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The Protector (1985) (DVD) (UK Version) DVD Region 2

Jackie Chan (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Yang Chun (Actor)
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In the 1980s Jackie Chan starred in a handful of English-language Golden Harvest movies catered for the international market, among those were Battle Creek Brawl (1980), Cannonball Run (1981), and The Protector (1985). Written and directed by James Glickenhaus, The Protector cast Chan and American actor Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing) as a pair of NYPD cops. They are sent to Hong Kong to catch a drug lord who has kidnapped the daughter of his former criminal associate, and, naturally, big fights ensue. Co-starring kung fu actress Moon Lee and Roy Chiao, the crime action thriller is quite unlike the usual action comedy fare Chan is famous for, but it does feature Hollywood-styled action scenes sprinkled with Chan's death-defying stunts.
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Product Title: The Protector (1985) (DVD) (UK Version) 威龍猛探 (1985) (DVD) (英國版) 威龙猛探 (1985) (DVD) (英国版) The Protector (1985) (DVD) (UK Version) The Protector (1985) (DVD) (UK Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Yang Chun (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 喬宏 (Actor) | 李賽鳳 (Actor) | 楊群 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 乔宏 (Actor) | 李赛凤 (Actor) | 杨群 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | ロイ・チャオ (Actor) | 李賽鳳(ムーン・リー) (Actor) | 楊群(ヤン・チュン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Yang Chun (Actor)
Director: James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus
Producer: Leonard Ho 何冠昌 何冠昌 何冠昌 (レナード・ホー) Ho Koon Cheung
Release Date: 2012-05-14
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 92 (mins)
Publisher: Cine-Asia (UK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030906287

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* Special Features: Audio Commentary by Andrew Staton

Director: James Glickenhaus

Reluctantly partnered with redneck cop Danny Aiello (The Godfather: Part II, Leon), the two head over to Hong Kong to avenge the death of Jackie's partner in a brutal orgy of fight mayhem the likes of which Chan has never repeated!

Directed by James Glickenhaus, who brought us the notorious revenge shocker 'The Exterminator', this is a dark, glossy, fight-packed film of deliciously nasty action that's a must-see for fans of '80s US buddy cop movies.
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Professional Review of "The Protector (1985) (DVD) (UK Version)"

April 26, 2005

This professional review refers to The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Welcome to Hong Kong - that glittering jewel box on the Pacific...glittering jewel box of SIN! Kohl-eyed masseuses use their kneading feet to send you into a stupor so that they may use their flashing knives to send you into hell! Stretching from the Beirut-ian rubble of the South Bronx populated by Road Warrior-esque dwarf gangs who rip off eighteen wheelers, to the diabolical drug labs of the Orient where shapely women stuff innocent melons full of heroin: white dust of death! Jackie Chan, in a reverse Rush Hour(here everyone speaks Cantonese - or Mandarin - rather than Jackie being forced to speak English; and his sidekick is a somnambulant, beefy white man rather than a twitchy, skinny black one), plays New York City Cop, Billy Chan, who blows giant sized squibs out hillbilly skulls onto the fly-speckled walls of Manhattan dives. When an international crimelord (Harold Ko - ironically played by devout Christian Roy Chiao) drags a millionaire's daughter from New York to Hong Kong in her pretty party dress it's up to Billy to bring her home. Danny Aiello who "knows HK from his Nam days" comes along, lending a pathetic right hook to the international war on crime.

This movie marks Jackie's second attempt to break into the US market and one glance at its "Hunter" meets The Warriors slum-colored palette will leave viewers with no doubts as to why it didn't work. There are two versions of this cop amuck drama: the Glickenhaus and the Chan. Don't let the co-director credit fool you: Glickenhaus directed one version (when he wasn't sulking in his trailer) and then Jackie rehired the cast and directed another.

Jackie was a big star, and an arrogant one by his own account, when he went to Warner Brothers for this questionable team-up with Danny Aiello. Glickenhaus was the director of exploitation success The Exterminator. Together they fought. Chan lost to Glickenhaus' plate-iron contract, and huffed back to Hong Kong where he rehired Aiello, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and reshot the movie. Adding a subplot involving Sally Yeh and a mysterious coin; re-editing the final fight scene; shooting two additional action sequences; taking out the gratuitous nudity; and bringing the character more in line with his developing comic personality. It's enough to make the movie a diverting speck of 80's cop trash.

The Protector was a confidence-building episode in Jackie's career. Here was a big American director working for a big American studio and there's no doubt that Jackie was able to make the same movie better with a minimum of effort. Plus you get to see Danny Aiello speaking Cantonese AND Mandarin.

by Grady Hendrix

April 23, 2005

This professional review refers to The Protector (DVD) (China Version)

Mondo Eighties trashy cop film is a guilty pleasure THE PROTECTOR (1985)

Directed by: James Glickenhaus & Jackie Chan

Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, Roy Chiao, Moon Lee, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

Welcome to Hong Kong - that glittering jewel box on the Pacific...glittering jewel box of SIN! Kohl-eyed masseuses use their kneading feet to send you into a stupor so that they may use their flashing knives to send you into hell! Stretching from the Beirut-ian rubble of the South Bronx populated by ROAD WARRIOR-esque dwarf gangs who rip off eighteen wheelers, to the diabolical drug labs of the Orient where shapely women stuff innocent melons full of heroin: white dust of death! Jackie Chan, in a reverse RUSH HOUR (here everyone speaks Cantonese - or Mandarin - rather than Jackie being forced to speak English; and his sidekick is a somnambulant, beefy white man rather than a twitchy, skinny black one), plays New York City Cop, Billy Chan, who blows giant sized squibs out hillbilly skulls onto the fly-speckled walls of Manhattan dives. When an international crimelord (Harold Ko - ironically played by devout Christian Roy Chiao) drags a millionaire's daughter from New York to Hong Kong in her pretty party dress it's up to Billy to bring her home. Danny Aiello who "knows HK from his Nam days" comes along, lending a pathetic right hook to the international war on crime.

