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Memories Of Murder R3 (Korean) (dts-es) DVD review

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Phil Hinton, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Phil Hinton

    Phil Hinton
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    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" BGCOLOR="CC0033" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD><TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>MEMORIES OF MURDER</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></TD></TR></TABLE><TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="CC0033" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="33%"><TD><TD WIDTH="34%" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed February 2004 by Andrew Smith.</TD><TD WIDTH="33%" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

    <IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/MemoriesOfMurder/MemoriesOfMurderR3.jpg" ALT="MEMORIES OF MURDER" ALIGN="RIGHT"><TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><B>MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003)<B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=CRIME">CRIME</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA">DRAMA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=THRILLER">THRILLER</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=JOON-HO BONG">JOON-HO BONG</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KANG-HO SONG">KANG-HO SONG</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SANG-KYUNG KIM">SANG-KYUNG KIM</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ROE-HA KIM">ROE-HA KIM</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JAE-HO SONG">JAE-HO SONG</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HIE-BONG BYEON">HIE-BONG BYEON</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SEO-HIE KO">SEO-HIE KO</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=NO-SHIK PARK">NO-SHIK PARK</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HAE-IL PARK">HAE-IL PARK</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65"><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>3</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">CJ Entertainment</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">2</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">130 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">23</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Dolby Digital 5.1 <BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> ES 6.1</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">English | Korean</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Directors Commentary <BR> Cast Commentary <BR> Making of Documentary <BR> CGI effects Featurette <BR> Musical Score Featurette <BR> TV Spots <BR> Trailer <BR> On Set Photos <BR> Promotional Campaign <BR> And Much More all in Korean…</TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>Based on real life events Memories of Murder tells the story of the brutal rape and murder of young women in 1986 in the Gyunggi Province of Korea, and in particular a small provincial farming community. We join Investigator Park as he tries, in vain, to protect the crime scene of the second victim from being ruined by hordes of reporters and onlookers who trample all over the evidence. Arriving back at the station Park is confronted by the Chief of Police. He has called in Inspector Loh from the city to assist Park in the investigation, after all, they are now dealing with a serial killer, and Park has no experience in such cases. Determined to solve the case before Loh can, Park and his thuggish partner, acting on a piece of idle gossip, arrest a local retarded boy disfigured by facial burns sustained in a suspicious accidental fire. Park employs his usual tactic of holding a suspect without counsel, in the police basement, deprived of sleep, and beaten until they confess. This works wonders until at a big press conference where the arrested murderer is paraded joyfully by Park and the Chief, the accused recants his confession…and another body is found. Park is then forced to work with Loh, a more thoughtful, methodical man who believes that the details, and the paperwork will catch the killer.</p><p>Memories of Murder is a haunting and disturbing cop drama which, on the surface, appears to be another reluctant buddy movie. But to dismiss it as such is a mistake. Director Bong Joon-Ho has produced a thoughtful and evocative film that languishes indulgently to slowly build tension. Focussing on the human side of the story we follow the investigation from the point of view of the two police inspectors as they utilise their particular talents to track down the murderer. Bong Joon-Ho is not afraid to point accusing fingers at the bungling authorities and their incompetent techniques. The palpable terror building in a community unfamiliar with the typically Western concept of a serial killer is layered expertly. Pitch-black humour, usually from Investigator Park, will have you chuckling. The scenes when he is checking out the naked men at all the local saunas is particularly funny – this on the basis that as no pubic hair was found at the scene the killer must be shaved down below. He even suggests to his Chief that he pulls in a few of the local monks to give them a work over in the basement.</p><p>The acting of the two leads is excellent. Despite finding the techniques employed by Park reprehensible, we still feel his anguish and frustration as he struggles out of his depth, with a clever and elusive killer. The insight into Korean culture and lifestyle circa 1986 is also fascinating for a western viewer. Directing style is kept fairly simple and linear, but this allows the viewer to focus solely on the story. This is an extremely enjoyable movie, and I encourage you to give it a go. I don’t think you will be disappointed.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>Framed at an anamorphic 1.85:1 the print quality is superb. Bags of detail is evident from the opening scenes in the brightly lit cornfields with the sun streaming through, to the dense woodland in the moonlight as the suspected murderer is chased on foot. Colours are neutral and the skin tones are produced realistically. Contrast is wide and detail is maintained in shadow and highlights. This is a very impressive print.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/MemoriesOfMurder/MemoriesOfMurder_1.jpg" ALT="MEMORIES OF MURDER"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>Yes folks that rare beast a DTS ES soundtrack, and a corker it is too. Although only half rate at 768kbps we are still treated to beautifully sharp and focused vocals, even though I didn’t understand a word, with a natural openness and warmth. This is balanced nicely to the front soundstage, which is a little restricted except in one notable scene when a suspect is chased along a train track. Here the front really opens up prior to an inevitable crunching impact. Most of the surround channels provide an ethereal ambience with a delicate yet haunting score, and the clattering of the rain which serves as an indication that the killer will strike again.</p><p>Those of you without the ability to hear the DTS track need not be disappointed. The DD is almost as good, lacking only some of the depth and warmth of its DTS brother. Dialogue is punched up by +4dB, but the DD track is still not as loud as the DTS, and does not go as low. I suspect this is why it lacks that warmth. DTS a winner then, but not by much.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/MemoriesOfMurder/MemoriesOfMurder_2.jpg" ALT="MEMORIES OF MURDER"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>3</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>This two disc affair is absolutely packed with extras. Disc one has two full-length commentary tracks, and disc two has scores of features ranging from the casting sessions of the lead actors to the CGI effects now so eponymous in a modern movie, and on to the movies release in front of hundreds of screaming Korean fans. So why so low a mark then. Well it is all in Korean and is not subtitled. If feature count determined the score, or if you speak Korean then extras would probably warrant an 8, but if you don’t fall into either of those two categories then your enjoyment is severely limited.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/MemoriesOfMurder/MemoriesOfMurder_3.jpg" ALT="MEMORIES OF MURDER"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>I was very impressed. This movie is reminiscent of Narc or Training Day in its tone, and matches them both in terms of story and suspense, add to that an excellent audio visual presentation and you have a movie that will fascinate, intrigue and entertain. Pity about those extras though.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TR><TD ALIGN="CENTER">Review disc supplied by <a HREF="http://www.dvdarirang.com"><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/DVDArirangSmall.jpg" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE"></TD></TR></TABLE>

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