HKL in October, oh, that means The Killer! (Updated)

Updated! - Be sure to refesh your browser as the official Hong Kong Legends website has some further information (and different coverart) for their October releases that we now have online for you.

This October sees the first release from Hong Kong Legends much talked of Golden Princess deal in the form of John Woo's The Killer. Available in the UK for the first time on DVD from October 21st Hong Kong Legends will present The Killer as a single-disc Special Collectors Edition that will feature a digitally restored and remastered anamorphic widescreen transfer with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, six deleted scenes, interviews with director John Woo, producer Tsui Hark, star Sally Yeh and cinematographer Peter Pau. More detailed specifications and a much improved alternative cover can be found further down the page.

Completing their October 21st line-up is the Hong Kong cult classic Story of Ricky (aka Riki-Oh) that will be available in the UK for the first time fully uncut, and as Hong Kong Legends put it, this film is 88 minutes of the purest, unadulterated, blood-soaked fun ever to be passed by the British Board of Cinema Classification! Full details on this release (and alternative coverart) can be found below...

The following information is taken from the official Hong Kong Legends website and offers full details on their release of Story of Ricky and some further information on The Killer along with alternate coverart for both titles!

The Killer - A radical fusion of brutal and stylish gunplay, stunning visuals, and emotive drama,the perceptive, charismatic talents of leading-man Chow Yun-fat.

Woo's most accomplished filmic exploration of the theme of brotherhood is awash with reflections of film-noir in the style of Scorcese and Melville. A literal landmark in modern Action-Cinema, Woo unfolds his story about the bond between a moral assassin and an amoral policeman with incredible skill and precision, whilst still managing to overwhelm his audience with some of the most incredible action-sequences ever committed to film.

  • Digitally re-mastered and restored DVD transfer
  • 2.35.1 Anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TVs
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Feature length audio commentary with HK Cinema Expert Bey Logan
  • Trailer Archive
  • Art Gallery-A Series of stunning images from the movie and conceptual artwork campaigns
  • Interview with producer Tsui Hark and leading-man Chow Yun-fat
  • Interview Gallery with leading lady Sally Yeh, co-star Kenneth Tsang and cinematographer Peter Pau
  • Extensive gallery of rare deleted scenes
  • Fully Animated Themed Menus
The release date is also slightly different suggesting an earlier 10th October release.

Story of Ricky - A radical fusion of brutal martial artistry, extreme violence and dark visuals, 'The Story of Ricky' is one of the most infamous and disturbing film projects in the history of Asian Cinema.

Based on the Japanese comic-strip 'Riki Oh', the movie is set in a futuristic prison where Riki is mistakenly locked up, and then systemically tortured by the sadistic warden and his cohorts. Through his radical actions and selfless attitude, Ricky quickly becomes a hero for the rest of the inmates, and initiates a daring plab to break free from the brutal regime in which he is incarcerated.
  • Digitally re-mastered and restored DVD transfer
  • 16:9 Anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TV's
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Feature length audio commentary with Bey Logan
  • Trailer Archive
  • Interview with leading man Fan Siu-wong
  • Martial Arts showcase with leading man Fan Siu-wong
  • Fully Animated Themed Menus
In addition we should mention that both releases will retail for £19.99.

With a more detailed set of extra features I would like to revise my previous personal statement to say that Hong Kong Legends release of The Killer is now looking somewhat more impressive. However, the lack of either of the two Audio Commentary tracks with Director John Woo that are present on the US Criterion and Winstar editions is still a major disappointment (as is the lack of the originally planned Platinum Edition treatment) and for most fans will result in them owning at least two copies of this film (whether you consider this a bad thing or not is another matter!).

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