 3 previews of South Korean films.
Same. Nothing beyond trailers.
My type of film - a modern-made creature-feature and it includes historical context.Strap yourself in - this is one mean tiger and one extreme ride. Sure - recommended if you, also, enjoy 'man vs. beast' thrills!
July 24th, 2017
October 25th, 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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