Prepare to duck on July 31!

Comedy and martial arts collide as director Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer) takes it up a notch with the Golden Globe-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) comedic martial-arts adventure, Kung Fu Hustle Axe-Kickin' Edition. The action-packed DVD will be available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on July 31. Set in 1940's Shanghai, where the streets are overruled by gangs, the harder-than-jade residents of Pig Sty Alley help turn a wannabe gangster, Sing (Chow), into an unlikely kung fu hero. Martial arts fans will definitely flip over the jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yuen Wo Ping, famed action choreographer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix. Kung Fu Hustle will blow fans of martial arts films away. From wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, Kung Fu Hustle Axe-Kickin' Edition is sure to be a collector's item when it becomes available for a SRP of $19.94.

Synopsis:

Set in pre-revolutionary China, Kung Fu Hustle Axe-Kickin' Edition revolves around small-time thief Sing (Chow), who aspires to be a member of the sophisticated and ruthless Axe Gang. Sing stumbles across a crowded apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, where he and his friend attempt to extort money from one of the ordinary locals. Sing inadvertently attracts the Axe Gang into the area, setting off a chain of events that bring the two disparate worlds face-to-face. As the townspeople of Pig Sty fight for their lives, the ensuing clash of kung fu titans unearths some legendary martial arts masters. Sing, despite his clumsy attempts, lacks the killer instinct and must face his own mortality to discover that he is the greatest kung fu master of them all, destined to protect the sacred street.

DVD Features:

- Comedy Central interview with Stephen Chow

- Outtakes and bloopers

- Storyboard comparison

- Three behind-the-scenes featurettes

- "Dressed to Kill," costume design

- "Bringing Down the House," production design

- "Organized Chaos," Yuen Wo Ping and fight choreography

Technical Specs:

- Runtime: 99 minutes

- Rating: R

- Rating Reason: Sequences of strong stylized action and violence

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Evan Jacobs