A landmark release not only for John Woo's The Killer but for Hong Kong cinema in general, the incredibly lavish Criterion laserdisc set of Woo's movie showed Hong Kong film deserved the kind of respect previously only given to the heavyweights of World cinema.
The three laserdisc set comes in a gorgeous tri-gatefold sleeve, with the film presented in CAV format (allowing trick play features). The extras include a commentary by Woo and his long term producing partner Terence Chang, five deleted scenes, a student film made by Woo, a bio-filmography of Woo and also one for Chow Yun Fat, a guide to Hong Kong cinema and trailers for 11 John Woo movies. These extras may seem fairly routine these days but back in 1993 when this laserdisc was unleashed, it was unprecedented at least for a Hong Kong movie. It was also by far the best presentation of the film available at that time.
As well as The Killer, Criterion also released a similar package for Hard Boiled, since then Hong Kong cinema has been virtually ignored by Criterion, with only their superb release of Wong Kar Wai's In The Mood For Love and a much less lavish release of Chungking Express from the region. Come on Criterion, wake up!
On a more personal note, back in 1993 this was my future wife's introduction to the wonders of high end laserdisc pricing, she thought I was crazy paying £30 to £40 for normal releases but when I told her how much this movie would cost her jaw just hit the floor! I can't remember exactly how much it cost but it was well into three figures, gulp!