Dragon Lord (龍少爺) is a 1982 live-action theatrical Hong Kong film directed by Jackie Chan, written by Jackie Chan, Edward Tang, and Barry Wong, and published by Golden Harvest. The film stars Jackie Chan, Mars, Hwang In-Shik, Tien Feng and many more. It was theatrically released in January 1982 for Hong Kong.
“Dragon (Jackie Chan) and Bull (Mars) are childhood friends who spend most of their free time chasing after local girls in general and spying on one in particular who catches their eyes.
A gang in the nearby dwelling is smuggling precious Chinese artifacts to westerners. Hoi (Chan Wai-man) is a reluctant party to the scheme and when he voiced his objection, the Big Boss sent his henchmen after him to keep him quiet. When the mischievous duo came across Hoi, who was hiding in their village, they take on the gang to protect the artifacts.”Plot Synopsis via 88 Films, August 2020.
Jackie Chan has had a very successful career throughout the past couple of decades, and it’s amazing to see how many films he was involved in that honestly I feel are not as well known as his Hollywood acting roles. His work in Hong Kong cinema has a ton of classics, great action and fun entertainment throughout.
UK distributor 88 Films continues to bring the best possible release they can make for Hong Kong cinema. Their recent titles Crime Story, Miracles: The Canton Godfather, and The Protector have all sold out on their 3000 unit first print run and those had only lasted at least 4-6 months since their initial release. 88 Films other titles featuring Jackie Chan like Armour of God II: Operation Condor, Dragons Forever, and Heart of Dragon will honestly sell out at any moment now. And let’s not forget the other titles in the Hong Kong cinema catalogue like John Woo’s Heroes Shed No Tears and the upcoming Jet Li’s The Master to add a variety into the mix.
Dragon Lord is Jackie Chan’s third directed film and was apparently going to be a sequel to his 1980 film The Young Master at one point. This is one of many films that did get a UK release years ago and it’s nice to see it return with a 2K restoration on the Blu-ray format. It was previously distributed by Missing In Action for VHS, followed by Eastern Heroes and Hong Kong Legends for DVD.
First Edition Contents:
88 Films follows a trend similar to Arrow Video and Eureka Entertainment where they offer a first print edition that includes an o-card slipcase and a couple of physical extras to go with the package.
For Dragon Lord, we have first print items that are very similar to 88 Films’ earlier releases from the Jackie Chan line-up like Battle Creek Brawl, Dragon Fist, Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin, and To Kill with Intrigue, which involves a couple of post cards but also a folded poster.
The SRP is £24.99 and has 3000 unit print run. Once the print run is out of stock, they’ll re-release the film without the O-card slipcase, folded poster and post cards.
- Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring unique artwork by R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien
- Folded Poster with artwork by R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien
- 4 Post Cards
Distributor: 88 Films
Released: 10th August 2020
88 Films’ Blu-ray release for Dragon Lord comes with two different cuts; the Hong Kong Theatrical Cut running at 96 minutes, and the Extended Cut running at 103 minutes which is an earlier cut that has 15 minutes of exclusive footage.
For both cuts of the film, you also have the option to choose a version where the subtitles are simplified during the shuttlecock scene, allowing you to focus more on the action that occurs.
Audio options include Cantonese with English subtitles and the classic English dub from 1982 as well as the 2003 surround version for the Hong Kong Theatrical Cut. The Cantonese audio is available in both its original theatrical mono, and an alternative home release mono mix.
The white subtitles are unlockable during playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray.
|Audio||Hong Kong Theatrical Cut:|
Cantonese (Original) DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
Cantonese (Alternative) DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
English (1982) DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
English (2003) DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
2:35:1 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- The Insider: Interview with Louis Sit
- The Fall Guy: An Interview with Mars
- The Master Returns: An Interview with Wong In-Sik
- Behind-the-Scenes Teaser Trailer
- Hong Kong Trailer
- English Trailer
And here’s a quick look at my 88 Films Jackie Chan so far: