Jackie Chan, Charles Bronson Join Masters of Cinema in April

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Eureka Entertainment just announced that martial arts classic Drunken Master will be joining the Masters of Cinema series in April, together with Walter Hill's Hard Times starring Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Sexy coming-of-age cult favourite The Blue Lagoon will also be getting a Blu-ray release.

Jackie Chan exploded onto the martial arts scene in the 1978 action flick Drunken Master, directed by the legendary Yuen Woo Ping, which joins the Masters of Cinema series in a dual-format Blu-ray/DVD release on 24 April. Featuring a 4K restoration of the film together with the original Cantonese language audio, Eureka promises a definitive release packed with supplements (see below).

Charles Bronson and James Coburn star in the Depression-era boxing drama Hard Times, the debut film from action auteur Walter Hill. Masters of Cinema's dual-format release also arrives on 24 April, and also boasts a new 4K resoration of the film, as well as an audio interview with Hill. 

A firm favourite of 80s adolescents everywhere, The Blue Lagoon introduced the world to Brooke Shields, as she is shipwrecked on a deserted island with Christopher Atkins and experiences a sexual awakening. Eureka's dual-format release debuts on 10 April and features a stunning new transfer of the film, two commentary tracks and more.

Eureka also announced that Icíar Bollaín’s inspirational drama The Olive Tree will be released on DVD on 15 May, while the newly acquired Suntan, from Greek filmmaker Argyris Papadimitropoulos, will get a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland on 28 April.

  • Definitive transfer from 4K digital restoration
  • The original complete Cantonese soundtrack, rarely heard on home video
  • Alternate Cantonese, English and Mandarin audio options
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Hong Kong film experts Ric Meyers and Jeff Yang
  • New video interview with director Yuen Woo-ping
  • Video interview with Jackie Chan
  • New video interview with film scholar Tony Rayns
  • New video appreciation by director Gareth Evans (The Raid film series)
  • Deleted scene
  • Original trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new writing and archival imagery
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Hard Times, what a film. You could definitely rely on Walter Hill to knock out a classic in those days. It's pretty impressive he was able to get Bronson and Coburn for his directorial debut.

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ManateeAdvocateFebruary 16, 2017 8:12 AM

Would love to own Drunken Master and Hard Times on blu. Excellent films. Classics even in my realm.

Ard VijnFebruary 16, 2017 8:29 AM

Truth! It was called STREETFIGHTER over here, and man, I have such happy memories of seeing this on VHS in my teens...

Ard VijnFebruary 16, 2017 8:29 AM

Two insta-buys.

wabaliciousFebruary 16, 2017 1:47 PM

Even though i've been a huge fan of Walter Hill my whole life i only saw this for the first time a few years ago. It was never really available in any of the video shops in my town, so i got to see it on tv finally. Of course the tv channel went off-air while it was showing, hahaha, but i did get to see the full film, albeit with a long interlude halfway through. Hill really knows how to deliver classic tough guys in classic tough guy films, and that is all i ask :)

Wjr.February 16, 2017 5:02 PM

Hard Times is a gem, I hope we get the complete unedited version of this classic, a fight sequence is missing on the current DVD version and it was great scene,Bronson was a cool dude in that film.

Ard VijnFebruary 16, 2017 9:01 PM

That poster for THE BLUE LAGOON reminds me of the fact that Brooke Shields was a LOT taller than Christopher Atkins (despite the lying airbrush image), meaning he always had to stand on crates during the close-ups. For one walking-on-the-beach scene, they actually had to dig a ditch for Brooke to walk in, to offset the height difference.

In other words: those commentary tracks could be really, really funny.