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12 Kung Fu Classics on Blu-ray from the Godfathers of Hong Kong Cinema - the Shaw Brothers!
This inaugural collection by Arrow Video presents twelve jewels from the Shaw crown, all released within the 1970s, kicking off in 1972 with Korean director Jeong Chang-hwa's King Boxer, the film that established kung fu cinema as an international box office powerhouse when it hit Stateside cinemas under the title Five Fingers of Death. From there we see Chang Cheh (arguably Shaw's most prolific director) helm the blood-soaked brutality of The Boxer from Shantung and two self-produced films in his 'Shaolin Cycle' series, Five Shaolin Masters and its prequel Shaolin Temple, before taking a detour into Ho Meng Hua's King Kong-inspired Mighty Peking Man, one of the most unmissably insane giant monster films ever made. Chang's action choreographer Lau Kar-leung then becomes a director in his own right, propelling his adoptive brother Gordon Liu to stardom in Challenge of the Masters and Executioners from Shaolin. Not to be outdone, Chang introduces some of Shaw's most famous faces to the screen, including Alexander Fu Sheng fighting on the streets of San Francisco in Chinatown Kid and, of course, the mighty Venom Mob in The Five Venoms and Crippled Avengers. Finally, Lau and Liu successfully meld high kicks with humor in two of their masterworks, Heroes of the East and Dirty Ho, both co-starring fan favorite Hsiao Hou. From kickass kung fu killers to crazy kaiju knockoffs to culture clash comedies, this carefully curated and gorgeously presented selection of all-time Shaw Brothers classics merely represents the tip of the iceberg of the studio's rich output, making it both an ideal starting point for newcomers and a treat for hardcore fans alike.
Starring Bolo Yeung, Lieh Lo, David Chiang, Li Ching, Kuan Tai Chen, Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Danny Lee, Evelyne Kraft, Chia-Hui Liu, Yue Wong, Lily Li, Shirley Yu, Susan Yam-Yam Shaw, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Sheng Chiang, Meng Lo, Pai Wei, Feng Lu, Chien Sun, Yasuaki Kurata, Gordon Liu
Special Features: Hi-Def (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of all 12 films: King Boxer, Boxer from Shantung, 5 Shaolin Masters, Shaolin Temple, Mighty Peking Man, Challenge of the Masters, Executioners from Shaolin, Chinatown Kid, Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers, Heroes of the East, Dirty Ho; Brand new 2K restorations by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives of King Boxer, The Boxer from Shantung, Challenge of the Masters, The Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers and Dirty Ho; Brand new 2K master of the longer international cut of Chinatown Kid from original film elements; Original lossless mono Mandarin, Cantonese (where applicable) and English audio; Newly translated English subtitles for each film, plus Hours of bonus features including brand new commentaries and critic appreciations on selected films, new and archive interviews with cast and crew, alternate credit sequences, trailer and image galleries for each film and more to be announced!
Arrow Video // 1972-1979 // 1272 Minutes // Rated R, Not Rated // Color // Mandarin with English subtitles, Cantonese (where applicable) with English subtitles, English // All Region
"Shaw Brothers films take advantage of the ultra-wide aspect ratio they dubbed Shawscope... these films dazzle with their larger-than-life choreography, upbeat pace and encompassing visuals that take over your field of vision." Bret Berg, American Genre Film Archive
"These are bold, innovative films that bend genre, [are] full of larger-than-life characters, fast-paced action and creative practical effects, and while they're obviously very martial arts-oriented, there's a good smattering of comedy and romance, too." - Adrianna Gober, Cinepunx
"If you want to discover the ground zero for martial arts movies, look no further." - Amy Lonsdorf, The Morning Call