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(aka 'Thirst' or 'Bakjwi')

Directed by Chan-wook Park
South Korea 2009

 

Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh.

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Friar Hyan Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) is a good man; he ministers to the ill at a Seoul hospital, and counsels heartbroken nurses against suicide. Wanting to do more, he volunteers to test an experimental vaccine for Emmanuel Virus (EV), a nasty flesh-eating disease. The experiment is a tragic failure, as he's the only one of 500 to survive. But it's not the miracle it appears to be - he was somehow transfused with vampire blood. The vampirism holds the EV in check, along with having the usual side effects. And it's not just his appetite for blood that he's having trouble holding back - he's feeling a strong drive to do things that a Catholic priest, especially, shouldn't be doing.

Enter Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin). The onetime foster sister, now wife, of Sang-hyun's childhood friend Kang-woo (Shin Ha-kyun) is immensely dissatisfied with her life, running around the neighborhood barefoot at night just for a moment's escape. She's immediately attracted to the newly-virile priest, who should beware - an unhappy wife can be just as dangerous as a hungry vampire.

Excerpt from eFilmCritic located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 13th, 2009 - Cannes Film Festival

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Comparison:

Universal - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Palisades Tartan Video - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Universal Studios - Region 1 - NTSC

Palisades Tartan

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:13:48  2:13:55.068 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,494,770,434 bytes

Feature: 34,876,299,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.81 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1)  DTS-HD Master Audio Korean 3144 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3144 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English SDH (non-removable on bottom), French, Spanish (optional on top) English, none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 2009

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Palisades Tartan

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,494,770,434 bytes

Feature: 34,876,299,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.81 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:01)

• Chan-wook Park interview with Jessica Mellor (13:56)

• Edited Masterclass at NFTS (13:23)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Standard (thicker) UK Blu-ray case

Chapters 16

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: (July 2017) Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray: Thirst is a very visual film and the presentation is certainly advanced by the higher resolution image. Detail heightens and there is frequent depth. It looks significantly superior in-motion.

Palisades Tartan use a very robust DTS-HD Master track at 3144 kbps (24-bit) and it sounds very intense. The film has plenty of aggressive effects and the score, 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), adds further to the ominous thrills. This is a power track. Unlike the Universal, the Blu-ray has optional English subtitles and the disc is coded region 'B'.

Extras consist of a translated 1/4 hour Chan-wook Park interview by Jessica Mellor discussing his previous work and the popularity of Thirst. There is also 13-minutes of an edited Masterclass at NFTS with students asking questions. Lastly, is a trailer.

I revisited Thirst after many years and it still holds up well - an excellently realized horror with a romantic element. I loved the 'Priest' angle and there are some terrific sequences in the film. The Blu-ray is the way to go - very reasonably priced now and carrying plenty of value - absolutely recommended!

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ON THE DVD: 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!

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Region 'B' - Blu-ray



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