Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 24th, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1980
Director: Robert Clouse
Writer: Robert Clouse
Cast: Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Kristine DeBell, Mako
|DVD releasedRetail :||2000||2004|
|Approximate running time:||91||95|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital 5.1 English||Dolby Digital DTS, 5.1 and Mono English|
|DVD Release:||Hong Kong Legends||Fox|
|Region 1 NTSC|
Hong Kong Legends Region 2 DVD
Fox’s Region 1 DVD
Jerry Kwan is a Chinese immigrant who lives in Chicago’s during the 1930’s. Every year in Texas in the town of Battle creek there is a prize fighting competition. Jerry is forced to compete when gangsters kidnap his brother’s fiancé. Things get worse when another rival gang kidnap Jerry’s uncle. What will Jerry do with both sides blackmailing him?
Both Fox’s and Hong Kong Legend’s transfers for Battle Creek Brawl are free of artifacts and the framing on both releases looks identical. The overall detail is extremely good in both releases with the only major difference being that Fox’s release has a more vivid color palate and the flesh tones look more natural on the Fox release.
This film was recorded in English and all audio tracks on both releases are in English. Fox’s DTS track is the best track overall with its dynamic range of sound that perfectly captures the films action sequences. Both the Hong Kong Legends and Fox releases come with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is crystal clear as the dialog is easy to hear and follow. For purists the Fox release comes with the original Dolby Digital mono track and even though it isn’t a full as the other tracks it more then gets the job done.
Fox’s release outside of the films original trailer and trailers for some of Fox’s other Hong Kong releases is essentially a barebones release. Hong Kong Legends release fares a little better in the extras department. Extras include the UK and original theatrical trailers, photo gallery and a short interview with Jackie Chan.
Fox’s release has a slight edge in the video department and it also comes with multiple audio options. The only area the Hong Kong Legends release out did the Fox release was in the extras department and even the extras they included are marginal. Fox’s release is the lower priced and the better of the two releases as it has a solid audio/video presentation.