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Dae Jang Geum Compact Selection (DVD) (Box I) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (84)

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MBC drama Dae Jang Geum, a.k.a. Jewel in the Palace, rewrote Korean television history when it aired in 2003. During its original run, it achieved ratings of 54% ratings, the highest viewer rating in Korean television history. Starring Lee Young Ae (Joint Security Area and One Fine Spring Day) and Ji Jin Hee (Love Letter), Dae Jang Geum is an epic television event full of stunning plot twists and clever political intrigue.

A historical drama based on a true story, Dae Jang Geum tells the tale of Jang Geum, the first woman to become the King's personal physician. In a time when women held little influence in society, young apprentice cook Jang Geum strives to learn the secrets of Korean cooking and medicine in order to cure the King of his various ailments. Palace politics and rivalries impede Jang Geum, as her fellow ladies compete to earn the King's favor and secure the top female positions in the Royal Kitchen. But Jang Geum is far from ordinary. With her remarkable determination and wisdom, she takes on even greater odds, challenging numerous foes and society itself to achieve a position never before held by a woman in Korean history!

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Product Title: Dae Jang Geum Compact Selection (DVD) (Box I) (Japan Version) Dae Jang Geum Compact Selection (DVD) (Box I) (Japan Version) Dae Jang Geum Compact Selection (DVD) (Box I) (Japan Version) コンパクトセレクション 宮廷女官チャングムの誓い DVD−BOX 1 대장금
Artist Name(s): Lee Young Ae | Ji Jin Hee | Hong Ri Na 李英愛 | 池 珍熙 | 洪莉娜 李英爱 | 池珍熙 | 洪莉娜 Li Nuo イ・ヨンエ | チ・ジニ | ホン・リナ 이 영애 | 지 진희 | 홍리나
Release Date: 2015-11-25
Publisher Product Code: VPBU-15679
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046021876

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
イ・ヨンエ / チ・ジニ[池珍煕] / ホン・リナ

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
低価格版/本編533分
製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2003

[シリーズ解説]
韓国で2003年から翌年にかけて放送され、最高視聴率57.13%という記録的な人気を獲得!日本、アジア、そして世界中で大きな反響を呼び絶大な人気を誇る韓国歴史ドラマの記念碑的名作!チャングム役に映画『JSA』のイ・ヨンエ、相手役に日韓共同ドラマ「ソナギ〜雨上がりの午後」のチ・ジニ。16世紀初頭の朝鮮王朝を舞台に、宮廷料理を手がける料理人チャングム(長今)が数々の苦難を乗り越え、女性初の宮中の主治医になるという波瀾の半生を描いた時代劇!

[シリーズエピソード]
全54話

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Professional Review of "Dae Jang Geum Compact Selection (DVD) (Box I) (Japan Version)"

January 17, 2005

This professional review refers to Dae Jang Geum aka : Jewel in the Palace Volume 1 (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
Having been initiated by members of my family, I am now addicted to the most popular drama series in South Korea. The series, The Great Jang-Geum, is an extended historical drama set in the sixteenth-century court of the Korean Emperor. It tells the story of a real historical figure, Jang-Geum, a girl who grows up as an apprentice cook in the royal kitchens and rises to prominence within the palace. The affairs of the kitchen and the royal household are depicted as matters of the most grave import; the factional struggles and battles over hierarchy and preferment among the Kitchen Ladies are vicious and at times murderous. In this hostile world, the virtuous Jang-Geum is constantly tested and always prevails.

The production values are high: the photography, the interiors, the outdoor locations and especially the costumes seem carefully and expensively done. The point, though, is the storytelling, and that has the elements of a nineteenth-century novel: obscure parentage and hidden identity, a clear distinction between good and evil (with occasional surprises), a sub-plot of forbidden but chaste love, and comic minor characters. Even the rhythm of crisis and resolution and the end-of-episode cliffhangers fit the mold perfectly. Compelling writing, a very competent cast, and frequent Iron-Chef-like cooking sequences make the hour-long episodes go by too quickly. The only fault may be that Jang-Geum, like Esther Summerson in Bleak House, is too perfect. It's not an insignificant fault, but perhaps it's unavoidable if things are to be kept chugging forward through the sprawling, extroverted plot without getting bogged down in anyone's subjectivity.

