Windstruck DVD Review
PictureWindstruck is presented in a glorious 2.35:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. The quality is generally superb, with good detail and clarity and little noticeable edge enhancement considering the lack of softness. Some of the action shots - and in particular the aerial shots - are a bit shaky, but that's more a fault of the filming rather than the transfer. The colour range is broad and all of the colours are sumptuous, deep and well represented. A few shots shot a little fading but this is marginal, and often looks intended to set mood. The blacks are quite good, and there is no sign of grain. Overall, it is a crystal clear, clean transfer with no defects or scratches.
SoundThe sound presentation on this release even outdoes the excellent transfer quality, at least in terms of effort, with three solid audio tracks - the main one being a DTS ES mix in its original Korean language. The dialogue is always prominent, and clear throughout, exhibiting some directionality in its mainly front-based emanation. The score and - at times cheesy - songs are also generally restricted to the frontal array, but there are plenty of nice effects to give the rears something to do - from gunshots, to sirens, to rain and thunder. Unfortunately there isn't really a great deal of bass, but there appears to be little need for it. It is a solid track that presents the movie well, but there is also a Dolby Digital 5.1 ES track that does all but the same job, if you so require. There is also a Cantonese-dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1 ES track.
ExtrasFirst up we get a couple of theatrical trailers - both the two-minute teaser and the oddly shorter ninety-second international trailer, neither giving away too much about the movie other than a few random scenes that paint it quite suitably. Then there's a photo gallery with about a dozen shots - all of the gorgeous female lead as well as brief cast and crew filmographies for the two leads and the director.
VerdictI have never seen a movie quite like Windstruck and it was quite a refreshing, enjoyable romance, comedy and action-adventure all rolled into one film. The disc has impeccable presentation and a set of nice but thin extras. Overall, if you like your Asian cinema and don't feel the need to always take it seriously, give this one a shot - you might be surprised at just how strange but enjoyable it is.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £9.91
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