Big Trouble In Little China (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Big Trouble In Little China (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

When trucker Jack Burton agreed to take his friend Wang Chi to pick up his fiancée at the airport, he never expected to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil. Wang’s fiancée has emerald green eyes, which make her a perfect target for an immortal sorcerer named Lo Pan and his three invincible cronies. Lo Pan must marry a girl with green eyes so he can regain his physical form. Now, Jack must save Wang’s fiancée from Lo Pan and his henchmen, and win back his stolen truck. But how can he defeat an enemy who has no body?

Big Trouble in Little China is many things. It’s an action flick at its core, but it also has karate and horror elements. At the heart of all this is Kurt Russell as Jack Burton. Burton may be the best action hero I have ever seen in a film. Russell plays the role well and makes a character that says everything at just the right time and in the right way to make nearly everything he says memorable. The funny thing is, as memorable as Jack is and the movie is most certainly focused on him, if you break it down he mostly plays the sidekick to the Chinese who culture he stumbled into. It’s something you just don’t see every day but it works. And don’t like that confuse you, Ol’ Jack does lead some charges and does some heroic stuff.

While most action-based films of the 80s were mindless explosions and violence, this movie is different. There’s an interesting tale being unfolded and the characters are awesome to match. We have very weird creatures here to please the director’s horror fans and we also have one of the more memorable lead villains you will ever find. I’ve heard that the reason this movie did so badly at the box office was because the studio didn’t know how to promote it. Seeing as how this movie has everything I can somewhat see the predicament. But I think they should have just promoted it for what it was, purse cinematic awesomeness. I could have done with an ending that added a little more closure, but outside of that, I wouldn’t change a thing about this kick-ass movie. Fellas, we have pure 80s gold on our hands with this one. This is a near-perfect trip into many different genres and it makes for one hell of a fun movie. This is a fun movie that looks just awesome on Blu-ray and packs some cool features. If you don’t own, Big Trouble in Little China, go buy it NOW.

Extras

DISC ONE: THE FILM
– NEW Audio Commentary With Producer Larry Franco
– NEW Audio Commentary With Special Effects Artist Steve Johnson, Moderated By filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante
– Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
– Isolated Score
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spots
– Vintage Audio Interview With John Carpenter
– Electronic Press Kit – Interviews And Profiles
– Gag Reel
– Music Video
– Deleted And Extended Scenes
– Extended Ending
– Photo Galleries – Movie Stills, Posters, Lobby cards, Publicity Photos, And Behind-the-scenes Photos
DISC TWO: BONUS FEATURES
– NEW You’re The Hero – An Interview With Actor Dennis Dun
– NEW The Soul Of Lo Pan – An Interview With Actor James Hong
– NEW Able To Be Myself – An Interview With Actor Donald Li
– NEW The Tao Of Thunder – An Interview With Actor Carter Wong
– NEW The Tao Of Rain – An Interview With Actor Peter Kwong
– NEW The Hatchet Man Speaks – An Interview With Actor Al Leong
– NEW Damn Wiley Prescott – An Interview With Writer W.D. Richter
– NEW It Was A Western Ghost Story – An Interview With Writer Gary Goldman
– NEW The Poetry Of Motion – An Interview With Associate Producer/Martial Arts Choreographer James Lew
– NEW Into The Mystic Night – An Interview With The Coupe De Ville’s Member Nick Castle
– NEW Since We Were Kids – An Interview With Second Unit Director/The Coupe De Ville’s Member Tommy Lee Wallace
– NEW Love And Art – A Conversation With Movie Poster Artist Drew Struzan
– Return To Little China – An Interview With Director John Carpenter
– Being Jack Burton – An Interview With Actor Kurt Russell
– Carpenter And I – An Interview With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
– Producing Big Trouble – An Interview With Producer Larry Franco
– Staging Big Trouble – An Interview With Stuntman Jeff Imada
– Interview With Visual Effects Artist Richard Edlund
– Vintage Featurette

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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