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3-Iron DVD Review (Region 3)

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  1. Seth Gecko

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/3Iron/3IronR3.jpg' ALT='3-IRON DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>3-IRON</FONT><br>Reviewed June 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Seth Gecko&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Seth Gecko</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 8</B></P><P>3-Iron is a love story, plain and simple. The title is derived from a golf club, which sounds odd, but makes sense when you know the story – luckily it’s not a movie about golf.</p><P> Tae-suk (Jae) is (apparently) a homeless guy - even though he has a rather nice BMW motorcycle - he breaks into homes (utilising flyers in a cunning way), eats, sleeps, tidies up and is soon on his way to the next home. He breaks into one house, which isn’t empty - Sun-hwa (Lee) is still there, battered and bruised from a very abusive husband (Kwon). Tae-suk leaves, when he discovers he is not alone, but it nags at his conscience that someone would abuse their wife in this manner, so he returns and watches the husband interact with the wife. He watches as she is slapped violently again and starts to hit golf balls, using the 3-Iron, at the husbands’ target practice in their garden. The husband hears this and confronts Tae-suk, which is to his undoing as he is struck 4 times by golf balls being hit directly at him. Sun-hwa chooses then to leave with Tae-suk and they continue the habit of breaking in and living for a few days, while a romance blossoms during this time. However, all isn’t as easy as it appears and eventually they get caught, victims of circumstance – how will this love affair continue with Tae-suk behind bars?</P><P>Well, this is a bit different from the norm. The two main characters, Tae-Suk and Sun-hwa have almost no dialogue – Sun-hwa says about 4 or 5 words in total (right at the end). That’s not saying it’s totally devoid of dialogue – all the other characters speak, although it’s very much not the focus here. This is a really interesting movie, to watch and understand characters who say nothing – it’s all done with body language and eye contact – yet speak volumes. It is however quite a moving, powerful tale, written and directed by Ki-Duk Kim (Bad Guy) and as such, it’s quite stylish to look at, yet very intriguing due to your having to keep watching to understand or hope to understand the dynamic (obviously due to lack of dialogue). I guess you have to say the actors do an amazing job of being able to convey the storyline with no verbal communication between them, for example, when Sun-hwa begins to demonstrate love for Tae-Suk, they are sitting down drinking tea and you notice at the very bottom of the picture her foot moving slowly until it touches his. It’s not necessarily new or anything, but it’s just nicely done in a sweet kind of manner.</p><P>The movie isn’t particularly long at 90 minutes, but it does demand your attention – as I said, it’s dialogue-lite. However if you want to see a romantic movie that isn’t anything like Hollywood’s heavy handed, clichéd attempts, not to mention a movie that doesn’t have too many contemporary imitators, this is well worth picking up, it’s a very unusual yet deftly handled love story.</P><P><B>Picture : 6</B></P><P>Presented in 1.85:1 with an anamorphic transfer, this is a nice transfer with vibrant colours and deep blacks. It’s a shame then that the print suffers from dust and minor scratches, which mars the overall enjoyment. It’s also a little grainy in places, but conversely I didn’t notice any edge enhancement. Skin tones are fine throughout, although towards the end, I noticed some of the detail getting lost, but I can’t bring myself to be overly harsh, as I’ve seen far worse. Still, the grain and the print do let the overall presentation down, which is a pity.</P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/3Iron/3IronR3_1.jpg' ALT='3-IRON'></P><P><B>Sound : 6</B></P><P>Blessed with both DTS and Dolby Digital tracks, the soundtrack is actually quite busy – especially when you consider the lack of dialogue between the two main characters. Ambient sounds are superb, giving you a great feeling of “being there” and the music is both haunting and generally encompassing. I’d have to give the DTS the edge, purely due to the opening piano music, it just seemed more natural with a tad more depth, but otherwise they are on a par.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/3Iron/3IronR3_2.jpg' ALT='3-IRON'></P><P><B>Extras : 5</B></P><P>Before I mention the extras, I’d just like to say it’s nice to have non standard packaging. This is a gatefold type case, magnetically held shut and is very nice compared to seeing constant Amaray cases.</p><P>Disk one features a commentary track – which is in Korean (so no clue as to what’s said). Disk two contains various features mentioned above, but again, it’s all in Korean, which means it looks interesting but I have zero clue as to what’s going on. But it’s not a bad set of extras.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/3Iron/3IronR3_3.jpg' ALT='3-IRON'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br>For user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This disk averaged at 8.76 Mbps.</P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/3Iron/3IronR3_Bitrate.jpg' ALT='3-IRON'></P><P><B>Verdict : 7</B></P><P>This is, I suppose, a bit of an art house movie. It’s not action packed, it’s not fast paced, but it is fascinating to watch and appreciate the depth on display. It’s not going to be for everybody, that’s for sure, but if you want a beautiful romantic movie (or want to impress a female friend), you couldn’t go far wrong here. Recommended.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1003946721" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>3-IRON (2004)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA' target='_blank'>DRAMA</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ROMANCE' target='_blank'>ROMANCE</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=KI-DUK KIM' target='_blank'>KI-DUK KIM</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SEUNG-YEON LEE' target='_blank'>SEUNG-YEON LEE</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HEE JAE' target='_blank'>HEE JAE</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HYUK-HO KWON' target='_blank'>HYUK-HO KWON</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JIN-MO JU' target='_blank'>JIN-MO JU</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>3</B> <FONT>(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Bitwin (KR). Released Saturday 8th January 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$24.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>2</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>89 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>12</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Korean Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Korean <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'> 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Korean, English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Custom</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Behind The Scenes<BR>Press Conference<BR>Trailer<BR>Stills Gallery<BR>Filmographies</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     
  2. Phil Hinton

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    Sounds very interesting, may have to buy this one. Nice review Seth.
     
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    Cheers Phil - yes it's well worth grabbing a copy !
     
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    Nice review Seth, seems like an intriguing movie. :smashin: This movie has slipped my radar screen, I’m surprised that I’ve never even heard of it!

    Seems like one to pick up though, the wife is always going on about the lack of romance films in our dvd collection! :D

    I wonder if there’ll be a better disk released though, with better pq?
     
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    Tej, I've seen a lot worse - it's mostly the print that was the problem. In terms of the transfer it's good - with some grain, like I said - but if the source print isn't up to much, I can't give it a higher mark - it would have got 7/8 if the print had been better - don't let it dissuade you though!! Don't forget we're (arguably) more critical of these things as we have to score them :)

    As for slipping under the radar - well, that's what we're hoping/trying to achieve here by giving more Asian movie reviews, from Martial Arts and Horror to gems like this and others. The more people that read them, the merrier :)
     
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    Very true and as a big fan of word cinema I can only commend all of the reviewers efforts on this one. :thumbsup:
     
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    Erm typo, meant to say ‘world cinema’ rather than ‘word cinema’! :laugh:
     

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