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Burning Blu-ray Review

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“Burning” is one of the ten best films of 2018.

I’m hesitant to say anything about the plot of “Burning” as this is one of those films that is best experienced knowing as little as possible. However, since this is a review, I have a duty to reveal at least some details. The film starts off as a love story of sorts as a young man taking on odd jobs (Lee Jongsu) meets a young woman from his childhood Haemi. The two begin to hit it off and even form a relationship. Just as things start getting serious, Haemi takes off on a dream trip to Africa. Jongsu, meanwhile, stays behind taking care of her cat and looking after his dad’s farm (his dad is in the midst of legal trouble. As Haemi returns home, Jongsu is naturally looking forward to seeing her again, but he soon discovers that she didn’t return alone. It seems Haemi has befriended a wealthy man named Ben. Well, it turns out they’re a little more than friends as Jongsu essentially becomes a third wheel. Who is this mysterious Ben? To say anything more would be entering spoiler territory.

Director Chang-dong lee’s South Korean film “Burning” is one of those rare films that really sticks with you long after your see it. Even now after a few months, the movie is still on my mind. It’s a haunting, unsettling, and heartbreaking story about romance, class, and secrets. How this movie was overlooked for Best Foreign Film by the Oscars is beyond me. Now, admittedly, the movie may not be for everyone. I have seen complaints about this movie being a “slow burn” uneventful character piece. To me, however, that’s not the case at all as I found it to be a perfectly paced story that spends a proper amount of time with characterization. Knowing the characters as well as we do only makes the second half of the film more impactful. Also, the movie isn’t about events. It’s about what you don’t see that makes an impression.

The film largely revolves around the 3 main characters and all 3 actors are superb in their roles. Steven Yeun (best known from “The Walking Dead”) gives a tour-de-force performance as Ben. He should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor full stop. The heart of the movie, however, is with Ah-in Yoo as Jongsu and Jong-Seo Jun as Haemi. Not only do these two have great chemistry together, but Ah-in Yoo manages to carry the movie with ease.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? A crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Korean 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The often quiet film gets a rather muted but adequate 5.1 track.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Well Go USA Entertainment trailers
* 3 trailers for “Burning”
* “About The Characters”- A short featurette on the characters featuring film clips, set footage and interviews.

February 21, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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