Big Trouble in Little China
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Big Trouble in Little China is in its full unedited form in this special-edition two-disc set. Some real effort has been put into both discs' animated menus, and the film itself is terrific in 2.35:1 and Dolby 5.1 (or DTS). The commentary by Carpenter and Russell may not be as fresh as their chat on The Thing, but clearly they both retain an enormous affection for the film. There are eight deleted scenes (some of which are expansions of existing scenes), plus a separate extended ending that was edited out for the right reasons. You'll also find a seven-minute featurette from the time of release, a 13-minute interview with FX guru Richard Edlund, a gallery of 200 photos, 25 pages of production notes, and magazine articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex. Best of all for real entertainment value is a music video with Carpenter and crew (the Coupe de Villes) coping with video FX and '80s hairdos. --Paul Tonks
- Deleted Scenes
- Commentary by John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
- Special effects montage with commentary by Robert Edlund
- Still gallery and advertising gallery with magazine articles
- Music video
- Trailers and TV spots
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The movie is a total hoot and a fun romp through Little China in L.A. Kurt Russell and most all the other characters are delightful. Worth your time if you love spoofs and to laugh a lot.
It's in quite a few movie categories: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy. The director even said
that the studio did not know how to promote the movie. Oh, well. At least now I have had the
ability to upgrade to a Blu-ray version. (Have the DVD version from a few years ago.)
Kurt Russell was perfect for the role he played. Thank you Kurt. The other actors also were
quite well selected. Even the real hero character's actor, Dennis Dun, worked out well. His
character, while appearing to be secondary, is the real hero. Kurt Russell plays the in your
face side kick, (but very entertaining).
Some of the special effects and stunts are dated, (the movie was released in 1986). Never
the less, still reasonable unlike other 1980s movies and T.V. shows. The Blu-ray version's
special features are all standard def, (and some of poor video quality). But that's likely due
to the source video, not the Blu-ray transfer. It's just the best we can get without serious
video processing, (which is not warranted for this movie's special features).
All in all, great entertainment.
THOUGHTS: Crazy mish-mash of several genres is all kinds of whacked out fun if you're in a silly frame of mind. Carpenter throws in everything but the kitchen sink and both he and his talented cast play it fast & loose and have a great time. So will you. Visual F/X are snazzy old school opticals (courtesy F/X maestro Richard Edlund), combined with practical make-ups and ultra-energetic stunt work. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind flick that rather defies description. Suffice it to say that it is wildly uneven, over-the-top, hyper-kinetic, senses-staggering and unashamedly silly. But most of all it's just a highly entertaining 100 minute roller coaster ride.
THE BLU-RAY: This hi-def release of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA arrives in super sweet shape. Picture is in its proper 2.35:1 'scope format and looks extremely clean & sharp. This is a nice improvement over the old DVD. Speaking of which, the excellent audio commentary with director Carpenter & star Russell is ported over from the DVD edition. It's a very entertaining listen. These guys have done several movies together and have a lot of fun reminiscing. Blu-ray includes additional bonus material, including an extended ending, 9 deleted scenes, an interview with visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and lots more. Well worth the purchase (or upgrade) if you're a fan of Carpenter or this particular film. Climb aboard The Porkchop Express and buckle yourself in for one wild ride! 5 STARS