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(aka "Fei lung mang jeung" or "Dragons Forever" or "Fei long meng jiang" or "Cyclone Z" or

"Action Hunter" or "3 Brothers" or "Flying Dragon Fierce Challenge")

 

Directed by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Corey Yuen
Hong Kong 1988

 

The Three Brothers are back! After Project A and Wheels on Meals, the most popular action stars in Hong Kong – that's Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and the superstar Jackie Chan himself – join forces again for another uproarious adventure.

This time, the heroic trio are facing down a crooked industrialist and an organised crime syndicate bring drugs into Hong Kong. Can they stop it? Well, obviously – the real question is how crazy things get while they do it!

This was the last time the classic team performed together and it's one of their best outings, filled with fights, stunts and – yup, you guessed it – more fights.

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Jackie Chan stars as a hot-shot lawyer hired by a Hong Kong chemical plant to dispose of opposition to their polluting ways. But when he falls for a beautiful woman out to stop the plant, Jackie is torn in a conflict of interest and asks his trusty friends Samo and Biao to help out at least until they discover the true purpose of the plan.

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Theatrical Release: February 11th, 1988

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Original Hong Kong Version - 1:34:25.201

Recreated Export Version - 1:34:09.393

Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film - 1:37:54.869

Video

Original Hong Kong Version:

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,470,241,587 bytes

Feature: 29,351,663,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Video

Recreated Export Version:

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,175,164,989 bytes

Feature: 20,561,534,976 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film:

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,175,164,989 bytes

Feature: 27,392,925,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Original Hong Kong Version Blu-ray:

Bitrate Recreated Export Version Blu-ray:

Bitrate Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film Blu-ray:

Audio

Original Hong Kong Version:

DTS-HD Master Audio Cantonese  1816 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1816 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Cantonese  3664 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3664 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS Audio English 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Recreated Export Version:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film:

DTS-HD Master Audio Cantonese 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio
Cantonese 3634 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3634 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None / English (SDH) DUB on Export version (Blu-ray 2), none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
88 Films

 

Edition Details:

• [New] Audio Commentary by Hong Kong cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
• [New] Benny Forever: Interview with Benny “The Jet” Urquidez (24:36)
• [New] Discussing Dragons Forever: Interview with David Desser (7:00)
• [New] Hong Kong Cinema Forever: Interview with Mike Leeder (6:05)
• [New] Working with the Dragons: Interview with Jude Poyer (6:15)
• [New] The Legacy of Dragons Forever Featurette with todays actors & martial artists including Troy Sandford, Chris Jones, Ross Boyask, Maria Tran, Mike Leeder, Jean-Paul Ly, Mark Strange, Mike Moeller, George Clarke, Jude Poyer & Steve Lawson (2:33)
• Double Jeopardy: An Interview with Brad Allen (26:36)
• Beyond Gravity: An Interview with Joe Eigo (13:02)
• Kick Fighter: An interview with Andy Cheng (38:46)
• Thai Breaker: An Interview with Billy Chow (34:12)
• Deleted Scenes (3:36)
• End Credits from the Japanese Version (1:28)
• Outtakes and Behind the Scenes Footage (13:01)
• English Trailer (2:20)
• Hong Kong Trailer (3:10)
• Reversible Sleeve
• New artwork from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien

SPECIAL FEATURES (DISC 2)
• Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film [98 mins] [Produced exclusively for the Japanese market, this Cantonese-language version includes two extra scenes and an ending with outtakes]. Newly restored Cantonese Soundtrack in Mono or 5.1 options and newly translated English Subtitles
• Recreated Export Version of the film [94 mins] [Commissioned by Golden Harvest for international audiences outside Asia] with the Full Classic English Dub and optional English SDH subtitles

 

• Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
• Limited Edition Booklet Notes by Scott Harrison also featuring rare stills and lobby cards from the film [First Print Run Only]


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 16th, 2020
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

