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Good Lord, what a lot of bonus features. Do you recommend an upgrade from the old Blu?
 

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Admittedly this may only be a disappointment to me, but I always felt that opening scene with Egg Shen basically giving the plot away was useless. On a director's commentary Carpenter revealed the studio found it confusing that Jack didn't seem all that heroic, and insisted they shoot that scene explaining to the audience that he was a hero. You know. Because we're dumb.

Anyway in the old BD release I could hit Chapter Forward once and get right to the opening credits just past the Egg Shen scene. To see the film as Carpenter intended (you're just introduced to this loud mouthed braggart and don't know what to make of him).

In this new disc, the chapter stops have been greatly reduced and Chapter 2 takes you well into the movie. :(
 

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Full disclosure: I did not do a true A/B, pause, still frame, screen cap comparison.

Since I was bummed out about the change in chapter stops (interestingly the original BD had 45, the new one has 12), I dug my old disc out.

Just quickly going back and forth between them (which was not an instantaneous switch since I have to eject, cue up and play) to my eyes I couldn't readily distinguish a difference between the two transfers. Not to say there isn't, I'm sure someone eventually will have comparison screencaps up. Just that in normal viewing from a distance, they both seemed to be very good transfers and I couldn't really tell one from the other.

So now I just combined all the discs in the steelbook packaging, I will use the original BD to skip the unnecessary prologue speech by Egg Shen, and use the other discs for their expanded extra features.
 
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In the photo for the review, I just have to note how beautiful Kim Catrell is, even in the heavy makeup.
 

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My next disc to get from Shout. I'm getting the set that has a poster & 45 record.
It should be fun to watch again. After all this time.
 
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Love this movie! I have a 1:6 action figure of Jack Burton that I had Kurt Russell sign when I met him back in 2007. He had never seen one before and the girls from "Death Proof" were there and were teasing him because the pecs on the action figure were now not quite so prominent on the real Kurt.
 

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Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.
 

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