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  1. Since the Amazon link is dead now... here are the details... Picking up where Volume One left off, this sophomore collection of Hong Kong cinema classics draws together many of the best films from the final years of the Shaw Brothers studio, proving that while the end was nigh, these merchants of martial arts mayhem weren’t going to go out without a fight! Armed with stunning special features and ravishing new restorations, this boxset is even bigger and bolder than the last one. We begin with kung fu master Lau Kar-leung’s instant classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, in which his adoptive brother Gordon Liu achieved overnight stardom as the young man who unexpectedly finds spiritual enlightenment on the path to vengeance; Lau and Liu followed the original with two comically inventive sequels, Return to the 36th Chamber and Disciples of the 36th Chamber, both included here. Already established as a genius at blending dazzling action with physical comedy, Lau himself plays the lead role in the hilarious Mad Monkey Kung Fu, coupled here with Lo Mar’s underrated Five Superfighters. Next, we once again meet Chang Cheh’s basher boy band the Venom Mob in no less than four of their best-loved team-ups: Invincible Shaolin, The Kid with the Golden Arm, Magnificent Ruffians and culminating in the all-star Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, co-starring Ti Lung and Fu Sheng. After Lau brings us perhaps his best high-kicking comedy with My Young Auntie, a playful star vehicle for his real-life muse Kara Hui, we see Shaw Brothers fully embracing Eighties excess in our strangest double feature yet: Wong Jing’s breathtakingly wild shoot-‘em-up Mercenaries from Hong Kong, and Kuei Chih-hung’s spectacularly unhinged black magic meltdown The Boxer’s Omen. Last but certainly not least, Lau Kar-leung directs the last major Shaw production, Martial Arts of Shaolin, filmed in mainland China with a hot new talent named Jet Li in the lead role; it is paired in this set with The Bare-Footed Kid, a reverent remake of a Chang Cheh classic with Johnnie To (Running Out of Time) in the director’s chair and Lau back on fight choreography duties, in arguably the ultimate filmed tribute to Shaws’ everlasting cinematic legacy. LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY COLLECTION CONTENTS • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all fourteen films, including nine new 2K restorations by Arrow Films • Illustrated 60-page collectors’ book featuring new writing by David Desser, Jonathan Clements, Lovely Jon and David West, plus cast and crew listings and notes on each film by Simon Abrams • New artwork by Mike Lee-Graham, Chris Malbon, Kagan McLeod, Colin Murdoch, “Kung Fu” Bob O’Brien, Lucas Peverill, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates • Hours of never-before-seen bonus features including several cast and crew interviews from the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive • Two CDs of music from the De Wolfe Music library as heard in several of the films, exclusive to this collection DISC ONE – THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN • Brand new 4K restoration by Celestial Pictures and L’Immagine Ritrovata • Newly restored uncompressed Mandarin, Cantonese and English original mono audio • Newly translated English subtitles, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dub • Brand new feature commentary by critic Travis Crawford • Brand new select-scene commentary by film critic and historian Tony Rayns • Interview with star Gordon Liu, filmed in 2003 • Interview with cinematographer Arthur Wong, filmed in 2006 • Shaolin: Birthplace of a Hero and Elegant Trails, two archive featurettes with Gordon Liu produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003 • Tiger Style: The Musical Impact of Martial Arts Cinema, a newly filmed overview of Shaw Brothers’ influence on hip hop and other music genres, featuring music historian Lovely Jon • Cinema Hong Kong: Swordfighting, the second instalment in a three-part documentary produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003 and featuring interviews with Gordon Liu, Lau Kar-leung, Cheng Pei-pei, John Woo, Sammo Hung, Kara Hui, David Chiang and others • Alternate opening credits from the American version titled Master Killer • Hong Kong and German theatrical trailers, plus US TV spot • Image gallery DISC TWO – RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER / DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER • Uncompressed Cantonese, Mandarin and English original mono audio for both films • Newly translated English subtitles for both films, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs • Interview with star Gordon Liu, filmed in 2003 • Citizen Shaw, a French TV documentary from 1980 directed by Maurice Frydland, in which Sir Run Run Shaw gives an all-access tour of the Shaw Brothers backlot (including behind-the-scenes footage from Return to the 36th Chamber), remastered in high definition • Hero on the Scaffolding, an archive featurette produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003 • Alternate opening credits sequences for both films • Hong Kong theatrical trailers for both films • Image galleries for both films DISC THREE – MAD MONKEY KUNG FU / FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original negatives by Arrow Films • Uncompressed Cantonese, Mandarin and English original mono for both films • Newly translated English subtitles for both films, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs • Brand new commentary for Mad Monkey Kung Fu by martial arts cinema experts Frank Djeng and Michael Worth • Newly filmed appreciation of Mad Monkey Kung Fu by film critic and historian Tony Rayns • Interview with actor Hsiao Hou, filmed in 2004 • Shaw in the USA, a brand new featurette on how Shaw Brothers broke America featuring Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali, authors of These Fists Break Bricks • Hong Kong and US theatrical trailers for Mad Monkey Kung Fu • Hong Kong theatrical trailer and UK VHS promo for Five Superfighters • Image galleries for both films DISC FOUR – INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN / THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original negatives by Arrow Films • Uncompressed Mandarin and English original mono audio for both films, plus Cantonese mono for Invincible Shaolin • Newly translated English subtitles for both films, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs • Interview with action director Robert Tai, filmed in 2003 • Poison Clan Rocks The World, a brand new visual essay on the Venom Mob written and narrated by author Terrence J. Brady • Alternate "continuity" cut of The Kid With The Golden Arm, presented via seamless branching • Alternate and textless title sequences for The Kid with the Golden Arm • Hong Kong theatrical trailer for Invincible Shaolin • Hong Kong theatrical trailer (audio only) and US TV spot for The Kid with the Golden Arm • Image galleries for both films DISC FIVE – MAGNIFICENT RUFFIANS / TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original negatives by Arrow Films • Uncompressed Mandarin and English original mono audio for both films, plus Cantonese mono for Ten Tigers of Kwangtung • Newly translated English subtitles for both films, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs • Brand new audio commentary on Ten Tigers of Kwangtung by filmmaker Brandon Bentley • Interview with star Chin Siu-ho, filmed in 2003 • Rivers and Lakes, a brand new video essay on Shaw Brothers’ depiction of Chinese myth and history, written and narrated by Jonathan Clements, author of A Brief History of China • Hong Kong (audio only) and German theatrical trailers for Magnificent Ruffians • Hong Kong trailers (Mandarin and Cantonese audio options) and US TV spot for Ten Tigers of Kwangtung • Image galleries for both films DISC SIX – MY YOUNG AUNTIE • Uncompressed Cantonese, Mandarin and English original mono audio • Newly translated English subtitles, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dub • Brand new select-scene commentary by film critic and historian Tony Rayns • Interview with star Kara Hui, filmed in 2003 • Cinema Hong Kong: The Beauties of the Shaw Studios, the final instalment in the three-part documentary produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003 • Alternate standard-definition VHS version • Hong Kong theatrical trailer • Image gallery DISC SEVEN – MERCENARIES FROM HONG KONG / THE BOXER'S OMEN • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original negatives by Arrow Films • Uncompressed Cantonese and Mandarin original mono audio for both films plus English mono for Mercenaries from Hong Kong • Newly translated English subtitles for both films, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dub • Brand new commentary on The Boxer’s Omen by critic Travis Crawford • Newly filmed appreciation of filmmaker Kuei Chih-hung by film critic and historian Tony Rayns • Additional footage from Mandarin VHS version of The Boxer's Omen • Interview with Mercenaries from Hong Kong action director Tong Kai, filmed in 2009 • Hong Kong theatrical trailers for both films • Image galleries for both films DISC EIGHT – MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN / THE BARE-FOOTED KID • Uncompressed Cantonese, Mandarin and English original mono audio for both films • Newly translated English subtitles, plus optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs • Brand new commentary on Martial Arts of Shaolin by Jonathan Clements • Brand new commentary on The Bare-Footed Kid by Frank Djeng of the NY Asian Film Festival • Newly filmed appreciations of both films by film critic and historian Tony Rayns • Interview with Martial Arts of Shaolin screenwriter Sze Yeung-ping, filmed in 2004 • Alternate standard-definition version of Martial Arts of Shaolin • Hong Kong and Japanese theatrical trailers for Martial Arts of Shaolin, plus trailers for the preceding Shaolin Temple films starring Jet Li • Hong Kong theatrical trailer and UK VHS promo for The Bare-Footed Kid • Image galleries for both films DISC NINE – MUSIC FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS, INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN AND THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (CD) DISC TEN – MUSIC FROM RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER, MAGNIFICENT RUFFIANS, TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG, MY YOUNG AUNTIE, MERCENARIES FROM HONG KONG AND DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER (CD)
    13 points
  2. 88 films Tiger cage trilogy in the house guys looks fantastic
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  3. ATTENTION: regarding the Vinegar Syndrome VS 88 Film's RIGHTING WRONGS debate Hey everybody, how about if we discuss instead of battle? I can see that things have gotten out of hand, but this is a discussion of entertainment, not life or death, so lets put down the torches and broken bottles and reconsider talking instead of attacking one another. Please. Yes? First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I have done work for both companies being discussed. Though I've done more work for 88 Films than Vinegar Syndrome, both companies are a joy to work for and I have no complaints about either. Additionally, as a major collector of physical media I have been buying and enjoying releases from both companies since long before I was ever employed by either. My third point of relevance in this matter, is that I did not work on either companies' release of RIGHTING WRONGS, and I am a huge fan of the film and have long been dreaming of it getting a nice Blu-ray edition. Putting emotions aside for a minute, here are the facts... - RIGHTING WRONGS is a film highly rated by most Hong Kong action fans and we are incredibly lucky that it has not only received a decent HD release, but two deluxe, HD special editions. This is certainly above and beyond what any of us would've expected up until about five years ago. - Over the years, and more and more in recent times, many Hong Kong movie fans on both sides of the ocean have complained "Why is this great edition coming out, but not in my region?" - Now we have arrived at a moment that many physical media collectors have asked for- a desirable film getting special treatment from two different caring companies for two major regions. - Everyone, especially those with All-Region Blu-ray players, now has an option to get RIGHTING WRONGS in the form of special features-laden releases with fancy packaging and extras. So it would make sense that everyone in every corner should be extremely happy about all this, right? Ah, but that's where the "emotional element" comes into play. It seems that the major issue people are having is that they feel "their" company- whichever side you may be on, if you've chosen a side- is right/better, or that the other side has been insulting or disparaging. Some people here on the forum, on the Blu-ray.com forum, and several other places have been getting pissed off about this situation. I do understand. Here on the forum I've been asked by both "sides" to intervene. Here are my thoughts on the situation... Though some may not like what's being said, who's saying it, and where it's being said, everything that people are getting riled up about is exactly what a "forum" is supposed to be! DEFINITION OF FORUM: fo·rum /ˈfôrəm/ noun noun: forum; plural noun: forums; plural noun: fora 1. a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. "it will be a forum for consumers to exchange their views on medical research" So it's irrational to be angered or disappointed by the discussion of the two different versions here and in the 88 