Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 28th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 2008
Director: Dante Lam
Writers: Dante Lam, Wai Lun Ng
Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jingchu Zhang, Nick Cheung, Kai Chi Liu, Kwok-Wai Cheung, Tung Cho ‘Joe’ Cheung, Sherman Chung, Philip Keung, Esther Kwan, Jing-hung Kwok, Kong Lau, Pu Miao, Suet-yin Wong, Sum-yin Wong, Sai Tang Yu, He Zhang
DVD released: January 4th, 2010
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese, Dolby Digital 5.1 English
DVD Release: Cine Asia
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £17.99
Synopsis: While pursuing a criminal, a detective is involved in a car crash. In the chaos following the accident the detective accidentally kills a young girl with a stray bullet. Wanting to make up for the life he took. The detective helps the mother of the young girl he accidentally killed, when someone kidnaps her other daughter.
The Beast Stalker is a riveting thriller that follows the lives of four groups of individuals whose lives intersected during a car crash. As the story unfolds the various characters are fully realized as their pasts are laid out in great detail. Which helps puts their current state of mind in crystal clear focus. The film features a handful spectacular action set piece’s that flawlessly blend with the more character driven moments which are at the heart of this film.
Another area where the film excels is its natural looking fight scenes, instead of the typical martial arts fighting present in most Hong Kong films. As good as the story and action set pieces are. This film’s greatest strength is its exceptional cast, especially Nicholas Tse, in the role of the detective who is seeking redemption for the young girl he accidently killed. Another performance of note is Nick Cheung, in the role of a kidnapper named Hung. As cold as Hung appears on the surface, his more gentler side is exposed during the scenes in which he is shown taking care of his crippled wife. Ultimately as far-fetched as the premise is, the end result is an engaging film that does a good job mixing melodrama and action.
Cine Asia presents The Beast Stalker in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The image looked detailed, colors look nicely saturated and black levels look strong throughout. There is some mild ghosting / blurring in scene with heavy movement.
This release comes with three audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese and Dolby Digital 5.1 English. Removable English subtitles that easy to follow have been provided. All three audio mixes are in great shape with the two Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes offering the more dynamic mixes.
The extras on this release are spread over two discs. Extras on disc include a trailer for the film (1 minute 28 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and eight extended / alternate scenes. Rounding out the extras on disc one are trailers for other films also available on from Cine Asia.
Extras on disc two include a “Making of” featurette (13 minutes 58 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and four behind the scenes segments “The Car Chases” (8 minutes 40 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), “Scaling the Sign” (6 minutes 59 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), “The Street Chase” (4 minutes 5 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and “Little Actors” (5 minutes 19 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). The remaining extras on disc two consist of four interviews, actors Nicholas Tse (16 minutes 54 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and Nick Cheung (12 minutes 3 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), actress Jingchu Zhang (16 minutes 26 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and writer / director Dante Lam (13 minutes 29 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). The four interviews cover similar ground as each participant discusses the characters and the plot in depth. All of the extras are in Cantonese with English subtitles. Overall The Beast Stalker gets solid DVD release from Cine Asia.