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Bong Joon-ho’s “MEMORIES OF MURDER” coming on fully loaded Criterion Blu-rays/DVDs; details & art

Friday, January 15, 2021 | Blu-ray/DVD, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The modern serial-killer classic is getting the special editions it deserves.

The Criterion Collection will release MEMORIES OF MURDER on two-Blu-ray and two-DVD sets April 20. A slow-burning, ultimately haunting film, it helped launch director Bong Joon-ho (who scripted with Shim Sung-bo from Kim Kwang-rim’s play) on the international cinema scene; he would go on to helm THE HOST, SNOWPIERCER and the Oscar-winning PARASITE, among others. The synopsis: “Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, MEMORIES OF MURDER stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang-ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective [Kim Sang-kyung] to investigate the crimes–leading each man on a wrenching, years-long odyssey of failure and frustration that will drive him to the existential edge.” Kim Roe-ha, Song Jae-ho, Byun Hee-bong and Ko Seo-hie also star.

The special features in this director-approved edition are:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Kim Hyung-ku and approved by director Bong Joon-ho, with 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two 2009 commentaries featuring Bong and members of the cast and crew, plus a new commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • New program featuring filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • New interview with Bong about the real-life serial killer who inspired the film
  • Documentary from 2004 on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by Bong
  • New program about the use of sound in Bong’s work, featuring film scholar Jeff Smith
  • INCOHERENCE, a 1994 student film by Bong, with a new introduction by the director
  • Teaser, trailer and TV spot
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and novelist Ed Park

Retail prices are $39.95 for the Blu-rays, $29.95 for the DVDs.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.