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3.0 out of 5 stars Edited American version?, January 17, 2009
This review is from: Supercop (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition) (DVD)
Being an avid DVD collector I have made it a personal goal to collect every Dragon Dynasty release. This subsidiary of the Wienstien Company has gone to great lengths to release ultimate unedited editions of great Asian movies. Some of the films they are releasing were previously released on the Dimension home video label and are being re-released under the Dynasty label with more special features and..well most of the time...unedited versions of the Asian release. The Jet Li film Twin Warriors (as titled on the Dimension release) was re-released unedited under the title Tia Chi Master. I was hoping for the same with Supercop.

Sadly the the Dragon Dynasty release of Supercop is just a more special featured filled version of the earlier Dimension release because,for some reason unknown, Dyanasty has only released the American cut of the film. Where is my unedited/non-tinkered with version of Police Story III: Supercop? Instead we get the same edited American release with a different score, added hip-hop soundtrack, and a lame title sequence. This is a shame because I have always been extremely happy with Dragon Dynasty's releases so far. Why not include both the U.S. and Asian version as they did with The Proctor DVD? Extremely disappointing.

Other than the fact that Supercop is the edited American version, the rest of the DVD set is a typical steller Dynasty release with great special features and another grand commentary by Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2009 5:46:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2009 5:49:31 PM PST
I agree with your assessment of Dragon Dynasty. DD have done a great job thus far in releasing Asian films for the U.S. market (e.g. Hard Boiled). It's a shame because Supercop is one of my favorite Jackie Chan movies. It's quite insulting to change the music soundtrack in such a way. The people making that decision don't seem to have too much respect for other cultures. I suppose the reissue team thought that the original score was "too Asian" and by replacing it with hip-hop, would make the movie more appealing to people in the West.

I was lucky enough to actually view the uncut Hong Kong version at a local theater in the early 90's. I hope that other Hong Kong films worthy of being reissued (i.e. The Killer, Drunken Master II) will not contain any detrimental editing / cutting. Perhaps a future Blu-Ray version will contain a full presentation of this great film. Until then, one might have to get a region-free DVD player and buy one of the international versions of "Supercop."

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 11:01:14 AM PDT
FYI. look up the running time on the hk blu ray version of this film and you'll see its only 96 minutes.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 1:32:08 PM PDT
D. Bell says:
There is no 100 mins. version on video, either in the U.S.A. or the Far East. The best you can find is 96 mins.
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