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The Killer
DVD disk
Oct 6, 2004 By: Dr. Drew
The Killer order
Director:
John Woo

Actors:
Chow Yun-Fat
Danny Lee
Sally Yeh

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A ruthless hitman (Chow Yun-Fat) accidentally blinds a nightclub singer (Sally Yeh) while taking part in a hit gone wrong. We discover that despite his cold exterior, he actually has a soft heart and decides to take care of the woman he crippled. He must now watch over her while trying to avoid a young cop (Danny Lee) determined to put him behind bars.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
An absolute cinematic masterpiece which believe me, is not for everyone. It features probably the most insanely orchestrated shootouts and gun battles ever put to film. Forget ANNA AND THE KING, this is Chow Yun-Fat in all his ass kicking glory. Wielding handguns, machine guns, and shotguns, he becomes the ultimate personification of cool. Amidst all the bloodshed, we see Yun-Fat as the honorable killer who has his own code of values. Many people will dismiss this film as mindless violence but thatís a complete injustice. Despite the movieís heavy reliance on gun battles, look carefully and youíll discover a deeper tale of friendship and betrayal. Most shoot Ďem up movies fail to exhibit such an intriguing blend of story and action but this one goes the distance. A lot of credit should go to director Woo for orchestrating all the choreographed mayhem. Look specifically for the exchange in the church which amidst all the ensuing chaos, becomes a virtual ballet of bullets. Granted the audio dubbing isnít the greatest, but the movieís strength is its plot and onscreen action. If youíre bored with the conventional Hollywood action vehicles, check out this classic movie, you will not be disappointed.
THE EXTRAS
Sadly, there arenít very many extras included. You get theatrical trailers for the movie as well as Wooís other masterpiece, Hard Boiled. There are also a biography of Woo as well as filmographies for the stars involved. "Notes on the Killer" are production details written by David Chute, a freelance film critic, whose outline gives an all too brief look at the film. The menus are completely animated and do feature sound, with cool 3D animation. Bullets fly and seemingly pop out of the screen.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A classic film finally gets its long awaited re-release on a DVD which only provides the bare minimum. It only gives a glimpse into what went into making this movie, if only they could have included a documentary or two. The commentary track will have to satisfy you for the time being. Iíd urge all fans of the Killer to definitely buy this movie because despite its mediocre features, itís better than any VHS reproduction. For the casual fan though, rent it, get some popcorn, strap on a Kevlar bulletproof vest and be prepared to get blown away.
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