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(aka "Fallen Angels" or "Duo luo tian shi" )

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Hong Kong 1995

Acknowledged throughout the world as one of the most important directors working today, Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together, Ashes Of Time) has developed a signature style that employs bold, experimental use of photography, music, and editing to capture the tension of the approaching millennium. Originally intended to be a third story in his now classic Chungking Express, Fallen Angels has emerged as what some critics have come to consider his "quintessential work."

Set in the neon-washed underworld of present-day Hong Kong, Fallen Angels intertwines two exhilarating tales of love and isolation. First, there's the unconsummated love affair between a contract Killer (Leon Lai Ming) and the ravishing female Agent (Michele Reis) who books his assignments and cleans up after his jobs. When the Killer decides that he must move on, he leaves her with only a coin for the jukebox and instructions to play song number 1818 - "Wang Ji Ta" ("Forget Him")...

Ex-convict Ho (Takeshi Kaneshiro) stopped speaking at the age of five after eating a date-expired can of pineapple. He lives with his father, who runs a guesthouse where the Agent is in semi-permanent residence. He makes a living by re-opening shops that have closed for the night and intimidating customers into buying goods and services from him. After an awkward romance with a girl named Cherry, Ho finds himself all the more alone...

Wong Kar-Wai brings these parallel storylines together in a blitz of ultra-hip style and classical cinematic sensibilities. A poet of modern alienation, Kar-Wai's universe is populated with characters both dark and comic, magical and existential; Fallen Angels is both a vie at revolutionary cinema and an homage to a love for movies. Kino on Video is proud to present Fallen Angels in its home video debut, subtitled and letterboxed.

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Theatrical Release: 6 September 1995, Hong Kong

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Comparison:

Kino - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Daum - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Áccent - Region 0 - PAL vs. Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Minh Nguyen, Gregory Meshman and Ole Kofoed for the DVD Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Daum

Region 0 - NTSC

Áccent
Region 0 - PAL

 

 

also available in the Wong Kar-Wai Double Feature: Fallen Angels + Happy Together:

 

Ocean Shores
Region 0 - NTSC

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Kino

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Artificial Eye

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

1) Kino - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) Daum - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Áccent - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Daum

Region 0 - NTSC

Áccent
Region 0 - PAL
Ocean Shores
Region 0 - NTSC

Kino (Remastered)

Region 0 - NTSC

Kino

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Artificial Eye

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime

1:36:06

1:36:05 1:32:18 (4% PAL speedup) 1:36:54 1:38:42 1:38:49.965 1:38:37.041
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced

Average Bitrate: 6.52 Mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.40 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.55:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 32,857,793,139 bytes

Feature Size: 25,870,374,912 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.01 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 29,698,122,364 bytes

Feature Size: 27,337,242,624 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.15 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Kino

 

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Daum

 

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Áccent

 

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Ocean Shores (OOP)

 

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Kino Remastered

 

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Kino Blu-ray

 

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Artificial Eye Blu-ray

 

Audio Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1

Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround.

Cantonese or Mandarin (both mono).

Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround) DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2041 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2041 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit) DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2176 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2176 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Chinese 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English or none (16x9 friendly) English, Korean or none. English or none. English and Simplified Chinese (burned in) English or none English or none English or none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Extras:

Trailers:
- Fallen Angels (original & Japanese)
- Happy Together (original & Japanese)
- Days of Being Wild (original & Japanese)
- As Tears Go By (original)
- Chungking Express (Japanese)

Stills gallery: 20

Filmographies:
- Wong Kar-Wai
- Christopher Doyle
- Leon Lai Ming
- Michelle Reis
- Kaneshiro Takeshi
- Charlie Yeung
- Karen Mok

 

Release: October 19th, 2004

Keep Case

Chapter stops: 18

Release Information:
Studio: Daum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• No extras!

DVD Release Date: ?
Keep Case

Chapters 8
 

Release Information:
Studio: Áccent

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Restoration comparison (1:44).
• Essay by film scholor Stephen Teo.

 

DVD Release Date: August 12, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Ocean Shores

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.55:1

Edition Details:
• None

 

DVD Release Date: ?
Cheapo Lime Green Keep Case

Chapters 1

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Only You - Behind the Scenes Featurette (7:45)
• Whom You Miss - Behind the Scenes Featurette (3:52)
• A Beautiful Evening - Behind the Scenes Featurette (3:48)
• An Interview with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (7:13)
• Stills Gallery (32 pictures)
• Original and Japanese trailers for Fallen Angels
• Original and Japanese trailers for Happy Together

DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
Keepcase

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

 

Disc Size: 32,857,793,139 bytes

Feature Size: 25,870,374,912 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.01 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Only You - Behind the Scenes Featurette (7:45)
• Whom You Miss - Behind the Scenes Featurette (3:52)
• A Beautiful Evening - Behind the Scenes Featurette (3:48)
• An Interview with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (7:13)
• Stills Gallery (32 pictures)
• Original and Japanese trailers for Fallen Angels
• Original and Japanese trailers for Happy Together

