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Big Trouble in Little China [Blu-ray] [1986]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (474 out of 485)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
    • Deleted scene
    • Vintage featurette
    • Music video
    • Richard Edlund interview
    • Trailers and TV spots
    • Behind-the-scenes gallery

    Synopsis


    Big Trouble in Little China
    Playing in a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver who agrees to go to the San Francisco airport and pick up his friend's (Dennis Dun) fiancee (Suzee Pai, freshly arrived from China. Suddenly, a gang of Chinatown toughs kidnap the girl right before Russell's eyes. After a wild chase sequence, Russell discovers that the girl has been abducted by a genuine, bonafide sorceror (James Hong), the ghost of a 3000 year old warlord. And that's just for starters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kurt Russell
      Kurt Russell - Jack Burton
    • Kim Cattrall
      Kim Cattrall - Gracie Law
    • Dennis Dun
      Dennis Dun - Wang Chi
    • James Hong
      James Hong - Lo Pan
    • Victor Wong
      Victor Wong - Egg Shen



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 485 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Two parts comedy, One part action!

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      kenn
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      The Critics shredded and diced this movie so I really went to the theatre expecting to see one sick puppy. Instead, I was delighted and I continue to be delighted every time I watch this marvelous movies. John Carpenter created an original howl of a time, with tongue firm planted through the cheek and simply went wild with fun and throw away lines, that will keep you coming back again and again. The Critics just did not get the JOKE!! Sigh...fortunately, the public did not agree. A great cast Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, Kate Burton (Richard's Daughter), Victor Wong and James Hong take several wrong turns and end up in a war - kung fu style - kidnappings and all sorts "some very unreasonable things". Originally the manuscript for the second Buckaroo Banzai movie, Big Trouble hits bulls eye where BB just missed. It's over kill to the max, but such a great way to go as Jack Burton - Russell doing a BAD John Wayne Imitation - runs headlong into the magick underbelly of Chinatown. One critic put down Russell's performance as "was so poor, it was like he was doing a poor John Wayne imitation" WELL, DUH???? Earth to LM!! Russell is taking Dennis Dun to pick up his bride to be, but she is mistakenly snatched. It's up to Russell, Dun, Wong and crew to try and get her back. Instead, they lose Kim Cattral to Hong as well as Burton's Peterbuilt "the Porkchop Express", so old Jack has to get mean. If you don't want to laugh so hard your ribs hurt, you don't enjoy parodies, you don't enjoy bad John Wayne imitations...fine give it a pass. But everyone else wanting a great time, this is one you should not miss!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Truly an '80s gem.

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      BigA
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      Having grown up in the '80s myself, I may be a bit biased, but they just don't make movies like this anymore. 80's movies, and the 80s in general can be cheesy, but balancing the right amount of that with some witty dialogue and outlandish characters made for a hell of a movie. Kurt Russell is great as 'ol Jack Burton, who has been eloquently described as the sidekick who doesn't know he's a sidekick. On a trip to Chinatown to collect the domino winnings he's owed, he and his compatriot Wang, are beset by the three storm lords, working for the evil immortal sorcerer Lo Pan as they kidnap Wang's fiancé in an effort to break an ancient curse binding their master. You just don't get movie plots like this anymore. Watching Jack Burton, with all his bravado be largely ineffective against his sorcerous adversaries is hilarious. This John Carpenter film, takes the cheesy, the outlandish, and tempers it with enough snappy dialogue, action, and some over the top stereotypes, to make a wildly entertaining movie. The transfer on this Blu-ray is particularly good for an older film. There is a healthy amount of grain in the transfer, but the overall detail is still quite excellent. On the audio side, this transfer doesn't employ the surrounds much at all, and is a little light in the bass department. I think the soundstage could use a bit of remixing for the modern home theater. It isn't bad, but it could have been better. So that's it, for a price of $5 you can't really go wrong here. Also, the audio commentary is great, especially if you are already a fan of the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Carpenter/Russell! How can you go wrong?

