Big Trouble in Little China (1986) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Comedy
Fox || PG13 - 100 minutes - $29.99 || August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-08-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Carpenter
Writer(s): Gary Goldman & David Z. Weinstein (written by)
Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall


Theatrical Release Date: July 2, 1986


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette
  • Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.20)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: When Jack Burton (Russell) wins a card game against his long time friend Wang, Wang explains that he doesn't have Jack's earnings on him, and he'll pay Jack later, due to the fact that he has pick up his girlfriend at the airport. Seeing as how Jack wants his money as soon as possible, he offers to give Wang a ride to the airport.

Unfortunately for the both of them, Wang's girlfriend is kidnapped, due to the fact that she is a Chinese woman with green eyes, and in order for an immortal creature named David LoPan to turn back into a mortal human, he must marry her. Now it's up to Jack Burton, Wang, and their friends to save her before it's too late.

Somehow I managed to avoid seeing this flick my entire life. Granted, I've seen a few clips here and there but never quite understood why people went bonkers for this film. Well now I know - itís insane. Really bad ass martial arts, awesome gun fights, decent special effects (for the time) and a guy named Jack Burton who could easily pass off for Ash Williams (Evil Dead Series) brother which his quick one-liners.

Aside from the above, I really enjoyed all the secondary characters including Jack's sidekick Wang and the various other people who seemed to join up throughout the film. The only issues I had was the odd introduction of the wannabe journalist who seemed not only miscast but tossed into the film just to get Jack and Wang into the building.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features presented in SD.

Commentary with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell

Extended Ending (3 Minutes) - Rough footage of Jack getting even with a few people who did him wrong.

Deleted Scenes (20 Minutes) - This time around we get 6 Deleted (mostly extended) scene from the film. These are very, very rough taken from an early work print so the quality is not always that great. In some cases there is no audio or video.

Also included is an Isolated DTS Score Track, Vintage Featurette (1 Minute), Music Video, Richard Edlund Interview, Trailers/TV Spots and a Behind-the-Scenes Gallery. For those six geeks out there - D-Box code is also available.

Given the fact there is very little more to offer, I'm happy that Fox has included all the previous Special Features. They have been known to drop them in the past, so this was a welcome surprise.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Big Trouble in Little China is presented in 2.20:1 on a 50GB Disc. Fox really knows how to please fans because this shiny new transfer will knock the socks off the dusty old DVD. While the image is a bit soft (like most 80's films) it's still a great looking transfer. There are a few white specks throughout the film but nothing major.

Fox has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Hot damn this sound great! John Carpenter's score really comes through nice and clear throughout the film. Only one time I felt it to be a little weak (some of the gunshot affects certainly sound dated) but this really is a superb sounding track. This is probably one of the best 80's soundtracks I have heard on the format and if you get a chance, check out the Isolated DTS Score as well which shows off how well done Carpenter scored the flick. Subtitles in English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and (phew) Thai.



.::OVERALL::.

Solid, solid release. Picture still shows a little bit of age to it, but damn does this look slick in HD. The Audio is even better - never really bothered to listen to an Isolated Track before but gave it a bit of a spin and was impressed. This is how Fox should be treating all of their catalog titles.