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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Han Suckyu, Choi Minsik, Song Kangho & Kim Yunjin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06785
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong violence and some language
(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/09/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kang Jegyu
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Story Synopsis:
Set amidst the tensions between North and South Korea, Shiri opens with agents in a North Korean spy school. The school's committed leader, Park Mu Young (Minsik) singles out the beautiful Lee Bang Hee (Yunjin), an ace student and an expert shot, for a top-secret mission. Years later, South Korean scientists working on a top-secret defense project are mysteriously being murdered. South Korean intelligent agents (Sukyu and Kangho) suspect Hee but cannot locate her (did you get that?). The pressure builds between the North and South Koreans, as the intentions of the North Koreans is revealed. Includes a 54-minute making-of documentary and a Carol Kidd music video (

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits generally pleasing image quality. Color fidelity varies, at times appearing overly saturated and plugged up, and other times appearing well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and vibrant hues. Blacks are deep and endless. Whites are bright, at times appearing blown out. There is occasional edge enhancement and pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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