The filmic style used in A Tale Of Two Sisters means that for much of the time the camera is focussed on one or other of the main character's faces, which means that it is necessary for the actors really feel the part they're playing whilst at the same time making sure that that they don't go overboard and end up appearing “hammy” (something all to obvious in the recent release The Grudge). The many close-up shots not only look detailed and sharp, but also show just how excellent the actors are at this difficult art, frequently speaking volumes whilst perfectly silent. Top stuff.
Disc Two holds the bulk of supplemental features - more interviews and insights into “Sisters” - as well as... er, hang on a sec... let me count them... yep, twelve deleted scenes, all with director's commentary. I found virtually all the deleted scenes had some merit - this isn't the usual thrown together set of scenes that often seems to so often be the case with DVD releases. Listening to Ji-woon Kim explain his motives etc. during these deleted scenes had me wanting to watch the movie all over again. So I did... for the third time! Following the deleted scenes are a number of outtakes, although this seems a bit of a misnomer to me - they're more like a continuation of deleted, alternative scenes.
It is important that all these extras should be viewed after the movie, otherwise the whole story would very likely be completely spoiled - and that would really be a shame.
To sum up - these supplemental features are insightful, interesting and, most importantly, easily managed to hold my attention throughout, making this Region 2 UK release is a rarity in my eyes.
I am thoroughly impressed - not only with A Tale Of Sisters, but also with this UK Tartan Video release. I recommend owning this DVD.
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