06/25/2016  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Ben Affleck Defends Tom Brady in Epic Expletive-Ridden ...
Five Things We Learned from Hamilton Mastermind Lin-Man...
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Returning for Season 9 at HBO ...
Christina Grimmie 'Had the Biggest Heart,' Says Bria Ke...
Breaking: Nashville Will Return To TV on New Network...
President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon to 'slow jam the new...
Tim McGraw Brought His Teenage Daughter Maggie as His D...
'Humiliated' Woman Sues 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' for Titt...
Hairspray Live casts newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy T...
J.K. Rowling Slams Racists Unhappy Black Actress Will P...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Kino on Video presents
Nang Nak (1999)

"I don't want you to get cholera."
- Nak (Intira Jaroenpura)

Review By: Chuck Aliaga   
Published: May 11, 2005

Stars: Intira Jaroenpura, Manit Meekaewjaroen
Other Stars: Pracha Thawongfia, Pramote Suksatit, Winai Kraibutr
Director: Nonzee Nimibutr

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (violence)
Run Time: 01h:37m:02s
Release Date: May 10, 2005
UPC: 698452202433
Genre: foreign


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A AAB- D-

DVD Review

Every culture has their share of myths and legends, including Thailand. One such legend is portrayed the 1999 horror film, Nang Nak. From director Nonzee Nimibutr, Nang Nak is a surprisingly stellar, very creepy film that could serve as a huge boon to the Thai film industry if enough people discover it now on DVD.

This legend (which has been chronicled in countless Thai television productions, apparently) comes to life in the form of the story of Mak (Winai Kraibutr), who is forced to leave his pregnant wife, Nak (Intira Jaroenpura), behind and fight a war in the 1860s. This pair appears to be spiritually linked in a way that stretches beyond the bond of their marriage. Mak is severely injured in battle and, while dreaming, seems to experience the horrific pain of Nak's labor.

After Mak, who survives his wounds, is away in recovery for a few months, he returns home to find Nak and his newborn child. All appears to be well and good between this newly formed family, but there is definitely something supernatural at play that could alter the lives of Mak and Nak, and the lives of the rest of the villagers as well.

Nang Nak is a gorgeously shot project, bringing out all of the beauty that is Thailand. Director Nimibutr's penchant for unique camera placement adds to the bleak, mysterious tone of the story, with the atmosphere that he generates playing a huge part in the film's overall terror.

There is a huge plot twist revealed midway through the film that those who are familiar with the legend will see coming a mile away. The uninitiated will be extremely shocked but, regardless, the way this revelation is handled by both the director and the actors make it an enriching, just plain scary experience. Unlike most films that rely heavily on similar major twists, Nang Nak rides its reveal all the way home instead of falling apart with nowhere to go. The ending is amazing, as it manages to be both heartbreaking and nightmare-inducing at the same time.

Having not seen nor heard of either of the main actors before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Fortunately, this is one of those movies where seeing familiar actors could have either lessened the effect of the big twist, or made it somewhat predictable. Winai Kriabutr and Intira Jaroenpura do such a phenomenal job melting into their characters that I'd be surprised if there were better Thai actors out there. Their work, along with the overall hair-raising experience, makes Nang Nak well worth tracking down.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: A

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The gorgeous cinematography of Nang Nak is treated very well in this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. From the rays of the sun shining through the many trees in Thailand, to the incessant rain showers, every bit of detail is captured here. Shadows play a huge part in the dark imagery, and, fortunately, those, along with the black levels, are handled nicely. The slightest bit of grain is present, but nothing to hamper the excellent color rendering, or any other aspect of this presentation.

Image Transfer Grade: A

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Thaiyes


Audio Transfer Review: The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio is somewhat lively, but doesn't provide the enveloping experience that many of today's domestic horror films offer. Still, there's enough of a surround presence to effectively capture and enhance some of the more intense scares in the film. The Thai dialogue is delivered sharply, and fits right in with the rest of the audio mix.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
Cast and Crew Biographies
Cast and Crew Filmographies
Packaging: Keep Case
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: The only extras are a biography and filmography for director Nonzee Nimibutr.

Extras Grade: D-

 

Final Comments

Horror fans would be doing themselves a huge favor to give Nang Nak a look. Kino finally makes this Thai film easier to get a hold of thanks to its DVD release, which features adequate audio and video, but no worthwhile extras.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

celebrity, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, music, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, television, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, movie, ghostbusters, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, taylor swift, calvin harris, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked, survivor: kaoh-rong, reality, michelle fitzgerald, aubry, tai, jeff probst, comedy remake, kristen wiig, kate mckinnon, leslie jones, beach boys, pet sounds, brian wilson, bob dylan, blonde on blonde, cannes film festival, selena gomez, beyonce, crazy in love, lemonade, sorry, donÕt hurt yourself, daddy lessons, dancing with the stars, nyle dimarco, bruno tonioli, carrie ann inaba, len goodman, live! with kelly and michael, kelly ripa michael strahan, beyoncˇ, jay z, rachel roy, cheating, prince, little red corvette, purple rain, linus and lucy, the bourne supremacy, the bourne ultimatum, matt damon, alicia vikander, vincent cassel, tommy lee jones, julia stiles, paul greengrass

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store