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The Killer [Blu-ray] (1989)

Yun-Fat Chow , Danny Lee , John Woo  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu, Kenneth Tsang
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: John Woo
  • Producers: Hark Tsui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036BDQLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Killer [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Chow Yun-Fat stars as an assassin with a code of honor, who agrees to one last job before quitting for good. When his bosses double-cross him, he must confront the mob in one of the most explosive showdowns in film history. Director: John Woo (Mission: Impossible 2, Face/Off) Stars: Chow Yun Fat (Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Bulletproof Monk), Kenneth Tsang (Rush Hour 2, The Replacement Killers)

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215 of 237 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute disaster; this release is an insult March 23, 2010
As any fan of this film knows, we've been waiting for the clichéd 'Holy Grail' for a long time. Every release on DVD has been plagued by horrible prints, remixed audio, cropped image, bad subtitle tracks, non anamorphic image and various sundry image issues. All of those problems have left nearly every DVD edition as coasters on your coffee table as they were painful to watch. No release, save the TF1 French DVD release (without English subtitles) has ever done John Woo's The Killer justice.

Here comes Dragon Dynasty, the unholy offspring of the Weinstein's buy up of distribution rights in the United States of nearly every Asian film. Well known for their Blu-Rays which are merely DVD upconverts (Hard Boiled on the PS3 game Stranglehold) or otherwise botched jobs like the burned out picture on Jackie Chan's Police Story, the butchered version of Supercop, interlacing instead of progressive on The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin etc.

After reading the Blu-Ray review on DVD Beaver and viewing the disc myself via a broken street release, it is easy to see that this disc is another Dragon Dynasty abomination. The disc is 1080i and suffers from visual artifacts that accompany a PAL source. The audio is NOT lossless and is instead compressed Dolby Digital 2.0 Cantonese and 5.1 English dub. The only redeeming feature is that coherent subtitle translation that seems to be sourced from a prior release in the United Kingdom. The extras are also sourced from elsewhere and are presented in Mandarin dub and are of dramatically lower visual quality.

Despite Dragon Dynasty's insistence this was a "Full HD" presentation and their boasting of its greatness on Twitter, it is nothing of the sort. It's another hackneyed release from the team at DD.
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74 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Check The Screen Shots at DVDBeaver March 24, 2010
I am about to cancel my pre-order of this Blu Ray release. Please check the screen grabs at DVDBeaver. The transfer is obviously INFERIOR to prior DVD releases. I was eagerly awaiting this title, but I am not going to throw away $20. This is a disgrace.
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93 of 112 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVDBeaver and [...] trashed this transfer March 23, 2010
Just to counterbalance the hyperbolic 5 star "review"s which have absolutely no relevance to this Blu-ray Dragon Dynasty abomination:

From DVDBeaver:
"....a real disappointment.....hazy...moiring...does not look or sound very good at all....riddled with annoying lossless audio option...ridiculous English dub in 5.1 but original Cantonese in 2.0 channel...this interlaced transfer is unacceptable...extras all seem re-hashed".

From [...]:
", what a major disppointment...This is so far from high definition quality that aside from being anamorphically enhanced I can't really say much else recommends times not even as sharp as a decently upconverted SD-DVD...Vivendi really needs to go back to the drawing board on these Dragon Dynasty releases, because the first two have been travesties from an image standpoint.."

I haven't previously sunk so low as to review a product I haven't seen myself but these two websites are consistantly reliable and I get so irritated by industry shills (A. Nani Moss - anonymous? Oh how hilarious you are) pushing their product disguised as "reviews". It was enough for me to cancel my pre-order anyway.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent movie, lackluster release April 3, 2010
By jim

I give this movie 7 stars out of 5. I give this release 2 stars out of 5.

A magnificent and one of the most influential action/drama movies ever made.

This release, the only one for the North American market, is lack-luster. Cleaned up from original film holes, dirt and dust, sound track noise but offset substantially by the quality of the digital video and audio encoding and compression. The original Cantonese track is mono (expected) but the English dub track is mono too (very unexpected). Subtitles are better than some other releases of this movie. Extra features OK, but not in keeping with a movie of this significance in Asian cinema and action cinema.

This post has some very detailed comments on this movie as a movie, followed by objective facts about the DVD followed by some opinions.

This is one of the most important and influential police thriller, action drama movies ever made and certainly to have ever come from Hong Kong. It is a magnificent stylized gun-fu bullet ballet expanding on themes and character types from previous John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat works such as A better Tomorrow and A Better Tomorrow 2. It is loosely a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samouraï" starring Alain Delon and the chanbara film "Gyangu 9" starring Ken Takakura.

Alain Delon and French police thrillers had such an influence on John Woo that we see Chow Yun-Fat, in the role that made him a star in "A Better Tomorrow", wearing Alain Delon designer sunglasses with the dark duster/raincoat.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An awful treatment for a classic film March 27, 2010
Just awful. No remastered picture. It's from a 1080i interlaced PAL transfer with no HD audio and no new extras. Looks like the Weinstein's have managed to ruin yet another film on Blu-ray by being extremely cheap.

Definitely input your thoughts on their Dragon Dynasty site here:

I guess if you haven't seen it and you really want to since there are no other available US releases available, do so at your own risk. Try renting it first before buying and rate it against other Blu-ray releases from the same time period as the Killer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE MOVIE BY JOHN WOO
It's complicated, my relationship to this movie. John Woo started out doing comedies, I understand from someone who met him one time. So John Woo has an impeccable sense of timing. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Roger Angle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought because of Quinten Tarrintino and the Wu-Tang clan.
Published 22 days ago by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie was nice. Postman delivered the dvds ordered to the incorrect...
Movie was nice. Postman delivered the dvds ordered to the incorrect address. However the tenants a that address were nice enough to find us and bring them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a tea 2 so could no play it
Published 3 months ago by chanra
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality.
The product was as advertised, the quality is good and the product works perfectly. There's nothing else to be said.
Published 6 months ago by Francis Tchikaya
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hong Kong Classic.
Viewed: 3/14
Rate: 10

3/14: Well, The Killer is arguably one of the most influential movies of all time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
1.0 out of 5 stars Really???
The ending sunk this movie into "B" movie territory. Up to the end, this movie was modestly credible. The ending was pathetic. Too many times, movies are engaging
Published 10 months ago by DuggyWuggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Redefined
This and Hard Boiled redifined the action movie. John Woo is a master. Chow Un Fat is brilliant. Cinema at it's best.
Published 10 months ago by C. Holobetz
5.0 out of 5 stars A brief review of the many editions of the Citizen Kane of action...
There have been so many different releases with different features,image & audio. I wish to delineate the different region 0 to region 2.
1. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Genelle Mustaciola
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
Honestly, I was expecting this film to be a crime thriller parody,
however, I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christina
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