What is it with changing titles for home video release in the UK? There's been quite a bit of it in the past couple of years, usually genre films or cheapjack actioners that are being redressed in the hope that we won't pick up on the critical mauling they've been received elsewhere. But Kong Su-chang's 2004 R-Point has a bit of a reputation with horror fans and was the fourth highest-grossing horror film of all time on its release, so why change the title to Ghosts of War? But then again, if you're targeting a wider horror audience, those who've never heard of R-Point or the Kong Su-chang, the reasoning must be that unlike R-Point, Ghosts of War gives the browsers a clue as to what the film is about. It is, after all, Kong's first melding of the horror and war movie genres, something he followed up in 2008 with GP506, which was retitled Guard Post for DVD release and was actually rather good.
So what's R-Point/Ghosts of War about? Well, during the Vietnam War, a South Korean army base begins receiving mysterious radio transmissions from a patrol that went missing six months earlier. A shell-shocked, hard-boiled lieutenant and a ragtag military unit are sent to the desolate stretch of land known as R-Point to gather clues as to the whereabouts of the missing soldiers. What appeared to be clear search and rescue mission turns into something far more terrifying than any battle...
Starring Kam Woo-seung (Spider Forest, The King and the Clown), Sohn Byung-ho (Oasis, GP506, The Good, the Bad and the Weird), Oh Tae-kyung (Oldboy), Park Won-sang (Uninvited, GP506), Ghosts of War (aka R-Point) will be released on UK DVD on 17th January 2011 by Palisades Tartan exclusively through Sainsbury's at the RRP of £7.99. You may not be expecting any extras at that price, but the following have been listed:
- 4 production featurettes;
- Audio commentary;