Police Story III: Super Cop is a wonderful reminder of how great Jackie Chan was in his prime. Not that us poor Westerners got a taste of it at the time. Like most of his earlier films, this one was butchered & dubbed into worthlessness for its theatrical release in the States. But for posterity - and the masochists - that truncated version is also included in this boxed set.
For everyone else, the original Hong Kong version of Police Story III is arguably the best film in the franchise…maybe one of the best of Chan’s long career (and infinitely better than anything he’s done recently). In his first collaboration with director Stanley Tong, he’s congenial, funny and, of course, an insanely fearless physical performer. Some of the stunts and action sequences in this film remain jaw-dropping.
The icing on the cake, however, is co-star Michelle Yeoh, a rising star at the time. As both an actor and physical performer, she’s every bit Chan’s equal, even managing to steal some scenes with amazing fighting skills and stunts of her own. Now that her career has since eclipsed his, checking out Yeoh in an early action role is pretty interesting (at this point, Police Story III was probably her best movie, too).
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30 years later, Police Story III: Super Cop still holds up as tremendous entertainment. It’s fast-paced, funny and gets a lot of mileage from the chemistry between Chan and Yeoh. In addition to a great 4K facelift from 88 Films, this nicely packaged boxed set includes some interesting vintage bonus features, as well as a poster, lobby cards and an 80-page supplemental booklet. It’s a must-own for action fans, especially if all they know is the butchered English version.
4K & BLU-RAY COPIES
HONG KONG & ENGLISH CUTS
INTERVIEWS - Lengthy vintage interviews with Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, director Stanley Tong, actor/stuntman Ken Lo.
AUDIO COMMENTARY - By Frank Djeng.
OUTTAKES & BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE
HONG KONG, JAPANESE & ENGLISH TRAILERS
COMMERCIAL - Featuring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh
80-PAGE BOOKLET - Features an interview with former actor (now a doctor) John Wakefield and an essay by C.J. Lines, as well as dozens of photos.6 LOBBY CARD REPLICAS
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