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

2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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!

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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XRBDBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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After watching the "Grand Chef", a Korean Drama intermixed with a cooking show on PBS, we told our friends at church about how great it was & they gave us a 9 disc set of "Dae Jang Geum". We were told that it was like the "Grand Chef" but based more on history. We put the 1st DVD in, watched, & were hooked. For the past week we have been watching a DVD per night. Never have we been glued to such fantastic scenery & costumes, with a gripping plot that forces you to continue past your bed time. The screen writers were very talented showing Dae Jung Geum's life of 16th century Korean entry as palace kitchen maid to become the greatest female doctor within a semi-fictional account yet climaxing plot at each chapter ending. The whole series reveals Korean culture & history to a fine degree. Writing all this yet to rate the DVD set with a 3 may look very questionable. The answer: the sub-tiles are bizarre, misspelled, sometimes under the wrong character, even when the characters are silent...they must be direct translations with no concern for the normal structure of English. The DVD set starts out with semi-normal English but sometimes misses the correct placement of verbs to nouns. It's like reading English within a Latin grammar structure. Other times the sub-titles use the wrong pronoun, or mis-spell a word, but then the problem goes beyond this with disc 7 to 9. Talking to some Chinese friends that have the Chinese translation version of this DVD set, we came to the conclusion that the last 3 DVD's must be translated literally from Chinese, maybe from a computer software system? For example: the sub-title word "Is" is used in place of "Yes" which is true in the Chinese language. The sub-title word "Adult" is used in place of "Sir" or a pronoun lacking either person or gender reference.Read more ›
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