Yongary, Monster From The Deep Blu-ray Review
“Yongary, Monster From The Deep” is a so-so Kaiju flick.
After a nuclear bomb test in the Middle East, all hell breaks loose in South Korea. Not only is there a massive earthquake, but a giant monster known as Yongary rises from the debris. As Yongary creates chaos and destruction, a scientist (Ilo) and a young kid (Icho) just might find the answer to save mankind from the reptilian creature.
When it comes to giant monster movies, the South Korean film “Yongary, Monster From The Deep” doesn’t get name dropped too much and it’s not hard to see why. It’s not a particularly good film as it’s more or less a Godzilla knockoff. Heck, the Yongary monster even looks like a cross between Godzilla and Anguirus. One of the main problems with the movie is that Yongary isn’t really menacing. Sure, the monster causes some destruction, but it spends more time eating, itching, and, yes, dancing (don’t ask). Perhaps the approach to Yongary’s character was intentional, however, as the rather brutal ending does give viewers some sympathy towards the monster. With that said, it would have been nice if Yongary stood on its own more rather than coming off as an imitator.
The greatest detriment to ‘Yongary’ is far and away the annoying bratty kid (Icho). While I found most of the characters likable enough (albeit underdeveloped), Icho ruins every scene he is in. This kid does whatever he wants and never thinks about any consequences. He is profoundly irritating to say the least.
Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite the presence of dirt specs, lines, and other print flaws, the picture quality is pretty solid in hi-def. The colors are noticeably sharper and viewers will be able to notice more details with this transfer.
Audio Track: English DTS. How does it sound? It’s a bit flat, but it does the job. For those that are wondering why there is no South Korean track/version, I have read it is lost. Only the 1967 American International version exists at the moment.
* Trailers for “The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues” and “The Monster That Challenged The World.”
* Commentary by film historian Steve Ryfle and film critic Kim Song-Ho. Both Song-Ho and Ryfle show a great passion for the film as they provide facts, breakdown the story, behind-the-scenes information, and more.
Overall Thoughts: “Yongary, Monster From The Deep” isn’t likely to wow many viewers, but Kaiju film fans may derive some entertainment out of it.
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