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

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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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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY9OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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.

VIDEO:

"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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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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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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This TV series was ok, but I was expecting something better.. It seems like too much money was spent on a star-studded cast complete with quite a few random celebrity cameos (singers, athletes, etc). Throughout the series, a lot of the writing seemed sloppy in general- too many instances of characters being dumb and not realizing something obvious, and too many cases where someone would appear to die but then make a quick recovery. The plot was interesting at first, but near the end it started getting a bit pointless. However, what disappointed me most was that the main roles were such thinly-imagined caricatures, putting the actors' talents to waste. For example, Jung Woo-Sung's character was naive to the point of being goofy, and Cha Seung-Won's was one of the cheesiest villains ever. Both actors each have quite a few good film performances on their resumes, so it was a letdown to see them like this.

As for this DVD set itself, the picture quality is not so good (fine most of the time, but occasionally very blurry or pixelated), and the English subtitles were bad. Small spelling/grammar mistakes are not a big deal, but there were quite a few cases where the English was incorrect or just a generally bad translation of what was said.

Anyway, if you're interested in watching this, you might as well go ahead and watch it, but beware that it may not fully live up to expectations.
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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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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 hardly see them at times, now they disappear so fast you can hardly get time to read them
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Falling in love with this show Just watched it for a second time The series 20 episodes DVD's I got were from Korea At times the sub titles were not able to be fully read Also Episode 16 would not play at all The DVD also shows in the upper right corner the station number and highlights or news run at the bottom and blocks off the sub titles.With all of this I plan on watching the series again
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