It certainly does sprawl. The Great Jang-Geum is projected to run for about sixty one-hour episodes, aired at a rate of two per week. A steady two episodes per week for half a year without interruption makes for a longer and more concentrated viewing experience than what an American drama series can provide, which seems meager by comparison. The result is that watching The Great Jang-Geum becomes part of one's life; it adds enormously to the pleasure to have someone to talk with about the story as it unfolds. It might be most accurate to think of it as a high-class soap opera, but with much tighter plotting and better production, and without the aimlessness, absurdity and desperation that the voracious open-ended soap opera format seems to engender.

What surprises me most is that someone has gone to the all the effort to subtitle this vast program in English. Could it be a labor of love, a purely disinterested act of cultural outreach? Whatever the reason, I salute the effort.

by Peter Riis - The New Companion
Originally published March 2004

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Customer Review of "Dae Jang Geum Compact Selection (DVD) (Box I) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (84)

Gary
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July 11, 2014

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum (End) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (MBC TV Drama) (Singapore Version)
Another Poor Singapore Version Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Most of the reviewers are commenting on the US version by YA Entertainment that unfortunately is no longer available. I do have both the US and also the Singapore version by Poh Kim. The Singapore version leaves much to be desired. The picture quality is compressed from the 18 D5 discs in the bright, clear US version, to either 14 D5 or 7 D9 discs in the Singapore versions, resulting in a picture lacking in definition. Worse, Poh Kim have decided to chop certain scenes entirely from their version, leaving the viewer wondering why the sudden and unexplained cut from one scene to another. Why couldn't they have left it alone? Money and cheap-ass Singapore production considerations I guess. (See my review of Poh Kim's edition of 9 Times Time Travel DVD). I would advise to avoid Poh Kim, but there is not much alternative now that we can't obtain the US DJG editions anymore, so it is better than nothing. Even in it's butchered Singapore version, this is a superb, unique drama that must be seen.
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Scott
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May 2, 2011

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum aka : Jewel in the Palace Volume 1 (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Fantastic, Loved this K-Drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A true story with beautiful scenery, historical accuracy, and great acting. It is absolutely engrossing! It is a fascinating story which has been wonderfully adapted for television and is beautifully acted and filmed. This young woman's life story weaves through the palace intrigues of the Chosun dynasty in Korea, which for most Americans is totally unfamiliar territory. However, on a personal level, any modern person will identify with the problems Jang Geum encounters fighting a corrupt administration. In addition, the Korean philosophy of life which underlies individual's choices and the events in the story makes the story unpredictable to most Americans and Western civilizations.
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Mel
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July 11, 2010

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum (AKA : Jewel in the Palace) :The Complete Series (DVD) (MBC TV Drama) (US Version)
FANTASTIC MOVIE, FABULOUS CAST! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I fell in love with the series when it was being aired in my country. I looked everywhere for the dvd and just recently bought it from YA. The story is as wonderful as ever, the best korean drama of all time, and the quality of the us version is just marvelous.. The picture is bright and the english sub is very good.. I look forward of enjoying this dvd for many years to come..
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June 29, 2010

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum aka : Jewel in the Palace Volume 1 (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
GREAT SERIES Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
THIS SERIES IS NOW WATCHING IN TV CHANNEL 6(GOVERNMENT AND CULTURAL CHANNEL) IN PUERTO RICO AND DUBBED IN SPANISH(EXCELENT DUBBED VERSION) AND THE STORY IS VERY INTERESTING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. IS THE FOURTH DRAMA KOREAN TO BROADCAST IN PUERTO RICO IN THE SAME CHANNEL.
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Michelle
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February 13, 2010

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum aka : Jewel in the Palace Volume 1 (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
My first favorite Drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I don't usually like dramas but this one I got addicted too and fast. I love this show! Jang Geum serves as a role model for all girls who struggle in the process of achieving goals. Her strength, perseverance, loyalty, Compassion and integrity should be things we all should strive for against the Lady Chois in our lives. We should all be like Jang Geum and I definitley recommend this show.
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