DVD Review by david Blackwell
DETAILS: 103 minutes, audio commentary, original theatrical trailer, two featurettes
STUDIO: Tartan/ Sovik Venture Capital/ DCG Plus/ Generation Blue Films/ Cineclick Asia/ Cinewise Film
RELEASE DATE: 10-24-2006
THE RED SHOES is one of the best horror films I have seen on DVD this year. Forget Ringu or Dark Water. THE RED SHOES have
both beat. I do fear it will be reamde for the USA within five years because it is a very scary film that reaches into the
dark more than any J-Horror film ever could. South Korea has Japan beat at their own genre this time.
THE RED SHOES is about a pair of cursed red shoes that means death to anyone who picks them up. Women will fight
over them and even steal the shoes to wear them. An eye doctor finds them on the subway one night. The
curse begins for her. Will she be safe when she figures out the curse and where it started? It will
be intriguing how I will view this film on repeat viewings. I love the flashbacks to Japanese occupied Korea during
World War 2. The twists and scares light THE RED SHOES up with intensity. Gore hounds will also enjoy the
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Most of the transfer isn't bad, but too much grain/noise shows up at the climax of THE RED SHOES. This might be a DVD mastering
issue or it happened during the film development process.
AUDIO: Korean 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS, 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish (feature film only)
SPECIAL FEATURES: An audio commentary with director Kim Yong-gyun and producer Shin Chan-gil and actress Kim Hye-Soo was
recorded for the film. They have high praise for every actor in the film and the lead actress offers her interpetations
on a few scenes. The director also gives a little on what he was trying to accomplish in THE RED SHOES in certain
scenes and with the chracters.
Two featurettes are on the DVD. The first one is THE MAKING OF THE RED SHOES which features interviews with the director
and three of the stars. They talk about the characters and teh film. The second featurette , the wrongly named A LOOK AT VISUAL
EFFECTS, is the better one. That featurette is actually about the 2K scanning process for the film negative, the digital intermediate/
collor correction process due to imperfections in the film development process with silver, and the DVD mastering.
A lso on the DVD is the very effective original theatrical trailer and Tartan Asia extreme previews for the same films
again (I wish they get some new previews to highlight on these DVDs).
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE RED SHOES is the best Asian horror movie I have seen on DVD. This South Korean effort blows away any
J-Horror film. Go rent or buy this DVD.
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