Armour of God II: Operation Condor - Extended Cut
Armour of God 2 - Operation Condor is one of the highlights in Jackie's Chan's career and at Christmas 2014, a 7 minute extended cut appeared here in Japan, probably for the first time ever. It was a Japanese cinema print without English language options and with burned-in Japanese subtitles. Nevertheless, this was a small sensation thanks to the unexpected additional material, moreover it was a real HD-scan.
This classic was also restored in 2K by Fortune Star and 88 films have secured the rights. The label will release a Blu-ray in the UK on June 15, 2020. As with the last Chan classics from the 80s, a lot of fan support has been brought on board and so a lot of different soundtrack options and exclusive bonus material can be found. It has also been confirmed that the shower scene will again be uncensored. This is also the case with the German Blu-ray and DVD new editions, but older DVDs in this country as well as in Hong Kong were censored with alternate shots.
The big surprise though is that they came across a new, according to their own statement, never before released extended cut. It runs 10 minutes longer, so it's obviously even more extended than the long version from Japan mentioned at the beginning. Furthermore, the Blu-ray.com thread already promises that this version is also completely restored in 2K, respectively is clearly superior to its Japanese counterpart. And fortunately there are no burned-in subtitles here. We will of course present the differences in the versions in more detail in a cut report in the near future.
The American Miramax version, altered and cut by over 18 minutes, will apparently not be present on this release. No loss here though, as this heavily abridged version is not recommended to any fan.
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Release: Apr 03, 2020 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Muck47