CTHV Press Release: "Contract Killer"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    JET LI
    Stars in Action-Packed
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    CONTRACT KILLER
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    Martial Arts Drama Comes to DVD and
    Videocassette July 30

    Culver City, Calif. (May 21, 2002) - CONTRACT KILLER, a high-kicking
    martial arts action thriller starring internationally acclaimed actor
    Jet Li, debuts on DVD
    and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment July 30.
    Directed by Tung Wai, CONTRACT KILLER combines exciting fight
    choreography with an original story that centers in as Tai Feng (Li), a
    hit man who seems
    to suffer from attacks of conscience as he deliberately misses his
    intended victims.
    When a Japanese Yakuza boss is brutally executed, his family offers one
    million
    dollars to fine the assassin who pulled the trigger. Needing the money,
    Tai Feng teams
    up with an agent willing to show him the underworld of Japanese
    corruption in order to
    cash in on a murder.
    Now, the best hit man money can buy is about to uncover the person
    no one
    would have expected. Enter a world where watching your back becomes the
    only means
    of survival.
    CONTRACT KILLER: Executive Producer by Charles Heung. Produced by
    Gordan Chan. Written by Chan Heng Ka, Vincent Kok and Cheng Kam Fa.
    Directed by
    Tung Wai.

    DVD Elements Include:
    Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    Widescreen Presentation
    Audio: English (5.1) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround)
    Subtitles: English, Spanish
    Theatrical Trailers
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Selections
    Photo Gallery

    MPAA Rating: R
    DVD Price: $24.95 SLP
    Color / 98 minutes
    VHS #06618 / UPC Code: 0-43396-06618-2
    Spanish Subtitled #06619 Code: 0-43396-06619-9
    DVD #06599 / UPC Code: 0-43396-06599-4
    VHS Order Date: July 09, 2002 / Street Date: July 30, 2002
    DVD Order Date: June 27, 2002 / Street Date: July 30, 2002
     
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    I think the title of this originally was HITMAN.
    http://www.hkmdb.com/db/movies/view....isplay_set=eng
    This the first movie that Jet Li wasn't dubbed by a voice actor. The movie is more of a comedy than an action movie. Simon Yam also stars in this one and actually gets some of the best scenes.
    The movie may be cut because the Hong Kong Legends version is 100 minutes in PAL. Here's a review of the HKL version.
    http://www.loveandbullets.com/hitman.htm
    Companies should list alternative names for movies when sending press releases. A lot of people may end up getting a movie they already own.
    Matt
     
  3. Matthew Brown

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    After seeing this press release several times on various sites, I just noticed that the original language is not included on the DVD. So if you wanted to hear Jet Li's real voice, you won't.
    Columbia has been taking lessons from Miramax in the way it's treating these films. At least Columbia has had some hits among the misses but this is horrible news.

    I hope that every web site that reviews this movie also mentions that the original soundtrack is missing and that the original name is HITMAN.

    Matt
     
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    Its pretty crappy that Columbia Tri Star has been treating thier Jet Li releases this way. The DVD has a freakin' spanish audio track and english subtitles to boot but they couldn't be bothered to include the Chinese track! I am glad I still have my original HK laser disc and I think a local B&M has the Tai Seng imported DVD. Thanks but no thanks Columbia.

    --Ian
     
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    Columbia aquired the rights to this movie before they figured out that fans want the original movie. This is why they now have the Destination label. I do hope that this is the last movie they release this way.

    Matt
     
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    HKL will be releasing a dvd called "An introduction to Hong Kong Legends" on September 9th. It will contain Hitman(R2) and many of HKLs trailers and a restoration featurette for only £3.99! If you have a computer with DVD-ROM or a multi region player e.g.Malata i wouldn't get this r1 Columbia version.
     

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