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The Killer
The Killer
Actors: Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee
Director: John Woo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
UR     2003


Movie Details

Actors: Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee
Director: John Woo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Hong Kong Action, Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo, Indie & Art House
Format: DVD - Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2003
Release Year: 2003
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Absolute disaster; this release is an insult
Edward Doty Schatz | Baltimore, Maryland, United States | 03/24/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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. While it may be "the best" when it comes to The Killer on home media, it is far from being worthy even as replacement for a VHS copy. While it may improve audio and visual wise on prior releases, it's like going from a Yugo car to a Fiat. Buying this Blu-Ray supports their lazy and disgraceful approach to these classic films."
DVDBeaver and [...] trashed this transfer
K. Oppegaard | 03/23/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Check The Screen Shots at DVDBeaver
Ralph Brown | Suffern, New York | 03/25/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."
An awful treatment for a classic film
Mrs. Amanda N. Watkins | 03/28/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."