Athena: Goddess of War (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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The 20-episode drama series would focus on two friends Kim Hyun-Jun (portrayed by Lee Byung-hun) and Jin-Sa-woo (portrayed by Jung Joon-Ho) who become initiated into a secret organization of the National Security Service and both are brought into the secret organization with the job to pre-empt foreign threats and assassinate anyone who will be a threat to South Korean national security.
Suffice to say, "Iris" was a tremendous success in South Korea and the 20-episodes were condensed into a feature film featuring new shots and an extended ending.
The popularity of "Iris" would lead to a spin-off 20-episode TV drama series titled "Athena: Goddess of War". And similar to "Iris", the series became one of the most expensive drama series on television and would lead to a film condensing the 20-episodes to one feature film.
And now, "Athena Goddess of War" has been released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack courtesy of FUNimaton.
"Athena Goddess of War" is presented in 1080p High Definition. While the film is based on the TV series, considering SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) spent a lot on production for this drama series, to conversion to film is actually well-done. This film does not look like a TV dram series, it looks like a high budget film with slick production values, many location shots in different countries. Picture quality is fantastic and I don't think I saw any problematic issues with the series. Skin tones were natural, close-ups were well-detailed and black levels were nice and deep.Read more ›
As best as I've been able to understand, ATHENA: GODDESS OF WAR is a theatrical cut of an award-winning Korean TV drama. In fact, it's very clear that ATHENA cleaned up at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards because the packaging art says so. Once I figured out that SBS Awards stood for Seoul Broadcasting System, then I put the pieces together and knew what I was watching, but, up until that time, I'll admit to being at a loss to understand what I had viewed. At that point, I restarted the DVD from the beginning, and I better grasped some of what was going on, though not much.
In short, ATHENA: GODDESS OF WAR mostly fails as a stand-alone picture. Simply put, there are too many covert government agencies, plots, and characters interacting here in the scant two hours for much of it to make perfect sense. Yes, there's a story, but all of the elements aren't clearly drawn from the larger work (20 hours of television). Things happen in shorthand, and there just isn't enough meat on these bones for all of it to make logical progress for this viewer.Read more ›
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Falling in love with this show Just watched it for a second timePublished 6 months ago by Chickygrey
Am a lover of Korean drama. Though this is not as good as "Iris" it is still fun to watch with enough plot twists to keep you interested.Published 7 months ago by Huseomar
I did enjoy this series but at times the quality of the picture is pretty bad and the subtitles apart from the usual small writing ,placed on a light background so that you can... Read morePublished 10 months ago by hieronymous
I like the characters and there's lots of action. I can't really complain about any of it, it is what it is.Published 19 months ago by W. Combs
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