thread as that's exactly the point of these threads. To touch on some specifics, if I could only afford to buy one of the two versions of RIGHTING WRONGS* I'd want to know which one I would prefer, so I'd search for information... in this forum. Some people, respected friends included, have said that they are getting "turned off to 88 Films" because of comments made by some of the people that work for 88 regarding the Vinegar Syndrome release. That's a shame. I'm sorry to hear people are being affected this way, but just like the text page "views expressed disclaimer/opinion disclaimer" we see on many physical releases proclaims: the opinions expressed within the post's content are solely the author's and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the company, website, or its affiliates. They're just free individuals expressing themselves. @OldPangYau worked for months on the 88 version and when VS announced theirs, he (to me, understandably) felt like "But wait, there's also this coming" and said so. It wasn't malicious. You may think it was unnecessary, and that's fine. Those are two different opinions. @Irongod2112 is a hardcore Hong Kong cinema fan and wants everything to be as close to perfect as it can be on every release, no matter the company. He has expressed regret/pointed out flaws on releases that he has worked on too (the companies don't always listen to or follow guidance). He isn't commenting as some sort of arch nemesis of VS, only as a guy/fan that knows the info that he's sharing. And, the things he's said are true. No, he doesn't own the VS release, but many trusted friends have stated that THE BEST OF THE MARTIAL ARTS FILMS/ THE DEADLIEST ART documentary on the VS set is not completely presented in HD, so why would he doubt them? He admitted he received the knowledge second-hand, but he had many sources. For the record, and I haven't spoken to him about it, but I do own the VS release and it is true- it's not all HD and some of the clips are in the wrong aspect ratio. As for some of the questions revolving around the how and why of this, usually things are more complicated than they may seem from the outside looking in. You might assume that a company owns a film, you pay the licensing for it, and you get exactly what you once saw in the theater years ago. Not so. For a variety of reasons there are often multiple versions, and sometimes things that were changed by the copyright holder in the interim years. I owned THE DEADLIEST ART: THE BEST OF THE MARTIAL ARTS FILMS on laser disc and watched and showed it to dozens of people. And for instance, without a doubt, the footage of Bruce Lee on the VS version of the doc is not the same as I watched for all these years. It's from an overly DNR'ed (Digital Noise Reduction, which if over-used can result in loss of detail and create waxy-looking faces) source, so Fortune Star (the company the doc was licensed from) have made some changes instead of simply providing VS with the exact same release that we all saw in 1990. One of the guys from VS said something negative about the sound on a recent 88 release, and much was made of it by others. Does he hate 88? Is he trying to destroy them? Get revenge for the competitive comments about the RIGHTING WRONGS release? Uh... I doubt it. I'd guess he simply felt there was a negative element to the audio on that film and voiced his opinion about it (since deleted, probably to quell the combative fires others created). He's a film fan, he bought that release, and stated something he felt. Lines were not drawn. And I'll tell you all some insider info to demonstrate that things are not as black and white nor malicious as some may think. One of the guys (I won't say who) working for 88 on RIGHTING WRONGS (and many other titles) noticed there was a technical issue with the prints provided by Fortune Star. It's the kind of thing that not everyone would've caught, but for certain, some people would notice upon its Blu-ray release. He assumed correctly that VS would receive the same problematic print, so he reached out to them to let them know in case they missed it. He didn't consider keeping the info to himself so that the version he worked on could be better, he only wanted the fans purchasing any version of the film to get the best release possible. For whatever reason VS didn't respond, but he tried a few more times over a couple of months. He could easily have shrugged "well, I tried" and let it be. But instead, he kept trying. He asked me, knowing I had done some work for VS, if I could possibly put him directly in touch with someone there so he could warn them of the flaw, and I was able to help them connect. This is the kind of behavior that we should all strive for. Helping one another be our best instead of focusing on what divides us. Differences of opinion are healthy, even if you disagree with them. I wouldn't want us to all be the same color, religion, wear the same clothes, all like and dislike the same things. That's called being a plastic clone! As long as our differences aren't violent or harmful I think we should all embrace them. That's why you're really here, right? To learn from other like-minded people what they do or don't like, what they recommend, etc, so as to inform yourself. Not every release, no matter who puts it out, is going to please everyone. I was disappointed and griped about 88's SDH-only subtitles back on their 2019 release of SNAKE & CRANE ARTS OF SHAOLIN (it's a personal pet peeve- I hate reading stuff like "thunderous music plays" when I just want translations of dialogue and text. Other people don't mind this at all. Again, we all have differences, and that's fine). Are there things I'm not thrilled with on the VS release of RIGHTING WRONGS? Yes, a few minor things (which others have already mentioned). But the good far out-weighs the bad. It's a fantastic release and I am so glad I bought it. As for "VS or 88's version- which is better?"... healthy competition almost always results in higher and higher quality products being released all around. No doubt fans will find much to love from each of them. I raise a toast to and give my respect to VS, 88, and all the other labels out there putting out discs of the films we love. Bravo, and thank you all! In conclusion, you (yes, you) may have an issue with what's being said here, but it's not personal. We don't welcome personal insults and attacks here, and several people have crossed the line a bit in these recent posts. Be cool people. You can disagree and express your opinions with respect. Speak/write to others as you'd want to be spoken/written to. It's that simple. Let's keep it real and respectfully speak our minds here. (I'm also posting this same thing in the 88 Films thread.) * Technically I can only afford to buy one, yet I ordered both, despite it not really being "in the budget", deciding to skip other wants of mine in deference to these two sets.
