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Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Stephen Chow (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Lee Lik Chi (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor)
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Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
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The Stephen Chow horror-comedy Out of the Dark finally arrives on DVD! Directed by Jeff Lau (A Chinese Odyssey, All for the Winner), this 1995 film features Chow at his most wild and wacky as a mental patient who battles ghosts. Chow is Leon, a black-clad, sunglasses-wearing ghostbuster who arrives at a high-rise Hong Kong housing estate in time to save the locals from some pissed off ghosts. But more ghosts will be arriving soon, so Leon must train the security staff in his wacked-out spectre-battling ways - which includes tools like a slingshot, candies, plastic wrap, and a ghost-sensing plant. His plans work, putting the ghosts on the ropes, but once Leon himself is possessed by a particularly malicious ghost, will anybody be able to stop him?

Co-starring Karen Mok, Out of the Dark has earned a reputation as Stephen Chow's darkest film, adding brutal violence, copious blood, and scads of black humor to the nonsense jokes, movie parodies, and toilet humor that fans of his early work expect. Aside from the obvious nod towards Luc Besson's Leon (a.k.a. The Professional), Chow and company skewer Highlander, Wong Kar-Wai's Fallen Angels (Karen Mok does the honors by parodying her own award-winning role), and even director Jeff Lau's long history of successful horror comedies, including The Haunted Cop Shop, Operation Pink Squad 2, and Mortuary Blues, among others. Breathlessly-paced and outrageously off-color, Out of the Dark is easily one of Stephen Chow's most hilarious (and notorious) works.

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Product Title: Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version) 回魂夜 (1995) (DVD) (數碼修復) (香港版) 回魂夜 (1995) (DVD) (数码修复) (香港版) 回魂夜 (デジタルリマスター) (香港版) Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Stephen Chow (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Lee Lik Chi (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Wong Yat Fei (Actor) | Ben Wong (Actor) | ZHOU HUI (Actor) | Meng Long (Actor) 周 星馳 (Actor) | 莫文蔚 (Actor) | 李力持 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 黃一飛 (Actor) | 黃智賢 (Actor) | 周輝 (Actor) | 孟龍 (Actor) 周 星驰 (Actor) | 莫文蔚 (Actor) | 李力持 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 黄一飞 (Actor) | 黄智贤 (Actor) | ZHOU HUI (Actor) | Meng Long (Actor) 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) (Actor) | 莫文蔚(カレン・モク) (Actor) | 李力持(リー・リクチー) (Actor) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) (Actor) | 黄一飛(ウォン・ヤッフェイ) (Actor) | 黄智賢(ウォン・チーイン) (Actor) | 周輝 (ジョウ・フイ) (Actor) | Meng Long (Actor) 주성치 (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Lee Lik Chi (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Wong Yat Fei (Actor) | Ben Wong (Actor) | ZHOU HUI (Actor) | Meng Long (Actor)
Director: Jeff Lau 劉鎮偉 刘镇伟 劉鎮偉(ジェフ・ラウ) Jeff Lau
Release Date: 2006-10-31
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Mono Audio
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004542926

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* Screen Format: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix: MONO
* Special Features:
- 慕後花絮 Behind-The-Scenes
- 本片預告 Trailer
- 精選猛片預告 Other Releases
- 劇照 Color Stills
- 原裝海報 Original Poster
- 電影簡介 Production Notes
- 演員/導演簡介 Biography & Selected Filmography

Director: Lau Chun Wai

  李先生一家四口居於某大廈,一日李母跌死在梯間,回魂夜李之獨子失蹤,李於是往找保安隊幫忙,李母卻於此時出現,李妻大驚欲逃,神秘人Leon及時出現,李妻始撿回一命。Leon是捉鬼專家,大廈女住客阿群目睹Leon跟鬼相鬥,好生傾慕,雖得悉Leon曾住精神病院,也不離不棄。 不久,李母又出現,告訴保安隊長盧Sir自己實被兒媳所殺。 事情敗露,李夫婦倆逼盧跳樓滅口。 此時Leon又出現,開槍射李,李失足墮樓,李妻為報仇也穿上紅衣跳樓,說要於回魂夜大開殺戒。Leon遂召集全體七名保安員施以特訓,回魂夜李夫婦倆果然出現,人鬼鬥法,最後鬼魂被降伏,五名保安員和Leon死去,阿群及僥倖生還的給送進精神病院。

