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Dae Jang Geum / Jewel in the Palace: Complete Box Set


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Original recording reissued
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XRBDBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Sanders on February 16, 2010
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The previous reviewer was being kind. The first half of the tapes were fine for English only viewers but the 2nd half was completely and I mean completely unintelligible. They changed caption writers and the 2nd one had absolutely no idea about English. The Chinese sub-titles were good throughout though. Do NOT buy if you only speak English you will be completely devastated that you could not follow what was obviously a wonderful series. The producers of the discs should be ashamed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Mac on February 16, 2010
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The Jewel in the Palace is a Korean drama based on the life of a young woman who became a Physician to the King, a remarkable feat for women of the era. It is beautifully acted, the costumes and filming is superb.
Unfortunately this particular edition is let down by poor subtitles. In the 1-6 discs the subtitles are understandable with some concentration but in discs 7 - 9 the English subtitling is completely unintelligable. An example of this:
"Is, say that is have problems inside the person who the food poisoning. Elephant words too not till the vegetableses that now ate have never type of matter" (transcribed directly)
If you speak Korean Fluently then this single DVD set is a bargain, costing substantially less than the three separate DVD sets of Jewel in the Palace which are available. However if you rely on English subtitles then this DVD set will not meet your expectations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By opinionated_reader on November 20, 2010
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After the first few episodes, the English sub-titles are so bad that one cannot understand what's going on. The sub-titles turn a beautiful TV drama into a hee hee comedy.

I know some better sub-titled versions exist, because I've seen snippets on the net. This version ought to be sold as *NOT* having English sub-titles.
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