Originally Posted by tokerblue
- I don't have any hope for The Legend of Drunken Master. Miramax absolutely butchered the film. The ending was cut, scenes were removed, the music was changed and most important, there is no Cantonese dialog track.
Not that this excuses Miramax's dubbing or music changes, but for the record:
My original notes for the 2000 theatrical release of LoDM, compared to whatever HK-derived video source I had at the time -- probably a tape of the Laserdisc -- showed no more (and possibly less) than 10-12 seconds difference in timing (scene to scene), prior to that final scene. That is, I couldn't find any other "removed" scenes. And, while on the whole I'm a purist, I can't help but applaud that final omission, since I thought the scene was so horrible that it cast a pall on what is otherwise a masterpiece. In fact, while interviewing Jackie some time in the mid- to late nineties, I urged him not to roll over every time New Line or Miramax cut scenes out based on *some* moron's assumption about what would or wouldn't play for American audiences. He kept saying (in essence), "Well, I know what works in Hong Kong, but I don't know what works in America. They know more about that than I do. And New Line will tell me that Miramax is handling it wrong, and Miramax will tell me that New Line is handling it wrong. So I leave it up to my manager."
While I was urging him to not to let them chop the films up for the U.S., I made one exception -- the final scene in DM2. I'm sure other people must have told him the same, since, as far as I can tell, that ended up being the only real cut they made. (And I am not deluded enough to think that anybody is making these decisions based solely on some passing remark I made in the middle of a 45-minute interview.) For me, that "Special Olympics" joke truly belongs in the Special Features, not in the film.
If one of the other HK fanatics here can point to other missing scenes, I retract the above and apologize.