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Train To Busan Blu-ray Review

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“Train To Busan” is an overhyped zombie film.

In “Train To Busan,” the overworked Seok-Woo takes his daughter Su-an to see her mother in Busan via train. Unfortunately, the trip is far from smooth. As it turns out, there’s a zombie on board and the infection begins to spread from person to person as people are constantly being bit. Worse still, the zombie virus is not contained to the train and is, in fact, spreading. In order to survive and make it to the quarantine zone in Busan, Seok-Woo, Su-an, two elderly ladies, a husband and his pregnant wife, a baseball team, a jackass business man, and a homeless man must work together, but can they?

When it comes to zombie films (and shows for that matter), the subgenre has seen better days. To me, it never got any better than the works of George A. Romero (AKA the godfather of zombie films). Not only were his films exciting pieces of horror cinema, but they had something poignant to say. Most modern zombie films and shows merely capitalize on the phenomenon and have very little to say thematically. That is precisely the issue with “Train To Busan.”

While the South Korean film is a decent entry in the ever growing zombie film subgenre thanks to its suspenseful set pieces and refreshingly intimidating zombies, the movie is a standard character piece that relies on clichés and sentimentality. There’s nothing really new here as it’s your basic survival story with humans turning on one another. Basically, if you’re burnt out on zombies like myself, I don’t think this will cause you to change your mind.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer does not disappoint. Fans of the film will be pleased by its clarity.

Audio Tracks: Korean DTS:X, Korean 2.0 Stereo, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and English 2.0 Stereo. How do they sound? The English dub is passable, but it’s best to go with the original language Korean DTS:X track. Not only is the track layered, but it’s the way the movie was meant to be seen.

Extras:
* Well Go USA trailers.
* “Train To Busan” trailer.
* “Behind The Scenes”- A 13 minute collection of behind-the-scenes footage.
* “That’s A Wrap”- A very short featurette which contains behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews.

Overall Thoughts: “Train To Busan” is entertaining enough, but it’s entirely predictable and makes no real lasting impression.

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December 24, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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