• 16 Stills in gallery

Blu-ray Release Date: March 16th, 2010
Standard Blu-ray in slip case

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio:
Artificial Eye

 

Disc Size: 29,698,122,364 bytes

Feature Size: 27,337,242,624 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.15 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• An Interview with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (23:21 in 576i)
• Trailer (2:45)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 6th, 2012
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION - Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  July 2012:   Not too much to say here, The Artificial Eye Blu-ray looks to be on par with the Kino for a/v. I couldn't spot any significant, or minor, differences in the image. The technical stats bear this out with a negligibly different bitrate and feature file size. AE offers a stereo linear PCM option to go along with the DTS-Master 5.1. Both have English subtitles with a slightly different translation on the UK disc. I'll go wit the AE for the supplements as they have a much longer Chris Doyle interview.

Both packages offers solid value for an extremely cool film. Recommended! 

***

ADDITION - Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray  March 2010:  Keeping things short and sweet - this Blu-ray is a big improvement - more than the screen captures will bear out. After suffering through so many lame editions, Fallen Angels finally looks like film instead of video - lost of grain and wonderfully supportive of the frequently askew camera techniques (distortions and black and white scenes). There is some depth here. This isn't 1.78 but closer to 1.85 (if not reaching it), more information in the frame, tighter, and better, color balance etc. etc.

Before I forget - I LOVE the menus too.

Audio, too, is notable with a lossless DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2041 kbps. This can be an important part of the presentation in my opinion. I love the soundtrack interlude touches and subtle separations. Maybe not as a dramatic upgrade as the video - but not far off either. There are optional subtitles (better font) and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Extras are the same as the Kino remastered DVD (they've added 16 sills in a gallery) but they are now in HD. It's about $6 cheaper than the Kino SE (that had combing!) and a great investment for fans of the director - this film is now 15 years old! I REALLY enjoyed my viewing (ala Days of Being Wild in 1080). This film seems made for such a strong visual and aural presentation. I hope Kino, or whoever, bring ALL of Wong Kar-wai's films to Blu-ray.

 - Gary Tooze

 

 

ADDITION - Kino (January 10') - We still need to verify if this Kino disc is progressive as there is infrequent combing - possibly utilizing the 'alchemist' transfer. It does appear to be running in the correct NTSC time. But it all seems a rather moot point as in a couple of months Kino are releasing a Blu-ray from the same restoration HERE - and it is cheaper than this DVD. Let's wait for that and hope it proves as competent as Kino first wave of Blu-rays (The General, Ballast etc.)

 

- Gregory Meshman

ADDITION - Kino (Dec -04) -There is no use in comparing the Kino with the Daum and Ocean Shores. The disc is inferior compared to the Áccent for having boosted contrast and beefed up colour. Even though these are minor changes, I do feel they change the overall feel of the film. My major gripe with the Kino disc, is the softness. It did reduce the grain, but also some of the detail as you will see in capture 5. More is lost due to the slight contrast boosting, which makes several faces and items disappear into the darkness. The b&w scenes also have this light brownish hue, instead of the pure grey shown on the Áccent. Therefore, I’m recommending the Áccent – which is the one that got to stay in my collection. Oh, and the Kino image also suffers from ghosting.

Minh Nguyen

***

As the Daum and Ocean Shores DVDs break just about every rule we have for DVD production (including aspect ratio manipulation, burned in dual subtitles, massive contrast boosting, color manipulation etc. ) it makes it easy to recommend the Áccent. It also has some extras including a restoration demonstration. I find it hard to believe that Daum was actually able/allowed to put that distorted mess on a DVD - what a bunch of bandits. Hopefully we will add the new NTSC Kino when we can get our hands on a copy due out October 19th in a Wong Kar-wai Boxset including As Tears Go By, Days of Being Wild, Happy Together, Fallen Angels, and Chungking Express. As of this date though (Oct 7th) the Áccent is the only one to buy.

 - Gary Tooze

NOTE: The Accent DVD has replaced Takeshi Kaneshiro's Cantonese voiceover with what I can only assume is the Mandarin DUB used for mainland release....why accent was sent an audio track with everyone speaking Cantonese except his character is a mystery. (Thanks Edward)
 

 


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5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

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1) Kino - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Daum - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Áccent - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

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1) Kino - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Daum - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Áccent - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Kino - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Daum - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Áccent - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Kino - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Daum - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Áccent - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Kino - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Daum - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Áccent - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Ocean Shores (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Kino (Remastered Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

1) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

1) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

1) Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

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Extras: AE Blu-ray (longer Chris Doyle interview)

 

DVD Box Covers   

    

  

Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Daum

Region 0 - NTSC

Áccent
Region 0 - PAL

 

 

also available in the Wong Kar-Wai Double Feature: Fallen Angels + Happy Together:

 

Ocean Shores
Region 0 - NTSC

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Kino

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Artificial Eye

Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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