Saturday, May 16, 2009

For those who wanted to see "Old Partner"....

For all you gentle folks who missed out on seeing the fabulous documentary 워낭소리 (Old Partner) in the cinemas, I have some good news and some bad news.

The DVD has come out...

but it has no English subtitles!

What's going on? You show the film with English subtitles in the cinema and then you don't bother to put them on the DVD? What kind of idiot did they employ to process this film? Old Partner won the best documentary prize at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival; it was part of the official selection for the Sundance Film Festival this year; it was already shown with English subtitles... Oh the humanity!

Perhaps there is some fancy special edition DVD on the way, perhaps we'll be treated to narration by Morgan Freeman and the occasional addition of CGI penguins, but I very much doubt it. Thanks EIN*S M&M Multimedia and Marketing for producing a DVD which excludes non-Korean speakers. 

Back in March the producer of Old Partner was getting rather angry about the illegal online distribution of Old Partner, do you think this release is going to help? There is no legal way to obtain an english subtitled copy of Old Partner... so what are the pirating youths of the world going to do when they can't get their official old man and cow love story fix? I despair, I truly do... I've seen the film and I loved it, I'm just sorry that non-Korean speakers won't be able to enjoy the same experience on DVD.

For those who can speak Korean, please rush out and buy this wonderful DVD for only 7,700 won. For those who don't... I'm sorry you may have to wait a little longer to see this beautiful film.


2 comments:

Baummer said...

Any new news on this?

Unknown said...

I haven't seen any new releases in the shops, just the same old non-subtitled version. I'm not holding my breath...