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Dukman (lee yo won) was born a twin but was abandoned as a baby and sent to a place far away by her father, King Jinpyeong (park ye jin) in order to protect her from being killed by an influenced royal court lady, Mishil (ko hyeong jeong) who tries to snatch away the throne from the royal successor. Dukman was later brought back to the Silla palace, where she joined forces with her twin sister Princess Cheonmyong to oppose Mishil. However, Mishil devised sinister plans to have the two Silla princesses exiled from the kingdom, and in a secretive battle, Princess Cheonmyong was accidentally killed. But Princess Dukman shrewdly enlisted the help of General Kim Yusin (uhm tae woong) and eliminated her archenemy Mishil. She then became Queen Seon Duk, the first female ruler of the Silla kingdom. This drama is about a story of a beautiful queen, who has to give up her love to save the people and thus, leaving behind many brilliant achievements...

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lee Yo-won, Koh Hyun-jung, Uhm Tae-woong, Park Ye-jin
  • Directors: Park Hong-gyun, Kim Geun-hong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MBC America
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PFER0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2009
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This is volume 1 of a 3 volume dvd set of the TV series airing in 2009-2010 in the US. This is a top quality south korean tv drama which is receiving rave reviews globally. This month (dec '09), Volume 2 of this set has just come out... As soon as Vol 3 comes out I'm getting it too!

This story is extremely addictive! - I warn you it will make you stay up till the wee hours if you are not extremely disciplined. At time of this writing the US broadcast of the weekly series is probably somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd volume. I bought the 1st volume because I missed the earlier episodes, and because it's well worth owning and sharing with your family. As with other MBC, KBS or SBS historical korean dramas of this decade, this video set is clearly and expertly translated with english subtitling (including all idioms and colloquialisms to english equivalents). Compared to american tv historical dramas, this as with similar kdramas is more addicting, higher production quality, more accurate historical period recreation, and MUCH longer lasting enjoyment. Plenty of eye candy of all types, characters with depth, intellgent script, interwoven plot lines, cliffhangers, martial arts fights and wars (not gross), political intrigue (not dry), family and romance themes, country and individual economic struggles, etc.

Yes, as with american dramas, these script writers take many liberties with the historical true story in order to flesh out historical gaps and to make a riveting plot line - and they succeed - it's such a great story we really don't care - we just enjoy the story... and then many non-korean viewers get very interested to learn about the actual history behind the fictional drama! So we learn the real history one way or the other.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Siggirl on October 21, 2009
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This is a great series, it has everything. The characters are excellent and the story has a lot of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Misil is so bad she is good. The woman who plays her Go Hyun Jung is so amazing, she plays the villainess to perfection. Really worth watching and entertaining. Looking forward to watching the next Volume.

And thanks to Amazon, the first dvds were defective and once reported they were replaced in days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Ho on April 14, 2012
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I bought this series two years ago and loved it! The only problem I had with the discs was what one reviewer stated, that disc one got stuck part way through episode two, and all the rest of the discs played fine. A few months ago I sat down to watch the series again and now almost every disc will not play past the half way point! I have A LOT of DVDs and this has never happened. But there is good news! The entire series is available in a boxed set from Yesasia.com. It is the Korean release with English subtitles (which are pretty good)and is on sale for $230. I've only watched two discs so far but have had no problems. Apparently MBC Korea has something that MBC America does not... quality control! Almost forgot, there are extras on these discs (no subtitles) that include interviews, photo shoots and outtakes. UPDATE I finally got through the entire set and had no problem with any disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John816 on June 18, 2011
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I won't get into how great this series is as others have already done a fine job of that. I'll just say that after watching 20 episodes online I already decided I had to own the DVDs. Quite unlike other Korean period dramas, Queen Seon Duk, for a while, was like one long movie. And it was great. But then the first of a few lulls arrived and the series entered into soap opera mode killing its momentum. Fortunately the lulls don't last that long, but they are there. And I hate to say it but I don't feel the story did enough to justify why the hero of the show... should be the hero. That aside, this is easily my second favorite Korean period drama.

Now, as for the DVD's themselves. I was expecting them to be at least the same quality of Yes Asia Entertainment releases, especially considering their absurdly high price tag. But these official MBC discs fall somewhere between the Yes Asia quality standard and that of the cheap Hong Kong releases. What I noticed at first was the thin boxes. They didn't feel sturdy like YA Entertainment releases. They're thin and soft and kinda flimsy. I bought all three volumes and one box was dented, one plastic tray cracked and 2 discs were loose in the packaging. So far they play fine, but still, it's pretty annoying to dish out a hundred dollars and find that MBC is trying to save money by cramming as many discs as they can into one box.

The picture quality is not horrible (most of the time), but it's far from good. Or, again, far from being worth the price you have to pay. At times the image is grossly over-sharpened and hard to watch. This happens especially during interior scenes. A clearly visible "halo" is apparent along any edge in the picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L on March 22, 2012
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Queen Seon Deok is a captivating historical drama. The quality of MBC America's box sets is lacking though. Be sure to check the bottoms of your discs once you receive because many are filled with scratches. Boxes 2 and 3 have discs laying on top of each other in a digipak case, and these discs come out of their holders during shipment and end up rolling around in the box. Box 1 has plastic clips on the sides that hold the discs in place, and there are scratches on the bottom because of that. So be sure you are able to play your discs before the return period is up. I had to get a replacement 2-3 times. Also the info on Amazon should be updated, these only have English subtitles (no Spanish).

I guess MBC doesn't care about the quality of their items for Region 1. The packaging looks pretty, but it does not serve the basic function of holding all discs safely. The Korean Region 3 release has normal DVD cases like movies and I doubt they give those local customers scratched up DVDs. 5 stars for the show itself, a generous 2 stars for these box sets... I ended up ordering the Region 3 set from Korea and will eventually sell off the ones from MBC America. You even get a bonus disc in the R3 Korean set with extras like outtakes, etc...which are always fun to watch.
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