Front Line, The

Featured In Issue 168, July/August 2012

WSR Score4
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Jang Hun
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In the final battle of the Korean War an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern Front Line of the Aerok Hill fierce fighting continues. A race to capture this strategic point is the ultimate prize and will determine a new border between North and South Korea. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include the original trailer, the U.S. trailer, a making-of featurette (SD 03:42), highlights (SD 21:45), up-front ads, and the DVD.

The 1080p AVC picture exhibits a natural presence throughout, with a generally subdued color palette, along with a stylized filtered gray-brown tint. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed in close-ups and medium-to-distant shots. Contrast at times is outstanding and conveys impressive dimensionality. Blacks can be deep and shadow delineation revealing. This is a visually engaging film that looks realistic. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack (in the original Korean language) is nicely balanced sonically with dynamics that portray bombastic battle sequences and quieter, intimate dialogue segments. Everything sounds perfectly natural, without exaggeration. Dialogue is spatially integrated. Atmospherics and sound effects are spatially engaging as well. The .1 LFE track enhances some of the battle scenes with solid, deep bass. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded and enveloping, Surround envelopment is at times spatially impressive. This is a dynamic, well-recorded soundtrack with both bold action and nuanced sonics. (Gary Reber)