This movie marks Jackie's second attempt to break into the US market and one glance at its "Hunter" meets THE WARRIORS slum-colored palette will leave viewers with no doubts as to why it didn't work. There are two versions of this cop amuck drama: the Glickenhaus and the Chan. Don't let the co-director credit fool you: Glickenhaus directed one version (when he wasn't sulking in his trailer) and then Jackie rehired the cast and directed another. Glickenhaus' version was released in the US; Chan's was released in Asia, and it's the one presented on this letterboxed, good looking Universe DVD.

Jackie was a big star, and an arrogant one by his own account, when he went to Warner Brothers for this questionable team-up with Danny Aiello. Glickenhaus was the director of exploitation success THE EXTERMINATOR. Together they fought. Chan lost to Glickenhaus' plate-iron contract, and huffed back to Hong Kong where he rehired Aiello, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and reshot the movie. Adding a subplot involving Sally Yeh and a mysterious coin; re-editing the final fight scene (there's stark comparison of the two edits on the DVD JACKIE CHAN: MY STUNTS); shooting two additional action sequences; taking out the gratuitous nudity; and bringing the character more in line with his developing comic personality. It's enough to make the movie a diverting speck of 80's cop trash.

With Star bios for Jackie and Moon Lee, a trailer for itself and TWINKLE, TWINKLE LUCKY STARS and a staggering 10 sets of subtitles, THE PROTECTOR was a confidence-building episode in Jackie's career. Here was a big American director working for a big American studio and there's no doubt that Jackie was able to make the same movie better with a minimum of effort. Plus you get to see Danny Aiello speaking Cantonese AND Mandarin.

Reviewer : Grady Hendrix (USA)

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Customer Review of "The Protector (1985) (DVD) (UK Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (4)

T-Man
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September 20, 2018

This customer review refers to The Protector (Blu-ray) (Extreme Edition) (Japan Version)
Update to earlier review Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'd like to update my review for Jackie Chan's "The Protector", now that I'm aware that each review I leave will apply to other products.

I'm going to briefly describe all the releases out there.

1. US DVD by HBO/Warner Bros: This DVD is out-of-print. It's anamorphic, but the picture quality leaves more to be desired. However, it contains the ORIGINAL mono soundtrack, with the very weak punches and kicks. French, Spanish, and English subtitles included. Glickenhaus version (with the nudity and original English dialog) only

2. US Blu-ray by "Shout Factory" (released as a double-feature with Jackie Chan's "Crime Story")
This blu-ray has an HD transfer (although some have accused it of being an "upscale"). Its picture quality is better than the HBO/WB DVD, and appears color-corrected (very different color filters used). The soundtrack, however, has been given the "Fortune Star remix" treatment! There is an audible "hiss" in many of the dialog scenes and sound effects were redone.

As a plus, an anamorphic version of Jackie Chan's edit with English subtitles is included, but the picture AND audio quality are horrendous! It's clear that they had no intention of cleaning up from whatever source they used.

3. HK DVD by Universe Laser: This has been LONG out of print! Jackie Chan's edit only. However, in spite of its lack of an anamorphic picture, the picture quality has always been okay, with good color filters. It also features the highest quality versions of the Cantonese & Mandarin soundtracks.

4. HK blu-ray by Kam & Ronson: US version only. Soundtrack appears to have been "corrected" somewhat to hide the "hiss". Picture quality exactly like the US version.

5. French DVD by Metropolitan Film: US & HK versions included. When it comes to picture quality, this DVD has the absolute BEST! It's a legit anamorphic REMASTER! Very clear and color-corrected. The soundtrack to Jackie chan's edit is supposedly the original mono track, but it sucks! No English subtitles.

6. Japanese blu-ray: US and HK versions included. Plus an "extended Japanese edition" which combines the US version and its soundtrack with elements of the HK version. No English subtitles. Picture quality for HK version anamorphic, but poor, with a poor-quality mono track.
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T-Man
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September 21, 2017

This customer review refers to The Protector (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
This is NOT Jackie Chan's edit! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Before you buy this blu-ray (hopefully this review will apply to the HK blu-ray with Jackie dressed as a cop pointing a gun with Chinese characters on top), I just want you to know that this is NOT Jackie Chan's personal edit of the film. This is the US version, with the nudity, cursing, and slow fight scenes.

I just don't want people to think that this is some "remastered" version of the JC edit! This is the US version only. I repeat...US version!
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Anonymous

January 30, 2004

This customer review refers to The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The US version was slow. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This is a Universe & Laser release. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 letterbox. Running time is 91 minutes. Jackie himself edited this Hong Kong version!! Therefore the fighting scenes are different than the US film edition! The picture is not bad. But the original English soundtrack is not included. So everyone speaks Cantonese or Mandarin!! Features also trailer for "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars" and star files.
This movie is not bad at all!
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Anonymous

April 27, 2001

This customer review refers to The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Better than the US version! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Jackie did the right thing when he redid The Protector for Asian release. The fight scenes are better, the story line is great, especially with the extra footage and the bad language has been cut. It is a little strange seeing Danny Aello speaking Chinese! But seeing the film the way Jackie wanted it done makes up for it. Good one Jackie!
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