Replacing A Classic

While it’s true that DVD’s don’t suffer the same kind of wear that the old VHS video tapes did in that they don’t actually wear out from repeated or even excessive playback, they are subject to scratches and nicks that eventually render them unplayable on even the most advanced DVD players.

Such is rapidly becoming the case with my copy of John Carpenter’s cult classic “Big Trouble in Little China“. You see, my wife had this little quirk, she had to have something playing on the tv (at a low volume) in order to sleep. Over the years I became so accustomed to this that I continued the practice after she died and while I still occasionally use any of a couple dozen titles that we had picked out for this, the one that I’ve run most of the time is “Big Trouble in Little China”. Not counting the time that it runs while I’m actually asleep, I think I’ve seen it probably 300 times or more since last January.

Big Trouble In Little ChinaSo I’ve recently been looking for an actual “new” copy of it to replace my current one before it gets so bad that it doesn’t play at all. This search has actually been harder than I expected it to be given the film’s cult following but finally I’ve found it on sale for a good price and will soon have that new, never been played before, copy of it.

Those not familiar with the movie might wonder why I like it so much, All I can say is that it’s the combination of campy old time action movies and just plain fun. Besides, how can you not like a movie that has quotes like these from the main character, Jack Burton:

When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”

all I know is this “Lo Pan” character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with light coming out of his mouth!

Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.

You just listen to the old Pork-Chop Express here and take his advice on a dark and stormy night, when the lightning’s crashin’, the thunder’s rollin’ and the rain’s comin’ down in sheets thick as lead. Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes and the poison arrows fall from the sky and the pillars of heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right square in the eye and he says, “Gimme your best DVD, pal. I can take it.”

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