Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dragon Inn

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 10, 2018
Price: DVD $17.97, Blu-ray $22.97
Studio: Criterion

The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with King Hu’s 1967 Dragon Inn, an action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue.

After having the emperor’s minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. But that bloodthirsty mission is confounded by a mysterious group of fighters who arrive on the scene, intent on delivering justice and defending the innocent.

The first film King Hu made after moving to Taiwan from Hong Kong in search of more creative freedom, Dragon Inn combines rhythmic editing, meticulous choreography, and gorgeous widescreen compositions with a refinement that was new to the wuxia genre. Its blockbuster success breathed new life into a classic formula and established Hu as one of Chinese cinema’s most audacious innovators.

Presented in Mandarin with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film include the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Hua Hui-ying, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interview with actor Shangkuan Ling-fung
* Interview from 2016 with actor Shih Chun
* Scene analysis by author and New York Asian Film Festival co-founder Grady Hendrix
* Newsreel footage of the film’s 1967 premiere in Taipei, Taiwan
* Trailer
* New English subtitle translation
* An essay by critic Andrew Chan

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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.