Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 28th, 2017
BluRay released: November 6th, 2017
Approximate running time: 140 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Korean
BluRay Release: Eureka Video
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: £12.99 (UK)
Synopsis: During Japans occupation of the Kingdom on Korea the Japanese set in motion an extinction of all tigers. At first their plan is right on track, until one day when they are confronted by a deadly tiger that somehow is always able to keep one step ahead of them. Things then come to a head when the powers issue an all-out assault on the ever elusive tiger. Unfortunately for them they are meet once again with the same results. Still determined to eliminate the last tiger, the Japanese enlist the help of a hunter who has a personal vendetta against the tiger.
The Tiger was written and directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World, I Saw the Devil). Key collaborators on The Tiger include, cinematographer Mo-gae Lee (A Tale of Two Sisters, No Tears for the Dead) and composer Yeong-wook Jo (The Quiet Family, I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK).
The main attraction of this film is a Tiger and the film’s narrative does a superb job laying the foundation that leads to this film’s climatic event. Besides the aforementioned Tiger, the other main player in this film’s narrative is a hunter named Chun Man-duk. And as the film’s narrative evolves it is revealed that these two characters have a history. Which makes their final showdown in the film’s finale at the more potent. Also when it comes to secondary characters this film does a superb job rounding everyone out and making their motivations crystal clear.
Visually the film takes full advantage of its surroundings, most notable the moments where hunters are tracking the Tiger in his domain the mountain. With one of this most poignant moments being a scene where the Tiger has recovered his two murdered cubs and he runs his paw over their lifeless bodies. Another strength of this film is its ability to create and sustain tension. And not to be overlooked is Min-sik Choi (Oldboy) mesmerizing performance in the role of Chun Man-duk.
The Tiger comes on a 50 GB dual layer (39 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Black levels and image clarity remain solid throughout and there are no issues with DNR or compression. This film was released on Blu-ray in region A by Well Go USA and though that release featured a solid transfer. This region B release from Eureka Video devotes about 14 GB more of space to the main feature and the end release is a much better encode.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Korean and included with this release are removable English subtitles. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout. Range wise this audio mix sounds robust when it needs too and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include, teaser for the film (30 seconds, in Korean with English subtitles) and a trailer for the film (1 minute 24 seconds, in Korean with English subtitles).
Overall The Tiger gets an excellent audio / video presentation from Eureka Video.
Note: This film is also being released by Eureka Video on DVD.