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Voice of a Murderer (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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Following his acclaimed melodrama You Are My Sunshine, director Park Jin Pyo again takes inspiration from a real-life account for his latest film Voice of a Murderer. Like Bong Joon Ho's Memories of a Murder, Voice of a Murderer is based on a headline-grabbing unsolved case, the kidnapping and murder of a news anchor's child in 1991. With the tragic outcome already clear from the beginning, the film follows the frustrating police investigation and the tense, wrenching experience for the parents over the course of the kidnapping. Park had previously worked on a TV documentary about the kidnapping, and it is clear in the film's rendering and commentary that the case has left a deep impression on the director. Despite concerns that the film's sensitive topic would discourage viewers from the theater, Voice of a Murderer garnered over three million admissions during its box office run, making it the highest grossing 2007 Korean film to date. Certainly helping the film's appeal is the superb cast, with acclaimed actor Sol Kyung Gu (Silmido, Oasis) and Kim Nam Ju (Models) as the parents and Kang Dong Won (Maundy Thursday, Duelist) as the voice of the kidnapper.

Han Kyung Bae (Sol Kyung Gu) is a successful news anchor with a beautiful wife (Kim Nam Joo) and a nine-year-old son, but his quiet life comes crashing down when his son gets kidnapped. In the next 44 days, they continuously receive calls from the kidnapper in his chillingly cold and emotionless voice with instructions and requests for ransom. The police are determined to find the kidnapper, but he effortlessly eludes capture; not only is he a step ahead at every turn, he seems to enjoy toying with the police in this cat-and-mouse chase. As the kidnapper keeps walking free, Kyung Bae becomes increasingly desperate and frustrated with the police, as he knows time is running out for his child.

This two-disc Limited Edition includes the following features:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Post-production
  • Epilogue
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Story Behind the Film
  • Interview with PD
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    Product Title: Voice of a Murderer (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) Voice of a Murderer (DVD) (2-Disc) (韓國版) Voice of a Murderer (DVD) (2-Disc) (韩国版) あいつの声 (限定版) (韓国版) 그 놈 목소리 (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
    Artist Name(s): Kim Nam Joo | Sol Kyung Gu | Kang Dong Won | Kim Young Cheol | Park Jin Pyo 金南珠 | 薛景求 | 姜東元 | 金永哲 | Park Jin Pyo 金南珠 | 薛景求 | 姜东元 | 金永哲 | Park Jin Pyo キム・ナムジュ | ソル・ギョング | カン・ドンウォン | キム・ヨンチョル | パク・ジンピョ 김 남주 | 설 경구 | 강동원 | 김영철 | 박진표
    Release Date: 2007-09-22
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Korean
    Place of Origin: South Korea
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Publisher: CJ Entertainment
    Other Information: 2-Disc
    Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004820105

    Product Information

    * Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
    * Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
    * Extras :
    Pre – production (출발하기 까지)
    Production (피말리는 제작기)
    Post – production (개봉하기 전까지)
    Epilogue (못다한 말들)
    - PAGE 1
    ① 감독의 씬
    ② 촬영의 변
    ③ 음악의 변
    ④ 배우의 변
    - PAGE 2
    ① 그들만의 정의
    ② 대각사 영상
    ③ 제천 영상
    ④ 영상위원회 인터뷰
    ⑤ DI 의 이해

    * Director : 박진표

    15년 전 충격 실화를 모티브로 한 팩션 영화!!!

