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Big Trouble in Little China

“1, 2, 3 . . . we may be trapped.” - Jack Burton

Truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is having a real lucky day upon arriving in downtown San Francisco.  He’s winning every single card game and now, thanks to his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), he’s just doubled his winnings.  Thing is, in order to get paid, he has to take his semi, The Pork Chop Express, and haul his friend to the airport in order to pick up Wang Chi’s green-eyed fiancée.  Thing is, thanks to a criminal gang known as the Lords of Death, want her, too.  That’s when the trouble in San Francisco’s Chinatown begins . . . 

"all sorts of magical creations are shaken AND stirred in this martial arts cocktail of horror, romance, and comedy."


. . . because Lo Pan (James Hong), an evil immortal sorcerer, always gets what he wants and, right now, he wants a green-eyed Asian beauty in order to become flesh and bone again.  And nothing, not even the John Wayne-like bravado of Jack Burton, will get in his way.  (I mean, the movie, as originally written, was supposed to be a western, so it makes perfect sense.)

Together, their journey from the airport takes them to the world BELOW San Francisco as all sorts of magical creations are shaken AND stirred in this martial arts cocktail of horror, romance, and comedy.  

Filled with crazy chop suey action scenes and memorable monsters like the floating eyeball of Lo Pan’s underground minions, John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China is now a certified cult classic, rising above its initial box office failure.  In fact, when it was originally released in 1986, rushed to beat out Eddie Murphy’s The Golden Child, this crazy comedy absolutely bombed.  Hard to believe it, given its cherished status in John Carpenter’s filmography, but it is true; the box office failure of this film sent Carpenter back to doing smaller horror-themed flicks.  Big Trouble in Little China

If you grew up in the 1980s, you were probably raised with this film playing somewhere in the background.  Hell, if you are anything like me, you saw it multiple times and laughed yourself silly alone in the theater during its original run.  From the chemistry between Russell and Kim Cattrall as Gracie Law to the creature effects of Boss Film Studios (who had previously worked on Ghostbusters, 2010, and Fright Night), Big Trouble in Little China is straight up rollicking fun that tosses magicians, creatures, comedy and some solid gold karate moves into a solid 100-minutes of fantastical fun and goofball hijinks!

And now, thanks to Scream Factory, fans of the movie are finally rewarded with an entire disc of brand-new interviews with Dennis Dun, James Hong, Peter Kwong, John Carpenter, and Kurt Russell on this Collector’s Edition of Big Trouble in Little China.  This release comes with a slipcover, featuring brand-new art, and is available now.

Jack Burton’s back!  And he’s talkin’ once again to whoever is listenin’ out there.

5/5 stars

Big Trouble in Little China

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Collector's Edition

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- December 3, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory, fans of the movie are finally rewarded with an entire disc of brand-new interviews with Dennis Dun, James Hong, Peter Kwong, John Carpenter, and Kurt Russell on this Collector’s Edition of Big Trouble in Little China.  This release comes with a slipcover, featuring brand-new art, and is available now.

Video:

With a new 2K scan of the original camera negative, Scream Factory gives fans of Big Trouble in Little China something to celebrate.  The images are crisp and detailed and retain their edges.  Framed in a tight 1:85:1 aspect ratio, this 1080p transfer is good, good stuff.  Colors are bold.  Shadows run deep and the crisp textures in the walls and in the backgrounds of this slasher are focused.

Audio:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is in charge both above and below the sewers.  Dialogue is up front and soundtrack by Alan Howarth and John Carpenter is absolutely lit.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • See Special Features.

Special Features:

This is one hell of a Collector’s Edition, full of new interviews, new commentaries, and much, much more!

DISC ONE:

  • 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

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4.5/5 stars

Big Trouble in Little China

MPAA Rating: PG-13.
Runtime:
99 mins
Director
: John Carpenter
Writer:
Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein
Cast:
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun
Genre
: Action | Adventure
Tagline:
Some people pick the damnedest places to start a fight!
Memorable Movie Quote: "Everybody relax, I'm here."
Theatrical Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox
Official Site:
Release Date:
July 2, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 3, 2019.
Synopsis: Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a tough-talking truck driver whose life goes into a supernatural tailspin when his best friend's fiancée is kidnapped in John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China. Jack suddenly finds himself in a murky, danger-filled world beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, where Lo Pan, a 2,000-year-old magician, mercilessly rules an empire of spirits. Facing down a host of unearthly terrors, Jack battles through Lo Pan's dark domain in a full-throttle, action-riddled ride to rescue the girl.

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