Despite its catalog title status, Emperor of the North
has received a nice treatment on this DVD from Fox. It offers a letterboxed, anamorphic transfer that has been handsomely remastered; the film's earthy color scheme comes through in vivid style and the level of details is often stunning. The audio portion of the disc offers the film's original mono mix and a stereo remix; the stereo remix isn't too different from the mono track, but both are solid, well-rendered soundtracks. In terms of extras, the disc offers a trio of coming attractions for the film (one theatrical trailer, two television spots) and a commentary by New York-based film studies professor Dana Polan. The commentary offers a steady stream of analytical observations regarding the film's mythical take on its subject and the many themes running beneath its adventure story plotline. Even if one doesn't agree with all of Polan's ideas, he offers plenty of interesting food for thought (particularly his take on the film's Cigaret character as a sort of commentary on youth culture). All in all, this disc represents Emperor of the North
well and is an excellent deal for its reasonable price.