  The Lee family lives in a multi-storey building. One day, Lee's mother falls down the stairs and dies. On the night when her spirit is believed to return, Lee's only son cannot be found. Mr. Lee gets the security team to help. Meanwhile, the ghost of Lee's mother appears. Mrs. Lee is scared off, and a mysterious person called Leon promptly turns up, so Mrs. Lee is saved. Leon is an expert ghostbuster.

  One of the residents, Kwan, witnesses how Leon fights with the ghost, and she falls in love with him although she knows that he has been mentally ill. Soon after that, Lee's mother appears again, and she tells the security leader, Mr. Lo, that her son and daughter-in-law in fact murdered her. The facts are revealed and the Lee couple force Mr. Lo to jump from the building. Meanwhile, Leon turns up again and shoots at Mr. Lee, making him fall from the building.
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Professional Review of "Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 20, 2006

As much as the recent Celestial Pictures restoration of the Shaw Brothers back catalog has been praised for bringing beautifully restored versions of scores of classic films to a fresh audience, they deserve praise for another reason. By tackling the entire catalog rather than simply cherry picking the key titles, this series of Celestial releases serves to remind us of the sheer range of Shaw Brothers films and how influential they really were over the course of Hong Kong film. Sure, we all know the Shaws are responsible for making a star of Gordon Liu and were the studio responsible for stacks of brightly colored kung fu classics, but the studio did so much more than that. Case in point: Out of the Dark, a 1995 Stephen Chow starring horror comedy.

An unusual entry in Chow's canon on a number of levels, Out of the Dark casts him as Leo - a man never seen without ball cap, sunglasses and trench coat who escapes regularly from the mental hospital which is his home to catch ghosts in a nearby apartment complex accompanied by his trusty sidekick, a potted plant. The man's mad as a hatter but he also happens to be correct; the apartment complex is indeed haunted and he soon attracts a cadre of ghost-catching students made up of the building security guards and a love struck young woman played by Karen Mok.

If you are familiar with the Hong Kong horror comedy you likely have a fair idea what to expect here. The humor is as broad as humanly possible and very much based on slapstick and pratfalls. The story is slender at best but the pace crackles along leaping from repeated sight gags to verbal sparring to some surprisingly dark and nasty turns.

Now one of the biggest stars in all of Asia, Chow made Out of the Dark with director Jeff Lau - who he also worked with on the Chinese Odyssey films - before he had reached the height of his popularity, likely the source of two key differences between this film and his better known, later work. First, Out of the Dark is far more an ensemble piece than any of Chow's later films. Mok gets just as much screen time as Chow and the rest of the cast is filled out with a huge range of secondary characters and familiar faces, all of whom get their moments. Chow is still certainly the lead, but things are spread around much more evenly here than they would be once he became a major selling point all on his own. Second, Chow's normal screen persona is very much muted here, reminding us that he's actually a much more versatile performer - he won awards for dramatic performances early in his career - than he is commonly given credit for these days. With his distinctive features all but obscured by the omnipresent hat and glasses, not to mention the prosthetic teeth he wears through the film's mid section, Chow is hardly recognizable in the early going and his normal rapid fire dialogue and high octane goofy charm is replaced by something still recognizable as Chow but rather a lot stranger than usual.

The new remastered DVD comes looking good. The transfer is excellent and well polished, free of any obvious dirt or damage. Audio options include both the Mandarin and Cantonese dubs - both in mono - along with optional English subtitles. The English translation is less than stellar, but certainly passable.

Never regarded as a major title in Chow's filmography, Out of the Dark is, nonetheless, a pretty compelling one for fans of the man and his work. It shows its age enough that it would not be the recommended place to begin with Chow but established fans will find a lot here to like, from classic bits of slapstick to the general weirdness of the piece to some surprisingly effective scares. Worth a look.

