British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986), starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, and Victor Wong. The release will be available for purchase on December 16th.
Following Escape from New York and The Thing, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell re-unite for this mystical, action, adventure, comedy, kung-fu, monster, ghost story.
Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco's Chinatown. As his friend's fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan's dark domain.
One of Carpenters most enjoyable and best loved films, Big Trouble in Little China brilliantly juggles delirious set-pieces, comedy and kung-fu action with a razor sharp script of corking one-liners, as Jack would say "It's all in the reflexes".
The super-deluxe package, which is available both as a standard Blu-ray and as a limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook, is full of special features and bonus materials.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film from a digital transfer prepared by Twentieth Century Fox
Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and uncompressed Stereo 2.0 Audio
Isolated 5.1 DTS-HD Isolated Score Soundtrack
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell
Return to Little China – A brand new interview with John Carpenter
Being Jack Burton – A brand new interview with Kurt Russell
Carpenter and I – A brand new interview with cinematographer Dean Cundey
Producing Big Trouble – A new interview with producer Larry Franco
Staging Little Trouble – A new interview with stuntman Jeff Imada
Interview with visual effects producer Richard Edlund
Vintage Making-of featurette featuring cast and crew
Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
3 original trailers
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, author of The Films of John Carpenter, as well as a re-print of an interview with production designer John Lloyd and make-up effects artist Steve Johnson on the design and effects of the film, illustrated with archive stills and posters
The standard release is available with a reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw and the Limited Edition SteelBook is presented with the original iconic Drew Struzan artwork
Have had the gorgeous steelbook in my Amz.uk cart for some time now, but on the fence on whether the triple-dip will be worth it at $29 cdn (w/shipping) ... still, there's all those new interviews and the booklet ... what would Jack do? ... maybe I haven't 'paid my dues' yet *FYI -- for those who may not know, this is a Region 'B' release.
Well, they can't have Christine for now. It's locked up in the ridiculousness that is Twilight Time. I would though like to see a proper release for Escape from New York, and a better release for They Live and The Thing.
I probably won't bite on this release. I'm pretty happy with what I already have (for now).
I'd imagine that "the ridiculousness that is Twilight Time" would only apply to a US release, so Arrow should be able to release their films. They released The Fury just seven months after Twilight Time.
Their release of lifeforce is the better edition. I have both and you get all the scream extras minus the old behind the scenes footage plus a third commentary a feature length documentary and a booklet with essays and interviews. Compression is better especially since each version gets its own disc. Scream had both on one disc and the theatrical was in 1080i and only had Dolby sound. Arrow presents it in 1080p and with lossless sound.