Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 2nd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 1997
Director: Neung-han Song
Writer: Neung-han Song
Cast: Eun-hee Bang, Min-sik Choi, Suk-kyu Han, Mi-yeon Lee, Kwang-jung Park, Sang-Myeon Park, Kang-ho Song
DVD released: August 10th, 2009
Approximate running time: 109 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
DVD Release: Third Window Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £14.99
The plot does tend to drag in some sections with the last forty minutes being the strongest section of the film. The characters are generally likable with the scenes between Tae-ju and Dong-Pal being some of the more enjoyable in the film. The humor in the film often falls flat. For a film that is billed as a comedy / parody, the film ended up being less about the laughs and more about the violence inflicted by the various characters.
The cast features many memorable faces Suk-kyu Han (Shiri), Sang-Myeon Park (My Wife Is a Gangster), Kang-ho Song (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thirst), Min-sik Choi (Old Boy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) and Mi-yeon Lee (Love Exposure). Performance wise all of the cast are extremely good in their respective roles with the standout performance coming from Eun-hee Bang, who portrays an oversexed gangster’s mistress. Ultimately No. 3 is an ambitious film that overcomes its flaws mostly because of its exceptional cast.
Third Window Films presents No. 3 in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a clean looking transfer that looks detailed and colors and flesh tones fare well. Some of the darker / nighttime scenes look overly dark. Also this transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback. The interlaced image is not plague by an excessive ghosting / blurring.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Korean and removable English subtitles have been provided. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
The main extra for this release is a twenty four minute making of documentary about the film that includes comments from the cast and crew. All the comments in this documentary are in Korean and English subtitles have been provided. The remaining extras are trailers for titles currently or soon to be released on DVD from Third Window Films. Overall No. 3 gets a well rounded DVD release from Third Window Films.