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Ian F
08-06-2009, 10:40 AM
I forgot Fox released it this week. Has anyone seen the Blu-Ray yet? Unless its a total screwup transfer this is a must buy for me.

It also has an extended cut apparently.

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Fox/Big_Trouble_in_Little_China_Blu-ray_Gets_Specs,_Extended_Cut/2802

EDIT: It's packaged to the gills and looks good

http://www.dvdreview.com/reviews/pages/3021.shtml


Although 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has a stellar track record when it comes to high definition transfers, I was honestly a trepid regarding this film, expecting a somewhat mediocre presentation. Boy, was I ever wrong! I don't know how they did it, but "Big Trouble In Little China" looks like a million bucks taxfree on this Blu-Ray version - seriously, you won't believe your eyes. The print is in pristine condition, absolutely clean and shows not a single mar or blemish. John Carpenter's and cinematographer Dean Cundey's color palette is extremely important to this film in particular as it is used to convey the mystical Chinese atmosphere that carries the entire film. This Fant-Asia-style visual smorgasbord is perfectly reproduced here from the electric fingers of lightning, the neon signs that illuminate dank back alleys, to Suzee Pai's jade-green eyes. Every hue and shade is so wonderfully rendered that is is hard believe the film could ever have existed on any other medium. Equally impressive is the level of detail in the transfer, making it a real high definition treat. Not a hint is lost in the sheen textures of the Chinese gowns, the grimy back alleys or the skins of the actors. Everything is coming to life with detail and sharpness that I honestly would never have thought possible of this particular film. Blacks are very deep, giving the image plenty of visual depth and dimension, while shadows are always well delineated and maintain an incredible level of detail. This picture is bold with contrast and awash with colors, and I daresay that you have to see "Big Trouble In Little China" on this Blu-Ray Disc to finally appreciate its complete visual glory.

It is nice to see, of course, that Fox is equally committed to the audio presentation, as a powerful DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio tack accompanies the movie. At this point, I believe is is needless to say that this is a high resolution, lossless, 1:1 representation of the film's master track. As far audio goes, things don't get better than this. The dynamic range of the track adds notably to the dramatic impact of the film, while the frequency response of the track makes sure the audio never sounds dated, playing its muscles across the entire frequency spectrum. The bottom end of the spectrum is never over-emphasized as it is in all too many contemporary films, and exhibits a balanced LFE presence that creates a solid aural foundation for the film. The high ends are very clear and dialogues are perfectly mixed in, never being drowned out by the sound effects or the music.

For the music aficionados among you, Fox has also included the movie's cool score on an isolated track.

The disc also comes with an audio commentary, featuring John Carpenter and Kurt Russell that was also part of the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD some time ago. As was the case in previous tracks the two recorded together, this commentary track is an entertaining and informative treasure trove that fans will cherish for years to come. Carpenter and Russell are noticeably enthusiastic about the film and the ability to talk about it so freely. Many anecdotes, potshots and a wealth of valuable and insightful information are conveyed in this track, making it an invaluable addition to this release that you do not want to miss.

A series of deleted scenes is also part of this release, including an extended ending of the movie. These scenes have appeared on the DVD version before and are typically alternate takes or longer versions of scenes in the film. It is relatively obvious why they were excised from the final film, as they would have slowed down the furious momentum the movie manages to build. While it is great to see these versions, I am sure no one will argue that they were rightfully dropped to the cutting room floor. Interestingly, though, I found the alternate ending quite interesting and could indeed see it in the actual movie.

One of the greatest features on the Blu-Ray version is a 16-minute video interview with special effects director Richard Edlund, culled form the DVD version. The way it is presented is very interesting, as it offers the viewer the chance to determine what he wants to see using multiple-angles. The first video stream contains Edlund's on-camera interview with a small window on the side showing what he is talking about. On the second angle you can see the content of that window in full-screen mode while the interview continues. Edlund covers many of the film's special effects, ranging from the creatures to the many effects used to bring Lo Pan to life.

The vintage 10-minute "Making Of Big Trouble In Little China" featurettes is also part of the disc, although its contents do not go beyond the typical promotional fluff. It contains on-set interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and tries to convey some "glamorous" facts, so to say.

The release also includes the music video in which "The Coup De Villes" - featuring John Carpenter, Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle - perform and star the end-credit song "Big Trouble In Little China."

THe release is rounded out by trailers and a behind-the-scenes gallery. Unfortunately the "Cinefex" and "American Cinematographer" pieces that were part of the DVD release have not found their way onto this disc and are sorely missed, of course.

mark t
08-06-2009, 11:56 AM
Reviews across the net say that the audio is a bit lacking, but that the picture is amazing, and all of the old extras are included. Hello, upgrade! I'll be picking this up this week.

