Those who enjoy Chan's U.S. productions will certainly find much to love in these earlier, but still comedic, kung fu adventures (long before Chan was a well-known U.S. star)—each loaded, of course, with Chan's patented self-performed stunt work. Eagle's Shadow finds Chien Fu (Chan) as a put-upon janitor at a kung fu school. When he's secretly trained by martial arts master Pai Chang-tien (Yuen Siu-tien), Chien is at last capable of warding off his tormentors. Complications ensue when Pai, in hiding and on-the-run from a hiding gang, is outed as Chien's secret instructor.
Drunken Master allows Chan to play a different kind of character, as his Wong Fei-hung is something of a bully himself. Rebellious and rambunctious, Wong's father (Lam Kau) aims to teach his son some discipline. Beggar So (Yuen Siu-tien) is tasked with training Wong and reining him in. This leads to more rebellion on Wong's part, as he wants no part of rigorous training. But Yim Tit-sam (Hwang Jang Lee), master of the lethal "Devil's Kick," has other plans for Wong.
The wonderfully orchestrated kung fu battle sequences are, of course, the crowd-pleasing highlights of both films. Those who grew up watching this type of fare on late-night cable presentations like Kung Fu Theatre will be stunned by the visual clarity of these films on Twilight Time's Blu-ray. There are also three lossless audio options: DTS-HD MA Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. (In Drunken Master some sections of missing audio leave gaps in the Chinese tracks, which default to the English dubbed track to avoid 'dead air.')
Bonus features: Twilight Time's hallmark isolated music track (and in this case, effects too) showcases composer Chou Fu-liang's scores. There's audio commentary for Drunken Master by film historians Ric Meyers (longtime contributor to the now-defunct Inside Kung Fu magazine) and Jeff Yang (co-author of I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action).
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