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Crime Story (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Director, Actor) | Christine Ng (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor)
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Perpetually happy-go-lucky Jackie Chan gets serious in Crime Story, a riveting police action film directed by Kirk Wong (Organized Crime and Triad Bureau). Inspector Eddie Chan (Jackie Chan) is a brilliant, but emotionally troubled cop assigned to protect a real-estate mogul (Law Kar Ying) who's been threatened with kidnapping. Unfortunately, despite Eddie's best efforts, he's unable to prevent the abduction. His emotions nearing a breaking point, Eddie is paired with fellow cop Hung (Kent Cheng) to track the kidnappers to Taiwan, but circumstances seem to be working against them. The investigation gets impeded at every turn, and there may even be some cops working against Eddie...

Based on an actual kidnapping case, Crime Story represents Jackie Chan's most serious work to date. Here, Jackie Chan portrays a hard-boiled, serious cop who's excellent at his job, but cannot take the consequences of his work emotionally. The passion and heartbreak of Eddie Chan are as vital to Crime Story as any of the action sequences, though those happen too. Kirk Wong's experience with the crime genre brings an authentic edge to the film, but it's Jackie Chan's wrenching performance that turns heads. Crime Story earned Jackie Chan a Best Actor Award at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, and proves to his fans and non-fans alike that there's more to Jackie Chan than just action.

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Product Title: Crime Story (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 重案組 (1993) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 重案组 (1993) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 新ポリス・ストーリー (重案組) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Crime Story (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Christine Ng (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Blackie Ko (Actor) | Chung Fa (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | For Sing (Actor) | Au-Yeung Pui San (Actor) | Tuen Wai Lun (Actor) | Ha James (Actor) | PAN LING LING (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 伍詠薇 (Actor) | 鄭則仕 (Actor) | 羅家英 (Actor) | 柯受良 (Actor) | 鍾發 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 火星 (Actor) | 歐陽 佩珊 (Actor) | 段偉倫 (Actor) | 夏占士 (Actor) | 潘玲玲 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 伍咏薇 (Actor) | 郑则仕 (Actor) | 罗家英 (Actor) | 柯受良 (Actor) | 锺发 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 火星 (Actor) | 欧阳 佩珊 (Actor) | 段伟伦 (Actor) | 夏占士 (Actor) | PAN LING LING (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 伍詠薇(クリスティン・ン) (Actor) | 鄭則仕(ケント・チェン) (Actor) | 羅家英(ロー・ガーイン) (Actor) | 柯受良(ブラッキー・コー) (Actor) | 鍾發(チョン・ファ) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | 火星(マース) (Actor) | 歐陽 佩珊(オーヤン・プイサン) (Actor) | Tuen Wai Lun (Actor) | Ha James (Actor) | PAN LING LING (Actor) | 田啓文 (ティン・カイマン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Christine Ng (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | 가수량 (Actor) | Chung Fa (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | For Sing (Actor) | Au-Yeung Pui San (Actor) | Tuen Wai Lun (Actor) | Ha James (Actor) | PAN LING LING (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor)
Director: Jackie Chan | Kirk Wong 成龍 | 黃 志強 成龙 | 黄 志强 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) | 黄志強(カーク・ウォン) 성룡 | Kirk Wong
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-03-10
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.85 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: II
Duration: 107 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024107659

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榮獲 AWARDS:
第30屆金馬獎 最佳男主角:成龍
The 30th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor:Jackie Chan

第十三屆香港電影金像獎 最佳剪接:張耀宗
The 13th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film Editing:Peter Cheung

提名 Nomination
第十三屆香港電影金像獎 最佳導演
The 13th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director
第九屆香港電影金像獎 最佳動作指導
The 9th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Action Director
第十三屆香港電影金像獎 最佳男配角
The 13th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor


導演:黃志強
Director: Wong Chi Keung

  探長洪爺(鄭則仕)服務警界多年,立功無數,卻未為上級賞識。其後他結識了舞女嘉嘉(伍詠薇)觸發了一段不可收拾的孽戀,無奈賭債纏身,結果洪把心一橫合謀綁架了富商王一飛勒索金錢。

  案件發生後,警方委派陳幫辦(成龍)負責追查,洪爺不斷誤導陳幫辦。陳幫辦終於通過線人及自己明查暗訪下,追尋到懷疑與同僚洪爺有關的線索……

  Chief Hung has devoted al his life to the police force but is frustrated in his career. In private life, the middle-aged Hung falls madly in love with cabaret girl Ga Ga. Hung's wife takes all his money and leaves him. In desperation, Hung turns to crime. He soon pulls off are of Hong Kong's biggest robberies.