Ian F
08-06-2009, 12:09 PM
Reviews across the net say that the audio is a bit lacking, but that the picture is amazing, and all of the old extras are included. Hello, upgrade! I'll be picking this up this week.

Ditto. Borders just put out a 40% coupon and I have a five dollar Borders bucks gift certificate so it winds up being about 12 USD. :)

Wostry Ferenc
08-06-2009, 12:43 PM
I' pretty sure we have like 20 threads about this film... :)

cworkman
08-06-2009, 03:30 PM
Since it's a Fox title, I'll be boycotting it. It probably wouldn't play on my player anyway, because about every three months Fox does something with the encoding on their copyguards that warrants a firmware upgrade, which is extremely annoying, and my player's producers are very slow about getting their upgrades out. So, I won't be buying any Fox titles anytime soon, if at all.

Jeremy Slate
08-07-2009, 04:03 PM
Picked this up this morning and man, does this eco-case suck. Anyone know a good place to buy a few empty Blu-ray cases for replacing these POSs?

Wim C.
08-07-2009, 08:50 PM
Since it's a Fox title, I'll be boycotting it. It probably wouldn't play on my player anyway, because about every three months Fox does something with the encoding on their copyguards that warrants a firmware upgrade, which is extremely annoying, and my player's producers are very slow about getting their upgrades out. So, I won't be buying any Fox titles anytime soon, if at all.


Never had any problems with Fox' titles. Had my player since january - never even upgraded my firmware.

And Big Trouble in Little China looks absolutely amazing !

Shane K
08-08-2009, 12:02 AM
Picked this up this morning and man, does this eco-case suck. Anyone know a good place to buy a few empty Blu-ray cases for replacing these POSs?

Get them on Amazon. I got some a few moths back to have on hand for any digi-pak releases to keep the discs sage and secure. They're usually like $3 for half a dozen, but shiping costs around $6. What the fuck ever though, I'm majorly OCD when it comes to keeping my discs protected.

And yeah, I watched this last night, and the transfer is impeccable. Definitely a no-brainer, when it comes to picking this up. It even has the deleted scenes and extended ending.

Aaron M.
08-09-2009, 01:46 PM
So what's the extended cut like? is it just the deleted scenes put back in?

BrentLeeW
08-09-2009, 05:03 PM
I was going to get this at Best Buy this week, but they hadn't been able to find them in the warehouse. I complained to the manager about this, and 2 past experiences with this same problem and got a $10 gift card and an apology. The apology shocked me more than the gift card

Jeffrey Allen Rydell
08-09-2009, 05:05 PM
I was going to get this at Best Buy this week, but they hadn't been able to find them in the warehouse. I complained to the manager about this, and 2 past experiences with this same problem and got a $10 gift card and an apology. The apology shocked me more than the gift card
Apology Shock.

Band name o' the day.

Wim C.
08-09-2009, 05:43 PM
So what's the extended cut like? is it just the deleted scenes put back in?

There's no extended cut - just deleted scenes and an extended ending as extra features, same stuff that was on the dvd.

Ian F
08-09-2009, 06:12 PM
There's no extended cut - just deleted scenes and an extended ending as extra features, same stuff that was on the dvd.

Yeah, apparently the disc specs were mistakenly reported at some point.

Steve R
08-09-2009, 08:19 PM
The original special edition of this title was blow-away. It had color that was stunning as well as a great DTS track.

I often wonder if the reviewers did an A/B with the older one, or if they had seen it. Not to be any kind of naysayer here, but a really well done disc on a terrific and fine tuned HDTV (Plasma) looks pretty damn blow away too.

Tempting, though, very tempting...

I love this movie!

Pete Bogh
08-10-2009, 04:02 PM
Here is a good set of comparison shots, but you have to wait for it to load, then scroll down a bit:

http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/index.php?art=full&image=8&vergleich=big_trouble_in_little_china&action=1#vergleich

Steve R
08-10-2009, 07:51 PM
Pete,

Wow. I guess its all in the reflexes. :)

Thanks,
Steve

Aleck Bennett
08-10-2009, 11:21 PM
Here is a good set of comparison shots, but you have to wait for it to load, then scroll down a bit:

http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/index.php?art=full&image=8&vergleich=big_trouble_in_little_china&action=1#vergleich

Damn, that clinches it, don't it? I gotta get the upgrade on this.

Pete Bogh
08-14-2009, 07:44 PM
I finally got this today - it looks and sounds GREAT.
More Carpenter transfers like this, please.