Saturday 16 March 2019

Wheels On Meals (1984)

It's time for some 1980s Jackie Chan comedy action as Sammo Hung's WHEELS ON MEALS gets a 2K restoration Blu-ray release from Eureka.

  Thomas (Jackie Chan) and David (Biao Yuen) live in Barcelona and earn their living selling fast food from a van. Their friend Moby (Sammo Hung) is a private detective who gets them involved in his current case to find a missing heiress who, it turns out, is someone they've already met (and become enchanted by in a 1980s comedy way). It all climaxes at the kind of castle some of us might be more used to seeing Paul Naschy pictures (never a bad thing).

The film got the title WHEELS ON MEALS because the previous two films from production company Golden Harvest had both started with the letter 'M' (MEGAFORCE and MENAGE A TROIS) had both been box office failures. WHEELS ON MEALS did very well indeed, but that's more likely down to its impressive array of stunts and Sammo Hung's expert fight choreography than anything else. 

Filmed in Barcelona because by 1984 it had become impossible to make these movies in Hong Kong (the stars would get mobbed amongst other factors), like some of Chan's other films WHEELS ON MEALS contains a lot of skilfully executed slapstick humour, with the climactic fight between Chan and Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez an acknowledged classic of the form.

Eureka's Blu-ray comes with several audio options - original Cantonese (mono and DTS-HD), English audio with a different soundtrack (mono and 5.1), an alternate English dub from the 2006 DVD release and finally a new track which mixes the  Cantonese dialogue with the English dub music! 

Otherwise you get two archival interviews with Sammo Hung, others with Biao Yuen, Benny Urquidez, martial artist Keith Vitali, and director / choreographer Stanley Tong.  Alternat credits featuring a blooper reel, more outtake footage, and several trailers. A limited edition (4000 copies) features a slipcase and booklet with new writing on the film. 

WHEELS ON MEALS is out on Blu-ray from Eureka on Monday 18th March 2019

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