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November 22, 2006

Before its time
Out of the Dark has long been considered a Stephen Chow film to forget, but what a difference a day - or maybe 10 years - makes. Chow plays a crazy (literally) ghostbuster who assaults a haunted Hong Kong housing estate in an attempt to rid them of some particularly nasty ghosts. His tools include a psychic plant, plastic wrap, Maltese candies, and lots of random violence towards innocent bystanders and the housing estate's security staff. There are also jokes skewering Luc Besson's The Professional, and Highlander, not to mention Hong Kong's long-standing genre of horror comedies. It's all a bit exhausting and even repellent, but amazingly, there's plenty of humor to be had. Stephen Chow turns in a surprisingly dark performance circa 1995, though nowadays the part would be considered well within the accomplished comic actor's range.

Directed by Jeff Lau, this wild and wacky comedy possesses plenty of stuff that should please latter day Chow fans, including off-the-wall movie parodies, a relentless comic pace, and lightning-quick shifts between comedy and pathos. It's also unusually sadistic, possessing of surprisingly brutal violence that's shocking in its sheer flippancy. Amazingly, the violence is funny too, in an edgy postmodern manner that has now become acceptable to a cinema audience weaned on Pulp Fiction and Ichi the Killer. Out of the Dark is far from the cuddly Stephen Chow of the nineties, but nowadays the film's excesses are less bothersome and simply more funny - though those who like family-friendly fare should still probably steer clear. Considering that nowadays Stephen Chow only makes films every 3-4 years, this DVD release couldn't have arrived at a better time.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.7 out of 10 (3)

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September 7, 2009

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A Jeff Lau classic Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Those who come to "Out of the Dark" looking for a typical Stephen Chow film may be surprised. In most of his films, Chow has carved out a cheeky comic persona that is as immediately recognizable as is Charlie Chaplin's or Woody Allen's. Here, however, the usual Chow persona is submerged within a creepily insane ghosthunter character. Indeed, I believe that viewers shouldn't think of this as a Stephen Chow movie; they should view it as a Jeff Lau movie, a very worthy successor to director Lau's hilarious "The Haunted Cop Shop".

Stephen Chow plays Leon, a resident of an insane asylum who devotes himself to finding and dispatching ghosts. He either is completely insane or is a mad genius. At an apartment tower, an elderly woman has died and now it appears that the apartment building is haunted by her ghost. The building's Keystone Kops-style security force is driven to distraction by the ghostly appearances and the family of the dead grannie believes that she wants to do them in. Leon is determined to rid the building of the grannie's ghostly presence and employs an array of absurd techniques to get this job done. Observing all this madness, then participating in it with great relish is quirky building resident Kwan (Karen Mok).

Chow's Leon character is unforgettable. Always clad in a black baseball cap, dark sunglasses, a dark trenchcoat, and a very grim expression, the essence of Leon's weirdness is captured by his tight relationship ... with a lily, a big potted lily plant that he carries with him everywhere and in which he confides all his plans. Long-legged Karen Mok's off-kilter charms shine as the gal who is game for any craziness that Leon may conceive. The cast is filled out with a host of Hong Kong's best comic character actors. "Out of the Dark" is an overlooked delight. I recommend it very, very highly.
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December 19, 2006

Good for fans Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
If you enjoy Stephen Chow humor then this is another one to add to you collection. It is a tad more gory compared to his other films but it all fits in the scheme of this semi-dark comedy. Definately classic Stephen Chow with the spoofs on ghost-catcher, The Professional & routine thriller-horror movies as icing on the cake.
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October 27, 2006

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got milk Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
finally, the dvd is here. i understand to alot of people Out of the Dark is the least favorite films of Stephen Chow. but to me this is a classic. when you combine highlander and the professional together in a comedy, you know it's going to be gold!! not to mention he catches spirits with plastic wraps, put dog SHXX to people's faces and come on newspaper airplane on the head...... enough said, this movie is great and its a must collective dvd for any Stephen Chow fans!!!
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