    12 points
  4. ATTENTION: regarding the Vinegar Syndrome VS 88 Film's RIGHTING WRONGS debate Hey everybody, how about if we discuss instead of battle? I can see that things have gotten out of hand, but this is a discussion of entertainment, not life or death, so lets put down the torches and broken bottles and reconsider talking instead of attacking one another. Please. Yes? First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I have done work for both companies being discussed. Though I've done more work for 88 Films than Vinegar Syndrome, both companies are a joy to work for and I have no complaints about either. Additionally, as a major collector of physical media I have been buying and enjoying releases from both companies since long before I was ever employed by either. My third point of relevance in this matter, is that I did not work on either companies' release of RIGHTING WRONGS, and I am a huge fan of the film and have long been dreaming of it getting a nice Blu-ray edition. Putting emotions aside for a minute, here are the facts... - RIGHTING WRONGS is a film highly rated by most Hong Kong action fans and we are incredibly lucky that it has not only received a decent HD release, but two deluxe, HD special editions. This is certainly above and beyond what any of us would've expected up until about five years ago. - Over the years, and more and more in recent times, many Hong Kong movie fans on both sides of the ocean have complained "Why is this great edition coming out, but not in my region?" - Now we have arrived at a moment that many physical media collectors have asked for- a desirable film getting special treatment from two different caring companies for two major regions. - Everyone, especially those with All-Region Blu-ray players, now has an option to get RIGHTING WRONGS in the form of special features-laden releases with fancy packaging and extras. So it would make sense that everyone in every corner should be extremely happy about all this, right? Ah, but that's where the "emotional element" comes into play. It seems that the major issue people are having is that they feel "their" company- whichever side you may be on, if you've chosen a side- is right/better, or that the other side has been insulting or disparaging. Some people here on the forum, on the Blu-ray.com forum, and several other places have been getting pissed off about this situation. I do understand. Here on the forum I've been asked by both "sides" to intervene. Here are my thoughts on the situation... Though some may not like what's being said, who's saying it, and where it's being said, everything that people are getting riled up about is exactly what a "forum" is supposed to be! DEFINITION OF FORUM: fo·rum /ˈfôrəm/ noun noun: forum; plural noun: forums; plural noun: fora 1. a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. "it will be a forum for consumers to exchange their views on medical research" So it's irrational to be angered or disappointed by the discussion of the two different versions here and in the 88 thread as that's exactly the point of these threads. To touch on some specifics, if I could only afford to buy one of the two versions of RIGHTING WRONGS* I'd want to know which one I would prefer, so I'd search for information... in this forum. Some people, respected friends included, have said that they are getting "turned off to 88 Films" because of comments made by some of the people that work for 88 regarding the Vinegar Syndrome release. That's a shame. I'm sorry to hear people are being affected this way, but just like the text page "views expressed disclaimer/opinion disclaimer" we see on many physical releases proclaims: the opinions expressed within the post's content are solely the author's and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the company, website, or its affiliates. They're just free individuals expressing themselves. @OldPangYau worked for months on the 88 version and when VS announced theirs, he (to me, understandably) felt like "But wait, there's also this coming" and said so. It wasn't malicious. You may think it was unnecessary, and that's fine. Those are two different opinions. @Irongod2112 is a hardcore Hong Kong cinema fan and wants everything to be as close to perfect as it can be on every release, no matter the company. He has expressed regret/pointed out flaws on releases that he has worked on too (the companies don't always listen to or follow guidance). He isn't commenting as some sort of arch nemesis of VS, only as a guy/fan that knows the info that he's sharing. And, the things he's said are true. No, he doesn't own the VS release, but many trusted friends have stated that THE BEST OF THE MARTIAL ARTS FILMS/ THE DEADLIEST ART documentary on the VS set is not completely presented in HD, so why would he doubt them? He admitted he received the knowledge second-hand, but he had many sources. For the record, and I haven't spoken to him about it, but I do own the VS release and it is true- it's not all HD and some of the clips are in the wrong aspect ratio. As for