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Yoga (Yoga Hakwon) 
Written by: on October 23rd, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
South Korea, 2009
Director: Jae-yeon Yun
Cast: Su-yeon Cha, Daniel Choi, Ha-Na Hwang, Seung-eon Hwang, In-gi Jeong, Yoo Jin, Eun-ji Jo, Hye-na Kim, Hye-sang Lee, Young-jin Lee, Han-byeol Park

DVD released:
October 5th, 2010
Approximate running time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Korean, Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98

Synopsis: After being fired from her job as co-host of a shopping channel TV show. A young woman enrolls in a very exclusive Yoga school. Will she be able to find the inner beauty that she so desperately desires or will her obsession consume her?

Just when you thought that every premise for a horror had been exhausted. Along comes a film like Yoga which puts a inventive spin on universal subjects like vanity and self esteem. The film is equal parts character study and spiritual natural horror film.

At the heart of this film is a story about a young woman named Bo-ra, who has recently been replaced at her job by a younger more attractive woman. This sets in motion her journey for inner beauty which leads to a ultra exclusive yoga club. Bo-ra along with four other students then began a grueling seven day training in which only one of them will be given the opportunity to meet Kahn Mi-hi the owner of the academy. As there training progresses wired things start to happen and people start to disappear.

The film also features two subplots one with Bo-ra’s boyfriend who is doing a documentary about a director and flashback scenes which do a reasonably good job putting everything that has occurred into perspective. Pacing wise the story takes awhile before it settles in. Also the majority of the horror themed elements take place in the latter half of the film. Performance wise all of the cast are superb in their respective roles. And since this is a story about beauty it is only fitting that the entire female cast all more than fit the bill physically. When all is said and done, what this film lacks in scares. It more than makes up for with its abundance of atmosphere.

The DVD:

Well Go USA presents Yoga in a letterboxed Widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35;1 aspect ratio. For a non anamorphic image this transfer looks pretty good as details look generally look crisp and black levels fare well. It should be noted that the image does look soft during a few of the darker scenes. The image remains stable throughout and edge enhancement is minimal.

This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Korean and Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Korean. Also included with this release are English subtitles that are easy to follow. Both audio mixes does a great job exploiting the more ambient aspects of the soundtracks and dialog is always clear. It should be noted that there are a few instances where the audio sounds distorted.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Yoga gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.

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