Tsui Hark hasn’t achieved nearly the level of success that he has overseas, and with good reason, his “American” films have been awful! Hark has taken over the producing reigns for “TSUI HARK’S VAMPIRE HUNTERS.”
Available on dvd via COLUMBIA TRISTAR, the
story focuses on a band of Vampire Hunters, whom after tangling with a vampire
capable of more abilities than they’re used to, are almost completely
disbanded, and their leader, missing.
They end up finding a vampire has found refuge in a house belonging to the Jiang family. On this particular night, a beautiful girl, Sasha, is preparing to marry the Jiang family’s son. The vampire hunters go undercover as hired hands there, hoping to eliminate the vampire, and possibly find a treasure of gold, hidden within the house. The brother of Sasha is also after the gold, having recently sent bandits in after it, before they’re killed by the vampire. With the night hours becoming limited, the toll of victims begins to rise.
The film’s pretty silly, but fun all the
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are decent, if a bit muted. There’s also some excessive grain in a few instances. But, this appears to be more related to the modest budget, average lighting, and the actual film production rather than the transfer.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby
Digital 5.1 mix and English dub. Both offer a multitude of surround
effects, however the dubbing is horrible. There are many martial arts
style flying sequences, greatly enhanced by the discrete channels. Dialogue is
always intelligible and free from distortion.
Several trailers have been included.