Blu-ray, DVD Release: Crime Story & The Protector

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $12.99, Blu-ray $19.93
Studio: Shout! Factory


Crime Story movie scene

Jackie Chan aims to take care of business in Crime Story.

Jackie Chan does some serious ass-kicking in two of his earlier—but not too early—action thriller movies: The Protector (1985) and Crime Story (1993).

Written and directed by James Glickenhaus, The Protector, an American production, stars Jackie and Danny Aiello (Once Upon a Time in America) as a pair of New York cops sent to Hong Kong to catch a drug lord who has kidnapped the daughter of his former associate. There’s a healthy amount of Chan’s trademark martial arts and stuntwork, but the Hollywood-styled action sequences definitely dominate the film in this case.

In Crime Story, Jackie is the proverbial police detective on the edge, who must race against time to solve a deadly kidnapping case. Based on the true story of a billionaire abducted in an ambush, Crime Story was directed by Kirk Wong (The Big Hit) who combines acrobatic fight choreography with some solid action pieces.

Both The Protector and Crime Story have been previously issued on DVD. Their release by Shout! Factory represents their Blu-ray debuts!

Here’s a breakdown of the bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD releases:

Crime Story:

  • interview with director Kirk Wong (Blu-ray only)
  • deleted scenes
  • theatrical trailers

The Protector:

  • “From New York to Hong Kong” interview with director James Glickenhaus
  • behind-the-scenes featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • theatrical trailers
  • Jackie Chan cut of The Protector (standard definition) with additional scenes directed by Chan (in Cantonese with English subtitles (Blu-ray only)
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.