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Big Trouble in Little China -- two-disc Special Edition [DVD] [1986]

Kurt Russell , Kim Cattrall , John Carpenter    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: David Z. Weinstein, Gary Goldman, W.D. Richter
  • Producers: James Lew, Jim Lau, Keith Barish, Larry J. Franco
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063KMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Trying to explain the cult appeal of John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China to the uninitiated is no easy task. The plot in a nutshell follows lorry driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) into San Francisco's Chinatown, where he's embroiled in street gang warfare over the mythical/magical intentions of would-be god David Lo Pan. There are wire-fu fight scenes, a floating eyeball and monsters from other dimensions. Quite simply it belongs to a genre of its own. Carpenter was drawing on years of chop-socky Eastern cinema tradition, which, at the time of the film's first release in 1986, was regrettably lost on a general audience. Predictably, it bombed.

But now that Jackie Chan and Jet Li have made it big in the West, and Hong Kong cinema has spread its influence across Hollywood, it's much, much easier to enjoy this film's happy-go-lucky cocktail of influences. Russell's cocky anti-hero is easy to cheer on as he "experiences some very unreasonable things" blundering from one fight to another, and lusts after the gorgeously green-eyed Kim Cattrall. The script is peppered with countless memorable lines, too ("It's all in the reflexes"). Originally outlined as a sequel to the equally obscure Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Big Trouble is a bona fide cult cinema delight. Jack sums up the day's reactions perfectly, "China is here? I don't even know what the Hell that means!".

On the DVD: Big Trouble in Little China is released as a special edition two-disc set in its full unedited form. Some real effort has been put into both discs' animated menus, and the film itself is terrific in 2.35:1 and 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 which 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 hair-dos.--Paul Tonks

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When his friend's fiancée is kidnapped, truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) embarks upon an unlikely adventure beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. It seems that the fiancée, green-eyed Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall), has been taken by 2,000-year-old wizard Lo Pan (James Hong), who needs to marry a woman with green eyes if he is to regain his physical form. With guns at the ready, Jack storms into the Chinatown underworld ready to rescue Gracie from Lo Pan's clutches, but with the supernatutal and martial arts forces that are ranged against him, it's a task that is going to be anything but easy.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A re-watched classic!!! 7 May 2002
By T Waits
My brother, and I, first saw Big trouble..., when we were about 8 years old. We were just about to go on holiday and my father rented this video, immediate addoration!!! I mean it sounds silly now that I'm older, but my brother and I still have a copy each, it's true! Of course the subject matter is a must for all John Carpenter fans, (i.e. horror, sorcery, Kurt russell).Whilst admitting it never reaches the genre-defying heights of The Thing, or Halloween, the film never tries to be anything other than pure theatrical madness, check out Russell's performance for instance, never will you see a bigger all-american hero wannabe than Jack Burton. The special effects are great, the fight scenes are amazing, (the street fight in the alley especially between the 'wing-kong' and the chang-sings') and the script is, admirably, taking the mickey out-of-itself. All these elements make for a real good film, and with this DVD you get the extra bonus of deleted scenes, commentary, alternate endings and a much looked forward to music video starring, yes its true, John Carpenter himself...MAGIC!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Comedy at its best! 26 Mar 2002
By A Customer
A tale of sorcery, romance and bravery in the tongue-in-cheek movie! After visiting his friend Wang, Jack Burton is thrust into a world which he cannot believe. Trying to save Wang's Fiancee, Jack finds himself fighting the evil sorcerer Lopan, in a quest to save the world (and his beloved truck). With action, comedy, magic and superb characters (including
Kim cattral as reporter Gracie), this is a worthy addition to anyones dvd collection! Who cares about extras when you have such an enjoyable, fantastic movie! A must see!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme your best shot... I can take it. 14 May 2008
By Trigger
They don't make 'em like this any more. Big Trouble is a self-assured and knowingly absurd action/fantasy/adventure, and was not only one of John Carpenter's last great films, but perhaps the best work of both the cult director and his favourite leading man, Kurt Russell.

The plot is Chinese mythological hokum with an edge of comedy and modern-day Americana. Trucker Jack Burton, whose confidence and assuredness in his own capabilities seems unshakeable, gets embroiled in a street war between sorcerer Lo Pan, his henchmen the Three Storms and their gang Wing Kong, and the good guys, the Chang Sing. But before we know it his best friend's fiancée has been kidnapped, his prize truck (The Pork Chop Express) is stolen and we learn Lo Pan is trying to recoup his diminished power.

Teaming up with tour bus driver Egg Shen and the few remaining Chang Sing warriors, as well as intrusive reporter Gracie Law, Jack and his friend Wang descend into the literal underworld of San Francisco to stop Lo Pan and rescue Wang's fiancée Miao Yin.

What follows is one of the most colourful, elaborate and fantastic adventure movies of the '80s. Russell is perfect as cult hero Jack Burton, and his overriding uselessness is almost the comical antithesis of the other Carpenter/Russell favourite, Snake Plissken - in the final battle here Jack manages to knock himself out and spends most of the fight incapacitated. The special effects are still surprisingly good, the soundtrack is excellent and the cast brilliant all around, including great support from Victor Wong, Kim Cattrall and James Hong. This is backed up by some great fight scenes, an assortment of likeable characters and some perfectly pitched humour.
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Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Big Trouble In Little China [Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray] [1968] Following Escape from New Yorkand The Thing, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell re-unite for this mystical, action, adventure, comedy, kung-fu, monster, ghost story!

Kurt 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.

Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Suzee Pai, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Lia Chang, Al Leong, Jerry Hardin, Peter Kwong, James Pax and Chao Li Chi

Director: John Carpenter

Producers: Larry Franco and Gary Goldman

Writers: John Carpenter, W.D. Richter, David Z. Weinstein and Gary Goldman

Composers: John Carpenter and Alan Howarth

Cinematography: Dean Cundey

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: PCM 2.0 Stereo

Aspect Ratio: 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable light-hearted chinese magic and martial arts fun.
Published 9 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter & Russell Do Supernatural Kung Fu
Big Trouble In Little China.

Directed by John Carpenter
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Published 1 month ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
very good purchase, have wanted a DVD of this film for a long time:)
glad to have received my copy, good memories from childhood
Published 1 month ago by david
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not buy from these again
Very poor despite saying dvd was in good condition it had a massive scratch in it that stopped the film a quarter of the way through
Published 1 month ago by Stefanie Keenor
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Picture and cool 80s Carpenter.....?
Wowwwww well done with the remastering and the little longer Version....? A lot of Fun watching this again with Perfect Clear Picture and Carpenter / K. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andreas Kulus
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscing
I saw this movie as a kid, and used to love it. Yes... it is a B-movie. But it's a classic B movie, with typical funny/unfunny/silly scenes and pseudo martial arts fights. Love it.
Published 1 month ago by Lina M. Knuth-winterfeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiminished by time
A truly epic movie in every sense of the word, a must see for anyone, especially those who may have seen this in early childhood but never since, I urge you to try it again.
Published 2 months ago by M. Nugent
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's awesomeness
well if i was reviewing the film alone i would still give this review 5 stars because it screams 80's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by doom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cover
Remember this first time round. A great watch. Steelbook is great.
Love the corny one liners. Martial arts and fantasy , what could be better.
Published 2 months ago by Karla Dhanjal
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