some of the questions revolving around the how and why of this, usually things are more complicated than they may seem from the outside looking in. You might assume that a company owns a film, you pay the licensing for it, and you get exactly what you once saw in the theater years ago. Not so. For a variety of reasons there are often multiple versions, and sometimes things that were changed by the copyright holder in the interim years. I owned THE DEADLIEST ART: THE BEST OF THE MARTIAL ARTS FILMS on laser disc and watched and showed it to dozens of people. And for instance, without a doubt, the footage of Bruce Lee on the VS version of the doc is not the same as I watched for all these years. It's from an overly DNR'ed (Digital Noise Reduction, which if over-used can result in loss of detail and create waxy-looking faces) source, so Fortune Star (the company the doc was licensed from) have made some changes instead of simply providing VS with the exact same release that we all saw in 1990. One of the guys from VS said something negative about the sound on a recent 88 release, and much was made of it by others. Does he hate 88? Is he trying to destroy them? Get revenge for the competitive comments about the RIGHTING WRONGS release? Uh... I doubt it. I'd guess he simply felt there was a negative element to the audio on that film and voiced his opinion about it (since deleted, probably to quell the combative fires others created). He's a film fan, he bought that release, and stated something he felt. Lines were not drawn. And I'll tell you all some insider info to demonstrate that things are not as black and white nor malicious as some may think. One of the guys (I won't say who) working for 88 on RIGHTING WRONGS (and many other titles) noticed there was a technical issue with the prints provided by Fortune Star. It's the kind of thing that not everyone would've caught, but for certain, some people would notice upon its Blu-ray release. He assumed correctly that VS would receive the same problematic print, so he reached out to them to let them know in case they missed it. He didn't consider keeping the info to himself so that the version he worked on could be better, he only wanted the fans purchasing any version of the film to get the best release possible. For whatever reason VS didn't respond, but he tried a few more times over a couple of months. He could easily have shrugged "well, I tried" and let it be. But instead, he kept trying. He asked me, knowing I had done some work for VS, if I could possibly put him directly in touch with someone there so he could warn them of the flaw, and I was able to help them connect. This is the kind of behavior that we should all strive for. Helping one another be our best instead of focusing on what divides us. Differences of opinion are healthy, even if you disagree with them. I wouldn't want us to all be the same color, religion, wear the same clothes, all like and dislike the same things. That's called being a plastic clone! As long as our differences aren't violent or harmful I think we should all embrace them. That's why you're really here, right? To learn from other like-minded people what they do or don't like, what they recommend, etc, so as to inform yourself. Not every release, no matter who puts it out, is going to please everyone. I was disappointed and griped about 88's SDH-only subtitles back on their 2019 release of SNAKE & CRANE ARTS OF SHAOLIN (it's a personal pet peeve- I hate reading stuff like "thunderous music plays" when I just want translations of dialogue and text. Other people don't mind this at all. Again, we all have differences, and that's fine). Are there things I'm not thrilled with on the VS release of RIGHTING WRONGS? Yes, a few minor things (which others have already mentioned). But the good far out-weighs the bad. It's a fantastic release and I am so glad I bought it. As for "VS or 88's version- which is better?"... healthy competition almost always results in higher and higher quality products being released all around. No doubt fans will find much to love from each of them. I raise a toast to and give my respect to VS, 88, and all the other labels out there putting out discs of the films we love. Bravo, and thank you all! In conclusion, you (yes, you) may have an issue with what's being said here, but it's not personal. We don't welcome personal insults and attacks here, and several people have crossed the line a bit in these recent posts. Be cool people. You can disagree and express your opinions with respect. Speak/write to others as you'd want to be spoken/written to. It's that simple. Let's keep it real and respectfully speak our minds here. (I'm also posting this same thing in the 88 Films thread.) * Technically I can only afford to buy one, yet I ordered both, despite it not really being "in the budget", deciding to skip other wants of mine in deference to these two sets.
    12 points
  5. Tower of Death.iso.torrent Tower of Death.iso.torrent Will post Internet Archive and store link later. Have duplicator running, making first five copies.
