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Chawz + I Saw The Devil (2009/2010/Magnolia/MagNet Blu-rays)


Picture: B-/B     Sound: B     Extras: B-/C     Films: C-/B-



From Korea, we have two movies to have gotten distribution here in the U.S. from MagNet Releasing - a company with a deserved reputation for putting out some awesome material from overseas.


First up is Chawz, and as much as I was hoping to enjoy this one, I must say that it's a dud.  In the movie, giant boars descend from their mountain home and devour those unlucky enough to cross their path.  The film can be summarized as being Jaws on land, but there are just too many other genres borrowed from to shape this movie into what it as.  Clearly the filmmakers have never heard that an attempt to be everything to everyone means you'll be liked by no one.  In the end it is just slightly better than the SyFy originals we get here in the states, albeit with a different flavor.  It's still bound to be appealing enough to some, but I'd go back and skip it if I could.


Next we look as I Saw the Devil – an impressive film from A Tale of Two Sisters director Jee-woon Kim.  It stars Oldboy's Min-sik Choi as serial killer Kyung-chul, a man who has viciously murdered the fiancée of Kim Soo-hyeon, a secret agent with the police force.  Soo-hyeon takes it upon himself to kill the man responsible for this, and sets out on a violent path of revenge.  I enjoyed this one very much, and while there are copious amounts of bloodshed, there's a gripping story that raises it above being just another gory movie.  This one comes highly recommended if you've found American thrillers to have been a little bland as of late.


Both films are anamorphically enhanced and in 1080p with aspect ratios of 1.85:1.  The Blu-ray for I Saw the Devil edges out the other for better presentation; and though the look of Chawz is a little blasé, it still comes out looking pretty good as well.  Surprisingly, Chawz has the greater amount of bonus content, with featurettes, deleted scenes, a Q&A session, bloopers and a trailer.  I Saw the Devil, on the other hand, is lacking in this department, with only deleted scenes and an HDNet look behind the scenes.



-   David Milchick


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