Kustarica seems to speak almost alone for an often misjudged and perceived part of eastern Europe. That he wins awards at Cannes is testament to their greatness and critical acclaim.
Time of...was the first I'd seen of his and it stayed with me for over ten years in my memory alone, from a rare TV showing. Within its heartfelt narrative, every human condition and emotion is in there and is so liberating in its unusualness. The amateur cast and traditional music, as well as the Romany language......It just seemed to be totally unavailable on DVD.
Yes - I find Korean DVDs seem to have a slight judder to the fluidity of, say, panning shots. A different film from Korea suffered the same and I intended to return it but after some emailing, in the end I generally felt that nothing in life is ever perfect and I'd have to put with it.
Yes - indeed, the subtitles are often laughable and occasionally bad. Yes, off-putting once or twice. Though even original 'official' prints can be bad in this respect, too. These are the ONLY reasons why I have docked one star.
However, I think the point is that folk buying such items aren't doing so because they're dabbling - they want that film because they love it and if you consider the reasonable price and the fact it seems to be the only way of (legally - I wouldn't know of any other!) obtaining a copy of one's own then it's case of better than nothing. And, as for DVDs generally, there are even worse 'official' releases out there, I assure you!