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Billy Wilder, Lewis Gilbert and Jackie Chan on Eureka Blu-ray in March

10 January 2019

Today Eureka Entertainment announced three new Blu-ray releases for March, two on the Eureka Classics range, and one as part of the Masters of Cinema series. Releasing on the Eureka Classics label we have 1960 wartime drama Sink the Bismarck! and the 1984 Jackie Chan favourite, Wheels on Meals, while on the Masters of Cinema label is Billy Wilder's 1963 comedy-romance, Irma la Douce.

 

Sink the Bismarck Blu-ray cover art

Sink the Bismark! (1960) | Blu-ray | 11 March 2019 | £17.99

Eureka Entertainment are to release Sink the Bismark!, the authentic action thriller depicting one of World War II’s most famous sea battles, presented for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range. One of the finest British war films ever made, Sink the Bismarck! tells the true story of one of World War II’s most notorious sea battles.

In the Spring of 1941, Nazi Germany’s greatest battleship – the Bismarck, scourge of Atlantic shipping, is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. Making a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe, the great ship is chased by the Royal Navy, led by the Admiralty’s Chief of Operations, Captain Jonathan Shepard (Kenneth More), and WRNS Second Officer Anne Davis (Dana Wynter).

Directed by the late Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, The Spy Who Loved Me, Operation Daybreak), Sink the Bismarck! received acclaim for its authenticity and nail-biting combat sequences.

Blu-ray features:

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • LPCM audio (Stereo and original Mono options)
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Brand New and Exclusive interview with film historian Sheldon Hall
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

 

Wheels on Meals Blu-ray cover art with slipcase

Wheels on Meals [Kuai can che] (1984) | Blu-ray | 11 March 2019 | £19.99

Wheels on Meals is a spectacular, non-stop action comedy starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, and is presented from a brand new 2K restoration for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range with a Limited Edition slipcase and booklet [4000 copies ONLY].

From a brand new 2K restoration comes perhaps the greatest martial-arts comedy of all time, Sammo Hung’s Wheels on Meals, starring Hung, Jackie Chan, and Yuen Biao as the most exciting triple act in action movie history!

Fast food chefs Thomas (Chan) and David (Biao) find themselves cooking up trouble when detective Moby (Hung) involves them in the case of a missing heiress. The three friends need all of their daring and physical dexterity when they find themselves facing a triple helping of danger.

Also starring Lola Forner (Armour of God) and Benny “The Jet” Urquidez (Dragons Forever, Grosse Point Blank), who faces off against Chan in an incredible fight sequence that is legendary amongst martial-arts film fans, Wheels on Meals has to be seen to be believed.

Blu-ray features:

  • Limited edition slipcase [4000 copies ONLY]
  • Stunning 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Original Cantonese audio track, available in both original mono (LPCM) and newly restored DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Optional English audio from the film’s international release, featuring an alternate (and much funkier) soundtrack, available in both original mono and 5.1
  • Alternate English dub track from the films 2006 DVD release (available in 5.1 only)
  • New and Exclusive audio option - a custom audio option featuring the original Cantonese dialogue track, but mixed with the alternate soundtrack from the international release
  • On Giant’s Shoulders – An archival interview with Sammo Hung [7 mins]
  • An additional archival interview with Sammo Hung [10 mins] | Born to Fight – An archival interview with Yuen Biao [15 mins]
  • Jet Fighter – An archival interview with kickboxing champion and martial-artist Benny “The Jet” Urquidez” [28 mins]
  • King of the Ring – An archival interview with martial-artist Keith Vitali [33 mins]
  • The Inside Track – An archival interview with director and action choreographer Stanley Tong [34 mins]
  • Spartan X Alternate Credits – The original Japanese version of Wheels on Meals featured these alternate “blooper reel” credits which would later become a traditional feature of films starring Jackie Chan (can be viewed isolated or as part of the main feature)
  • Additional Outtake footage [4 mins]
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • International Release Trailer
  • Original Japanese “Spartan X” trailer
  • PLUS: A Limited Edition Collector’s Booklet featuring a new essay by Scott Harrison [4000 copies ONLY]

 

Irma la Douce Blu-ray cover art

Irma La Douce (1963) | Blu-ray | 18 March 2019 | £19.99

Billy Wilder’s Irma la Douce, a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, arrives on Blu-ray as a part of The Masters of Cinemas Series.

One of director Billy Wilder's biggest box office hits following his landmark comedies Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, the spectacular Irma La Douce – adapted from the 1956 musical for the French theatre – reunites Wilder with his Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, providing the latter with one of her most fondly remembered (and Oscar-nominated) early roles.

MacLaine is Irma, a popular Parisian prostitute whose new pimp is an unlikely procurer: Nestor (Lemmon) is a former honest cop who was just fired and framed by his boss after Nestor inadvertently had him arrested in a raid. However, Nestor's love for Irma is making his newfound vocation impossible, so he poses as a phoney British lord who insists on being Irma's one and only "client." But when "Lord X" appears to have become the victim of foul play...further comedic complications ensue!

Irma La Douce offers many of the same sardonic observations on human nature as Wilder's earlier comedies – in addition to the same riotous humour and touching romance – but on an even broader, more colourful canvas. Collaborating again with his regular screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, Wilder delivers one of his most purely entertaining crowd-pleasers of the 1960s.

Blu-ray features:

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • LPCM Mono audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Brand New and Exclusive Interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
  • PLUS: A Collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Richard Combs, alongside a wide selection of rare archival imagery