    12 points
  6. Righting Wrongs Special Feature List: Three different feature-length presentations of the film Original Hong Kong cut [96 mins] Alternate Singapore cut [100 mins] English-friendly ABOVE THE LAW cut [92 mins]. PLUS a newly produced ULTIMATE CUT, a version of the film prepared exclusively for this release that combines footage from the Hong Kong and Singapore cuts to present a hypothetical “complete” version with four possible endings. INCLUDES Slipcase with brand-new artwork from Sean Longmore Double-sided foldout Poster 6 Replica Lobby Cards 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Matthew Edwards + selected archive materials Reversible sleeve with Hong Kong poster artwork // DISC 1 // New 2K Remaster of the Hong Kong Cut [96 minutes] Cantonese-language Hong Kong Theatrical Mix with normal subtitles and SDH Cantonese-language Japan Theatrical Mix with normal subtitles and SDH [features rare ending Cantonese narration] Cantonese Home Video Remix with normal subtitles and SDH English 5.1 Newly-translated English Subtitles [New] Frank Djeng Commentary [HK cut] [New] Mike Leeder and Arne Venema Commentary [HK cut] [Archive] Cynthia Rothrock Tai Seng Commentary [HK cut] [New] Cynthia Rothrock Interview [New] Cynthia Rothrock Scene-specific Commentary [New] Peter Cunningham Interview [New] Peter Cunningham Scene-specific Commentary [Archive] The Vigilante: An Interview with Yuen Biao [Archive] Action Overload: An Interview with Cynthia Rothrock [Archive] From the Ring to the Silver Screen: An Interview with Peter Cunningham Rare alternate “Ladies Man” ending Hong Kong Trailer English Trailer Tai Seng Reconstruction Trailer // DISC 2 // New 2K Remaster of the English “ABOVE THE LAW” Cut - English with SDH [92 mins] New 2K Remaster of the Singapore Cut - Mandarin with normal subtitles and SDH [100 mins] ULTIMATE CUT featuring 4 possible endings [105 mins - 106 mins approx] Ultimate Cut Ending Randomizer
    11 points
  7. There will be Shawscope Volumes 3 and 4! From James Flower: ryannichols7 wrote: ↑ Wed Aug 10, 2022 2:02 pm now if you don't mind, I actually do have some questions too! totally okay if you don't answer as I know it opens a huge can of worms and your reply gets quoted all over the internet... 1. I have noticed Arrow has done their own restorations on some films but then some of the other films use significantly older restorations (Five Shaolin Masters last night being one) - what goes into the process of how this is decided? is it elements, Celestial allowing this or that transfer, or you guys feel some of these titles its less necessary for? 2. did David Desser not want to do a commentary or video piece on this set? his track on King Boxer was fantastic, and that was a film I didn't enjoy much at all (sorry if that's sacrelige!) 3. maybe this isn't a question so much as a request: I did read the entire Twitter thread you and MichaelB were involved with about doing some non-Kung Fu titles. I obviously am very in the market for the Wuxia ones (it would make my girlfriend's year as well) but am insanely curious what opera, drama, and comedy would look like in Shawscope. I know the Kung Fu titles certainly sell, and I did see Kevin's response about acquiring more titles. I certainly hope this series is successful enough to see a mix of genres going forward, especially as you guys tell the story of Shaw Brothers more going forward. I am far less likely to buy individual titles (I did for Come Drink With Me and 8 DIagram Pole Fighter since I knew they were de facto entries, and also regarded as two of the best) and appreciate the boxing and curation of these sets - I've been annoyed all morning at the complaints from enthusiasts at how its a "waste" that The Boxer's Omen is here or something, but again I'm sure you're far less bothered than I am, which is good! please keep this going - I'm in it for the long run and no matter how many blood splattering gorefests you guys announce, I'm on board as long as you do boxsets this expertly curated and treated. thank you guys for all you do and I hope this answer was of some value! Thanks for the kind words Ryan (and everyone else who commented)! Really great to see that our attempts to make the set accessible to Shaw newcomers as well as diehard fans have landed as we hoped, and that people are generally pleased with the selection of films. You can't make everyone happy - especially with a catalogue as vast as Shaw Brothers to choose from! - but as I said in the Twitter thread you referred to, we're in it for the long haul, so we should be able to cover more ground in the years to come. We won't get to do everyone's favourites, but thankfully 88 and other companies are around to do so too. To answer your questions as much as I can on a public forum: 1) When we initially acquired the films, our plan was to restore all of them, since the picture quality issues on many of the existing HD masters were part of the reason we'd avoided the catalogue originally. It quickly became clear, however, that these would be much more involved and expensive than our usual restoration workflow, even just in 2K, so the original budgets we'd acquired the films under wouldn't work. So in order to stick to budget and release the films in enough time to make our money back given the relatively short license period, we decided to only restore a little over half of them. We went through the existing masters and decided which ones were the least-worst (especially with regards DNR and 'framecutting') that could be released as they were, and prioritised the ones that most needed improvement. A couple of titles got swapped around (e.g. so we could remaster the longer cut of Chinatown Kid), and it's a shame we couldn't restore all of them, but I think it's a pretty good balance overall. With the hard-won lessons and efficiencies learned from these two sets, we're hoping to be able to restore every film on future volumes - fingers crossed this works out. 2) I don't remember exactly, but as both of the first two sets were initially planned simultaneously - the original plan was one big 26-film box which, again, quickly proved unfeasible! - I think it was just as simple as David getting the list of titles and only wanting to do King Boxer, as well as the two booklet essays. We also wanted to mix up the contributors a bit on Volume 2, and hope to again with future volumes. 3) I wasn't involved with picking the titles for Volumes 1 & 2 but have been more involved with the new package we're acquiring for Volumes 3 & 4, which does indeed veer away from kung fu a lot more. I picked the name Shawscope for our boxsets specifically so we could go into new territory in the future, and that is indeed the strategy: hopefully by now we've hooked enough people with the kung fu sets that will now be willing to go on a journey into other kinds of Shaws films with us. Indeed, working on the extras gave me a whole other list of films I'm desperately keen to see! That said, I doubt you'll see us doing the operas, melodramas and comedies anytime soon - they just aren't commercially viable at the scale we're working to with the new restorations and collectable packaging, which means genre films inevitably become the key focus. (Indeed, I'm not convinced a huangmei diao set would fly off the shelves even with just the existing Celestial masters, basic packaging and minimal extras to keep production costs down.) I'm sure we'll release more Shaws kung fu films in the future too, but we're happy to go on a bit of a tangent for now - especially as we have plenty of Golden Harvest films from Fortune Star lined up too.
    10 points
  8. Great haul! I have the deluxe edition of AOG but wanted one with a slip to fit in with the others.
    10 points
  9. 88 films Flying Guillotine part II more epic this around
    10 points
  10. Here is my summer haul, mostly 88's so here I put it. Whoever started the 88., Arrow and Eureka threads, I blame you! (3 more orders still to come).
    10 points
  11. Can you comment on his comments instead of ranting off? Is what he is saying true or not? Maybe focus on the points being made rather than going off on a tangent?
    9 points
  12. I just finished the project yesterday evening. It's contains three cuts of the film, two of which are reconstructed from an entirely new 4K master of the Korean cut of Tower of Death and one of which is the Korean cut itself, whereas the old disc uses the old Fortune Star transfer which is an upscale. So you've got the HK theatrical version presented in 2.35:1 (1080p AVC/24P) with Cantonese mono soundtrack (AC3 Dolby 2.0 128Kbps from HKL DVD), English mono soundtrack (AC3 Dolby 2.0 320Kbps from Jap Blu Ray). And you have the 100 minute Export cut of the film presented in 2.35:1 (1080p AVC/24P) with three tracks from the Jap blu ray English mono UK theatrical track with Frankie Chan score (LPCM 2.0 16-bit uncompressed), English mono Japanese theatrical track with Keith Morrison score (LPCM 2.0 16-bit uncompressed), Japanese mono laserdisc track with Keith Morrison score (LPCM 2.0 16-bit uncompressed), And you have the 72 minute Korean cut presented in 2.35:1 (1080p AVC/24P) without subtitles. Also included: HK Theatrical Trailer presented in 2.35:1 (1080p AVC/24P), US Theatrical Trailer presented in 2.35:1 (1080p AVC/24P), US Theatrical Credits presented in 2.35:1 (1080p AVC/24P), Roy Horan interview from HKL DVD (720x480 AVC/29.976i), Casanova Wong interview from HKL DVD (720x480 AVC/29.976i), Roy Horan interview from HKL DVD (720x480 AVC/29.976i), Rare Behind the Scenes with Hwang Jang Lee and Roy Horan (720x480 AVC/29.976i). And some screens from the export cut And the Korean cut Some of the bonus features Roy Horan's Interview from 2003 for the HKL DVD of Tower of Death Casanova "Ka Sa Fa" Wong's interview from the 2003 HKL Tower of Death DVD, in Korean with softcoded English subtitles The HK Theatrical trailer of Tower The only thing I didn't include that I was going to was the two audio tracks from the Universe DVD which has newly recorded Mandarin and Cantonese dubs but uses the export score of the film, as I felt the quality of those tracks was too poor to use. Universe did a really bad job on them, as the sound effects and voices are out of sync and the audio mixing is awful. So I decided only to include all of the main theatrical dubs from the best sources I had at hand, so you have a decent quality Cantonese audio track from the HKL DVD of the HK cut, which was from a 1993 Star TV master, and several options for the export cut all taken from the Paramount Japanese blu ray.
    9 points
  13. Guys, just waiting for more ink to arrive to print off some more covers. Smaller orders are mostly filled, I'll get the bigger orders out soon as I have covers printed for them. Come next month, I'll also order the drives to put in my duplicator unit so that I can get orders out in a more timely fashion.
    9 points
  14. I would love a female centered boxset with movies like: Intimate Confessions Chinese Courtesan, 14 Amazons, Lady Hermit, Vengeance Snow Girl, Lady with a Sword, The Young Avenger, Heads for Sale, The Shadow Whip, Village of Tigers, Lady Assassin, Vengeful Beauty and others movies like Black Butterfly, Lady of Steel, Lady of the Law, Silver Fox, Jade Raksha etc. Also I would love an underrated early 70s wuxia boxset with movies like: The Black Tavern (my favorite), Duel for Gold, Imperial Swordsman (another favorite), Oath of Death, Long Chase, Pursuit, Devil's Mirror, Crimson Charm, A Taste of Cold Steel, Ambush and other movies like The Casino, Deadly Knives, Sacred Knives Vengeance, Thunderbolt Fist, Master of Kung Fu. You could make a lot of boxsets: Chang Cheh 60s output: Have Sword Will Travel, The Assassin, Invincible Fist, Golden Swallow, Flying Dagger, etc. Chang Cheh's 70s output: Vengeance, Heroic Ones, Wandering Swordsman, King Eagle, Water Margin, Blood Brothers Chor Yuen boxset: Killer Clans, Clans of Intrigue, Web of Death, Death Duel, Swordsman and Enchantress, Jade Tiger, Magic Blade, etc. 60s wuxia: Temple Red Lotus trilogy, Sword of Swords, Bells of Death, Vengeance is Broken Blade, Magnificent Swordsman, Dragon Swamp, Spy and Caper movies: Angel Iron Fists, Temptress Thousand Faces, Asia-pol, Brain Stealers, Golden Buddha 70s "girl with guns" movies: Deadly Angels, Drug Connection, Lady Exterminator, Long Road to Freedom, Big Bad Sis And also erotic, horror and criminal boxsets. Sorry for the long post. I like to daydream.
