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Big Trouble In Little China

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong & Victor Wong

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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No trouble here.... Big Trouble In Little China will satisfy even the most ardent fan (me!) of this funny and action-packed adventure. Watch the movie again and again and then have a blast listening to audio commentary with director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell laugh, joke, and tell terrific inside stories about the film. Now, insert the second of two the discs, which, by the way, both have terrific graphics, are easy to maneuver, and move as fast as Jack Burton

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 20011438
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1986
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/22/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Carpenter
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Big Trouble In Little China is a super-charged action fantasy flavored with an abundant dose of comedy, romance, and horror. Set in the bowels of San Francisco

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD should be quite satisfying, with images that are nicely detailed, though sharpness varies. Colors are rich, with generally well-balanced fleshtones, and deep blacks. Unfortunately, edge enhancement can be quite distracting, giving the picture a hard-edged appearance. Fine details shimmer at times and pixelization is also noticed. Artifacts and film grain are occasionally revealed. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 4.1-channel soundtracks are amply engaging and energetic, but there is a peculiarity with the dialogue, which isn