The crazy fun adventure fantasy that is "Big Trouble in Little China" storms onto a double disc DVD release that's as nuts as the film itself.
Picture Compared to the video release, this looks like another movie. The transfer to DVD knocks years off the film's appearance, and it's great to see it in the proper ratio.
Sound Somewhat disappointingly, the DTS 5.1 mix on the US release has not made it onto this UK disc. The Dolby 4.1 mix has, though, and it's no slouch when it comes to making the most of the trademark John Carpenter music score.
Audio Commentary (Disc One) The commentary track between John Carpenter and Kurt Russell alone makes the DVD a worthwhile purchase. It follows a rhythm whereby Carpenter will say something and Russell will slay himself laughing, somewhat in the mode of the character he played in "Overboard". It's an infectious audio experience that will have you gurgling like a drain, even if you don't really know why.
"Seems like every one of the movies we do, we're ahead of the time," says Carpenter. "Oh you noticed that, too," responds Russell before falling apart once again with laughter. That's the style of this chat throughout, but some pertinent points do escape. Russell comments on his friends asking him at the time if he didn't have a movie coming out. Trouble is, the advertising was so badly done, no one knew who was in the film! As for the comment that nearly kills Russell with convulsions, that comes when Carpenter remarks that he thinks his best performance was in "Captain Ron".
Disc Two Special Features
Deleted Scenes There are seven deleted scenes which are made up of the original film elements, with some scenes completed using Betamax footage. There's a clear difference in quality between the two, but all the scenes have a text introduction, and some have optional storyboard angles and alternate versions from either the film or video source. Also on the disc is an extended ending along with storyboards.
Music Video We wouldn't normally comment on a music video, but this is an 80s throwback that's essential viewing, if only to crack up over the awful visuals, and dodgy fashion styles.
Richard Edlund Interview Richard Edlund discusses his work on the rubber mask effects that James Hong's character uses. You can choose either to watch it with full frame stills from the FX production work, or as a smaller insert frame within the interview footage. Edlund also talks about his work on other films, including the absurd dailies that came back from "Alien³", due to Fincher trying out a whippet alien he was convinced would look good.
Additional Special Features Included on the DVD is an original featurette from the time of release, two magazine articles to read, three trailers, a stills gallery, and the original press kit for you to wade through.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 4.1
Technical Features: Scene selection, 3D animated menus, multiple language and subtitles, and English captions for the hearing impaired.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.