Replacement Killers (Extended Cut) (Blu-ray)

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When professional hit man John Lee (Chow Yun-Fat) defies the orders of Mr. Wei, a ruthless Chinese drug lord, he knows not only is his own life at stake, but also the lives of his family back in China. Desperate to get home, but in need of a passport, Lee enlists the help of Meg Coburn (Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino; 1995, Best Supporting Actress, Mighty Aphrodite), a beautiful document forger who helps Lee fend off waves of Wei's "replacement killers" - hired guns who will stop at nothing to see Lee dead.

When the two warring sides face off in a climactic, ultra-violent showdown, it's a battle to the death that's guaranteed to blow you away!


Studio Sony
SKU 204849714
UPC 043396212268
UPC 14 00043396212268
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/17/2011
Rating Rating
Hit Men
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Versatile Hong Kong box office giant Chow Yun-Fat makes a Hollywood splash as a John Lee, Chinese hitman beholden to drug kingpin Mr. Wei (Hong Kong stalwart Ken Tsang, in an interesting reversal of his "crusty cop" persona). The good news is that Lee's free after one hit; the bad news is that Wei wants revenge on a cop who killed his son--by killing the cop's son. Lee decides to run rather than kill the boy, and Wei doesn't take kindly to the betrayal. Tough-talking passport forger Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino) creates a new identity for Lee, but that's of little help when they must face Wei's army of "replacement killers." First-timer Fuqua provides eye-candy visuals and plenty of action set pieces. John Woo executive produced.
Rolling Stone "...Chow Yun-Fat is a legend in the making..." 02/19/1998 p.63
Sight and Sound "...[Sorvino] attacks her role with skill. She never smiles until the final scene, but has stolen the show long before..." 06/01/1998 p.54-5
New York Times "...A sleek piece of filmmaking....[With] a mood that is dreamlike and almost lulling..." 02/06/1998 p.E19
Box Office "...THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS is a dazzlingly slick actioner that should not only thrill Chow's many devoted fans, but win him legions of new admirers as well..." 03/01/1998 p.54
Premiere "...As many stateside viewers get their first glimpse of Hong Kong action icon Chow, they're sure to be transfixed by [his] sexy combination of vulnerability and higher purpose..." 02/01/1998 p.21
Chicago Sun-Times "...It's a high-gloss version of a Hong Kong action picture....It's done with a tilt and a zoom....Cool and self-assured..." 02/26/1998 p.34
Yun-Fat Chow
Mira Sorvino
Cast & Crew
Antoine Fuqua - Director
Brad Grey - Producer
Chow Yun-Fat - Actor
David Lazan - Art Director
Harry Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
Jay Cassidy - Editor
John Woo - Executive Producer
Jurgen Prochnow - Actor
Ken Sanzel - Writer
Michael Rooker - Actor
Mira Sorvino - Actor
Naomi Shohan - Production Designer
Peter Lyons Collister - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 21226
UPC 00043396212268
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Fon, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Mandarin
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Hungarian Dubbed, Italian Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review In these days of high-tech special effects and big screen derring-do, watchable action films typically come in one of two categories: those that tell a good story and those that don't tell much of a story, but look good all the same. The Replacement Killers, Chow Yun-Fat's entrance into American multiplexes, falls squarely in the latter category. The plot is so thin that it's not really worth thinking about, but director Antoine Fuqua and cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister have put so much effort into the feel and appearance of the movie that it held my attention...The terms "eye candy" and "testosterone flick" were coined for movies like The Replacement Killers -- mildly entertaining features that don't amount to much. It's all sound and fury signifying nothing. Nothing, that is, except the arrival of Chow Yun-Fat into the American mainstream. If he makes any kind of impact, the action genre will never be quite the same.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ``The Replacement Killers'' is all style. It's a high-gloss version of a Hong Kong action picture, made in America but observing the exuberance of a genre where surfaces are everything. The characters are as flat as figures on a billboard...What I liked about the film was its simplicity of form and its richness of visuals. There's a certain impersonality about the story; Chow and Sorvino don't have long chats between the gunfire. They're in a ballet of Hong Kong action imagery: bodies rolling out of gunshot range, faces frozen in fear, guys toppling off fire escapes, grim lips, the fetishism of firearms, cars shot to pieces, cops that make ``Dragnet'' sound talky. The first-time director, Antoine Fuqua, is a veteran of commercials and music videos; with cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister, he gets a sensuous texture onto the screen that makes you feel the roughness of walls, the clamminess of skin, the coldness of guns...``The Replacement Killers'' is as abstract as a jazz instrumental, and as cool and self-assured.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, Subtitled, French
Product Attributes
Actor Yun-Fat,Chow
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Frank Ochieng, Rec.Arts.Movies.Reviews ...a fist-full-of-frenzied fun.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Chow Yun-Fat is a legend in the making.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times A sleek piece of filmmaking.

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