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New World Blu-ray Review

New World Blu-ray

“New World” is one of the best films of 2013.

“New World” is a gangster thriller that revolves around Ja-sung, an undercover police officer who works as a crime boss for the powerful Goldmoon Syndicate. Ja-sung wants nothing more than to get out of this undercover operation, but Chief Kang needs him to stay where he is as the police slowly try to take down Goldmoon. Things only get more complicated for Ja-sung as a desperate power struggle emerges amongst the crime bosses (namely Lee and Jung) when the former Goldmoon syndicate leader is mysteriously murdered. From there on out, it becomes a brutal chess game not only amongst the crime bosses but between Goldmoon’s members and the police as well. Who will come out on top? What will happen Ja-sung? I wouldn’t dare spoil any of it!

At first glance, Park Hoon-jung’s Korean film “New World” seems like just another gangster thriller that is influenced by the likes of “The Godfather” or “The Departer”/”Infernal Affairs”, but it’s oh so much more. “New World” is the rare type of film that comes out of nowhere and knocks you on your ass. How this film flew under the radar is beyond me as it’s a supremely well written and acted piece of cinema.

While many modern gangster films lack well developed characters and focus on bloody mayhem, “New World” spends it’s time wisely by fleshing out characters and carefully showing audiences the inner workings of the law and the seedy underworld (both of which are full of corruption, paranoia, dark and nasty violence, lies, and betrayal). Nobody can trust anybody here as everyone is being used as a pawn in some way. All of this chaos makes for a truly intense and surprise filled viewing experience.

Going back to the characters, I like the fact that “New World” doesn’t villainze everyone. Do all of these characters do despicable things? You bet, but there’s a lot going under the surface of these characters. For instance, Chief Kang’s mission is clear and admirable, but he strings along Ja-sung cruelly even though he clearly regrets some of his actions. Likewise, Ja-sung himself is clearly conflicted about everything. He believes in law and order, but he does find himself getting caught up in the criminal lifestyle (especially when he is with his pal Jung). I could go on and on about the other rich characters, but I really don’t want to spoil anything else. This is the type of film that you should watch without knowing much about it. It will be that much more satisfying as a result.


Presented in 2.35:1 1080p, the film’s transfer is crisp and clear. That’s all you need to know!

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is a little soft for my taste, but it still gets the job done.

Extras include a “New World” trailer, Well Go USA trailers, a photo gallery (not a still one), and a “Making Of” which is just a short collection of behind-the-scenes footage.

Summary: “New World” isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you are a cinema fan who appreciates crime and gangster films, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

July 29, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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