  Inspector Jackie is sent down from head-quarters to crack the case. In spite of his ability, Jackie is getting no cooperation from his disgruntled asscoiates. Hung sets him up for bungles. Jackie goes to see Clarissa the psycho analyst who advices him to be gentler and kinder. Jackie wins back his staff's support and respect. Soon, Jackie is on the right trail. Hung in uncovered. He tries to escape with Ga Ga but both are killed in a shoot-out……
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Professional Review of "Crime Story (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 10, 2006

This professional review refers to Crime Story (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
In April of 1983, pharmaceutical tycoon Teddy Wang was kidnapped and chained to a bed until his wife met the ransom demand of $11million. Seven years later in 1990, lightning struck twice when Wang was kidnapped again, but despite his wife meeting the ransom demand for a second time, Wang was dumped in the sea and his body was never discovered. The case received intense media exposure in HK, so it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea to base a film around the case. That someone turned out to be film director Kirk Wong Chi Keung, who envisioned the film with Jet Li in the main role. Unfortunately that year Li's manager was shot by triads, and the diminutive kung fu star decided it was time to move back to the mainland. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, however, when Kirk Wong managed to sign Jackie Chan up as Li's replacement.

Jackie Chan plays Eddie Chan, a burnt out inspector in the Organised Crime & Triads Bureau who's having hard time coming to terms with the fact he shot and killed three armed robbers in a recent stand off in the streets of Hong Kong. His next assignment is as a bodyguard for real estate tycoon Wong Yat Fei, a man who has been kidnapped once before and has reason to believe that history is about to repeat itself. Wong's intuition proves right when, despite Chan's diligence, he and his wife are abducted by a gang of violent thugs. The wife is later set free so she can gather up the ransom demand of $60million, but Chan persuades her to hold off on paying the entire fee so the police can launch a full scale investigation into Wong's whereabouts. At this point Detective Hung is brought in to aid in the investigation; Hung was the cop who handled Wong's first kidnapping, and he also happens to be the man behind the current kidnapping. Hung starts sabotaging the investigation at every chance he gets, but as his actions become more desperate, Chan begins to suspect there is something seriously fishy about his new colleague.

Crime Story has a special place in Jackie Chan's filmography as the first time the kung gu clown took on a completely straight action thriller. Straying from the action-comedy formula that Chan has built his career on was quite a risk; he'd only done so once before with Heart of Dragon in 1985. Crime Story was a minor hit grossing over $27million at the HK box office. The reason for this is simple: Crime Story is a damn fine thriller in its own right. In Kirk Wong's hands, a very generic plotline becomes quite intense. His partnership with Cinematographer Arthur Wong makes sure the film's visuals are constantly engaging, and Jackie Chan ensures that the action set pieces leave a big impression. For a good hour or so, each character is introduced before the abduction takes place with the initial manhunt afterwards. The editing is relentless and the camera never stops working. With lengthy handheld sequences and complex aerial pans, there's a sense of real visual exploration in the film. As a result, fresh life is imbued into rather mundane moments, like a scene where tycoon Wong is having a business discussion atop an unfinished apartment block - the camera follows the men with a lengthy pull back and then sweeps into the sky to reveal the neighbouring blocks that they've already built. The colour scheme too is equally inventive; a shootout on the rooftops of Taipei, gorgeously lit by a red neon advertising board, leads into a fight sequence among the rafters of a theatre that is basked in deep blue. This is also the stage for a pivotal moment in the film and the strong lighting emphasises the impact.

Alongside the many stylistic touches, Kirk Wong has made every effort to ensure the story remains as gritty and realistic as possible. In fact, this is one of the few HK action films where the police procedural work actually feels authentic, and the director was also brave enough to include a very realistic triad ritual near the start (something which earned the film a harsher rating in HK). There's also room to slap in the odd bit of social commentary - like when Chan is trying to call for back up during the kidnap attempt on Wong. He phones his bureau, but they won't let him report the crime until he gives them his badge number and password (which he doesn't have on him because he's off-duty). In the end, Chan realises it would be quicker to get back up by dialling 999 and reporting the crime as a civilian.

