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(aka 'Xie" or "HEX')


Directed by Chih-Hung Kuei

Hong Kong 1980


Asian horror cinema was already hitting strikes by the time the1980s dawned and nowhere was more ahead of the curve than the then-British colony of Hong Kong. The city of neon lights and vibrant street life was no stranger to scary movies and HEX was perhaps the island's crowning achievement. Released in 1980, and emerging from the legendary Shaw Bros Studios, whose knack for colourful landscapes and misty atmosphere remains legendary, HEX tells a weird and wonderful story of witchcraft and wanton revenge!

Directed by the late, great Kuei Chih-Hung, whose output also includes the frequently censored "nasty" THE KILLER SNAKES (1974), this formidable Eastern frightener has an abused woman caught in a strange mystery of manslaughter and macabre happenings. To say anything else would be to spoil one of the Orient's most influential terror titles, but rest assured that HEX has a few spooky surprises up its sleeve.

Now gaining its worldwide HD debut from 88 Films, HEX may just be the greatest ghost story you have never seen!


Theatrical Release: July 9th, 1980

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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88 Films
'B' Blu-ray




Disc Size: 21,291,505,518 bytes

Feature Size: 17,500,557,312 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.17 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video



88 Films Blu-ray



LPCM Audio Chinese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bitt

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films


Disc Size: 21,291,505,518 bytes

Feature Size: 17,500,557,312 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.17 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
• The studio that conquered a continent - An overview of Shaw Bros. with Bey Logan (23:12)
• Bey Logan on Hong Kong Movie language (6:36)
• Trailer (1:11).

Second disc DVD

Blu-ray  Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 8


More of the 88 Asia Collection on Blu-ray


Black Magic

Black Magic 2

The Bride From Hell

The Enchanting Ghost

The Ghost Lovers


The Oily Maniac

The Seeding of a Ghost

The Dragon Missile

Five Element Ninjas

The Flying Guillotine


Killer Constable

The Mighty Peking Man

The One-Armed Swordsman

Sea Fog

The Spiritual Boxer

The Super Inframan



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

88 Films' transfer is on a single-layered, Blu-ray and the beginning has colors that look muted (not dissimilar to Black Magic). But eventually things perk-up a bit although the film seems like the dark appearance is an intentional look. The 1080P presentation is fine in-motion looking thick, heavy and film-like. I wouldn't say stellar but adequate and probably the best HEX may get. While I prefer a brighter visuals, the gray-cast seems to suit the film's supernatural elements.


The audio transfer in a linear PCM 2.0 channel (24-bit) is in 'Chinese' but I can't determine if it is original Mandarin but I suspect it's the Cantonese DUB. The film doesn't have the usual whiplash sound effects but sports a creepy score credited to Eddie Wang (The Bride From Hell, Killer Constable, Return of the 36th Chamber). There are optional English subtitles (see below) and the disc is a Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.


Extras include two featurettes with Bey Logan. 'The Studio That Conquered a Continent' is a 23-minute overview of Shaw Bros. then he does a 6.5-minute piece on Hong Kong Movie language. There is also a trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring an alternate poster plus some liner notes by Dr. Calum Waddell (limited to 2000 copies). There is also a second disc DVD included.

The unusual thing about Hex is the lengthy naked dance sequences at the conclusion - it is all at once misplaced, erotic, bizarre and artistically beautiful. This was another very cool Shaw Brothers genre film experience with all the simplicity and transparent effects that give it a unique charisma. 88 Films Blu-ray package has plenty of value for fans of these sexy-ghost-stories. Recommended! 

 - Gary Tooze



























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