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Minari Blu-ray Review

“Minari” is a heartfelt drama.

Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung (and based on his own life experiences), “Minari” revolves around the Yi family which is comprised of married couple Jacob and Monica, their 2 children David and Anne and Monica’s mother Soon-ja who looks after the children while Jacob and Monica work. The film takes a grounded approach and shows the Yi family’s trials and tribulations in adjusting to life in their new rural Arkansas home where Jacob hopes to start a farming business. 

One can argue that “Minari” is slow paced and treads familiar ground, but there’s no denying the fact that Lee Isaac Chung’s film is a meaningful and often metaphorical work of art about culture, the American Dream, family, and Korean-Americans. With its clearly personal and down to earth storytelling style, Lee Isaac Chung created a character oriented piece that gives every character a genuine story. Viewers not only get an overall picture of the Yi family unit, but learn about the family member’s individual point of views from both the adults and the children. It’s a distinct and fully formed story. It’s not hard to see why the film has garnered so many awards including numerous Oscar nominations.

Speaking of Oscars, you can’t talk about “Minari” without talking about the cast. Steven Yeun continues his immensely impressive cinema career with yet another homerun performance. After “Burning” (which everyone should see), it was clear that Yeun had real range as an actor and that is especially evident again here with his role as the determined Jacob. Perhaps the film’s biggest breakout star though is Youn Yuh-Jung who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as the wise and quirky grandmother. Han Ye-ri (Monica) and Alan Kim (David) also turn in emotionally layered performances.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Korean/English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A satisfactory 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* 2 deleted scenes
* Lionsgate trailers
* “Sowing Seeds: Making Minari”- A featurette with film clips, cast and crew interviews, story discussions and more.
* A commentary by writer/director Lee Isaac Chung and actress Yuh-Jung Youn. Not the most exciting track, but there are some interesting tidbits here and there.

May 23, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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