Daring, sometimes downright negligent stunts that fortunately ended well. Crazy brute chases. And wild gunfights. Right in the middle: Jackie Chan, who is in his element and combines his rough side with his urge to entertain in a light and fluffy way. This made “Police Story” and “Police Story 2” into celebrated fireworks of action that even decades later filmmakers from all over the world were using. In German home cinema, however, the martial arts milestones were neglected: although there is an almost confusing number of releases on VHS and DVD, they often suffered from muddy picture quality.
Furthermore, the debut was either cut harshly or it wasn’t fully dubbed. That only changed this year – initially with a few strictly limited editions that have long been sold out. And now also at a fair price in a regular edition: On August 26, “Police Story” and “Police Story 2” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray as uncut theatrical versions with restored picture and sound quality. A media book with both parts will also be submitted on September 2nd.
» “Police Story” at Amazon: Part 1* / Part 2* / Part 1 + 2 in the media book*
It goes without saying that all original sound purists have the opportunity to ignore the synchro in the films. And it doesn’t matter whether you choose the individual editions or the Mediabook: As bonus material, the discs contain not only trailers, interviews and alternative scenes, but also plenty of outtakes. Quite a few Jackie Chan fans count them among the true highlights of every production with the tireless superstar.
In the first two “Police Story” films, which he directed himself, Jackie Chan tirelessly fights crime as Hong Kong police officer Kevin Chan. In the first film, for example, he protects key witness Selina Fong (Brigitte Lin), who has to fear for her life because of her information against gang boss Chu Tao (Yuen Chor). In part two, Kevin, who has been demoted to traffic cop, has to prove his importance to the police – and solve a series of bomb attacks.
For the sake of completeness: “Police Story” is “only” available on the newly released editions in the completely unabridged Hong Kong theatrical version, finally dubbed from beginning to end. An alternative long version was created for the Japanese market, but it stretches the film with quieter scenes and waters down its action density. Therefore, for most fans, it is only collectible, if at all. In the case of “Police Story 2”, on the other hand, the Japanese long version can be found on the disc, which closes some plot gaps in the theatrical version.
In the two films, Jackie Chan plods through an extraordinary series of fights, chases, shootouts and obstacle courses, which take place in a children’s playground, on the roofs of moving buses and in shopping malls, among other things. All of this had a major impact on action cinema: A passage in the debut, in which Chan thunders through several slum dwellings in his vehicle, was taken up by Michael Bay in “Bad Boys II”. The Marvel blockbuster “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings” copied some moves from part two.
“Bullet TrainDirector David Leitch recently explained to us in an exclusive DashFUN interview why “Police Story” has had such a long lasting effect:
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