If Kirk Wong's direction is stylishly overt, he's backed up admirably by refined performances from Jackie Chan and veteran character actor Kent Cheng. Perhaps because of his influence from the silent classics of the 20s, Jackie has always been prone to over-act his dramatic scenes like he does the comedic. Here, bar one hospital scene, he's surprisingly restrained and sells all of his scenes with Kent, which require subtle suspicious glances. He won best actor at the 30th Golden Horse Awards and has yet to put in as strong a dramatic performance in any of his subsequent films. Given Kent Cheng's physicality, he doesn't have much to do in the action department, but he aptly expresses the seediness and disillusionment that ultimately corrupted Detective Hung. As for the action, it too is tastefully restrained by Jackie's standards; there simply isn't any room for fighting hi-jinks in a gritty action drama like this. Chan has a chance to engage in some moody fisticuffs in three reasonably brief fight scenes, one of which (the aforementioned fight atop a theatre) was obviously added in later to increase the fight quotient, as Jackie's hair is about half as long as it is for the rest of the film! Unsurprisingly too given the theme of the piece, there's a lot more gunplay than you'll find in other Jackie Chan films, and while they don't match the balletic nature of John Woo's action, the short outs are suitably intense and Jackie's reactions in the shootouts successfully convey the psychological effect on Eddie Chan, as every single death clearly has a heavy emotional effect on the character. Saving the best for last, the closing action sequence features a combination of martial arts, gunplay, and some impressively large scale pyrotechnics in a truly explosive finale that proves a very fitting end to a constantly engaging action thriller.

DVD
The Joy Sales R3HK DVD of Crime Story comes housed inside a slipcase, as is the standard for HK DVDs these days. Inside the case, there's a little pamphlet that displays a few poster designs for the film. Inside the pamphlet is also the original film synopsis, which harks back to director Kirk Wong's original vision for the project. In the original synopsis, there is considerably more romance between Detective Hung and his escort girlfriend Ka Ka, which plays a large part in his motivation for kidnapping Mr. Wong. The romance between Eddie Chan and Clarissa is also one of the primary focuses of the story.

Video
Presented anamorphically in the original 1.85:1 ratio, this Joy Sales release benefits from using the remastered HD Fortune Star print and it looks very nice indeed. The print exhibits the occasional nick and scratch that shouldn't be particularly noticeable in normal playback; some scenes also appear to be somewhat grainy in certain shots (especially during the workers wage dispute scene), and it seems some digital noise reduction has been applied to reduce this - which leads to a reduction in fine detail in certain shots (again the workers wage dispute sequence is affected). Other than the rare case of DNR induced softness, the image is razor sharp, with close ups in particular looking very detailed. Mid to long range shots also exhibit a pleasing amount of detail, but some very minor Edge Enhancement can be seen in the occasional long shot. Brightness levels are a little on the dark side, resulting in some poor shadow detail in one or two dimly lit scenes; contrast though is excellent. Last but not least, the colour scheme is absolutely fantastic; colours are very clean, bold and extremely vibrant, perfectly complimenting the very colourful cinematography.

There has been much debate among hard core HK film fans online about the previous UK R2 release of Crime Story by HKL, with fans pointing out that their remaster had colour corrected the blue tint out of the film in certain scenes. Such fans have been awaiting this Joy Sales release with much anticipation, and they shouldn't be disappointed as this transfer walks all over the HKL release. The colour scheme is much more vibrant, including the blue tint in all the appropriate scenes; the detail levels are much higher, and there is slightly more picture information in certain shots.

Audio
Included on the disc are three Cantonese options: the original DD2.0 and remixed DD5.1 and DTS. For the purpose of this review, I primarily listened to the original Cantonese DD2.0 track and have to say that it is a very muffled audio track, which can be a bit harsh on the ears at first, but you eventually get used to it. Once you do, then dialogue is clear and audible, while bass is deep but a little too fuzzy. The audio in general is quite clear but there are moments of sound dips, background hiss, and the occasional pop.

The only real difference between the Cantonese DD5.1 and DTS tracks is their volume; the DTS is merely louder than its Dolby Digital counterpart, so I'll just refer to these tracks together to save repeating myself. In stark contrast to the DD2.0 track, the treble in these tracks seems a little high, resulting in some sequences sounding a little hollow – for instance, check out the gongs in the Golden Harvest intro. Treble aside though, the audio is much cleaner and better defined than the DD2.0. Bass is also much tighter and providing suitable thump in the action sequences, and dialogue is very clean and perfectly audible throughout. The remix itself is surprisingly subtle, just the some extra sound elements added to car crashes and shootouts mainly, and I'd expect only those who are extremely familiar with the original soundtrack to notice any difference in these surround tracks. Finally, the dubbed Mandarin DD5.1 is comparable in quality to the Cantonese DD5.1.

