Thieves, The (Blu-ray) (2012)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||2012|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Dong-Hoon Choi|
Soo Hyun Kim
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
Korean DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Korean Dolby Digital 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Korean cinema is certainly producing some excellent material including historical action epics like Bichunmoo or War of the Arrows, action films like Tube and war films like The Front Line. The latest Korean blockbuster to hit local home entertainment is The Thieves or Dodookdeul. This film was a big hit at the Korean box office and is, I believe, a new genre for Korean cinema, the caper film. It's style is somewhat reminiscent of American and European caper films such as the Ocean's Eleven trilogy, The Italian Job or Rififi (however that is a significantly superior film).
The story revolves around a Korean gang of thieves including the beautiful and acrobatic Yenicall (Gianna Jun) and her on-again, off-again lover Popie (Jung-Jae Lee), the just released from jail Pepsee (Hye-su Kim) and older woman Chewingum (Hae-suk Kim who won the Korean Oscar equivalent for her performance). The film opens with an impressive action sequence where the team take down a young Korean businessman by stealing some of his art collection. After that job, they are contacted by Macao Park (Yun-seok Kim), who some of them have worked with before. He wants them to join forces with a Hong Kong based robbery team to steal a famous diamond 'Tear of the Sun' from someone at the Macao casino. Some members of the team are reluctant due to some unhappy history with Park but eventually they agree. This setup then allows for impressive action sequences, crosses, double-crosses and triple-crosses and humour as the story plays out.
This is a fun and exciting film with some excellent action sequences especially in the final half an hour. It was shot in Korea, Hong Kong & Macau. The cast are good looking and also do their jobs well. My biggest problem with this film is that it goes on for too long and the crosses and double crosses become quite convoluted towards the end, not assisted by the number of main characters between the two teams. The film was shot digitally which gives it a slightly harsh look at times. Regardless there is a lot of fun to be had with this light and exciting caper film. The MA15+ rating seems a little harsh to me as this film does not have the intensity of violence which films earning that rating usually have.
Another quality product of Korean cinema which will be enjoyed by those who like caper films or Asian cinema in general.
The video quality is very good but not quite up to the best of Blu-ray.
The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p HD encoded using the AVC codec.
The picture was clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was very good.
The colour is very good without bursting off the screen.
Artefacts include some blocking during fast motion (possibly from the source) and some mild shimmer at times.
There are subtitles in English and Korean which are clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is very good without setting the world on fire.
This disc contains a Korean soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 plus a Dolby Digital 2.0 track also in Korean. The 5.1 track lacks the impact that you would normally expect from a modern action film, whilst having no specific faults.
Dialogue seemed to be clear and easy to understand but my Korean is not strong.
The score is fine, doing its job without standing out.
The surround speakers provided some surround activity during action scenes and shootouts whilst also providing atmosphere and music.
The subwoofer added bass to the music and to action scenes.
|Surround Channel Use|
A small set of extras are included.
The menu includes scenes and music.
A light (and short) making of which covers the six months of production with interviews featuring the actors and director.
A collection of promo pieces featuring the different characters and the actors who play them.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region A version of this film is basically the same. Buy local.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.The extras are minor.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|