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Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (March 2020): 88 Films have transferred another Hong Kong actioner with Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and the superstar Jackie Chan. Dragons Forever to Blu-ray. It is cited as being "remastered and restored in 4K". It starts with the Fortune Star logo. The first (of two) Blu-rays has the original, 94-minute, Hong Kong version of Dragons Forever on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate. It looks pretty sweet with consistent grain texture. Colors appear true and the image quality is very strong providing a film-like 1080P presentation. The second Blu-ray includes two versions; 94-minute recreated Export Version of the film commissioned by Golden Harvest for international audiences outside Asia with the full classic English DUB and optional English SDH subtitles. The video quality may be a tick lower than the other two versions - in terms of contrast and it can look marginally clunkier. This disc also has the full, 98-minute, CYCLONE Z cut of the film produced exclusively for the Japanese market. This Cantonese-language version includes two extra scenes and an ending with outtakes. Aside from the additional footage it strongly resembles the 1080P appearance of the disc one Hong Kong version with appealing grain and color depth. Overall the appearance of all three is remarkable and fans will appreciate seeing Dragon Forever (all three versions) in these rich HD presentations.   

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On their Blu-ray, 88 Films use a DTS-HD Master track audio transfers. The Hong Kong version has the option of Cantonese mono, a 5.1 surround bump (both 24-bit) or a 2.0 channel, 16-bit, English DUB. The film has plenty of fighting effects and the bass carries depth while the high-end of the score by Chin Yung Shing (Five Elements Ninjas, The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter) can sound a bit tinny. This is in keeping with these HK productions from the 70's and 80's - so, nothing unusual. The recreated Export version has a 16-bit English DUB. The CYCLONE Z cut on the second Blu-ray has a 16-bit mono Cantonese-language version or a newly restored Cantonese 5.1 soundtrack option - both with newly translated English subtitles. There is some deft separation and notable depth at times in the surround tracks - almost exclusively audible in the acrobatic fighting sequences. This can add to the viewing experience but purists may opt for the original mono. All audio options are lossless (except the commentary.) All thee 88 Films versions offer optional English subtitles and their Blu-rays are both Region 'B'-locked.

The 88 Films Blu-ray offers a new audio commentary on the feature (disc one) presentation by Hong Kong cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema who go into great detail about the production, cast, locations and every facet Dragons Forever, which they first decry as an inaccurate title as it was the last film to have the trio together. These guys have fun and the commentary is also educational. Also on the feature disc are 5 new videos; a 25-minute interview with Benny “The Jet” Urquidez entitled Benny Forever. There are seven minutes of David Desser discussing Dragons Forever in a brief interview. Hong Kong Cinema Forever is a 6-minute interview with Mike Leeder. Working with the Dragons is a 6-minute interview with Jude Poyer. The Legacy of Dragons Forever is a short featurette with today's actors & martial artists including Troy Sandford, Chris Jones, Ross Boyask, Maria Tran, Mike Leeder, Jean-Paul Ly, Mark Strange, Mike Moeller, George Clarke, Jude Poyer & Steve Lawson all providing brief input. There are also four previously published interviews; Double Jeopardy spends 27-minute with Brad Allen. Beyond Gravity is a 13-minute interview with Joe Eigo, Kick Fighter is a 40-minute interview with Andy Cheng and Thai Breaker shows a match and has a 1/2 hour interview with Billy Chow. There are some deleted scenes, end credits from the Japanese version, 13-minutes of Outtakes and Behind the Scenes footage and both an English and Hong Kong trailer. The package has a reversible sleeve with attractive new artwork from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien. For the first production run there is a Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase and a Limited Edition booklet with notes by Scott Harrison also featuring rare stills and lobby cards from the film.

Dragons Forever is a great fun/actioner - the kind that Jackie Chan seems to have franchised so wonderfully for decades. He has a career filled with this unique genre blend that remain desirable to fans over 30-years later. The 88 Films Blu-ray. is an amazingly complete package covering every detail a fan might wish to indulge in from the 3 versions, to the commentary, booklet and litany of video supplements. I also love that cover. Fans should be extremely pleased and we give this a very strong recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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1) Original Hong Kong Version - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray  TOP

2) Recreated Export Version - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Original Hong Kong Version - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray  TOP

2) Recreated Export Version - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Original Hong Kong Version - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray  TOP

2) Recreated Export Version - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Full CYCLONE Z Cut of the Film - 88 Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

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