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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Qu mo jing cha" or "Mr. Vampire 5" or "Magic Cop")

 

Directed by Wei Tung
Hong Kong 1990

 

After seeing off hopping corpses in Mr. Vampire, the great Lam Ching-ying (Enter the Dragon, Eastern Condors) faces a new supernatural challenge: someone is using the living dead to smuggle drugs into modern day Hong Kong and only Lam's Officer Feng policeman and Taoist master can stop them, proving the power of traditional Chinese magic in the process!

Mixing comedy, action and esoteric lore, Magic Cop sees the incomparable Lam at his brilliant best. 88 Films are proud to present this gorgeously restored treat from the golden age of Hong Kong cinema...

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A former cop who is also a Taoist is called to Hong Kong to help in the investigation of of a series of strange crime-related murders. Aided by two local cops, he runs afoul of an evil sorceress.

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Theatrical Release: October 20th, 1990

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Review: 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:54.727      
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,328,045,249 bytes

Feature: 31,033,128,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

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DTS-HD Master Audio Original Cantonese 1702 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1702 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Cantonese 1600 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1600 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English DUB 3712 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3712 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio
English DUB 1604 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1604 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,328,045,249 bytes

Feature: 31,033,128,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with Hong Kong Film Experts Frank Djeng and Marc Walkow
Taiwanese Cut with Alternate Score (SD)
Interview with Tung Wei (HD) (36:22)
Image Gallery
Trailer (2:51)
Reversible cover with new artwork by Sean Longmore and original HK Poster Art

Double Walled Gloss Finish O-ring featuring new artwork by Sean Longmore (First Pressing Only)(3000)


Blu-ray Release Date: July 24th, 2023

Black Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 11

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (July 2023): 88 Films have transferred Wei Tung's Magic Cop to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "NEW 2K Scan Of The Film From The Best Available Film Elements". The 1080P image starts out fairly middling but improves to be consistently dark and thick. There are sequences with heavy speckles. Overall it was imperfect but a darn sight better than the SD Taiwanese cut (also included) that is stretched and has burned-in subtitles - see our comparison captures below.

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On their Blu-ray, 88 Films offer a few DTS-HD Master tracks (all 24-bit.) We get 2.0 channel original Cantonese or restored Cantonese language or a 5.1 surround English DUB or 2.0 channel English DUB. Magic Cop has many aggressive moments that come through modestly. The score is stated in some places as being by "BMG Melody Bank" (Erotic Ghost Story II) - it sounds reasonably generic with traditional vides. I have no information on the Taiwanese cut's alternate score. Dialogue can be scattered but I am forgiving of any indiscretions as the source was not premium. 88 Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The 88 Films Blu-ray offers an audio commentary by Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and Marc "the man" Walkow. Frank is always excellent and Marc supports him as the wing-man (he also did the commentary with Chris Poggiali on Sonny Chiba's The Executioner.) They share details and impressive information - making it a worthwhile listen although sound quality is sub-par. Discussed above 88 Films include the Taiwanese Cut of "Magic Cop" in SD with an alternate score. It's in poor condition but could act as a curiosity for some. There is a 36-minute interview with Tung Wei the director of Magic Cop. He is mostly know for Stunt work, also having acted in over 50 films, but Magic Cop was his first directorial effort (of four.) So he's been around the industry a long time and shares some interesting memories. Lastly, there is an image gallery, trailer and the package has a reversible cover with new artwork by Sean Longmore and original HK Poster Art.

Wei Tung's Magic Cop is also known as Mister Vampire 5 - we had compared Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray to DVDs HERE and the more 'official' sequels on Eureka Blu-ray reviewed HERE. There is plenty I liked about this fun, mystical Asian crime-supernatural-comedy-horror. Lam Ching-ying pushes it to be accepted into the Mister Vampire cycle as he was in the original, Mr. Vampire, and sequels; Mr. Vampire II (1986), Mr. Vampire III (1987), Vampire Vs. Vampire (1989), Encounters of the Spooky Kind II (1990) often as the 'One Eyebrow Taoist Priest'. Bruce Lee had hired 19-year old Lam as his personal assistant. He is also listed as a film producer for Magic Cop. We lost him in 1997 (aged 44.) His character's use of supernatural skills and detective techniques is one of the marvels of Magic Cop. I enjoyed the 88 Films Blu-ray; the fun film, commentary, interview and more. For those who feel they might be keen, we encourage indulging.

Gary Tooze

 


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