WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Chungking Express

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung, Faye Wang, Valerie Chow & Chen Jinquan

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Rolling Thunder Pictures
(Catalog Number): RT 1000L
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Wong Kar-Wai
(Screenplay/Written By): Wong Kar-Wai
(Story): NA
(Music): Frankie Chan & Roel A. Garica
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William Chang
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): William Chang, Hai Kit-Wai & Kwong Chi-Leung
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Wong Kar-Wai
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Chan Ye Cheng

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Chosen by Quentin Tarantino to inaugurate his Rolling Thunder distribution label, Chungking Express is a magical mystery tour through the most cosmopolitan city on Earth. Shifting wildly from manic noir to absurdist comedy, the film tells parallel stories of two Hong Kong cops who are dumped by their girlfriends against the backdrop of a busy downtown snack bar. The film is a breathless, dazzling and ecstatic introduction to the Hong Kong New Wave movement. Tarantino’s enthusiastic love of unconventional and undiscovered cinematic treasures, with the help of Miramax and The Voyager Company, inspired Rolling Thunder Pictures.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.66:1 picture exhibits generally good color fidelity with vivid colors, natural fleshtones and deep blacks. There are inconsistencies in sharpness, but shadow detail and contrast is generally good. Noise and artifacts are apparent throughout. The second line of subtitles are partially cut off, making them difficult to read on a widescreen monitor.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that has distorted dialogue voice-over tracks.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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