Police Story / Police Story 2 (Blu-ray Review)

Police Story / Police Story 2 (Blu-ray Review)

Police Story / Police Story 2 (Blu-ray Review)

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Police Story / Police Story 2 (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jackie Chan
Rated: PG-13/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from The Criterion Collection

Police Story (1985)
Directed By: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
2:35

Kevin Chan (aka Jackie) is a Hong-Kong cop, who scores his first big hit by virtually single-handedly capturing and arresting a big drug- lord. Of course, the drug-lord isn’t too happy about this and frames Kevin with the murder of another cop (who happened to be on the take). Kevin has to clear his name, whilst keeping himself from getting killed or arrested, and keeping his girlfriend from leaving him.

Police Story is here along with its sequel from the fine folks over at Criterion. For anyone who doesn’t know, Police Story is a 1985 Hong Kong action films written and directed by Jackie Chan himself. In these movies, he stars as a Hong Kong police detective named “Kevin” Chan Ka-Kui. This is, of course, the first of the Police Story series. The movie starts off with the police wanting to run an undercover sting, to which Chan’s character is the big hero. Pretty soon, however, his character is framed and that’s the beef of the plot. I won’t try to tell you the story is a perfect one, but I will say this much about Police Story, this is the epitome in a lot of ways of stunt action movies. You can watch a movie like this and see the action comedy stunt from Chan and crew and see why he became the star he did that crossed over countries. I can watch a movie like this time and time again and it still amazes me that nobody was killed doing the things the people in this movie did. Still, the end results are an amazing movie that mixed a good story with some romance and a whole heck of a lot of action. Is this Jackie Chan’s masterpiece? It may very well be and it is here looking amazing on this release in HD. But making this release even more awesome is the fact you get the sequel as well.

Quality of Transfer: 99%

Police Story 2 (1988)
Directed By: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Kwok-Hung Lam
2:35

Despite his success at apprehending criminals, Kevin Chan’s unorthodox approach to his work as a police officer sees him demoted to the traffic branch. Despite this, the man he put behind bars is now out of prison and has vowed to make his life a misery. While this crime boss his harassing Kevin and his girlfriend, the police are contemplating reinstating Kevin to help them fight a group of bombers attempting to extort $10 million from building owners.

The 1988 sequel, Police Story 2 sees Chan’s character dealing with the fall out from the first movie in more than one way. He’s demoted, which his girlfriend is happy about, but he’s got people trying to blow things up and bad guys from the first movie looking for payback. This all becomes more complicated for our hero when his woman is kidnapped and he has a bomb strapped to him. Like the original, this movie offers a lot of comedy to go along with the tons of action. This and the original might be one of the greatest 1-2 action punches you’ll find in movies and their sequels. While having a hard act to follow, Police Story 2 uses old faces and new situations to become a very worthy flick that for one reason or another ends up matching the original quality wise and only helped to make the legend of Jackie Chan grow. There’s never a dull moment in a Jackie Chan movie and if you see this movie you’ll agree. It is some ways may even top the original in pacing. Like the original movie you get in this release, Police Story 2 looks amazing. It even gets its own disc and an alternative version, which just shows the type of love Criterion gave this release. An awesome release for awesome movies.

Quality of Transfer: 100%

Extras

– New 4K digital restorations of Police Story and Police Story 2
– Alternate 5.1 surround soundtracks
– Alternate English-dubbed soundtracks
– Alternate version of Police Story 2, presented in a 2K digital transfer for the first time from a subtitled 35 mm Hong Kong–release print
– New interview with filmmaker Edgar Wright and a 2017 podcast conversation between Wright and actor-director Jackie Chan
– New programs on Chan’s screen persona and action-filmmaking techniques featuring author and New York Asian Film Festival co-founder Grady Hendrix
– An episode of Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show from 1989 featuring interviews with Chan and actor Maggie Cheung
– Archival interviews with Chan and actor and stuntman Benny Lai
– Excerpts from Jackie Chan: My Stunts, a 1999 documentary co-directed by and starring Chan
– Excerpt from a 2017 television program reuniting Chan with the original members of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team
– Television program from 1964 detailing the rigors of Beijing-opera training, akin to the education that Chan received as a child
– Chan stunt reel
– Trailers
– New English subtitle translations
– PLUS: An essay by critic Nick Pinkerton

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