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Prison, The – Well Go USA (BluRay) 
Written by: on September 18th, 2017


Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 2017
Director: Na Hyun
Writer: Na Hyun
Cast: Rae-won Kim, Suk-kyu Han, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Seong-gyoon Kim, Woong-in Jeong, Jae-yoon Jo, Seong-rok Sin

BluRay released: September 19th, 2017
Approximate running time: 126 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Korean, Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
Subtitles: English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95


Synopsis: A cop decides to takes matter into his own hands, after a reporter friend was murdered for looking into crime syndicate that covers its tracks by using convicts.

Content wise, though this film has all the ingredients one would expect from a cop’s verses criminal’s scenario. The end result is a refreshing twist on a familiar scenario. And nowhere is more evident, then in how the film flips the role of cop and criminal by placing the story at hand inside of prison. With the advantage now been given to the criminal, since the cop is forced adjust to a world where he has been placed at the bottom of the food chain.

There is a cat and mouse vibe to the story at hand as the undercover cop tries to uncover the ringleader of a criminal organization that uses prisoners. And though there is a predictability to the story at hand. The film’s finale provides a satisfying conclusion to the events that have just unfolded.

This film’s greatest strength is Suk-kyu Han’s (Eye for an Eye) in the role of a ruthless criminal mastermind Ik-Ho Jung. The character he portrays is truly the master of his domain and he delivers an utterly convincing performance as the ringleader behind the criminal origination that is being run out the prison.

The film’s visuals do a great job reinforcing the brutality that befalls anyone who betrays Ik-Ho Jung. And nowhere is more evident then, when it comes to this film’s in your face depiction of violence.

Standout moments visually include, a scene where a prisoner who has grown tired of being in Ik-Ho Jung’s shadow, tries to ambush bush him. Other standout moments include, a pair of scenes involving a circular table saw that is being used to cut off hands and a scene where Ik-Ho Jung disposes of his enemies by putting them on a conveyor belt that ends with them being crushed.

The BluRay:

The Prison comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look sharp and there are no issues with compression.

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Korean and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Korean. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. Range wise the DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Korean does a great job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.

Extras for this release include a trailer for The Prison, The Villainess, A Taxi Driver and Bluebeard.

Overall The Prison gets a solid audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.

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