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Athena: Goddess of War (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Woo-sung Jung , Soo Ae , Jung-hyun Hwang , Myung-jun Kim  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woo-sung Jung, Soo Ae, Seong-won Cha, Min-jong Kim, Si Won Choi
  • Directors: Jung-hyun Hwang, Myung-jun Kim, Tae-hun Kim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY9OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Award-winning actress Soo Ae (The Sword with No Name) captivates and conspires in Athena: Goddess of War, an exhilarating new spy thriller loaded with international intrigue and dangerous desire. Beautiful double-agent Yoon Hye-in is caught in the middle of a game of nuclear espionage - and torn between two very different men. One heroically fights beside her on the anti-terror taskforce known as NTS. The other ruthlessly controls Athena, the extremist organization NTS is trying to stop. As Yoon Hye-in struggles to choose between them, growing suspicions from all sides put her life on the line. Can she keep her double-life hidden? How long can she play both sides of the law - and two powerful men - before her cover is violently compromised? The countdown to an explosive stand-off begins now!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars why, amazon, why? February 28, 2013
Format:DVD
why is amazon including reviews of the 2 hour movie with the 6 dvd set of the tv drama? it's just bringing the review average down. the tv drama is a wonderful escape. great acting, great action. a thoroughly enjoyable show! knock it off, amazon. let's keep apples with apples, ok?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In 2009, Korean network KBS broadcasted the South Korean espionage TV drama series known as "Iris". Known as one of the most expensive drama series produced.

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.

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"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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all IRIS fans January 1, 2012
By Sophi
Format:DVD
Compared to IRIS which starts off running, the Athena series starts slow, but stick to it. Unlike IRIS there is not alot of effort to define the Athena organization. But, midway through the series it gets to a feverish pitch and the character development seen in IRIS kicks in. This is a very emotional story line. The main characters grow thoughout the series. Strongly recommend. Like IRIS you are glued to the show to see what happens to the main characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is edited version of 20 hours of drama into about 2 hours. That's 18 hours of story, plots, character development that gets deleted. If I had to say anything positive, it gives you small taste of quality you can expect from the series. The acting, special effects, and style of action it is so you can decide for yourself to collect actual big box set.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
About thirty minutes into ATHENA: GODDESS OF WAR, I did the unthinkable as a critic: I paused the DVD, and I went online to investigate what I was watching. Now, I'll be the first to admit that that's never a good thing, but I was honestly a bit confused. Having watched thousands of films in my lifetime, I knew something was missing - was this an edited American release with extra footage available in international versions; was this a sequel to something that would better be seen first; what was the background to all of these characters who seemed to know one another but yet I was just introduced to on my TV screen - and it turned out I was right.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pyrotronic Korean Spy Thriller June 5, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This movie is actually the condensed version of the exciting 20-episode TV series. What the movie does is take the best parts and weaved a spy thriller adventure. Very entertaining for people who squirm at a long series, but eliminates all the sub character development, side stories, and great location scenery that the big production series boasts. Attractive cast headed by hunky Jung Woo-sung and Soo Ae, great chase and fight scenes, interesting subtext of US-South Korean security links.
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