Blu-ray Release: Black Mask

Blu-ray Release Date: April 23, 2024
Price: Blu-ray $44.95
Studio: Eureka/MVD

Jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China) stars in the 1996 action-packed superhero spectacle Black Mask, produced by the legendary Tsui Hark!

Tsui Chik (Li) is a librarian who leads a quiet, unassuming life – or, at least, that’s what he wants people to believe. In truth, he was once a member of the 701 Squad, a group of elite combatants produced by a failed super-soldier project. In kind with his former comrades, his central nervous system has been altered to render him impervious to pain. When several of his fellow test subjects resurface and embark on a crimewave under the leadership of their former commander Hung Kuk (Patrick Lung), Tsui is forced to use his extraordinary abilities once more. Donning a costume, he sets out to face his past – as the vigilante known as the Black Mask.

Adapted from the manhua by Pang Chi-ming and Li Chi-tak and heavily influenced by Bruce Lee’s turn as Kato in The Green Hornet, Black Mask remains one of the most entertaining movies in Jet Li’s filmography and boasts action orchestrated by Yuen Woo-ping (Master Z: IP Man Legacy), who would later win an Academy Award for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its rarely seen uncut version on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration!

The two-disc limited edition Blu-ray contains the following:

  • Fully uncut Hong Kong version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration
  • Original US version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration
  • Original Cantonese Stereo and optional DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Hong Kong Version)
  • Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release
  • Brand new audio commentary on the Hong Kong version by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Brand new audio commentary on the US export version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Brand new interview with stuntman Mike Lambert
  • Brand new interview with film critic Andrew Heskins (
  • Brand new interview with Leon Hunt, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork
  • Archival Making of featurette
  • Trailers
  • Disc 2 (Limited Edition Bonus Disc): Alternate Taiwanese cut of the film | Extended version of Black Mask featuring all the unique footage from the various releases of the film re-inserted

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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.