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 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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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 13 months ago by Huseomar
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 on June 22, 2014 by W. Combs
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