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Confession of Murder

Blu Ray

  • Score
    65
    from 2 reviewers
  • Overstuffed plot, yet moments shine in this complex film.

    Confession of Murder Blu-ray Front Cover
    2012
    119 min
    Not Rated
  • Video
    78
  • The image's lack of grain and impurities yields an unexpectedly forgiving appearance, avoiding sterility.

  • Audio
    75
  • Confession of Murder's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track delivers an engulfing experience with its intricate sounds, from rain to footsteps; separated from the opening and closing, it would be top-notch.

  • Extra
    45
  • Feature interviews with Jung Jae-young, Park Si-hoo, and others in standard definition, complemented by a high-definition trailer; all succinctly timed under 4 minutes each.

  • Movie
    60
  • Choi's anguish deepens as his surrogate brother commits suicide, while Jeong's dynamic directing immerses viewers in the intense action.

    Director: Jung Byung-gil

    Actors: Jeong Jae-yeong, Shi-hoo Park, Jung Hae-kyun

    Plot

    After the statute of limitations expires on a series of high-profile murders, a man named Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography detailing the crimes he claims to have committed, along with descriptions of the victims and the locations where they were killed. His book becomes a bestseller, and he gains celebrity status, openly flaunting his supposed identity as the killer. The public is both fascinated and horrified by his brazen confession, while the detective who was in charge of the original investigation, Choi Hyeong-goo, is haunted by the fact that he could never catch the murderer and is skeptical of Du-seok's claims.

    Surviving family members of the victims are outraged and devastated, as justice has eluded them. Among them is a mother whose daughter was one of the victims; she seeks out her own form of justice. Simultaneously, a mysterious person wearing a motorcycle helmet appears, attacking Lee Du-seok and leaving clues that suggest they have a personal vendetta linked to the murders. Detective Choi is torn between investigating Du-seok to find the truth behind his bold revelation and dealing with the violent vigilante that is targeting Du-seok, leading to a tense and dangerous pursuit of the truth.

    Disc Release Date: 15 April 2014

    All Scores & Reviews

    Blu-ray.com review by Jeffrey Kauffman
    • Video
      80
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    • Audio
      80
    • If one were to divorce the opening and closing sequences of Confession of Murder's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track from the bulk of the film, this audio rating would probably jump by at least a...

    • Extra
      20
    • Interviews include: Jung Jae-young, Detective Choi (480i; 3:21) Park Si-hoo, Lee Du-seok (480i; 1:56) Trailer (1080p; 1:30)...

    • Movie
      40
    • Adding to Choi's distress is the fact that the son of the first victim, whom Choi has treated as his own brother since the murder, ends up committing suicide (in a fairly gruesome and graphic scene) when...

    • Total
      60
    • If the film's many plot strands had been pared significantly (do we really need the late development of one of the victims being tied to Choi?), and the coda jettisoned, this could have been a really nicely...

    High-Def Digest review by Kevin Yeoman
    • Video
      100
    • This results in a potentially unforgiving image that could have been sterile – thanks to the complete lack of grain or other bits of dust and what not in the image – but instead, the look and feel of the...

    • Audio
      90
    • There is a near-constant level of immersion going on, from the heavy patter of rain, to the clamor of reporters and cameras, to just the sound of footsteps on a wooden floor that make the mix sound very...

    • Extra
      30
    • Interviews Jae-yeong Jeong, Detective Choi (SD, 3 min) Park Shi-hoo, Lee Du-sok (SD, 2 min) Trailer (HD, 2 min.)...

    • Movie
      70
    • Writer-director Byong-gil Jeong sends the camera spinning and tumbling through the same structures and impossible leaps as the characters, making the insane in medias res scene not only viscerally engaging,...

    • Total
      70
    • While the film has far too much going on to make much use of such a socially conscious agenda, the film manages to make good use of its over-the-top nature to at least briefly shine the proverbial spotlight...