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The Host Blu-ray

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괴물 / Gwoemul Magnolia Pictures | 2006 | 119 min | Rated R | Jul 24, 2007

The Host (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Korean: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
Korean: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS-HD 5.1
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English, English SDH, Spanish

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
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The Host

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The Host Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Careless American military personnel dump chemicals into South Korea's Han River. Several years later, a creature emerges from the tainted waters and sinks its ravenous jaws into local residents. It abducts Hyun-seo (A-sung Ko) the daughter of Kang-du (Kang-ho Song), who works at a food-stand on the banks of the river. The government announces that the monstrous thing is the Host of an unidentified virus. Having feared the worst, Kang-du receives a phone call from his daughter who is frightened, but very much alive. Kang-du soon makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue his daughter.

For more about The Host and the The Host Blu-ray release, see the The Host Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona, Ah-sung Ko
Director: Bong Joon-ho

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The Host Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

I first caught The Host on DVD, and in nearly every respect the film benefits immensely from the leap to high definition. Here on Blu-ray, the film features a 1080p, VC-1 encoded transfer that is incredibly crisp and trumps the DVD with bold color and heretofore-unseen detail. This is a seriously sharp film. Facial textures are rendered true-to-life, with every pore and crease and bit of stubble individually visible. Check out the detail in Hyun-seo's face as she's trapped in the sewer—each mud stain on her cheek pops in crisp relief. Scenes in the rain look especially good, as water droplets trace shimmering lines down the actors' faces and the downpour shows off the image's deep sense of depth. The color palette is equally strong and saturated. Initial scenes along the riverbank present a nearly cross-processed look, with ultra-vivid colors and a thin, yellowish cast to the white balance. These bright, outdoor scenes can get too hot contrast- wise—whites peak, washing out detail, and black levels sometimes crush—but this is a directorial choice that emphasizes the heat and hazy terror of the day. The thin veneer of grain, which is only obtrusive once, during as especially dark scene, gives the image a warm, living feel. The only place where the DVD might be considered preferable—not to me, but I can see others making the case—is when it comes to the creature itself. The more detail we get in HD, the more clearly we can see that the CGI is not quite up to Hollywood standards. The fire toward the end of the film, in particular, looks flat and unconvincing. In all other respects, though, this is a stunning transfer that is more than worth the upgrade from the DVD.


The Host Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Host certainly delivers a whole host of 5.1 channel audio options, as it features PCM, DTS, and Dolby Digital tracks in both Korean and English. As I'm not a fan of dubs, I went with the Korean Linear PCM 5.1 surround track for the purposes of this review, and I was pleased by the dynamic and directional prowess of the mix. The score sounds fantastic and opens up all of the channels with tight low-end, a firmly grounded mid-range, and highs that are steady and intelligible. As you'd expect from a film of this sort, surround speakers are put to good use, with various screams, squishes, thuds, and splashes sounding from the rears, and several nice, discrete effects— like when Hyun-seo kicks the beer can and it travels across channels before hissing in a fizzy eruption. The sound effects aren't always realistic—this isn't the most realistic film in general—but the film builds a convincing audio field regardless. Voices are generally well-prioritized, through there were a few moments when dialogue sounded muffled in the mix—admittedly not too big of a deal when you're mostly reading subtitles anyway.



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