Was messing around on the web the other day and accidentally stumbled across this excellent news (well it is excellent for me anyway). Bey Logan, the renowned Hong Kong cinema authority who previously worked with the UK DVD label Hong Kong Legends, is now working for a US DVD company called Dragon Dynasty. Whilst this may be old news to many, quick look at their website revealed some exciting upcoming releases.Since Hong Kong Legends began I have been waiting them to release the high-octane Hong Kong action film Righting Wrongs (aka Above the Law) (1986) starring Jackie Chan’s Peking Opera school buddy Yuen Biao and Cynthia Rothrock. I own the rare Hong Kong disc of this film which has a washed out transfer and an awful ‘gimmicky’ Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack but also offers to different versions of the film that have alternate endings. I will not elaborate on these endings as I do not want to spoil the film for those who have not seen it. So why am I getting excited about this release? Well Righting Wrongs is a great action film with some unbelievable fights and stunts that put Hollywood to shame. Aside from some of the Jackie Chan classics such as Police Story, Police Story 2, Armour of God, Dragons Forever and Project A this is one of the best Hong Kong martial arts films you will find. The DVD will be released on the 29/05/07 and will contain the following special features:
- Feature-length audio commentary with Hong Kong Cinema expert — Bey Logan
- The Vigilante: an interview with producer and star — Yuen Biao
- Action Overload: an interview with leading lady — Cynthia Rothrock
- From The Ring To The Silver Screen: a featurette with co-star and kickboxing champion — Peter Cunningham
- Trailer gallery
- Alternate ending
Though it will not contain both versions of the film like the deleted Hong Kong and Tai Seng DVD it still looks like a thorough release that this film deserves. More information and a trailer can be found here.On a side note, I also noticed that Dragon Dynasty will be releasing a two-disc special edition of John Woo’s Hard Boiled (1992) which is, in my opinion, the greatest action film ever made. Details can be found on Bey Logan’s blog.