CTHV Press Release: Drunken Master

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Leonard Maltin, LEONARD MALTIN'S MOVIE & VIDEO GUIDE

    The Original Kung Fu Comedy Starring Jackie Chan

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    DRUNKEN MASTER

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    DEBUTS ON DVD AND VIDEOCASSETTE APRIL 2, 2002

    Culver City, CA (01/18/02) - On April 2, 2002, Columbia TriStar Home

    Entertainment

    will release on DVD and videocassette a comic martial arts classic

    DRUNKEN MASTER,

    starring international action comedy legend Jackie Chan (Rush Hour,

    Shanghai Noon).

    DRUNKEN MASTER was the second collaboration between director Yuen Woo

    Ping,

    fight choreographer for The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    and Jackie

    Chan. The film blends intricate martial arts moves with Jackie Chan's

    trademark

    slapstick comedy. DRUNKEN MASTER ushered in a new genre of kung fu

    comedy and

    established Chan as its uncontested king.

    Synopsis

    Won Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) is the mischievous young son of a martial

    arts schoolmaster

    who is constantly clowning around when he should be learning kung fu.

    After his comic

    antics injure the son of a powerful local man, his father enlists the

    help of his sadistic

    uncle to teach his son a little self-discipline.

    This strange man, who has a reputation for crippling his students, tries

    to teach Fei Hung

    a bizarre style of kung fu. At first, Fei Hung resists, but after

    losing a fight with a local

    assassin who has been hired to kill his father, he realizes he must

    master the special art of

    the "Drunken Boxer."

    Produced by Ng See Yuen. Co-Produced by Chang Chuan. Screenplay by Ng

    See Yuen

    and Hsiao Lung. Directed by Yuen Woo Ping.

    DVD Elements Include:

    Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video

    Widescreen and Presentation

    Audio: Cantonese and English (Mono)

    Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Korean

    Theatrical Trailers

    Rated PG-13

    Color

    Closed-Captioned

    DVD #08390

    UPC: 0-43396-08390-5

    DVD Order Date: 03/05/02

    DVD SLP: $24.95

    VHS # 08389

    UPC: 0-43396-08389-9

    VHS Order Date: 03/12/02
     
  2. Michael Warner

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    Here's hoping this one turns out OK but Columbia TriStar's track record with their Hong Kong films is pretty poor. Their versions of Once Upon a Time in China 1 and 2 both featured awful widescreen anamorphic transfers so I would wait and see on this one before pre-ordering. I truly hope it pans out as there isn't a "perfect" DVD for this film available in any region as of yet.
     
  3. Kwang Suh

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    Looking forward to this one!
     
  4. Nick_Scott

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    Is this definetly the first one?

    I've seen many copies of Drunken Master 2 and 3 labelled as the first.

    Actually, most of Jackie Chans movies are like that since the different studios like to hide the earlier "low quality" prequels. (like Supercop, and Armour of God come to mind).

    Just wondering because the first is my favorite of the three.

    (though, Fearless Hyena is my favorite in that 'style', though I once accidentally bought Hyena 2 because it was marked as Fearless Hyena, and the sequel is the probobly the worst Chan movie ever made.. )
     
  5. Clinton McClure

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    How exactly does this differ from Legend Of The Drunken Master?
     
  6. Rob Lutter

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    Legend of Drunken Master in reality is Drunken Master II
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

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    I hear Hong Kong Legends calling!
     
  8. Clinton McClure

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    Thanks Rob. I did not know that. [​IMG]
     
  9. JohnJB

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    Let's hope unlike the HKL version which is cropped to anamorphic 1:85 (since this release HKL have become IMO the best DVD producer out there and that includes Criterion)that this release will be anamorphic 2:35, also let's pray they re-master properly because Miracles from CTHV even though it was anamorphic 2:35 looked a lot worse that the HK version and it was not the elements as the HKL version of Miracles is reference, it looks better that The Godfather and don't forget when it comes to disrespecting film elements Paramount are amateurs compared to the HK film industry.
     
  10. Matthew Brown

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    I have high hopes for this one and will probably preorder it. I just want to check the running time to see if it is uncut. As mentioned before, this movie hasn't been truly done right yet. The HKL version looks good but it is lacking the original Cantonese track and is cropped. It's possible that HKL will redo this someday but they have a lot on their plate right now. There may be some low budget ones floating out there but they are horrible.

    I hope Columbia did right by this one. MIRACLES actually has two releases from them. One version has out of sync audio. The OUATIC series from what I heard looks bad, when I get a chance I will have a review comparing the three versions out there.

    I guess it would be asking way to much of Disney to release DRUNKEN MASTER II with it's original soundtrack. I am still waiting for a good version of this one that is uncut with the original sountrack. Disney's renaming of DRUNKEN MASTER II two will hurt Columbia's sales.

    Matt
     

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