The much-imitated Drunken Master confirmed Jackie Chan newfound stardom after his breakthrough film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow when Hong Kong producers stopped trying to turn him into just another action hero in the Bruce Lee-wannabe mold and finally realised that his unique selling point was the combination of physical comedy with action. The plot's pretty basic - Chan's undisciplined young future folk hero Wong Fei-Hung has to learn `Drunken' kung fu to take on a killer - but it's just there to provide enough of a excuse to allow a comic action scene every reel or so, most of them wonderfully ingeniously choreographed and just great fun. It's not a deep film or a deathless masterpiece, even though it is almost perfectly directed by Yuen Woo-Ping: it's just a pure entertainment that manages to be purely entertaining in the very best way.
Sony's release doesn't have the plethora of extras from Hong Kong Legends' original UK released, but unlike that version is in the right widescreen ratio - 2.35:1 instead of HKL's 1.85:1. The opening fight is still cut due to negative damage and parts of the original Cantonese soundtrack are missing (replaced by the odd bit of English), but the film really benefits from being seen in the right ratio, showing off the stunts much more comfortably. The only real extra is a commentary from Ric Mayers and Jeff Yang carried over from Sony's Region 4 Astralian disc (which also included the similarly entertaining Snake in the Eagle's Shadow), but it's still the best version of the film itself available to date.