Subtitles
Optional English subtitles are included, I only recognised one or two spelling and grammatical errors so this is a pretty good job by HK DVD standards. One thing that did disappoint though was that the written message Eddie Chan scratches into the piping of the ship to attract Detective Hung's attention during the police search of the ship the kidnappers were using is not translated at all, which means a pivotal moment of the film is made a little less clear for newcomers to the film.

Extras
While there's no audio commentary on the disc, Joy Sales has provided an excellent set of extra materials that reveal some interesting facts about Kirk Wong's original vision to the version that eventually made it into HK theatres. Except for the film trailers, all extras feature removable English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese subtitles.

First up is an Interview with Kirk Wong. At just over ten minutes long, Kirk covers how the project came about, how they remained true to the real life case, his leading actors and the difficulties of blowing up the Kowloon Wall City for the film's finale. Next is a bunch of Deleted Scenes that made it into the Singaporean print of the film to cash in on Pan Ling Ling's fame over there. Each scene has come from the romantic subplot between Eddie Chan and his psychiatrist. In one scene based in a Jazz Bar, the doc treats Eddie Chan to a bizarre clarinet serenade, plus there's an alternate ending that finishes the film on a much lighter note with some light comedic (read: unfunny) interplay between the two.

The best feature on this disc, entitled Confidential Files, is a series of seven slideshows struck from the stills of scenes that may have been dropped when Jackie Chan took creative control of the project away from Kirk Wong. The most interesting of the sequences are four scenes that would've been a part of the romantic subplot between Detective Hung and Ka Ka, featuring a prolonging of their sex scene from the corridor outside the lift to actually on top of Ka Ka's car in the underground car park. Rounding off the extra features are Original Film Trailer, New Edited Trailer, and a Photo Gallery.

Overall
While the Drunken Master, Project A, and Police Story series will always be the films that most people associate with Jackie Chan, Crime Story holds a special place in HK film fan's collection as the darker, grittier cousin of Police Story. A very impressive action thriller, Crime Story is directed with pace, features a couple of impressive action set pieces, and, what's more, has Jackie Chan giving the best performance of his career. Struck from the HD Fortune Star masters, Joy Sales' DVD provides the best Audio/Visual presentation available right now and some very interesting extras that reveal much about how the story changed from pre-production to the final product.

by Matt Shingleton - DVD Times

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (6)

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November 28, 2006

This customer review refers to Crime Story (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Pristine! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I can't believe I get to see a perfectly remastered version of this film after waiting for years! I hope that Joy Sales will do more releases like this! It would be perfect if they could do something like this for "Drunken Master II" and "Police Story IV: First Strike," both movies that are only available on low-quality VCD in their purest form with English subs. Maybe Jackie can even do some more for some of his other great films that still do not have justice done to them on DVD like "Dragon Fist," "Half A Loaf of Kung Fu," "The Protector" (HIS version! Not Tony Jaa's), "Rumble in The Bronx," "Mr. Nice Guy," "Gorgeous," and "The Accidental Spy."
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April 20, 2005

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Jackie Chan 1993 movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
another great movie for jackie chan....it is pretty good for being made in 1993...my boyfriend is his fan and loved this movie...i liked it too and he was very heart warming to his fellow actors...jackie chan is so kind but kick butt in this movie :)
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April 28, 2004

This customer review refers to Crime Story (VCD) (China Version)
crime story Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Jackie in an unusual role. the action scenes are superb, and sometimes, violent. if you think Jackie just does martial arts, think again. the story is brilliant and, in my opinion, it's Jackie's best acting ever.
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January 30, 2004

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Serious Crime Squad! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Aspect Ratio is 1.85:1 letterbox. Running time is 102minutes. Features the original theatrical trailer. Picture quality is good. Sound is stereo and clear. It's good that Deltamac did not try to produce 5.1 channel sound for the Jackie Chan DVDs and has just included the original stereo sound!! I really like the Deltamac versions for this characteristic. This movie is one of my favorite JC films because of the story, the direction and the music soundtrack.
The pity thing is that even the Cantonese audiotrack does not contain Jackie's voice!
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May 16, 2003

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Police Story meets Infernal Affairs Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Well what can I say, this film is just so spectacular that it will leave you breathless and wanting to see more films with Jackie in a serious role. Well to be hoest I prefer to see Jackie Chan in a serious role rather then doing all those comical/action films that are presented to him by Hollywood film producers. Well back to the film, this film just simply stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to how good Jackie Chan's acting really is when he is in a serious role and to be honest I prefer Jackie in these type of serious films and I would definitely rate Crime Story among Jackies best films.
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