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New World aka "Sinsegye" [Blu-ray]
(Hoon-jung Park, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Sanai Pictures
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 39,125,523,208 bytes
Feature Size: 38,209,277,952 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 15th, 2018
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Korean 3519 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3519 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio Korean 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Description:Slick edge-of-your-seat thriller and one of the finest gangster films for many years...
After receiving much acclaim for his screenplays for both Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil and Ryoo Seung-wan’s The Unjust, Park Hoon-jung made the transition to directing and with New World, established himself as one of South Korea’s finest directors.
When the chairman of South Korea’s largest crime syndicate is killed in mysterious circumstances, a complex and violent struggle for power takes place between the three most powerful figures in the Korean underworld. Meanwhile the police, led by section chief Kang (Choi Min-sik, Oldboy), have established operation “New World”, in an attempt to weaken the syndicate even further. However, Kang’s inside man, Ja-sung (played by The Housemaid‘s Lee Jung-jae), is nearing breaking point after eight years working undercover.
Highly praised upon release as one of the finest gangster films for many years, New World is a slick, edge-of-your seat thriller, and is not to be missed.
For about half the film, Lee Jung-jae’s the lead. But then it
switches over to Hwang Jeong-min, who kind of runs off with the picture. A lot
of it is him facing off against villain Park Seong-Woong. Watching these two
makes one forget Lee’s even in the picture–much less Choi Min-sik as the cop out
to take down the gangsters–but director Park is able to bring it all back
Bestowed with a somewhat novel twist, Park Hoon-jung’s New World employs
the good-guy/bad-guy power dynamic of the typical cop-gangster flick and
treats it as the primary source of the story’s intrigue. But the
mole-imbedded gang war at the heart of this film plays out less like an
organic round of Go between cops and criminals than the elaborate scheme
of one character operating like a sadistic Creator and wreaking havoc in
the lives of his ants.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
New World is absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment's 'Montage Films' release. The image quality is extremely tight and crisp on the dual-layered transfer with a high bitrate. The film was shot with the Red One Camera and the visuals are continuously impressive in many close-ups and fine detail in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. There is no gloss and plenty of depth with a slight green-cast at times. This is one of the more impressive 1080P images I've seen. It is flawless and looks totally pristine with, predictably, no damage or marks. This Blu-ray offers a rich, mesmerizing 1080P presentation. Exceptional.
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Eureka give the option of a DTS-HD 5.1 surround track at a whopping 3519 kbps or a linear PCM 2.0 stereo - both in original Korean and both in 24-bit. The surround has immense depth and plenty of impressive separation. It significantly adds to the presentation and augments the, already, dynamic, visuals. The score 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 it supports the film extremely well. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Only a trailer but a second disc DVD is included.
January 1st, 2018