Although BUENA VISTA often handles their blu-ray releases with meticulous care, the blu-ray release of "THE LEGEND OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER," is an exception to this rule. Not only is the original Cantonese track not offered at all, but this is the the edited American release, and one would've expected, even with only bad dubbing, the original version.
Jackie Chan stars as Wong Fei Hung, a man caught up in a ridiculous plot to retrieve a valuable seal, after making a jumbled transaction and exchanging the ginseng belonging to his physician father for it. Making matters worse, while showing Hong Kong Cinema loves to perpetuate its own stereotypes, the British diplomats are seen as villains, focused on plundering the riches of China over any other concerns. The British along with Chinese villains, are intent on retrieving the artifact that they originally stole, and these encounters provide much of the action throughout the film. While the blend of action and comedy have always worked well with Jackie Chan's films, the dramatic portion of this film is a major stumbling block, occasionally grinding the film to a halt. Still, whenever action sequences unfold, they're completely mesmerizing to watch, and Chan's physical feats make a heavily flawed film like this, well worth watching.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are never rich, and when compared to an import dvd, this deficiency is even more noticeable, and disappointing. Contrast is decent, however the image has a consistently soft look, making detail only slightly better than the dvd, and seldom presenting great depth. Most of the scenes look rather flat.
BUENA VISTA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, but being the dubbed version, even the effects feel unnatural at times. Discrete effects are plentiful, and fidelity is decent throughout, but the dubbing is poorly synched and even with Chan doing his own voice, the dialogue portions are often distracting.
A brief interview with Jackie Chan, is also included.