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RocShemp's Avatar RocShemp 12:31 PM 02-01-2013

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Korea's answer to Ocean's Eleven, The Thieves has turned into the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. Tazza: The High Rollers director Choi Dong Hun's heist film brings together a stunning ensemble cast of Korean and Chinese stars. A-listers Lee Jung Jae, Kim Yoon Seok, Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Hye Su are joined by veteran actress Kim Hae Suk, character actor Oh Dal Soo, rising star Kim Soo Hyun, and Hong Kong actors Simon Yam, Angelica Lee and Derek Tsang for the blockbuster thriller. Shot in Macau, Hong Kong and Korea, the film revolves around ten thieves with different skills and agendas who collaborate and compete to steal a famous diamond from a casino. With its staggering star power and unpredictable, action-packed story, The Thieves is pure cinematic entertainment from beginning to end.

Professional thieves Popeye (Lee Jung Jae), Yenicall (Jeon Ji Hyun), Chewinggum (Kim Hae Suk) and Zampano (Kim Soo Hyun) work together seamlessly to swindle and score hits. Fresh out of prison, Pepsi (Kim Hye Su) also joins the team – just in time for a call from an old friend, Macao Park (Kim Yoon Seok). Former partners Popeye, Pepsi and Macao have a loaded history: a failed job and suspected betrayal a few years ago sent Pepsi to jail and Popeye and Macao their separate ways. Now Macao is rounding up Popeye's crew along with four Hong Kong thieves – Chen (Simon Yam), Andrew (Oh Dal Soo), Julie (Angelica Lee) and Johnny (Derek Kwok) – for one big, elaborate hit at a Macau casino. The target: a diamond worth $20 million.

The reviews over at DVDtalk and Blu-ray.com make it seem like a worthwhile blind buy.

Other than the packaging, is there any reason (special features, longer cut of the movie, etc) to get the Korea Version Limited Edition instead?



Cos the price is really steep.

raoul_duke's Avatar raoul_duke 03:26 PM 02-01-2013
Probably not, as Well Go USA seem to have wised up and used a BD-50 for it.

I was getting sick of them re-compressing their releases for BD-25s.

The extras won't be subbed on the Korean release, so I see no point, as the US release costs buttons.
RocShemp's Avatar RocShemp 05:59 PM 02-01-2013
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Originally Posted by raoul_duke View Post

Probably not, as Well Go USA seem to have wised up and used a BD-50 for it.

I was getting sick of them re-compressing their releases for BD-25s.

The extras won't be subbed on the Korean release, so I see no point, as the US release costs buttons.

Thanks. I wasn't aware they used to recompress their transfers. Makes me feel better that I recently ordered the HK release of the Ip Man 1 + 2 set (the colours in the US release of Ip Man looked terrible in the screenshots I saw).

So the Well Go USA cut is the same cut as the Korean release? I ask because I know the out-of-print limited Korean release of The Good, The Bad, The Weird was the only way to get the longer Korean theatrical cut of that movie.
raoul_duke's Avatar raoul_duke 06:02 AM 02-02-2013
I'm not aware of an International cut for this movie, 135mins seems to be the agreed running time.

Yes, unfortunately, Well Go USA did have a habit of compressing movies released in their domestic territories, (or even other countries) as BD-50s, down onto BD-25s.

Examples would be The Man From Nowhere, (which I bought and then quickly replaced with the Korean release), War of The Arrows, Let the Bullets Fly, The Viral Factor, The Front Line, Little Big Soldier and more.
RocShemp's Avatar RocShemp 04:39 PM 02-02-2013
Good to know. Cos I was weirded out that the Korean DVD is a 3-disc set so I wonder what if anything was carried over to the Korean BD since the Well Go USA DVD seems so sparse on special features.

I have Little Big Soldier and Shaolin from Well Go USA. Loved the movies and the releases, though not perfect, weren't too bad. I guess I should track down the other released from Korea and HK. Thanks fpr the heads up.
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