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The Replacement Killers

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Overview

Antoine Fuqua's The Replacement Killers gets the deluxe treatment on this Columbia/TriStar release. The disc offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French, Spanish, and Portuguese soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are available in all four of those languages as well as Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Supplemental materials include a commentary ...
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Overview

Antoine Fuqua's The Replacement Killers gets the deluxe treatment on this Columbia/TriStar release. The disc offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French, Spanish, and Portuguese soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are available in all four of those languages as well as Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Fuqua, a featurette on star Chow Yun-Fat, a making-of featurette, an alternate ending, deleted scenes, trailers, and filmographies. No matter what one thinks of the film, this is an excellent disc.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), Spanish, French, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director's commentary; HBO Making-of: "Where the Action Is"; Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Exclusive featurette: "Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood"; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Animated menus; Scene selections with motion images
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Chow Yun-Fat, a mainstay of Hong Kong’s ultraviolent, "New Wave" urban thrillers, made his American debut in this exciting 1998 shoot-’em-up. Produced by popular Chinese filmmaker John Woo -- one of Chow’s mentors -- Replacement Killers gives the star a familiar role: He plays John Lee, a professional assassin whose peculiar code of honor renders him unable to kill the young son of a cop Michael Rooker responsible for the death of a crime lord’s scion. When Lee’s crisis of conscience results in a contract being placed on his head, the hit man turns to master forger Meg Coburn Mira Sorvino for phony credentials that will help him flee the country -- that is, if he can get out of the city alive. First-time director Antoine Fuqua, obviously influenced by Woo, delivers a credibly American simulacrum of the Hong Kong action film, replete with slow-motion shootouts and elaborate fight choreography. Yun-Fat’s stylized portrayal of an existential character recalls his work in such classics as Woo’s The Killer. And while he initially seems out of place next to Sorvino, Rooker, and villain Jurgen Prochnow, his character actually helps distinguish The Replacement Killers from run-of-the-mill Hollywood genre films with sketchily drawn and unremarkable protagonists. The Special Edition DVD affords the featurette "Chow Yun-Fat Goes to Hollywood" and an HBO making-of documentary, as well as deleted scenes and cast-crew filmographies.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The American film debut of Asian superstar Chow Yun-Fat is this for-genre-fans-only affair that mimics the balletic violence and two-dimensionally flat characters of the Hong Kong school while adding comic book style visual panache. There's clearly an enormous effort being made to create a slick, compelling surface here and indeed director Antoine Fuqua, along with producer John Woo, has devised a kinetic, nonstop action flick that should score points with martial arts buffs. The significant drawback of action flicks in general, however, is a serious lack of believable, psychologically authentic characters. This artistic Achilles' heel is keenly pertinent here in a script that swaps sharp one-liners for growth or development. By the time the story punches through its climactic final battles, viewers who expect some steak with their sizzle may be notably disappointed, finding their energy for and interest in the story crushed flat under the weight of dashed expectations. For audiences that want nothing more than a dazzling thrill ride and don't give two shakes about suspension of disbelief or identifying with somebody onscreen, The Replacement Killers (1998) will be a welcome experience.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The Replacement Killers is as abstract as a jazz instrumental, and as cool and self-assured.

The Replacement Killers is as abstract as a jazz instrumental, and as cool and self-assured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • UPC: 043396077539
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Portugais
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat John Lee
Mira Sorvino Meg Coburn
Michael Rooker Stan (Zeedo) Zedkov
Jürgen Prochnow Michael Kogan
Kenneth Tsang Terence Wei
Danny Trejo Collins
Carlos Goméz
Til Schweiger Ryker
Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez Loco
Randall Duk Kim Alan Chan
Mario Roberts Gangster
Technical Credits
Antoine Fuqua Director
Douglas B. Arnold Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Baer Executive Producer
Bernie Brillstein Producer
Jay Cassidy Editor
Terence Chang Executive Producer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Christopher Godsick Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Brad Grey Producer
Evette Knight Set Decoration/Design
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
David S. Lazan Art Director
Michael McDonnell Co-producer
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Sanzel Screenwriter
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
John Woo Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:00]
2. Drug Busted [3:18]
3. Paying His Respects [3:30]
4. The Task [1:44]
5. Son in His Eye [2:17]
6. "I Went Against Wei." [2:56]
7. "Makes Me Wanna Die." [4:07]
8. Office Massacre [4:07]
9. Not Under Arrest [3:09]
10. "I Still Need Papers." [3:48]
11. Anticipating His Move [3:10]
12. John Breaks Loose [3:31]
13. Drive-by Shooting [2:35]
14. Replacment Killers [:58]
15. "What Is Going On?" [3:59]
16. At the Arcade [3:41]
17. Assassins [4:00]
18. Alan [2:56]
19. Forged Passport [2:47]
20. Munitions & a Ride [3:27]
21. Time & Place [1:48]
22. Theatre Shoot-Out [3:57]
23. Meg's Problem [1:57]
24. Alley Trapped [1:23]
25. Positions Reversed [3:57]
26. No Wei Out [1:38]
27. Going Away Present [3:19]
28. End Credits [1:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Audio Set Up
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish (Español)
      French (Français)
      Portuguese (Português)
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      HBO Making-Of: Where the Action Is
      Featurette: Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood
      Deleted Scenes
         Extended Scene - Factory
         Extended Scene - Wei's House
         Extended Scene - Bus Terminal
         Extended Scene - John and Meg
         Extended Scene - John's Father
      Alternate Ending
      Theatrical Trailer
         The Replacement Killers
         Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
         The One
      Filmographies
         Antoine Fuqua (Director)
         Chow Yun-Fat (John Lee)
         Mira Sorvino (Meg Coburn)
   Play Movie
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Incredible movie!

    One of the best action flicks ever. Great soundtrack, and with scenes shot in the Ennis-Brown house to boot. Chow Yun-Fat is awesome. My favorite movie.

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