    영화 <그놈 목소리>는 15년 전 세상을 떠들썩하게 했던 ‘압구정동 이형호 유괴살해사건’ 실화를 모티브로 한다. 1991년 1월 29일 서울 압구정동에서 유괴당한 9살 이형호 어린이가 44일 후 한강 배수로에서 싸늘한 사체로 발견됐던 이 비극적인 사건은, 범인이 끊임없는 협박전화로 비정하게 부모를 농락했다는 점, 그 범죄 수법이 경찰의 추적을 유유히 따돌릴 정도로 치밀하고 지능적이었던 점이 당시 세간에 큰 화제가 됐다. <개구리소년 실종사건> <화성연쇄살인 사건>과 더불어 3대 미제사건으로 불린 이 사건은, 당시로선 드물게 과학수사가 진행되고, 지난 15년간 총 인원 10만 여명의 경찰 병력을 투입했지만, 범인의 윤곽조차 파악하지 못한 채 지난 1월 결국 공소시효가 만료됐다. 1992년 SBS 다큐프로 <그것이 알고 싶다>의 조연출로 이 사건을 직접 취재하면서 충격과 분노를 느꼈던 박진표 감독은, 우리 사회가 이런 비극적인 사건을 쉽게 잊거나 용인하지 않도록 영화적으로 재조명하기로 결심했다. 실화를 바탕으로 진정성 있는 드라마를 담아낼 팩션 영화 <그놈 목소리>는 <살인의 추억>과 <실미도> 처럼 영화적 재미와 사회적 메시지를 동시에 구현하며 올 겨울 큰 사회적 반향을 일으킬 예정이다.

    흥행감독과 세 명의 스타배우의 화려한 만남, 2007년 최고의 기대작!!

    한국 멜로영화 역대 최고 관객을 모은 <너는 내 운명> 박진표 감독의 차기작, 선 굵은 연기를 주로 맡아온 연기파 배우 설경구의 색다른 부성애 연기 도전, 결혼과 출산 이후 복귀작 선택에 관심이 쏟아졌던 김남주의 야심찬 스크린 행보, 그리고 영화 <우리들의 행복한 시간>에서 보여준 한단계 성숙한 연기력으로 한창 주가를 올리고 있는 배우 강동원의 악역 연기. <그놈 목소리>는 흥행감독과 스타배우들의 화려하고 신선한 조합만으로도 2007년 최고의 기대작으로 손꼽히고 있다.

    설경구, 김남주, 강동원이라는 당대 최고의 스타들을 한자리에 모은 캐스팅 이면에는, 영화에 있어서 가장 중요한 건 진심이라는, 박진표 감독과 세 배우의 믿음이 있다. 박진표 감독의 첫 장편 데뷔작 <죽어도 좋아>에 감동받은 배우 설경구는 몇 년 전 <그놈 목소리>의 한줄 스토리만 듣고도 영화 출연을 확답했으며, 한 아이의 어머니로서 시나리오를 읽고 밤새 울었다는 김남주는 <그놈 목소리>를 주저 없이 복귀작으로 선택했다. 여기에 최고의 스타 강동원 역시 악역 이미지에 상관치 않고 의미 있는 연기를 선보일 기회라며 합세한 것. 그들의 진심 어린 의기투합은 올 겨울 또 한편의 웰메이드 흥행영화 탄생을 예감케 한다.

    - 내 아들을 앗아간 유괴범의 44일간의 피말리는 협박전화, 그놈 목소리

    범죄와의 전쟁이 선포될 정도로 흉흉한 강력범죄가 끊이지 않던 1990년대. 방송국 뉴스앵커 한경배(설경구)의 9살 아들 상우가 어느 날 흔적 없이 사라지고, 1억 원을 요구하는 유괴범(강동원)의 피말리는 협박전화가 시작된다. 아내 오지선(김남주)의 신고로 부부에겐 전담형사(김영철)가 붙고, 비밀수사본부가 차려져 과학수사까지 동원되지만, 지능적인 범인은 조롱하듯 수사망을 빠져나가며 집요한 협박전화로 한경배 부부에게 새로운 접선방법을 지시한다. 치밀한 수법으로 정체가 드러나지 않는 유괴범의 유일한 단서는 협박전화 목소리. 교양 있는 말투, 그러나 감정이라곤 없는 듯 소름끼치게 냉정한 그놈 목소리뿐이다. 사건발생 40여 일이 지나도록 상우의 생사조차 모른 채 협박전화에만 매달려 일희일비하는 부모들. 절박한 심정은 점차 분노로 바뀌고, 마침내 한경배는 스스로 그놈에게 접선방법을 지시하며 아들을 되찾기 위한 정면대결을 선언하는데…
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    October 15, 2007

    It is virtually impossible to discuss Park Jin-Pyo's true crime drama Voice of a Murderer without referencing Bong Joon-Ho's much loved film Memories of Murder. The similarities are obvious. Both are based closely on true life events well publicized at the time, which means neither film makes any attempt at suspense. There's no point traveling that road when your entire target audience already knows how the story ends. And, frankly, it's a good thing there's no need to aim for suspense because both films revolve around crimes that remain unsolved to this day and as such neither can offer any true sense of closure. But as similar as the two films are, there are significant differences as well, the most important being one of focus. Bong's film is a film about impotence, focusing on the police investigators who failed to capture South Korea's first serial killer. Park's film, on the other hand, is about loss, focusing on the parents struggling in vain to free their kidnapped son.

