Michael Kerpan wrote:
The "Virgin" DVD looks great, but has an encoding error of some sort -- if you have a regular TV, you need to lie to your DVD player and claim you have a widescreen TV.
Just got round to watching this on DVD, and had the exact same problem. Once corrected, the aspect ratio is pretty much 1.66:1, right?
Also, there's a new Hong Sang-soo boxset set for release in Korea next month, containing The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well
, as well as remastered editions of The Power of the Kangwon Province
and Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
Report from Twitch
Hong Sang-Soo Collection To Hit DVD Shelves
Life was hard for Hong Sang-Soo fans in the past. Nobody seemed to care about releasing his impressive debut The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well on DVD, then it suddenly materialized with little fanfare. His subsequent works were released by Spectrum, but not in a way that was befitting the films' stature. So along with the beautiful scenery of Gangwon Province, the great honesty with which Hong approached his characters and their predicament, on the transfer of The Power of Gangwon Province we got... a BOOM MIKE! Yes, the pinnacle of stripping from film conventions, let's just show the damn thing and get over it. You know we're making a film anyway...
Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors didn't have boom mikes on screen, but it didn't get much of a better treatment, with a non anamorphic transfer which is a love song to edge enhancement.
Well, folks, that's all over. I hope. Spectrum will win even more fans today - after their great, latest announcement - after it's been revealed that a Hong Sang-Soo collection with his first three films will hit the shelves. And guess what? All three 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, all three with English Subtitles, and get this: new telecine and sound remastering for 'Gangwon Province' and 'Virgin'!
This potential beauty will be released on September 27. The fine folks at YesAsia have already listed it for pre-order here.
I love you, Spectrum.