July 22, 2022
Hong Kong Cinema titles Drive and Flying Guillotine Part II from 88 Films are being released Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group.
The sci-fi action adventure Drive (1997), from director Steve Wang, is being released on 4K Ultra HD. It stars Mark Dacascos as Toby Wong, a special agent from Hong Kong with a device implanted into his chest. The device gives him superhuman speed and agility, effectively making him a prototype for an enhanced human and the perfect weapon for war. Not wanting to live under Chinese control, Wong flees to San Francisco with Chinese hitmen following in pursuit. Wong’s goal is to make it to Los Angeles and sell the device for $5 million. Part of the significant influx of Hong Kong influence on American action films in the 1990s, Drive co-stars Kadeem Hardison and Brittany Murphy. The special edition release includes the director’s cut in 4K Ultra HD, as well as the original cut of the film in 2K. Special features include audio commentary, cast and crew interviews, and the new feature Highway to Nowhere.
Also due Aug.9 on Blu-ray is Flying Guillotine Part II (1978), also known as Palace Carnage. This follow-up to the Shaw Brothers’ film The Flying Guillotine stars Lung Ti as Ma Teng, a heroic outlaw that partners with a group of female freedom fighters to rise up against evil emperor (Feng Ku). Despite being plagued by various production issues, including the departure of key cast members, the film — a favorite of Quentin Tarantino — delivers impressive action with high-flying aerial attacks and a never-ending display of creative weaponry. Even the titular guillotine is updated to include new features that make it even deadlier and bloodier than before. The 88 Films release includes the complete and uncut version of the film package in a limited edition slipcase with a collector’s booklet and poster.