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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 99 (Aug 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Hye-jin Shim, Jin-geun Kim, Woong Park, Young-hee Lee, Woo-bin Moon & Na-yoon Jung

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Tartan continues to release quality DVDs under their Asia Extreme label. This DVD includes cast and crew audio commentary (in Korean with English subtitles), a still gallery, five making-of featurettes (Action And Cut, The World In the Movie, About The Director, Cast Interviews, and Interview With The Director), and bonus trailers for other Tartan Asia Extreme releases.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Tartan Video
(Catalog Number): TVUSD122
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/28/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ki-hyung Park
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Do-il and Mi-sook, a husband and wife who are unable to conceive a child of their own, decide to adopt a young boy. But the boy seems distant and spends much of his time alone by a dead Acacia tree. Soon, Mi-sook becomes pregnant and the boy becomes even more detatched...yet the tree begins to bloom and horrible things start happening. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a color scheme that can err on the green side, with brighter scenes that appear slightly blown-out and pasty. Even in these brighter scenes, the visuals are effectively spooky. Images have a slightly soft appearance, though details can be nicely rendered at times. Contrast is weak, however, and contributes to limited detail. Minor pixelization is apparent, but there is no bothersome edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

Impressive phantom imaging and deep, solid bass throughout the presentation highlight the Korean language Dolby