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The Cannonball Run (1981) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor) | Burt Reynolds (Actor) | Dean Martin (Actor)
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Jackie Chan completists all need to check out Cannonball Run, the Hong Kong superstar's 1981 shot at crossover Hollywood stardom! A packed cast of Hollywood names, including Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Roger Moore and Farrah Fawcett, play frontmen for the supporting Chan, who does his action-comedy bit as a Japanese car racer out to win the "Cannonball Run", a cross-country car race that's as hilarious and action-packed as it is illegal. Running engineer on Chan's souped-up Subaru is none other than Hong Kong comedy master Michael Hui, who brings his deadpan comedy genius to the table. Jackie Chan is only given one real fight sequence, but what a sequence it is! He gets to beat up a group of Hell's Angels (led by Easy Rider Peter Fonda) in a scene that's vintage Jackie Chan. As for the rest of the film, it's sexy, silly, madcap stuff that ran wild at the American box-office in the early eighties. Still, for fans of Jackie Chan - and probably Burt Reynolds - Cannonball Run still qualifies as a must see.
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Product Title: The Cannonball Run (1981) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 炮彈飛車 (1981) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 炮弹飞车 (1981) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Cannonball Run (1981) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Cannonball Run (1981) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor) | Burt Reynolds (Actor) | Dean Martin (Actor) | Roger Moore (Actor) | Fonda Peter (Actor) | Farrah Fawcett (Actor) | DeLuise Dom (Actor) | Sammy Davis (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 許冠文 (Actor) | 畢雷諾士 (Actor) | 甸馬田 (Actor) | 羅渣摩亞 (Actor) | 彼德方達 (Actor) | Farrah Fawcett (Actor) | DeLuise Dom (Actor) | Sammy Davis (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 许冠文 (Actor) | 毕雷诺士 (Actor) | 甸马田 (Actor) | 罗渣摩亚 (Actor) | 彼德方达 (Actor) | Farrah Fawcett (Actor) | DeLuise Dom (Actor) | Sammy Davis (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 許冠文(マイケル・ホイ) (Actor) | バート・レイノルズ (Actor) | ディーン・マーチン (Actor) | ロジャー・ムーア (Actor) | ピーター・フォンダ (Actor) | Farrah Fawcett (Actor) | DeLuise Dom (Actor) | Sammy Davis (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor) | Burt Reynolds (Actor) | 딘 마틴 (Actor) | Roger Moore (Actor) | Fonda Peter (Actor) | Farrah Fawcett (Actor) | DeLuise Dom (Actor) | Sammy Davis (Actor)
Director: Needham Hal Needham Hal Needham Hal Needham Hal Needham Hal
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-06-04
Language: English, Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: United States, Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.85 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Rating: I
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033435693

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making Of

Director: Hal Needham

  At the appointed day hundreds of car enthusiasts from all over the nation gather at a motel on the east coast starts to the west coast across the United States, that is "the Cannonball is on!"

  Among the contestants are J. J. McClure (Burt Reynolds), and is slightly unhinged mechanic (Don Deluise) who, in moments of stress, assumes the guise of his alter-ego, the comic book hero, Captain Chaos. Farah Fawcett is their passenger, so to speak. Sammy Davis Jr. is a lucked out Las Vegas high roller partnered by played out racing driver Dean Martin. Jackie Chan and Michael Hui play an Oriental racing team driving a computer Subaru. Roger Moore is Seymour Goldfarb Jr., heir to a foundation grament fortune who thinks he is really a famous British secret agent whose real name is Roger Moore. Of course, everyone has their own idea of how to beat the field……
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Professional Review of "The Cannonball Run (1981) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 8, 2006

This professional review refers to Cannonball Run (VCD) (China Version)
These movies are inconceivable today when a star won't appear "stupid" on camera unless artfully contextualized to let the audience know that they know that they're just "acting" stupid. The joys and dangers of stupidity removed the actor is now free to act stupid without endangering their carefully manicured, extremely valuable images. Nothing doing for Cannonball Run.

The unselfconsciousness here borders on unconsciousness. Dom DeLuise is laughing gas wafting up Burt Reynold's nostrils and if you don't get enough of them cracking each other up stay tuned for the end credit outtakes (the inspiration for Jackie Chan's similar practice and shamefully removed from the end of Cannonball Run II).

Burt and Dom introduce themselves as the big brother (dai lo) and Kato who operate at the Bund in Shanghai (scene of a famous Chow Yun-fat TVB show). People wonder about triad membership and confess that Bruce Lee is their hero. At one point Farrah Fawcett exclaims, "It's going to be more fun than La Boheme!"

Beyond the obvious delights of seeing things in Cantonese, there's Jackie Chan in the first movie with Michael Hui playing Japanese racers: cooped up in a super-Subaru like red eyed space invaders zazzing along miles of desolate blacktop on their way to Roswell. Part II loses Michael Hui but gains giant Richard Kiel (Jaws from Moonraker), and whereas the action is bigger and funnier in Part II, Part I pits Jackie against biker icon, Peter Fonda.

The plot is more a collection of loose incident: JJ (Burt Reynolds) and Dom DeLuise (joined by his superhero alter ego Captain Chaos) join in the Cannonball Run, an illegal cross-country race. In Part I they compete against Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin (obviously drunk), Roger Moore pretending to be James Bond in a powder blue tuxedo, and two women who wear peelaway jumpsuits. Boom mics drop into frame, cars are needlessly undercranked and the sets are built with all the care and feeling of cardboard boxes, but still it works.

Part II brings back the Sheik from Part I (Sheik?). Youngest son of the Falafel family he is sent to win the second Cannonball Run. He shamed his family by losing in Part I, but despite being the son of his dad's ugliest wife he's the only son with a driver's license and so off he goes. More celebrities are in Part II with Telly Savalas, Don Knotts and Tony Danza (partnered with an ancient orangutan) all strutting their stupid stuff. The subtitles here reach their nadir when a pilot in a biplane starts singing "Deutschland Uber Alles" something I don't think he sang in the American version. There's a monkey that drives a car, even more of Dom DeLuise as Captain Chaos, and an animation scene in which the registration pins are painfully evident.

The closest to a Hong Kong comedy that American movies ever got, this Yankee mo lei tau is addictive fun that's best summed up by an errant subtitle. In one scene with no one onscreen and no dialogue apropos of nothing the subtitle appears: "What the hell is going on here?" Exactly.

by Grady Hendrix

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Customer Review of "The Cannonball Run (1981) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

Anonymous

May 2, 2005

This customer review refers to Cannonball Run (DVD) (China Version)
point of my view Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
when i saw it,i found it wase terrific to be seen!
I like the actors and ,of course ,the content.I believe that you may learn much after seeing it.
Thank the guys related on the film!Than you!
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