    Han Gyeong-Bae is one of South Korea's most well known and respected television personalities, the host of the nine o'clock news, known for his personal integrity and a common touch - attributes that seem to be pointing the way to an eventual run at public office. Han seems to have a perfect life. He is wealthy, respected, still ascending the social ladder, and he has a beautiful wife at home taking care of his their son, the nine-year-old Sang-Woo. The greatest difficulty in his life is his wife's determination to work the flab off of their pudgy, candy-obsessed boy and when that's the worst thing you've got going, then life isn't all that bad. But things change dramatically for the couple one day when Sang-Woo simply disappears, whisked away from a local playground, the latest in a string of kidnappings.

    The ransom call comes early. One hundred thousand won. Come alone. Don't call the police. Do exactly what I say and your son will be returned safely. But the drop doesn't go smoothly, the exchange never happens and Han and his wife are strung along for weeks, the entire ordeal lasting forty-four days from start to finish. The police are called in but they only seem to make things worse, the villain always a step ahead and clearly smarter than any of the investigators. As time goes on hope ebbs and wanes and the once proud, successful couple can do nothing but watch their lives crumble around them.

    You may notice that everything so far has been written about Han. This is deliberate, it reflects the structure of the film. Everything revolves around this one man, played by Seol Gyeong-Gu. The kidnapper's face is never shown and only interacts with Han over the phone and Han's wife, Oh, is given little to do beyond panic and cry. The film is purely Seol's and this is both its greatest strength and weakness. A strength because Seol is simply an outstanding actor who does stellar work here. A weakness because the plot has little variation to it - Han simply waits to be contacted and tries to meet the kidnapper's demands only to fail repeatedly - and as a result of this single minded focus, the film becomes repetitive. There is no tension to the piece - the ending is contained in the title - and broadening the perspective could have given it some valuable diversity along with a broader context.

    Director Park shoots muted, quietly effective film, one that gets from a to b with a minimum of muss while making the most of the tension within the situations. The anti-police bias so common in Korean film turns up here again, the squad portrayed as only marginally better than bumbling as they charge to "secret meetings" with sirens blaring and fix all of their resources on suspects with air tight alibis, though that bias is tempered some by the relationship that slowly develops between Han and the "trunk detail" officer, forced to spend the entire stakeout in the trunk of Han's car to record any calls that may come in on the car phone. That relationship is a high point of the film but the real coup comes with a surprising move at the end, an unvarnished slap with the reality of the story.

    Voice of a Murderer is freshly available on Korean DVD, in a suitably elegant two disc set. The second disc is loaded up with special features useful only to Korean speakers while the first disc presents the film itself flawlessly with an excellent anamorphic transfer, dead solid English subtitles and a solid 5.1 audio track.

    If we may return to the initial comparison, Voice of a Murderer never quite rises to the level of Memories of Murder for one simple reason. Perhaps because the events of this film were fresher in the mind or more widely publicized, director Park seems to have felt obliged to keep his film as tightly focused on the parents and the actual events as is humanly possible in what feels like a deliberate sign of respect for the feelings of those most directly involved and affected by this horrible crime. It's a noble sentiment but raw truth doesn't always make for the best story telling and Park never manages to transcend his material the way Bong does with his; he never quite manages to make this about anything larger than this one specific event and this one family. What he does with the film is admirable enough and those involved are to be commended for turning in quality, fearless performances, but Voice of a Murderer misses the chance to hit on larger, more universal issues and that seems a shame.

    by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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    October 20, 2007

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    Thriller Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    It's not a bad movie at all, actually i really liked it. at first, it was weird, but it really pulled you right in. especially because this movie is a true story retold, it's really sad. in the end, they play the tape of the voice of the real murderer from the actual case.
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