Police Story III: Supercop (Limited Edition) (4K UHD Review)

REVIEW OVERVIEW

The Film
The Video (Overall)
HDR Effect
The Audio
The Supplements
Overall

SUMMARY

Hong Kong "supercop" Ka Kui teams up with his female Mainland China counterpart to bring down a drug smuggling ring in this third entry in the successful Police Story franchise.

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

In Police Story 3: Supercop, which was re-edited and renamed for the US market as simply “Supercop,Jackie Chan reprises his role as Ka Kui. This time he is sent on an undercover mission to Mainland China where he is partnered with Insp. Jessica Yang – Director of INTERPOL (Michelle Yeoh) to help bring down an infamous drug smuggler named Chaibat (Kenneth Tsang).

This third installment, coming some seven years after the original Police Story, feels less of a true sequel, like Police Story II, and more like a completely new, almost disconnected story. Not that this film is bad – this film is in fact a stronger film than the second film. It feels custom designed to break Jackie Chan into superstardom in the West, which it succeeded in doing. It is an action-packed, location-hopping, almost Bond-esque spy thriller with lots of set pieces, and of course, the signature Jackie Chan death defying stunts mixed with comedy. Michelle Yeoh adds her superb talents to the mix and the banter between the two stars is priceless.

The US version of the film cuts over five minutes and brings the film down to a brisk 91 minutes. The opening scene with the police officials discussing the drug smuggling is gone and instead starts right on Chan arriving on the motorcycle, as one example of the changes.

  • Michelle Yeoh in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Michelle Yeoh in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Michelle Yeoh in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 2 (1988)
  • Michelle Yeoh and Jackie Chang in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Michelle Yeoh in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
  • Michelle Yeoh in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
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  • Police Story III - Supercop (88 Films_US88FU003)

The Video

All three of the Police Story films were released in 4K with Dolby Vision in the UK from Eureka Video and Police Story III looked the best out of those. This release, coming from that same Fortune Star restoration and master, looks the same. It comes in a 2.35:1 HEVC 2160p (4K UHD) Dolby Vision enocodement from 88 Films. The Dolby Vision is subtle, but the detail is crisp, and granularity is fine and organic. Flesh tones and colors are natural and the dynamic range provides excellent blacks and shadow nuance with bright, clipless white levels.

The Audio

Police Story III: Supercop comes with a lossless Cantonese Dolby Atmos mix. The Atmos mix is subtle, but there are some noticeable overhead sounds, such as drum rolls, and a wider soundstage than the 5.1 mixes. The foley effects are stagnant, without much panning, but like the 5.1 mixes, there is very deep low-end extension for when the explosions start.

The Supplements

88 Films once again deliver the good with a stunning release with brilliant artwork, high quality packaging, and a treasure trove of bonus features and collectibles.

  • Original Hong Version and US Version “Supercop”
  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinema Expert Frank Djeng
  • Hong Kong Trailer (1080p; 00:04:04)
  • English Trailer (1080p; 00:02:10)
  • US Theatrical Teaser (1080p; 00:01:39)
  • US Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 00:01:38)
  • 7 US TV Spots (1080p; 00:02:49)
  • US Video Screener Promo (1080p; 00:01:37)
  • Japanese Teaser (1080p; 00:00:41)
  • Guy Laroche 1984 Commercial with Jackie Chan & Michelle Yeoh (1080p; 00:00:33)
  • Stanley Tong Interview (2004) (1080p; 00:17:16)
  • Outtakes and Behind the Scenes (1080p; 00:51:33)
  • The Fall Guy – Ken Lo Interview (1080p; 00:21:45)
  • The Stuntmaster General – Stanley Tong Interview (1080p; 00:19:33)
  • Flying High – Jackie Chan Interview (1080p; 00:19:21)
  • Dancing with Death – Michelle Yeoh Interview (1080p; 00:23:12)

Limited Edition Contents:

  • LIMITED EDITION – Six Replica Lobby Cards
  • LIMITED EDITION – Double-sided foldout Poster
  • LIMITED EDITION – Slipcase with brand-new artwork from Sean Longmore

The Final Assessment

Jackie Chan fans and fans of Hong Kong cinema have a lot to be happy about these days with all the restorations and remasters of some of the classics of the genre being released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. Police Story III: Supercop adds to the avalanche of goodies and 88 Films have done it in fine fashion. This is one that should not be passed up. Highly recommended.


Police Story III: Supercop Limited Edition is out on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray April 25, 2023, from 88 Films.


  • Rating Certificate: R
  • Studios & Distributors: Golden Harvest Company | Golden Way Films Ltd. | Dimension Films | 88 Films
  • Director: Stanley Tong
  • Written By: Edward Tang | Ma Fibe | Yee Lee Wai
  • Run Time: 96 Mins. | 91 Mins. (US Version)
  • Street Date: 25 April 2023
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Format: HEVC 2160p (4K UHD)
  • HDR Format: Dolby Vision (HDR10+/HDR10 Compatible)
  • Primary Audio: Cantonese Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible)
  • Secondary Audio: Cantonese DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono | Cantonese DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo (Home Video Mix) | English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono (Classic English Dub)
  • Subtitles: English | English SDH
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Hong Kong "supercop" Ka Kui teams up with his female Mainland China counterpart to bring down a drug smuggling ring in this third entry in the successful Police Story franchise. Police Story III: Supercop (Limited Edition) (4K UHD Review)