All About Eve (K-Drama)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Jin Sun-Mi (Chae Rim) is like the girl next door, a wholesome young woman you can’t help but like. She has a warm persona and is quite friendly, so she is quite popular and well liked. On the other end of the spectrum is Huh Young-Mi (Kim So-Yeon), who might be beautiful, but she also has ice water in her veins. She had a life of hardships, but was able to rise above her roots, though her heart remains cold. Her past remains in her mind however and in order to keep from going back, she is willing to do whatever she has to to find success. Sun-Mi and Young-Mi are quite different, but they’re trying to accomplish the same goal, to become a news anchor. There is only one spot available however, so the women have to compete to secure their place, which means Young-Mi is out for blood. As the two battle over the anchor position, they experience the ups and downs of interpersonal relationships, but which one will land the job?

I haven’t watched many Korean dramas, but the shows have started to become quite popular, even in the United States. Perhaps the most popular and most talked about series is All About Eve. I had read several articles that said for K-Drama newcomers, All About Eve was a perfect starting point. As it turns out, the show is indeed a great place to start with K-Dramas, as the show is terrific and is well worth a look. The series runs twenty episodes, so it isn’t an extensive show, but it does a lot with those episodes. The writing is simply excellent, especially how the relationships evolve over the course of the series. The characters are well developed and as you watch, you can’t help but connect and relate to them. This is also due to the performances, which are great across the board, but Kim So-Yeon stands out. All About Eve is a wonderful romantic drama, one with rich characters and great development, so this complete series release is well recommended.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here look great, very crisp and clean. There is a touch of grain, but it never proves to be a problem and doesn’t lessen the visuals. I was impressed by the depth of detail also, as no softness appears and even fine detail is well represented. No issues with color or contrast either, as both elements perform well and free from errors. I have to say, these episodes look terrific.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original Korean soundtrack is preserved via a solid, but rather basic stereo soundtrack. This show is driven by dialogue, so there isn’t much need for surround presence. The music has good presence however, so when the audio does need a boost, it is provided. The main emphasis is on dialogue though and since the vocals are always clear and crisp, there isn’t much else I can report in this department. This release also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes no bonus materials.

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