|DVD Released by : Deltamac|
|Player reviewed with : Malata DVD-N996|
|Receiver reviewed with : Sony 925|
|"Making Of" featurette|
|AC3 5:1 Digital Audio and DTS|
|Behind the Scenes Footage|
|English and Chinese Subtitles|
The picture quality on the 47 inch screen is acceptable. The print of the film that was used is very good with no dirt or specks. The non-anamorphic transfer does show some artifacts on the big screen and is a little soft at times. The black levels and the colors looks good but artifacts are most noticeable in the dark scenes. If you have a 27 inch TV, the picture will look great.
The audio quality is very good and you have the choice to use the Cantonese or Mandarin track with either DTS or Dolby 5.1 surround. The Cantonese 5.1 track sounded very good. Most of the sound comes from the front speakers with only the occasional gunfire coming from the rears. Overall a good mix.
Most reviews I've read about FULLTIME KILLER seem to have a love or hate opinion of the movie. This is very similar to how many people felt about TIME AND TIDE. Much like Tsui Hark, Johnny To is associated with some great films. This means that expectations are raised with every new project. FULLTIME KILLER doesn't rank with the best Johnny To films but it is still a decent movie with some good action scenes. There isn't much in the way of character development but Johnny To's answer to this is in little moments here and there that give a glimpse of who the characters are. O is a master killer but he takes the time to collect miniature Snoopy figures from each place he travels for a job. This says something about him. Tok is a movie buff who frequently tells of scenes from some of his favorite movies. This sometimes works very well and sometimes doesn't. Tok also has one tragic flaw that I won't mention so it doesn't spoil the movie for you. While the cleaning lady doesn't have too much of a back story, she talks a little more of her motivations. The cop, has a more robust story even though it isn't apparent until the ending. FULLTIME KILLER hits more than misses and is worth a watch. It may not be your favorite Johnny To movie but I would recommend it.
The subtitles appear are removable but appear on the picture. They are easily readable and are spelled well. They contain few grammatical errors if any at all.
There are some decent extras on this disc. There is a behind the scenes section which is just that. This is similar to the NG scenes on A HERO NEVER DIES. There is also a "Making Of" feature which I couldn't get English subtitles for. I'm not sure if this is because I have the Malata player or not. There is also a picture gallery and a trailer.
FULLTIME KILLER isn't perfect, but it is entertaining
and has some good actions scenes. If you are a Johnny To fan, you will want
to check it out. The DVD is worth getting if you like the movie.