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Parasite Blu-ray Review

Parasite

“Parasite” is easily one of 2019’s best films.

In “Parasite,” the story revolves around the Kim family (comprised of the father Ki-taek, the mother Chung-sook and their 2 children Ki-woo and Ki-jeog) who barely scrape by. Things start to look up, however, when Ki-woo’s pal Min-hyuk suggests Ki-woo take over his tutoring duties for the daughter of the wealthy Park family. Ki-woo decides to pose as a student to land the lucrative tutoring job (which he does). From there on out,  the Kim family all cleverly secure jobs working for the gullible Park family by any means necessary without them ever knowing they are all related. Their plan backfires though when unexpected events begin to occur in relation to the former Park family housekeeper Moon-gwang. To say any more would be entering spoiler territory.

I feel like I have been saying this a lot recently, but the less you know about “Parasite” the more rewarding it is. Last year, I went into this movie blind and it was the best absolute way to experience it. It starts out as a dark comedy of sorts before becoming what I would classify as an intense thriller. Truthfully though, it’s hard to pigeonhole director Bong Joon-ho’s visual opus as it’s unlike anything you’ve seen. Sure, Bong Joon-ho is no stranger to stories about societal systems, class, deceptions, and the haves and have nots having explored them in a sci-fi realm with the fantastic “Snowpiercer,” but with “Parasite” both he and co-writer Han Jin-won have crafted an intricate tale that plays out in a much different fashion. In fact, “Parasite” is the type of film that will leave you both enthralled and wondering what will happen next which is a real rarity. It’s a true original. 

The entire ensemble cast here gives award worthy performances especially Kang-ho Song (Ki-taek), Woo-sik Choi (Ki-woo), So-dam Park (Ki-jung), Jeong-eun Lee (Moon-gwang), Hye-jin Jang (Chung-sook) and Yeo-jeong Jo (Yeon-kyo). The entire Kim family cast has such great chemistry whether they’re scheming against the Park family or looking out for another.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: Korean 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: B+

Extras:
* Digital copy
* 2 “Parasite” trailers and trailers for other Neon titles
* A 19 minute 2019 Q&A with Bong Joon-ho from Fantastic Fest

 

January 29, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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