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Save The Green Planet R3 (dts-es) DVD review

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    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="CC0033" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>SAVE THE GREEN PLANET</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="CC0033" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed March 2004 by Andrew Smith.</TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SaveTheGreenPlanet/SaveTheGreenPlanetR3.jpg" ALT="SAVE THE GREEN PLANET" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>SAVE THE GREEN PLANET (2003)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HORROR">HORROR</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=COMEDY">COMEDY</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=SCI-FI">SCI-FI</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=JUN-HWAN JEONG">JUN-HWAN JEONG</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HA-KYUN SHIN">HA-KYUN SHIN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=YUN-SHIK BAEK">YUN-SHIK BAEK</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JEONG-MIN HWANG">JEONG-MIN HWANG</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JAE-YONG LEE">JAE-YONG LEE</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JU-HYEON LEE">JU-HYEON LEE</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>3</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">CJ Entertainment</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">2</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">117 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">24</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> 5.1<BR>Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Dolby Surround 2.0</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English, Korean</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Making Of Save The Green Planet<BR>Interview With the Aliens<BR>Art of The Green Planet<BR>Music from The Green Planet<BR>Preview Showings<BR>Trailers<BR>TV Spots<BR>9 Deleted Scenes<BR>Behind the Story<BR>X-File<BR>Real Circus</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>9</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Lee Byung-Goo must save the planet. Indeed in his tortured, deluded mind he is the ONLY person who can save the planet. From what? Well from aliens of course. Aliens from the planet Andromeda who intend to destroy the planet by the next lunar eclipse in seven days time. The key to saving the planet is to kidnap and torture the CEO of a wealthy chemical conglomerate who Byung-Goo believes is an alien spy. He is convinced if he is able to learn the genetic code of the Royal Alien Prince he will be able to defeat the alien onslaught and save the planet. He has done this before of course, with other aliens masquerading as humans, but they always died under torture before the secret genetic code was revealed. But this time Byung-Goo is convinced Kang has all the answers, it just requires a bit of ingenuity in the old torture chamber he keeps hidden in the cellar of his remote and isolated house, and the help of his loving, but slightly dim-witted girlfriend, Sunni, and then he will be hailed as a true hero. Byung-Goo, the everyman… the nobody… the nameless, faceless, worthless soul who’s fragile mind has finally snapped under the tragedy that is his life.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">First time feature director/writer Jang Jun-Hwan has produced a remarkable and mature piece of work. An eye opening, mind-blowing movie that will entertain, amuse, and disturb all in one moment. It is genre busting, being totally impossible to define. The title suggests it is some kind of eco-comedy, and indeed this is how it starts, with the hilarious bungling attempt of Byung-Goo and Sunni to kidnap Kang, followed by an explanation by the frustrated Byung-Goo to an incredulous Sunni, of Kang’s powers and his weaknesses and what must be done in order to ”weaken him”. All I will say is it involves bottles of menthol liniment, eyes, and genitals. In the first half hour you will be wiping your eyes as tears of laughter trickle down your cheek.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The second act takes a completely different turn. While the bungling police try to locate Kang, who is not only a wealthy industrialist, but also the son-in-law of the Chief of Police, Byung-Goo’s personality takes a dark turn. Basically the torture begins. A battle of wits rages between the increasingly insane Byung-Goo, and the resilient Kang. The torture scenes are horrific; frequently requiring you turn your head away or hide your eyes. Byung-Goo’s warped but inventive mind uses all manner of appalling techniques, first to get Kang to admit he is an alien, and secondly to provide the information he wants. All the while we learn a little more about Byung-Goo and Kang, and what brought them both to this point in their lives. Byung-Goo’s forlorn past unfolds and the viewer develops an understanding and empathy that you felt you could never have for a man who could perform such hateful acts. The movie has a splendid and unexpected finale that is as funny, gruesome and tragic as the rest of the movie.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Apparently this movie bombed in it’s native Korean market, I have no idea why. It is one of the most inventive, delicious movie watching experiences of my year. I laughed, I cried, and I sat in stunned silence. This superb movie defies description. See it for yourself and I am sure you will agree.</p> </TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>10</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The movie is presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen. The picture quality is as pleasing as the movie. From crisp, vivid primary colours, to beautiful inky blacks with stunning amounts of shadow detail, this coding is totally state of the art. Edge enhancement? Forget it, there is none. Nor is their any other form of encoding artefacts introduced. The film has a dark tone throughout and long extended scenes are shot in cellars, underground car parks and dimly lit houses. These scenes hold shadow detail expertly, while still giving that punch and verve that only well balanced and wide ranging contrast can impart. This disc rubs shoulders with the best that DVD has to offer.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=SaveTheGreenPlanet/SaveTheGreenPlanet_1.jpg" ALT="SAVE THE GREEN PLANET"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>9</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Not content with producing an amazing movie, with a luxurious print, the fabulousness that is Save The Green Planet extends to the awesome soundtrack. From the opening credits, when Byung-Goo kidnaps Kang while a kick ass punk rock version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” blasts from every speaker in your room, to moments of quiet terror during stomach wrenching torture scenes, this soundtrack plays with your emotions. Both the Dolby Digital at 448kbps, and the DTS at 768kbps, do admirable jobs. The DTS track takes the honours but it is only by a nose having a wider more expansive feel, with off screen effects being clearer, and more detailed, but this is a very minor quibble. The musical score should take particular credit as it flows from softly emotive piano solos, to highly charged driving electro-rock. Crank it up to reference levels and feel the pain.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=SaveTheGreenPlanet/SaveTheGreenPlanet_2.jpg" ALT="SAVE THE GREEN PLANET"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The extras are extensive and come on a second disc. Unlike the feature film there are no subtitles so a true reflection of their content is difficult. Most of the extras consist of behind the scenes footage, and cast and crew interviews. I am sure they are very interesting, and they are certainly extensive coming in at over 3 hours worth of stuff. But if you don’t speak Korean it loses some of its appeal. There are 9 deleted scenes, introduced by the director, which are worthy of a watch. Also the chapter on the model making and CGI graphics can be followed without understanding exactly what’s being said, as can the featurette on the music of the movie.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=SaveTheGreenPlanet/SaveTheGreenPlanet_3.jpg" ALT="SAVE THE GREEN PLANET"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>9</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> This is a remarkable movie, and a joyous viewing experience. Your pre-conceptions are taken on a rollercoaster ride, as are your emotions. You’re not sure how you should be feeling so you just go with the flow, and find yourself in some remarkable places. The discs are only marked down by 1 point because the extras, despite being extensive, are unable to be understood by the majority of UK viewers. Don’t let that put you off. See this movie.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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