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The Replacement Killers [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Chow Yun-Fat, Steven Garcia, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez, Randall Duk Kim
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, Hungarian, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLILK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

International superstar Chow Yun-Fat (John Woo's Hard Boiled) makes his Hollywood debut with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino (1995 Best Supporting Actress, Mighty Aphrodite) in The Replacement Killers, a fierce and explosive action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua (Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" video). After he betrays Mr. Wei, the ruthless crime boss who hired him to avenge his son's death, professional killer John Lee (Yun-Fat) goes on the run. Enlisting the aid of beautiful document forger Meg Coburn (Sorvino), Lee attempts to return to his family in China before they are victimised by his betrayal. But Wei's army of "replacement killers" is hot on his trail, and now both he and Meg are targets of their impressive firepower. With both sides fully armed and determined to fight to the death, an ultra-violent shootout breaks out when they finally face off against each other.

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The director of Chow Yun-fat's first Hollywood outing, music video veteran Antoine Fuqua, seems to be trying to squeeze the charismatic Asian superstar into a conventional American action hero mould, and the results are dispiriting.

Fuqua never lets this high-spirited actor smile, fetishising him as a gun-slinging clotheshorse in a series of garish, scenery smashing battle scenes. As a paid assassin whose former employers turn against him, Chow enlists the help of an illegal documents specialist played, with surprising grit, by Mira Sorvino, and then spends most of the time fending off squads of killers in mirror shades. The movie is art directed and photographed fit to kill (even the most routine incidents are eye-gougingly colourful) and edited to a hip-hop beat. It's garishly superficial. The frequent gunplay duels may keep action fans riveted, but they'll hate themselves in the morning. --David Chute

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Format: Blu-ray
I have seen this a number of times on the normal DVD format but have upgraded to the Blu Ray version. This is a top film with Chow-Yun Fat with plenty of shootouts with guns that never seem to need a new round but who cares great night viewing. On the blu ray side of things a little disappointed being honest it's not any better than the remastered edition so save your money and just upscale the picture sharpness and colour is really no different. So this will only get a 4 star due to the blu ray not being as good as it should be.
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Wow! the added scenes really flesh out the characters and their relationships as was originally intended. I can't stress enough that this is what fans actually want and deserve. It frustrates me, as it probably does everyone, when editors chop out bits for 'pacing reasons'. Lord of the Rings can keep audiences glued for over 3 hours at a time, because it's all good! So why pinch out 15 mins? The chopped out scenes needed to be reinstated, and thank god we can now get it on blu ray.

And for those reviewers who say the picture quality is poor, ignore them, it's beautiful! I've vowed to get everything on BD now, even tv shows, because the cameras are so much better then they used to be, and obviously affordable, so DVD is doomed, long live BD! (until 3D becomes domesticated, of course)

One for the fans, absolutely, treat yourself to a better replacement!
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Saw this is the cinema when it first came out way back when in '98. It was good then. It's still good now.
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Mira Sorvino saves this movie from being another identikit Hollywood wannabe-chinese actioner. Her ID forger has history, character and heart written all over her face, and she manages to hold her own against Chow Yun Fat's conflicted assassin without ever feeling like "the girl sidekick". This helps to elevate the movie from 'good' to very good, as does Antoine Fuqua's direction. The action scenes are all brutal and well handled, the gunplay fast and furious. Michael Rooker is good despite bizarrely distracting facial hair, as a little-used cop, his role largely just an excuse to have Chow on the run from a Chinese mob boss and his teams of hitmen when Chow refuses to carry out that "one last hit". It's a good gunplay actioner with several impressive set-pieces, and despite an oddly flat moment during the final shootout, it remains highly enjoyable. Well worth a watch.
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...and about a seven and a half for the Blu-Ray.

Really not that different from the Collectors Edition DVD, especially when upscaled through the PS3. That said, at this price, probably worth the investment if you like the film enough - which I do.

As for the film itself, Chow-Yun Fat and John Woo in their prime - and The Crystal Method's 'Keep Hope Alive' to open with. Nuff said...
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