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4.0 out of 5 stars Korean release..., 25 Nov 2012
This review is from: Pickpocket [DVD] [1959] (DVD)
This is not essentially a review of the film, which others have done fairly comprehensively.

It's about the Korean release that I bought new from an 'auction-style' site, direct from Korea. Amazon have no separate listing for this (they sometimes do) and wanted to bring attention to it as it's about half the price of this release here.

I would, believe me, pay the full price if I could but I'm human, am skint and am addicted to film, so...The Korean release features the brown and ochre-yellow cover with the crossed fingers, with the title and director on the front, in English. Go to the back and it's all Korean except for the very basic technical specs, which are in English.

The menus are in English but you have to go to 'subtitles', remove the Korean ones by selecting 'English' (not French!) and then resume. I think you can remove all subtitles completely, if your French is up to it - many complain that many releases have English titles embedded and are unremovable.

I've got, or had, a few Korean releases and they can be patchy but this one is good, without the judder during action that I have had had (OK, Pickpocket is hardly an action flick!). I guess - and presume - that the fairly low contrast is of the original, it doesn't detract or look faulty. The sound is good. The subtitles themselves seem to be spelled correctly and make sense, which always helps! and are a clear yellow, which stands out well above the greys of the film (unlike the usual white).

So, as far as I can see - and tell, it's the same movie for half the cost and instead of wealthier collectors moaning about such imports, they should think that twice the number of new French cinema viewers will be able to enjoy a genre that is often in danger of being an elitist one, which it definitely isn't and shouldn't ever be.
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