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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 include 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.

This edition comes with four postcards.

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Product Title: Out Of The Dark (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 回魂夜 (Blu-ray) (Full Slip 限量編號版) (韓國版) 回魂夜 (Blu-ray) (Full Slip 限量编号版) (韩国版) Out Of The Dark (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 홍콩레옹 (블루레이) (풀슬립 700장 넘버링 한정판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Stephen Chow (Actor) | Lee Lik Chi | Leung Ka Yan | Wong Yat Fei | Ben Wong | ZHOU HUI | Meng Long | Karen Mok (Actor) 周 星馳 (Actor) | 李力持 | 梁家仁 | 黃一飛 | 黃智賢 | 周輝 | 孟龍 | 莫文蔚 (Actor) 周 星驰 (Actor) | 李力持 | 梁家仁 | 黄一飞 | 黄智贤 | ZHOU HUI | Meng Long | 莫文蔚 (Actor) 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) (Actor) | 李力持(リー・リクチー) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) | 黄一飛(ウォン・ヤッフェイ) | 黄智賢(ウォン・チーイン) | 周輝 (ジョウ・フイ) | Meng Long | 莫文蔚(カレン・モク) (Actor) 주성치 (Actor) | Lee Lik Chi | Leung Ka Yan | Wong Yat Fei | Ben Wong | ZHOU HUI | Meng Long | Karen Mok (Actor)
Director: Jeff Lau 劉鎮偉 刘镇伟 劉鎮偉(ジェフ・ラウ) Jeff Lau
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2020-04-24
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Korean
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: LPCM
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Nova Media
Package Weight: 150 (g)
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홍콩레옹 (블루레이) (풀슬립 700장 넘버링 한정판) (한국판)

*Screen format:BD : 1080P High Definition 1.85::1
*Sound mix:Cantonese LPCM 2.0
Mandarin LPCM 2.0


신구의 어느날 밤, 홍콩 레옹(주성치 분)은 귀신을 쫓기위해 애쓰던 중 우연히 건물 옥상에서 날뛰던 이씨 부부가 땅으로 떨어져 추락사한다. 한을 품고 숨이 끊긴 두사람. 홍콩레옹이 자신들을 죽였다고 믿고 회혼야에 돌아올 것을 다짐한다. 회혼야. 즉 혼이 돌아오는 밤이 되면 억울하게 한을 품고 죽은 귀신들이 다시 돌아오는 날이다. 홍콩레옹은 귀신들을 물리치기 위해 미궁에 빠진 신구에서의 잇단 사고를 해결하기 위해 일하는 보안대와 함께 작업에 나선다. 결국 홍콩 레옹은 이씨부부의 원한을 풀어 저승으로 돌려보낸다. 아직 귀신을 구분할 줄 모르는 보안대를 교육키기 위해 홍콩레옹은 여러 작업에 나서고, 홍콩레옹의 능력에 반한 이웃집의 아군은 홍콩레옹을 사랑하게 된다. 홍콩 레옹은 이씨부부의 증언으로 그들의 아들과 며느리가 그들을 해친 범인이라는 것을 알게 되고, 이씨부부의 극락왕생을 위해 아들 부부를 쫓아낸다. 이에 충격을 받은 아들은 실수로 건물에서 떨어져 죽게되고, 며느리 또한 살고싶지 않다며 자살한다. 홍콩레옹에 또다시 보복을 다짐하며 회혼야를 기다린다. 드디어 다가온 회혼야. 보안대의 노력은 무위로 끝나고, 이제 혼자남은 홍콩레옹. 그러나 홍콩 레옹이 혼귀에 밀려 위기일발일 때 혼귀의 어머니와 아들이 나타나 혼귀를 막기 시작하는데.
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Professional Review of "Out Of The Dark (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

October 20, 2006

This professional review refers to Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
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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Customer Review of "Out Of The Dark (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

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

Kevin Kennedy
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September 7, 2009

This customer review refers to Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
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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

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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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