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ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS OF ALL TIME - UNFORTUNATELY PRE-CUT,
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This review is from: I Saw The Devil [DVD] (DVD)
I SAW THE DEVIL is one of the best and grittiest thrillers ever made, and simply the best South Korean film ever and therefore worth 5 stars in its UNCUT state. While released in the US/Canada in this uncut version the UK only gets the pre-cut Korean version.
Why didn't the UK distributor bother to secure the rights for the uncut version a.k.a. the international version?
The UK print still has plenty of gore, don't get me wrong, but censored is censored. -1 star for the lack of effort Optimum showed to obtain the uncensored version.
Roughly 80 seconds are missing here, only a few seconds of actual gore though. All scenes related to cannibalism (although never explicit) have been completely edited out, along with some dialogue. The most violent stabbings and beating remain intact however, someone understand Korean censorship?
The Korean cut still is highly watchable and shocking, the package reads "THE BEST SERIAL KILLER FILM SINCE SEVEN" and I must say I totally agree! Totally suspenseful, shocking, bloody and violent, and certainly not for all tastes. One of my favorite thrillers of all time.
5.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS.
Reviewed version: 2011 Optimum UK DVD
Feature running time: 138 mins. (pre-cut Korean version)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: Korean 5.1, Korean 2.0
Extras: Interviews, Making Of, Trailer, TV spot
Picture and audio quality are good on DVD, nothing special. I recommend the Blu-ray. The extras are OK but nothing to go crazy about.
U.S. region 1/A DVD/Blu-ray release contains the uncensored International version.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2012 19:39:18 BDT
Sten Faurschou says:
There isn´t a "right" or "wrong" version of the film - CUT or UNCUT - it´s a matter of taste- Either version, the viewer is going to get a blast!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 10:24:35 GMT
Caligula II. says:
Nobody said anything about a "right" or "wrong" version, I merely pointed out the fact that this version is cut and took one star off the rating. Some of us do care about censorship and demand a COMPLETE version of the movie we purchase.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 15:59:25 GMT
the us version is uncut so just buy that one ;) in germany we got the uncut too .
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