Shout factory has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Jackie Chan's Police Story (1985) and Police Story II (1988). The double feature release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the United States on April 16th.
Considered, and rightly so, a Hong Kong action cinema classic, Police Story marks Jackie Chan's initial foray into the stunt-filled action movie that became his trademark. Chan plays an honest cop Chan Ka-Kui assigned to protect a witness whose key testimony could bring down the drug baron, Chu. However, when the witness gets away from Chan, there's no evidence to put Chu away, and he is set free. Chu goes on a vendetta to frame Chan for a murder. Chan goes on the run. He must quickly find the witness to protect her and prove his own innocence.
Picking up where the first film ended, Police Story II returns Jackie Chan to the role of detective Chan Ka-Kui. Due to his unorthodox police work on the last case, Chan has been demoted to traffic duty…and the vengeful mobsters still have their sights on taking him down. But when terrorists threaten Hong Kong, Chan must track down the suspects. And when his girlfriend May is kidnapped by the terrorists, Chan must confront them, save his girlfriend and save the day as only Jackie Chan can.
Police Story/ Police Story II Double Feature Special Bonus Content:
Having seen their double of Crime Story and the Protector, I've cancelled my order for this. While Crime Story wasn't too bad, both versions of The Protector looked worse than the old Warner and Universe DVDs - the Hong Kong version not only had more noticeable edge enhancement but the color was toned down far too much in some scenes. And while there was a decent selection of extras on that disc, they didn't bother subtitling the Hong Kong trailers and HK behind the scenes featurette. It's the kind of disc you could only really recommend to someone who missed out on the deleted DVD of the Hong Kong version and it doesn't exactly fill you with confidence that their future efforts like the Police Stories will even be as good as the DVDs.