Today brings a bunch of sweet DVD/Blu-ray news. In the two weeks that span April 26 to May 10, Magnet Releasing will make a selection of kickass action, horror, and suspense films available on the Region 1 format. The list includes “I Saw the Devil”, “Muay Thai Giant” (aka “Somtum”), “Black Death”, and “Chawz”. So just to wrap up, these movies feature revenge, a hulking Australian, the bubonic plague, and giant killer boars. Sometimes life is pretty rad.
“Muay Thai Giant” (aka “Somtum”)—April 26, 2011
While on holiday in Pattaya seven foot gentle giant Barney Emerald is drugged and robbed of all his personal possessions including his passport. Two Thai sisters find and befriend him by giving him a place to stay while he recovers and tries to figure out how to get his passport back. After eating some spicy “somtum” at their mother’s restaurant, Barney accidently flies into a fit of rage and demolishes the place. The sisters soon discover that when he eats the spicy “somtum,” it causes a physical reaction sending him into a violent martial arts frenzy. The girls decide to help him by using the “somtum” to control Barney’s powerful reactions to help earn his money back and take down the local crime lords.
“Chawz” (aka “Chaw”)—April 26, 2011
A wild and funny Korean monster movie about a giant, vicious boar terrorizing an idyllic countryside, “Chawz” is an affectionate tribute to classic monster movies that boasts fantastically gory special effects of the porcine beast attacking innocent tourists.
“Black Death”—May 10, 2011
The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in the marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his brand of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund’s faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test.
“I Saw The Devil”—May 10, 2011
“I Saw The Devil” is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master Kim Ji-Woon. Choi Min-Sik plays Kyung-Chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police.
On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-Hyun (Byung-Hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-Hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-Chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse.