Eureka have this week announced that Drunken Master, the original kung-fu classic starring one of my all-tim favourite martial artists & sction movie superstars, Jackie Chan, will be released as part of their Masters of Cinema series in a definitive Dual-format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 24 April 2017.
This new Blu-ray features the definitive transfer of the film from a 4K digital restoration; the original complete Cantonese soundtrack, rarely heard on home video; alternate Cantonese, English and Mandarin audio options; and newly translated English subtitles.
From the press release:
Hong Kong action pioneer Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and martial arts superstar Jackie Chan burst onto the scene in 1978 with a one-two punch of kung fu masterpieces, and it was the second of these, Drunken Master, with its Keatonesque slapstick and flawlessly choreographed fight scenes that would leave the biggest impact.
Jackie Chan plays Wong Fei-hung (a legendary Chinese folk hero who has also been portrayed on screen by Jet Li, Gordon Liu and Donnie Yen amongst many others), who is punished for his frequent troublemaking by being forced to study under the martial arts master Su Hua Chi (Yuen Siu-tien), notorious for his drinking as much as he is for leaving his students crippled. Wong proves himself an adept pupil, but his new skills are soon put to the test when his own father is targeted by a brutal assassin (Hwang Jang Lee, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow).
Frequently ranked as one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, Drunken Master revolutionised modern action cinema, and the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a new Dual-Format edition.
DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
- Audio commentary by Hong Kong film experts Ric Meyers and Jeff Yang
- New video interview with director Yuen Woo-ping
- Video interview with Jackie Chan
- New video interview with film scholar Tony Rayns
- New video appreciation by director Gareth Evans (The Raid film series)
- Deleted scene
- Original trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new writing and archival imagery
The Masters of Cinema release of Drunken Master is available to pre-order now http://amzn.to/2kpKKzs