Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 23rd, 2004
|Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong 1992
Director: Fok Yiu Leung
Writer: Wong Jing
Cast: Chingmy Yau, Simon Yam, Carrie Ng, Kelly Yiu
|Approximate running time:||97 minutes||90 minutes|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital 5.1 English||Dolby Digital 5.1 English and 5.1 Cantonese|
|DVD Release:||Tai Seng||Fox|
|Region Coding:||Region 0 NTSC||Region 1 NTSC|
Tai seng ‘s Region 0 DVD
Fox ‘s Region 1 DVD
The Film :
Detective Tinam believes that a string of recent murders were committed by a woman or women. Tinam falls for a girl named kitty that disappears after trying to kill the man who murdered her father. Kitty becomes Vivian Shang and with the help of Sister Cindy she becomes an assassin. Princess and Baby a couple of Cindy’s former pupils have vendetta to settle with their former teacher.
Fox’s release of Naked Killer benefits from an anamorphic enhancement as the overall colors stronger with sharper images that exhibit more detail. Tai Seng’s letterboxed release is plagued by a softer image and grain is more apparent through out. Fox’s release shows more information while Tai Seng’s looks like it has been cropped slightly on all fours sides. Fox’s release has flesh tones that are more natural and it doesn’t suffer for artifacts like Tai Seng’s release.
Fox’s release offers two audio options the original Cantonese language track and an English dubbed track while the Tai Seng’s release only comes with an English dubbed track. While comparing the audio track’s I noticed that Fox and Tai Seng used different English dubbed tracks. Fox’s dub sounded more professional than and not as comical as the track used by Tai Seng. Overall both audio tracks from Fox and Tai Seng’s audio track are crystal clear and free of any hiss or distortion. Fox gets the slight edge in the audio department for the inclusion of the films original Cantonese audio track. Fox’s release also comes with subtitles for the Cantonese audio track included on their release. The subtitles are easy to read and follow.
The only extras that come with Tai Seng’s release are the films original trailer and production notes. Fox’s release comes with cast and crew interviews, photo galleries, promotional materials and trailers.
Fox’s release of Naked killer beat’s Tai Seng’s in every category except one. Tai Seng’s release is uncut and seven minutes longer then Fox’s release. Fox with their release excelled in everyway and it is a shame that they released a cut version of the film.