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Save The Green Planet Region 2 (dts) DVD review

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  1. Phil Hinton

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>SAVE THE GREEN PLANET</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/UKeighteen.php' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/cert18.gif' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='Certificate 18' BORDER='0'></A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed March 2005 by <A HREF="?dvdid=Norman McLeod" STYLE="color: white">Norman McLeod.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SaveTheGreenPlanet/SaveTheGreenPlanetR2.jpg" ALT="SAVE THE GREEN PLANET DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>SAVE THE GREEN PLANET (2003)<B> <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?compare=4589"><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/comparedvds.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="18" BORDER="0" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" ALT="Comparison feature coming soon"></A><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>0</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(UK)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Tartan Video. Released Thursday 31st March 2005</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">113 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">16</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">Korean Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Korean Dolby Digital 2.0<BR>Korean <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> 5.1</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</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">Audio commentary<BR>Deleted scenes<BR>'Behind The Scenes' documentary in 8 parts<BR>Interviews with members of the cast and crew<BR>'The Lazy Mirror': a short film from Jeong Jun-hwan<BR>DVD notes from Jayne Dearsley</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">A demented young man, Byung-gu, kidnaps Chairman Kang, the head of an industrial corporation as he believes him to be a alien spy from the planet Andromeda. With the aid of his dozy girlfriend Sooni he begins to interrogate and torture Kang to reveal his true identity before the next full moon, when Earth (the 'Green Planet') will be invaded.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">This Korean film is a curious mix of genres: a serial killer/detective thriller combined with broad comedy and elements of science fiction. It's actually billed as a sci-fi comedy, with the serial killing aspect not even mentioned in the liner notes, and only briefly in the film. And if you look at the cover you'd think it was a zany childrens film. Right from the start it's difficult to gauge the feeling Jun-Hwan, the director, is going for. The kidnappers wear bin liners and helmets with flashing lights that look so naff that even the Goonies would turn their noses up at them. But this is a Tartan Asian Extreme release, so pound to a penny there's going to be some nastiness. And there is. Torture scenes come and go with the usual asian creative flair, often accompanied with the kind of music that you might expect to find in <i>Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory</i>. The acting is very good. Shin Ha-Kyun playing Byung-gu makes a sympathetic nut job, as does his dopey circus artiste girlfriend Sooni. Similarily Kang, the rich capitalist pig fighting for his life, and detective Chu assigned to the case, are also sympathetic characters. That's another perplexing thing - you don't know who to root for as they're all quite likeable. Detective Chu played by Lee Jae-Wong is an excellent creation - a greasy, idiosynchratic scruffbag with a brilliant mind. Kind of a Korean Columbo with even less sartorial elegance. I'd like to see a film solely based around him.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The film is very entertaining most of the time and certainly visually striking, with dizzying camera work, snazzy cutting and even small bursts of animation keeping everything kicking along. The set design is impressive, as is the cinematography, giving a twisted sense of reality with some well executed set pieces. However, by shoehorning slapstick comedy into the proceedings almost at random, along with what could only be termed sombre social commentary, he takes away the momentum of the main story. The director (who is also the writer) misses out on one important aspect vital to a film like this: tension. Jun-Hwan chucks everything into his script, it's as if he was making three or four films at once, so you don't feel as much for the characters on an emotional level as you should. Practically everyone in the film is 'goofy', whether intelligent or stupid. It all gets rather silly and tiresome. And the ending rankles, as too many asian 'cult' films have a habit of ending in such a manner. Obviously I won't elaborate but suffice to say any Takeshi Miike fans will feel by the film's end that they've been watching a compilation of his work. Still, it's all good unclean fun.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">This transfer is a superb one, boasting an extremely colourful noise free print. It's actually a little tricky to comment on the picture as the cinematographer uses so many different styles of shooting and post production fiddling to change the look of the movie, not just from scene to scene, but from moment to moment. The story is muddled and jumps around a lot, and so does the imagery (in an Oliver Stone stylee eg. <i>Natural Born Killers</i> and <i>U-turn</i>). In some scenes the picture is soft but I'll give it the benefit of doubt that it was deliberate. Skin tones seem correct in exterior shots as do the greens and blues, with the Korean countryside and skyline being shown off beautifully, but anything goes when inside. There's so little continuity of lighting and film stock that you don't know where you stand. But it all looks good. Blacks are deep throughout, and there's good shadow detail. It's a very fine picture.</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="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Loud and and proud, the soundtrack is a winner. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track and the DTS are both dynamic and exciting. You won't be disappointed with either. The soundstage has plenty of depth with panning used to great effect, and has fantastic separation. Subtle noises like the fizz of alka selzer in a glass, dripping water and even the smack of a person's lips are exceptionally well implemented. Very atmospheric. All the channels are used throughout, not just the centre channel, and the woofer really erupts into life during action scenes. The music is punchy but never swamps the dialogue or effects. The main character (and the director methinks) has an obsession with the song 'Over the Rainbow', with several versions being played constantly throughout, beginning with a rock version over the opening titles. You'll either be whistling it for days afterwards, or you'll be breaking windows and setting fire to your teeth trying to get it out of your head. You have been warned!</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The first disc has the theatrical trailer and a commentary with director Jun-Hwan and lead actor Ha-Kyun. They chatter away in Korean and it's subtitled in English. The commentary is good fun and easy to follow, and illuminates parts of the film that were difficult to understand, particularly regarding cutural issues and their translation.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The second disc is devoted entirely to extras. It has a substantial eight part 'behind the scenes' documentary that is also entertaining. The people involved aren't too sycophantic and give a good account of their involvement. It covers everything from the conception of the first idea to the final post production tasks. Practically everything involved is covered. It clocks in at one hour and forty minutes so you certainly have plenty to watch. Interestingly, the director Jeong Jun-Hwan mentions that he was a big fan of <i>Misery</i> and that he wanted to make a film that would show the Kathy Bates character's view of events, and you can see parallels in the film throughout. There's about an hour's worth of interviews on the disc. The first one with the director is amusing and informal as he wanders around his house talking about props and knick-knacks that he pinched from the set. This was his first feature film and he's quite gleeful regarding it. The other interviews don't bore either, and are well illustrated with clips from the film. The actors get their say, and one of them, Shin Ha-kyun, answers videotaped questions from his fan club. Other Korean directors' are interviewed at the film's premiere and give their opinions, and the interview segment ends with Jun-Hwan talking about another film he made, <i>2001 Imagine</i>, which is another movie about a deluded protagonist (this time a Korean who thinks he's John Lennon!)</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">A short film by the director called <i>The Lazy Mirror</i> is also included as an extra on this disc, and it's a stop motion picture about a dancing wire doll. Maybe some people will go ga-ga over it (hey, it's ART!) but I thought it was garbage. On the basis of it, I wouldn't even have hired him to film a school play, but someone obviously showed faith in him! And from small acorns grow tall oak trees and all that. A selection of deleted scenes follow and have an introduction by the director which elucidates the reasons for their removal. None stand out but they make good viewing. The studio certainly didn't skimp on the extras so it gets a definite two thumbs up here.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">It's an entertaining film from an imaginative director with a lot going for it, only let down by it's muddled storytelling, oh, and a sense of deja vu - it's all familiar (asian cinema) territory. It's got a first rate transfer and the second disc has plenty of good extras so it gets a higher mark for that reason. Fans of quirky asian films will lap it up.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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