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Big Trouble In Little China (Region B) Blu-ray Review
29 January 2014
Excerpt: John Carpenter and Kurt Russell teamed up for several classic films in the 1980s. Big Trouble In Little China was a box office failure upon release, blamed on studio interference. Years of success on home video and television have turned it into a cult classic, garnering the recognition it deserved in the first place. It is the type of comedic adventure flick that Hollywood so often fails to make today, done in a tongue-in-cheek style.
Conclusion: John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China arrives on Blu-ray in the United Kingdom rather late, but I think that fans of the film residing there will be quite pleased with Arrow Video's new release. The film looks great and there are some excellent new special features produced by Severin Films on this release. I really enjoyed the new video interviews with the American director and Kurt Russell. Buy with confidence, folks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Excerpt: Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986) A major flop on its original release, John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China has since found a niche audience on various home video formats. A mélange of various genres (action picture, martial arts film, ‘buddy’ caper, science fiction), Big Trouble in Little China was met with bewilderment by both audiences and studio executives who, Carpenter asserts in one of the interviews contained on this disc, initially...
Excerpt: So Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) has been captured by a group of magic-spewing Chinese immigrants in his quest to save the damsel in distress. He’s been tied to a wheelchair by his captors, but almost manages to escape when he accidentally starts rolling downhill inside the Chinese palace. He crashes through a road block sign, and nearly falls into a well.
Excerpt: The Movie I seem to recall that audiences didn't know quite what to make of John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China way back in the innocent summer of 1986. The renowned horror director took a detour into the kung fu/fantasy/comedy genre... well actually, he invented it with this offbeat, sometimes outright weird tale of Jack Burton, a trucker with delusions of John Wayne (frequent Carpenter collaborator Kurt Russell) swept into an ancient conflict between Chinese...
Conclusion: 'Big Trouble in Little China' may not be widely regarded as John Carpenter's best film, but the charmingly cheesy cult classic certainly takes the prize as his most outlandish effort to date. Kurt Russell also gives the performance of his lifetime. Although pretty well all of the supplements on this Blu-ray have been recycled from past home video releases, the improved high-definition picture and sound is easily well worth the upgrade for fans of this '80s gem.