The Killer (1989) Director - John Woo DVD Released by : Hong Kong Legends Player reviewed with : Malata DVD-N996 Receiver reviewed with : Sony 925 Features: Cantonese and English Soundtracks English Subtitles Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs Theatrical Trailer and Promo Trailer Interview Gallery Commentary by Bey Logan Deleted Scenes Region 2, PAL Running Time : 107 mins. THE KILLER is a story of honor. Chow Yun Fat portrays the hired hitman. He lives by his own code. When an innocent is blinded during one of his hits, he realizes that it is his duty to try to have her site restored. He must do one more hit and then use the money for a cornea transplant. Danny Lee is the cop who must bring him to justice. The two become unlikely friends, almost brother-like. John Woo gives us as much action as we can take and still provide a plot. This is the fifth DVD of THE KILLER with English subtitles. The French HKVIDEO release has an extended print of the film with English subtitles burned in but the actual feature has only French subtitles. Hong Kong Legends has easily released the best version of THE KILLER so far. It's not perfect, but it is better than the alternatives. This is a region 2 DVD, so if you live in North America, the only way to see this is to have a multi-region player of some kind. For reviews of the Region 1 and 0 releases, please click here. Hong Kong Legends has done some great work on this movie. I've seen this movie more times than I can count and I can honestly say I came close to feeling like this was the first time I was watching it again. Maybe it was the new English translation, or the beautiful print that was used. With that said, I have very few problems with this DVD. The film print is beautiful. Gone are the specks that littered the various other prints of the film. Within the first 5 minutes you will notice a big difference. There are some very minor flaws but they are forgivable. The colors are vibrant and the detail is good. Danny Lee's suits really stick out now! The transfer itself could be a little better. It is good now, but the darker scenes sometimes display artifacts. This is most noticeable during close-ups. This is on the 47 inch TV so on a 27 inch or smaller set it will look fine. Perhaps a higher bit rate could have been used. There is also some very slight combing of the picture twice in the movie. It's not bad and hardly noticeable. I am satisfied with the transfer but not overwhelmed. Other than the darker scenes, the movie looks absolutely stunning. The original mono soundtrack is not included and we are given a 5.1 mix. It does sound different than the previous versions of the movie. The Cantonese remix is tastefully done. The dialogue sounds great against the music and sound effects. The bass is also a little more pronounced. The English dub sounds just about identical to previous versions. The English dub uses Jeffrey for Chow Yun Fat's name and Dumbo and Mickey Mouse for the nicknames. Overall the sound is very good. The subtitles are white and outlined so they are very easy to read. They are timed well with what is said and are never obstructed by the background image. This DVD has a new English translation. Chow Yun Fat is now Ah-Jong. Dumbo and Mickey Mouse are Runt and Shrimphead. The new translation seems more to the point than previous ones. The relationship between Ah-Jong and his friend is made clearer. There is more of an emphasis on honor and Triad rules. There are some decent extras on this DVD. There are two trailers for THE KILLER. There are interviews with Kenneth Tsang, Sally Yeh, and Peter Pau. These are interesting and a nice addition to the DVD. A little too much time is used during the interviews showing clips from the movie. There is a commentary from Bey Logan. He always gives a wealth of information. There are also deleted scenes. Nothing that hasn't been seen before but good to have, nonetheless. This DVD is a must have. It is easily the best version of this movie available. The only things that are missing from this DVD are a commentary by John Woo and the original mono soundtrack. The anamorphic picture easily beats the other versions out there. I don't think this will be topped on DVD.