"Druken Master," the film that cemented Jackie Chan's stardom in Hong Kong, is still one of his best. This veeery broad kung fu comedy has a goofy, relaxed atmosphere to it that makes it enjoyable to watch. Also, the fight scenes (admittedly what really matters in a movie like this) are expertly choreographed, and a genuine thrill to watch. The melodramatic (if almost non-existant) conflict between Chan and bad guy Hwang Jang Lee only adds to the fun. Plus, Simon Yuen as the old master was never better.
The DVD from Columbia is in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, after many years of faded pan-and-scan videos. The picture is a tad scratchy, although it's without a doubt the best this movie has looked in a long time. Thankfully, in addition to the English dub, the original Cantonese language track is included (although sections that were apparently lost have been replaced by the English). As a special feature, an absolutely fascinating commentary by Hong Kong film historian Rick Meyers and Jackie Chan's autobiography co-author Jeff Yang is included. It covers just about everything one could possibly want to know about "Druken Master."