Windstruck Region 3 DVD Review

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='' ALT='WINDSTRUCK DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>WINDSTRUCK</FONT><br>Reviewed April 2005 by <A HREF=' Harlow' target='_blank'>Cas Harlow</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 7</B></P><P>I’ve seen some great Asian thrillers recently – top of my list would be the Infernal Affairs trilogy, which is about to get unnecessarily remade – and I’ve seen some great horrors, mostly spawned by The Ring. Then there’s martial arts: Crouching Tiger, Hero, Flying Daggers – they’re all great. But I haven’t come across many romantic comedy-thrillers before. The closest thing to Windstruck is probably a Jackie Chan movie like Twin Dragons or Police Story – and those have largely worked because of Chan’s wondrous martial arts antics and have had much less comedy-romance – so how does a movie like this work?</p><P>The startling opening shot of a woman seemingly falling to her death fades out into a flashback of the final events of her life. We find out that she is Officer Kyungin, a beautiful, young cop who manages to apprehend the wrong man, Myungwoo, after a thief steals a lady’s purse. Even though they let him go, she mistakenly arrests him again – for the same crime. Embarrassed at her gung-ho stupidity but unable to apologise through sheer obstinacy and Myungwoo, furious at the treatment he has received, but intrigued by this strong-minded woman, you can see this is the start of a budding romance. He follows her on one of her patrols and, before you know it, the two end up in a whole world of trouble.</p><P>I cannot decide what exactly this movie is trying to do: are you supposed to take it seriously or just go along for the ride with your tongue firmly secured in your cheek? Do you laugh, or cry at the sweet romance that evolves? Whatever the answers, I’m not sure it really matters because I think the movie just works. I can’t explain how, or why, but it had me gripped from the opening shot – understandably considering its shock value – and it kept me intrigued throughout. I suspect that it managed to sustain my interest mainly because of the two great leads, and perhaps even just for Hyuk Jang alone, the girl who plays Officer Kyungin. She’s cute, sweet, quirky and a little bit crazy. She kicks ass, shoots straight and even has a soft spot underneath her protective armour. She’s lovely, and perfectly for the role. Jhyun Jun, the guy who plays her match – Myungwoo – is just as well chosen, and cleverly avoids trying to outdo her machismo, instead playing it out as charming, witty and most definitely crazy about her. It’s a match made in heaven and with just the right amount of love, humour and action – and even a little bit of fantasy – the movie strangely works. At times serious, there are enough twists and turns to keep you interested to the end – even if that is slightly unsatisfying. I’m sure it won’t be to everybody’s taste, but if you take it with a pinch of salt and a little suspension of disbelief, it can be quite enjoyable.</p><P><B>Picture : 8</B></P><P>Windstruck is presented in a glorious 2.35:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. The quality is generally superb, with good detail and clarity and little noticeable edge enhancement considering the lack of softness. Some of the action shots – and in particular the aerial shots – are a bit shaky, but that’s more a fault of the filming rather than the transfer. The colour range is broad and all of the colours are sumptuous, deep and well represented. A few shots shot a little fading but this is marginal, and often looks intended to set mood. The blacks are quite good, and there is no sign of grain. Overall, it is a crystal clear, clean transfer with no defects or scratches.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='' ALT='WINDSTRUCK'></P><P><B>Sound : 8</B></P><P>The sound presentation on this release even outdoes the excellent transfer quality, at least in terms of effort, with three solid audio tracks – the main one being a DTS ES mix in its original Korean language. The dialogue is always prominent, and clear throughout, exhibiting some directionality in its mainly front-based emanation. The score and – at times cheesy – songs are also generally restricted to the frontal array, but there are plenty of nice effects to give the rears something to do – from gunshots, to sirens, to rain and thunder. Unfortunately there isn’t really a great deal of bass, but there appears to be little need for it. It is a solid track that presents the movie well, but there is also a Dolby Digital 5.1 ES track that does all but the same job, if you so require. There is also a Cantonese-dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1 ES track. </p> <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='' ALT='WINDSTRUCK'></P><P><B>Extras : 6</B></P><P>First up we get a couple of theatrical trailers – both the two-minute teaser and the oddly shorter ninety-second international trailer, neither giving away too much about the movie other than a few random scenes that paint it quite suitably. Then there’s a photo gallery with about a dozen shots – all of the gorgeous female lead as well as brief cast and crew filmographies for the two leads and the director.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='' ALT='WINDSTRUCK'></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 7.69 Mbps.</P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='' ALT='WINDSTRUCK'></P><P><B>Verdict : 7</B></P><P>I have never seen a movie quite like Windstruck and it was quite a refreshing, enjoyable romance, comedy and action-adventure all rolled into one film. The disc has impeccable presentation and a set of nice but thin extras. Overall, if you like your Asian cinema and don’t feel the need to always take it seriously, give this one a shot – you might be surprised at just how strange but enjoyable it is.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="" target=”_blank”><img src="" 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>WINDSTRUCK (2004)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='' target='_blank'>COMEDY</A>, <A HREF='' target='_blank'>ROMANCE</A>, <A HREF='' target='_blank'>CRIME</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF=' KWAK' target='_blank'>JAE-YOUNG KWAK</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF=' JUN' target='_blank'>JI-HYUN JUN</A>, <A HREF=' JANG' target='_blank'>HYUK JANG</A>, <A HREF=' KIM' target='_blank'>SU-RO KIM</A>, <A HREF=' LEE' target='_blank'>KI-WOO LEE</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>3</B> <FONT>(CHINA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Edko Films Ltd. (HK). Released Tuesday 24th May 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$15.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>1</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>123 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 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 <IMG SRC='' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='Dolby Digital EX Soundtrack'> EX<BR>Korean <IMG SRC='' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'> Digital 5.1 ES<BR>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 <IMG SRC='' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='Dolby Digital EX Soundtrack'> EX</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Chinese and English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Theatrical Trailers<BR>Photo Gallery<BR>Cast and Crew Filmographies</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>

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