Quick (2011)

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Released 16-May-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Eastern Eye Trailers x 4
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 107:42 (Case: 110)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Beom-gu Cho
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Min-ki Lee
Ye-won Kang
In-kwon Kim
Chang-Seok Ko
Jin-mo Ju
Byeong-cheol Kim
Kim Eun-ok
Je-mun Yun
Seung-mok Yoo
Dong-seok Ma
Jae-ho Song
Gook-hwan Jeon
Jeong-se Oh
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $29.95 Music Dalparan


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, outtakes at the end

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Plot Synopsis

†††† A few years earlier, Gi-su (Lee Min-ki), Myeong-sik (Kim In-kwon) and Chun-sim (Kang Ye-won) had been part of the same biker gang. Now Myeong-sik is a motorcycle policemen, Chun-sim part of a popular all girl singing group and Gi-su a motorbike messenger. Gi-su delivers a package to a chemical company, a package that turns out to be a bomb that explodes to deadly effect, killing the Chairman of the company. But when he picks up Chun-sim, and she dons his motorcycle helmet, his day really goes bad. He receives a mysterious cell phone call; the helmet has been booby-trapped and will explode unless Gi-su delivers a number of packages within a specified time. The packages turn out to be bombs. With the police, including Myeong-sik and Detective Seo (Ko Chang-seok), hot on his trail, Gi-su must use all his riding skills to speed through the Seoul traffic following the instructions of the unknown bomber while he tries to work out why he has been targeted and how he, and Chun-sim, can get out of their predicament in one piece.

†††† Quick (or Kwik) is an action / comedy from South Korea. The plot, involving company takeovers, weapons technology, Yakuza money and revenge is really just an excuse to throw together a succession of outrageous, high octane vehicle stunts that, it must be said, are loud, explosive and quite exhilarating. While some of the stunts were obviously CGI, a lot were done for real and look fabulous; cars crash resoundingly and bikes fly and skid. The stunt people really earned their money on this film, and the outtakes that run with the end credits show a wide range of injuries inflicted on a number of the cast, including the stars! It is certainly adrenalin charged although but, like a number of films, does not know when to stop and a final sequence on board a speeding train seems one bridge too many. However, the last scene of the film redeems the final act with a funny and explosive ending.

†††† Indeed, Quick has a broad sense of humour throughout. It is never meant to be taken seriously and some of the gags are quite funny; the sequence at the pop concert is very good as is a Keystone Cops type motorbike and car chase through crowded streets and markets. On the other hand, there is a lot of shouting and buffoonery in the film that is not particularly interesting or funny, although it may well appeal to the Korean audience.

†††† Quick is a frenetic film with high octane motorbike and vehicle stunts, crashes, explosions, a convoluted plot and a broad sense of humour. It is silly, loud, entertaining and good fun.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† Quick is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the original theatrical ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.

†††† The print is quite sharp with nice clean detail on faces. Colours are natural, skin tones good, blacks solid and shadow detail fine. Brightness and contrast are consistent. The print is good enough to show clearly the indifferent CGI effects when they occur. There is minor motion blur in some sequences as well as aliasing (the roller door at 23:08) but otherwise artefacts were absent. Given the number of scenes with bikes speeding through and dodging traffic, explosions and stunts, the print is pretty good.

†††† The English subtitles are in a yellow font and are easy to read. They are in American English and I did notice a couple of times where the sense was not clear. However, it really didnít matter: this film is not about the dialogue!

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Audio

†††† Audio is a Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 Kbps.

†††† In an action film with lots of vehicle stunts and pile ups, as well as explosions, you want the audio track to deliver. I am happy to say that this one does just that! Dialogue is clear enough and centred. The surrounds and rears are constantly in use during the chase sequences with motors roaring, tyres squealing, explosions resounding and cars and trucks smashing into each other loudly and violently. One sequence on the freeway is a highlight: gas canisters fallen from a truck bounce towards the camera and explode and bikes, cars, trucks and a bus dodge, crash and smash. Sound and panning effects fill the room! The subwoofer was frequently in action supporting explosions and smashes.

†††† Lip synchronisation seemed fine.

†††† The score by Dalparan was effective, if not particularly memorable.

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Extras

Original Trailer (1:57)

Eastern Eye Trailers

†††† Trailers for other films from Madman: Space Battleship Yamato (1:38), Four (2:28), Haeundae (2:37) and Bangkok Knockout (1:39).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

†††† The Region 1 US version is due for release 4/9/12 and the Region 2 UK on 6/8/12. Yesasia.com does not list a Korean version at the moment, so our release seems the only one around at this time.

Summary

†††† Quick is an adrenalin charged film with high octane motorbike and vehicle stunts, crashes, explosions, a convoluted plot and a broad sense of humour. It silly, loud, entertaining and good fun.

†††† The video is fine, the audio very good; a trailer is the only real extra.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Friday, July 13, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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