Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 16th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 2012
Director: Chow Hin Yeung Roy
Writers: Chi-long To, Chow Hin Yeung Roy
Cast: Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Shawn Dou, Yuk-Keung Kwok, Mike Leeder, Chia Hui Liu, Janice Man, Kay Tse, Michael Wong, On-on Yu, Gordon Liu
BluRay released: May 21st, 2013
Approximate running time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
From a narrative stand point this film starts off on solid ground, only to quickly devolve into a convoluted story that often defies logic and not in a good way. Content wise, the film has all the ingredients that one would except and want out of police procedural thriller. Unfortunately the short comings of the aforementioned narrative make this film’s premise a hard pill to swallow.
With that being said, there are a few areas of this production that hold very well. Most notably this film’s first rate cinematography, which gives this film some much needed atmosphere. Nightfall’s cinematographer was Ardy Lam, who’s other notable film’s include, Bullet in the Head, Once Upon a Time in China and Supercop.
The other area of this production that comes out ahead, is this film’s solid score which helps reinforce this film’s aforementioned visuals. The film’s score was composed by Shigeru Umebayashi, who’s other notable scores include, In the Mood for Love, House of Flying Daggers and 2046.
Another trouble area of this production are the performances of its cast, which tend to be more about the actors chewing through scenery, then creating tangible multidimensional characters. With the worst offender in this film being Nick Cheung (The Beast Stalker) in the role of a mute rapist /killer, who returns to the scene of his former crime. It should be noted that this film has a few recognizable cameo’s, most notably Gordon Liu (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin). Ultimately Nightfall is a predictable thriller that never fully realizes its interesting premise about mistaken identity.
Nightfall comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This is yet another very good transfer from Well Go USA that does a great job retaining the intended look of the film. There are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Cantonese and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Cantonese. Both audio mixes sound very good, as dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too. Also range wise both audio are consistently strong, especially with it comes too the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack and action oriented moments. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (56 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a ‘Making of’ featurette (47 minutes 42 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Chinese with English subtitles). This ‘Making of’ featurette is a well balanced mix of onset footage and comments from the cast & crew. It should be noted that this extra looks interlaced as the image at times has a strobe effect to it. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Nightfall gets a first rate audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.