      Posted
      Farkas
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      Big Trouble is a movie that really doesn't need a review at this point. If you are looking at buying this you more than likely have seen it before and are just looking to upgrade to Blu-Ray. If that is the case it is definitely worth the upgrade. The picture quality is much better than the dvd and is miles ahead of whatever source they are using on Netflix. Sound is also quite good. It's not on par with all the blockbusters of today but does a fine job and the soundtrack also pops and shines on this blu-ray. If you are wondering about supplements there are enough here to wet your appetite but most notable and greatest is the commentary with Carpenter and Russell. It's always a pleasure listening to these two old friends doing a commentary and this one is one of their bests. All in all if you are looking to upgrade it is well worth it. If for some reason you haven't seen it yet sorry my review doesn't offer anything to help. I will tell you though you are doing yourself a great disservice by not watching this film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie considering the decade it was made!

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      lizadola
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      If you always keep in mind that this movie came out in the mid 80s, you'll enjoy it immensely. My kids would probably hate it because the effects don't stand up to today's standards and some of the creatures are clearly people in costumes but it was actually really fun to watch. It definitely has what most movies lack these days...character development. You really get to like the characters and care what happens to them. It's a fun story and has just the right amount of darkness to make it interesting. The sound and picture of this Blu-ray is actually pretty good, still keeping in mind the decade this movie was made. The picture was a bit grainy in parts but still very clear. The sound was pretty good too. The music sounded fantastic while sound effects and dialogue were a bit lacking. Of course, the music was created by the director, John Carpenter, so maybe he put more love in making the soundtrack sound great for Blu-ray. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience watching this great 80s classic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      How to love a character...

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      Puckles
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      This film will have you holding your side with laughter and swooning with envy at Jack Burton's seemingly unwavering demeanor. Finding himself in the wrong part of San Francisco Chinatown after a long night of gambling, Jack Burton must escort his gambling pal and restaurant owner, Wang, to go retrieve a double or nothing bet that Wang lost at the end of the session. An annoying errand soon turns into a trip through ancient Chinese mythology and current tradition as the two struggle in the Jurassic streets between warring gangs. When the agenda of a Chinese sorcerer involves the love interest of Wang, he pleads with his resourceful friend, Jack Burton, to help rescue her from the evil ceremonies of the criminal underworld. Jack Burton just wants his money, but soon finds reason and intrigue to become a part of a realm in which he obviously does not belong.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Cult Classic Deserving Your Purchase

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      Boosterfan25
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      John Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a famous duo in the world of cinema, having worked together on projects like Elvis, Escape From NY, Escape From LA, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. This movie is a staple in 80's action movie nostalgia. Yes, the story is bizarre and yes some of the effects look a bit wonky and cheap compared to today's standards. But what makes this blu ray worth the purchase is the HD picture quality, the special features, and the fact that this movie's success has always been dependent on the charisma and likability of the actors/characters. Kurt Russell is always a joy to watch and hearing him and Carpenter discuss another of their films together in the commentary is so much fun. Well worth the $10 price point to add to your collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Best Bad 80's Movies You'll Ever See

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      JohnnyTambourine

      It's hard to describe why and just how good this movie is; it honestly hangs right on the very edge of being a terrible movie, but it has enough redeeming factors to save it from the void. These factors won't do you any good if you don't like lots of action and can't appreciate tons of character and raw charm that comes with the occasional bad line of dialogue or patch of sub-par acting. If you can look past such flaws, however, and you like the idea of Kurt Russell trash-talking his way through an adventure that will pit him and a bunch of his Chinese partners (including a wizard) against ancient Chinese demons--an adventure that will place him in the middle of a Chinese gang war for the sake of saving two women with green eyes--then you'll want to check out Big Trouble in Little China Town. But again, and I stress, if you're not a fan of classically, charmingly bad 80's movies, obviously, you should steer clear.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The greatest movie in the history of time

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      mikemc987
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      If you have never seen Big Trouble in Little China, I'm not sure how you have made it this far in life. You are fortunate. You should immediately watch this movie before it's too late. Imagine taking John Wayne as his apex of toughness. Throw him into a fairly standard Saturday afternoon kung fu movie. Now imagine you take away his toughness ability, BUT he still thinks he's the toughest guy around. That is Big Trouble in Little China. Kurt Russell is at his best with his John Wayne voice, asian tank top, full on mullet and his jeans tucked into his boots. He butchers cliche tough lines and somehow says them without laughing. It's one of the best and most underappreciated films ever. Kim Catrall is beautiful and funny and matches Kurt line for line and scene for scene. Watch it, again and again and again.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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