Big Trouble in Little China
Though ignored during its initial release, Big Trouble in Little China has since proven to have a solid fan base with its particular (and slightly ahead of its time) blend of kung-fu high jinks. The two-disc set features the film on one disc with the second disc reserved for the special features. The flawless print is presented in widescreen (anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The language choices are English Dolby Digital 4.1 Surround, English DTS, and English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Disc one is rounded off with a great commentary track featuring director John Carpenter and the film's star Kurt Russell. It's obvious that the two have been friends for a long time as the track is full of plenty of laughter and great stories. Disc two is loaded with features, including three trailers and six TV spots. There is an extended ending as well as eight deleted scenes presented as work prints. The quality of these scenes is serviceable but they are definitely worth a look. There is a seven-and-a-half-minute electronic press kit from the release time of the film which features interviews with the major stars and behind-the-scenes footage. There is a cast and crew filmography section and a music video of John Carpenter singing the title theme. Magazine articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex are presented with the option of enlarging the featured pictures. There is also a 13-minute interview with special effects wizard Richard Edlund which allows for optional two-angle viewing. One angle is the on-camera interview with effects stills presented in a small supplemental screen. The other option allows for the stills to be onscreen full frame. The disc is completed with a stills gallery of over 200 images. This is a special edition in every sense, which will please all fans of this movie.