Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 19th, 2005
|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||96 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 Cantonese|
|DVD Release:||Tai Seng||Hong Kong Legends|
|Region Coding:||Region 0 NTSC||Region 2 PAL|
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.
Tai Seng’s release has muted colors and soft image that lacks detail through out. There is plenty of grain present and there are some minor print defects in the form of nicks and scratches. They have decided to just letterbox the image instead of given this films a brand anamorphic transfer and the overall image suffers because of this decision. Hong Kong Legend’s release has been given an anamorphic enhancement that preserves the film original aspect ratio. The color palette is faithfully represented and flesh tones look healthy through out. Black levels remain strong and there is an exceptional amount of detail evident in every frame. Overall this is the best looking version that I have of Naked Killer to date and the source print used is nearly flawless.
Hong Kong Legend’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 It is obvious that Hong Kong Legends and Tai Seng used different English dubbed tracks. Overall both audio tracks from Hong Kong Legends and Tai Seng’s audio track are free of any hiss or distortion with Hong Kong Legends audio sounder fuller then the mix used by Tai Seng. Also kudos’ to Hong Kong Legends for including the films original Cantonese audio track which offers fans of them a chance to experience the film in a different light. Hong Kong Legends release also comes with English subtitles that are easy to read and follow.
The only extras that come with Tai Seng’s release are the films original trailer and production notes. Hong Kong Legends release comes with interviews with Wong Jing, Simon Yam and Clarence Ford. Other extras include a featurette titled “Chingmy Yau” and a trailer archive that includes the films original trailer as well as trailers for other Hong Kong Legends releases. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with Clarence Ford and Jude Poyer that is extremely informative.
Both Tai Seng and Hong Kong Legends present Naked Killer in its original uncut version and that is were the comparison between the two releases ends. Hong Kong Legends releases soundly beats in every way the now OOP release from Tai Seng making the Hong Kong Legends release the definitive version of Naked Killer currently available.