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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Foreign - Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Seok-Hoon Kim, Doo-Na Bae & Sang-Min Park

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a 22-minute featurette (subtitled in English) and a music video, as well as the theatrical and bonus trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 02806
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence and language
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/20/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Woon-Hak Baek
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When a rogue secret agent (Park) hijacks a crowded subway train, it

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD (not identified as anamorphic on the jacket) picture exhibits desaturated, stylized visuals with high-octane action sequences shot with shaking cameras. Some colors can be richly saturated and pop through the color palette. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures and film grain inherent in the source element, which adds an additionally gritty look to the picture. The darker scenes are solid and offer satisfying shadow delineation. Some edge enhancement is noticed at times, as well as occasional pixel breakup, but overall, this is an edgy stylish picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

There are two ways in which you can enjoy listening to this DVD. If you want the most authentic listening experience, then you should choose the Korean 2.0 Dolby