I Saw The Devil (BLU-RAY)

I Saw The Devil

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Running Time: 
142 minutes

The film marks Choi's first major role since his self-imposed exile over his protest of the Korean screen quota system. It also reunites Lee with Kim who have worked together in the past on films such as Dalkomhan insaeng (2005). ~IMDB

Soo-Hyun hangs up with his fiancé, unaware that in a few seconds she will be beaten unconscious and then murdered. His fiancé, the daughter of a retired police chief, is discovered later (some of her). Hyun, some sort of agent, takes time off to grieve, but really what he’s doing is setting out to look for the man who murdered his fiancé. This is the beginning of our story.

Those not familiar with Kim Jee-Woon might want to check out his earlier acclaimed films like The Good, The Bad, and The Weird,  A Tale of Two Sisters, or A Bittersweet Life (the first two being watch it now selections over at Netflix). Jee-Woon has a knack for capturing detail and creating a fantastically surreal pallet of vibrant colors and sets that immerse you not only in the then and there but also in the mind of the people who inhabit them. I Saw The Devil is no exception with its dark cold chambers of horror, its black and white living quarters of our anti-hero, and the world at large with its sometimes too perfect and sometimes imperfect focus. You decide weather or not this is Jee-Woo allowing the camera to become the third man, going gray, out of focus, or bleeding grain in an almost completely clear feature, as if this is to let you know these are moments of great desperation, insanity, or animosity. That or its just moments of imperfection. I’d go with the first. In any case the film is beautifully crafted and shockingly numbing.

What I Saw The Devil is, is a reference disc. The kind of BD that you throw on, in the right company, to show off everything BD was meant to be. The picture is crystal clear, definition is spot on aside from the few artistic moments in the film Woon adds the camera in as the third man, and color is vibrantly 3D where applies. This is a dark dark film but black levels are deep and used in such a way that they evoke a psychological terror or attention grabber. Everything is simply perfect here. Audio is fantastic with two tracks, both 5.1 DTS Master Audio tracks in English and Korean (I chose the Korean Track to view the film). Dialogue is crisp, music immerses well without disturbing the environmental sounds of the film, and this is just another tool to throw you into the mix to things so that the story grabs you till the end. If Korean revenge flicks are your bag I’d highly suggest grabbing this film for its content as well for its quality.

~(SD) Deleted Scenes clock in at twenty four minutes plus starting off with Hyun’s fiancé at the start of her journey at an orphanage. While the film is highly gory and violent a particular scene in the deleted section must have been so horrible it was left on the cutting room floor and later placed here. If you find that you can’t take watching the massive amounts of violence here you would do well to avoid the deleted scenes.
~(SD) Raw and Rough: Behind The Scenes of I Saw The Devil. This twenty seven plus minute featurette gives us a peek at some of the fight scenes from the film and how the actors were trained to motion through them as well as interviews with some of the cast members and director.
~Trailers: Vanishing On 7th Street, Black Death, Hobo With A Shotgun, Rubber, and a promo for HDNET.
~Subtitles: English, English SDH, and Spanish

AJ Garcia
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