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Come Drink With Me (1966/Dragon Dynasty/Weinstein DVD)

 

Picture: B- Sound: C/C+ Extras: C Film: C

 

 

King Hus Come Drink With Me (1966) is one of the duller Shaw Brothers outings despite the supposed innovation of a female in the swordsman role. The case brags rightly (via a quote) that it made Ang Lees grossly overrated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon possible, but all in all, the film lags far more than anticipated despite the best efforts of all involved.

 

Lead Cheng Pei-pei here was even later in Lees film, but she is better here as a lady agent (the spy genre was in full swing by then, including The Avengers on TV whose female leads were doing Judo and using guns since 1963!) out to liberate a kidnapped official from a rogue group. Her unwitting, sudden partner is an alcoholic, but theyll team up to get the bad guys and save the day in the best tradition of many Hollywood Westerns. Worth seeing for historic reasons, distinguished by its fighting at best, finally out on DVD or any other video format.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 is a pleasant surprise in the fidelity of the print and the transfer, looking very good for its age, including the color richness and consistency. The Shaw catalog has been getting some serious restoration attention and this is one of the best beneficiaries we have seen to date. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mandarin Mono is more believable than the Dolby Digital English 5.1, of course, but does the same music have to sound that much better in the English dub? Extras include two making of featurettes, trailer gallery, audio commentary with Pei-pei and scholar Bey Logan, interview with acclaimed director Tsui Hark on the film and separate interview with lead male Yueh Hua on the film.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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