(aka "Geung si sin sang" or"Jiang shi xian sheng" or "Mr. Stiff Corpse" )

directed by Ricky Lau
Hong Kong 1985

An Eastern response to Ghostbusters (which spawned many imitations and parodies), Mr. Vampire uses Oriental culture as the springboard for a unique, creepily amusing vampire mythos. Here, the vampires can be controlled by Taoist incantations, administered on an enchanted written parchment affixed to the creature's forehead. Unfortunately, if the spell falls off, the vampire immediately begins to hop and search for blood. In a clever twist reminiscent of the Spanish Blind Dead series, the vampires can also be thwarted from detecting a human's presence if the potential victims hold their breath. Kou (Lam Ching Ying), a priest and expert vampire wrangler with the most memorable case of unibrow in cinema history, tries to teach his two bumbling apprentices, Chou (Chin Siu-Ho) and Man-Chor (Ricky Hui), the ins and outs of vampire control, but several comedic (and horrific) mishaps along the way to derail their education. The bulk of the story concerns an elder, now converted to vampirism, whose son recruits the trio for help; however, the narrative also tosses in a variety of marginally related supernatural hijinks, including a bewitching female ghost whose flying head participates in a memorable acrobatic attack scene.

Theatrical Release: 1985

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Intercontinental Video Ltd. (Digitally Remastered) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Hong Kong Legends - Region 2,4 - PAL

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Distribution

Intercontinental Video Ltd.

Region 0 - NTSC

Mega Star

Region 0 - NTSC

Fox
Region 1 - NTSC
Hong Kong Legends
Region 2,4 - PAL
Runtime 1:37:13 1:33:37 (4% PAL speedup) 1:37:18 1:33:43 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.58 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.70:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.0 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.34 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.22 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Mega Star

Intercontinental Video Ltd.

 

Bitrate:

 

Mega Star

 

Bitrate:

 

Fox

 

Bitrate:

 

Hong Kong Legends

 

Audio Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1, Cantonese DTS 5.1, Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1

English Dub Dolby Digital 5.1 + DTS 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 + 2.0 mono + DTS 5.1

English Dub Dolby Digital 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) Chinese, English, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish or none. English or none. English, Dutch, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Intercontinental Video Ltd.

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Ricky Lau
• Still Galleries
• Theatrical and Promotional Trailers
• Bonus Trailers

DVD Release Date: 26th June 2005
Amaray Case

Chapters 17

Release Information:
Studio: Mega Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.70:1

Edition Details:
• Small Lam Ching-ying, Chin Siu-ho and Ricky Lau biographies.
• Trailers.

DVD Release Date: 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 9
 

Release Information:
Studio: Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailers.

 

DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Hong Kong Legends

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Bey Logan.
• A Tribute to Lam Ching-ying (10:21).
• Lam Ching-ying biography.
• Chin Siu-ho interview (42:17).
• Moon Lee interview (17:40).
• Trailers.

 

DVD Release Date: April 22, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 28

 

Comments

ADDITION: IVL July 2005 -

The subtitles on this release appear to be more accurate than the HKL disc, which occasionally slip into 'dubtitles'. However, the names of several characters are 'Westernised' (Man Choi becomes Dan and Sheng becomes Harry). This is possibly because they are taken from the English dub on the Fox release. Even so, the subtitles are more accurate/complete than the HKL disc, which fails to translate the song that plays when Shiu Yu first encounters Sheng in the forest. While similar to the Fox transfer, this effort seems more naturally balanced and reveals finer detail. Aspect ratio is actually closer to 1.82:1, but this is a negligible difference as aspect ratios are approximate.

 - Chris Gould

I am going with the Hong Kong Legends as the best transfer. All three editions have flaws but the HKL seems to have the least. The Fox has manipulated colors (skin tones too red). The Mega Star is out of contention (damage, contrast boosting etc.). There is minor side cropping on the HKL, but it is inconsistent (zooming on Fox I presume). Both Fox and HKL are cropped on top compared to the Mega Star. I like the HKL subtitles the best. Its hard to say positively, but I think the Fox was no encoded progressive scan on individual frames. Bottom line Fox looks saturated and manipulated to me. BTW, Fox is the only release with the original mono track. Extras and menus go to HKL. We say go with the HKL PAL transfer -audio weakness aside. 

- Gary Tooze

 



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Region 0 - NTSC

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