    8 points
  15. I don't have the Vinegar Syndrome release but from what I've seen posted online is that portions of The Deadliest Art documentary is in HD but other segments are upscaled. Also certain scenes are in the wrong aspect ratio. I was also told the audio is not very good and not running at the correct speed, but maintaining a PAL pitch, resulting in a subtle stammering effect. All this will be fixed to the best of our ability and will be included as an extra on a future UK release!
    8 points
  16. Apparently Best Of Martial Arts is in SD.However Irongod has confirmed elsewhere it's going to appear as an extra on a future UK release in full restored HD
    8 points
  17. Warner Archive's George Feltenstein on future Golden Harvest releases: “Can't give any timeframe. We have an edict that any Golden Harvest title we work on starts with a brand new 4K scan of the negative, and there are some titles being scanned as we speak. We know what films the fans want the most, and we hope to be getting them out there, and to it in a way that everybody will be happy with." https://www.theextras.tv/podcasts/blog-post-wacmail-072622
    8 points
  18. Mine came in. I have some small issues with the booklet but that’s about it. It has hideous cover art and to me, some of the pages are near unreadable due to light ink and page colour. But I’m still really happy to have this release.
    8 points
  19. Cantonese (not Mandarin). It sounds like Simon Broad's voice. Nearly, but a few corrections: Media Blasters mainly used the VHS (a recording of a cut TV broadcast, I believe), patching with Cantonese. Unfortunately, the pitch was off on it. For the 88 Films release, however, they arranged the transfer of a 35 mm print which was higher quality, patching with the VHS (I had a copy) and Cantonese (aside from some non-dialogue bits, there's only two brief bits in Cantonese). I wrote about it at Blu-ray.com forum. The US trailer was also mine, incidentally. I think there are chunks missing, but it's better than nothing.
    8 points
  20. Back on track, got some orders out. Rest will be out soon. Also finished some art today for Tower.
    8 points
  21. (Sorry about the censorship; I wasn't sure if someone would be offended by the boobs, so I decided to play it safe) Also: new addition to bookshelf: Norifumi Suzuki's トラック野郎風雲録 (2010). No idea when I will have time to actually read it, but I can say it's packed with great photos, and not just Truck Yaro related stuff but all things Suzuki, from Yakuza Films to Pinky Violence and Chiba.
    8 points
  22. Some second hand pick ups. Was lucky enough to find the 88 box of The Young Master for 20€ in perfect condition! And then the Shout double disc set for another 3€.
    8 points
  23. POLICE STORY III SUPER COP RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2022 Time to check out some artwork for our Stateside December release of Supercop. Working hard on a brand new 4K transfer and some fantastic special features to make this THE DEFINITIVE EDITION of one of Jackie's all-time classics. More artwork and a complete listing of extras are coming soon. In the meantime here are some behind-the-scenes of the new extras. #jackiechan #michelleyeoh #88asia #88USA #policestory #supercop
    7 points
  24. Definitely selling Frank Djeng short here. He does more than just play by play commentary of the action onscreen. One of his strong suits is that he's wonderful at deciphering the intricacies of the Cantonese language for the casual viewer. i learned quite a bit listening to his commentaries regarding the frequent use of double entendres & clever word play that would be completely lost on me as someone who is not familiar with the native language spoken in these films & the English subs cannot portray the subtleties of the joke or reference that Frank provides.
    7 points
  25. Man I’m so glad so many people will now be able to see Mercenaries From Hong Kong . It’s a gem . A bit surprised at the inclusion of The Bare Foot Kid and Martial Arts Of Shaolin though . Can’t wait !!
    7 points
  26. Amazon UK leak. So nice to see Mad Monkey Kung Fu, Five Superfighters and Ten Tigers! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shawscope-Limited-Blu-ray-Region-Free/dp/B08R5GWV9R/ref=sr_1_296?_encoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=6c82cbd2-3501-4cd6-902b-ee014dc55e02&pf_rd_r=K92NG1HHTS29FC08P2RB&pf_rd_s=auto-subnav-flyout-dvd-content-3&pf_rd_t=SubnavFlyout&qid=1660099911&refinements=p_69%3A1y-%2Cp_6%3AA3P5ROKL5A1OLE%2Cp_74%3A0-99999900%2Cp_n_binding_browse-bin%3A383380011&s=dvd&sr=1-296
    7 points
  27. Event Horizon 4K steel book, The House by the Cemetery 4K, Dr. Lamb, Doom 4K and Flying Guillotine Part II.
    7 points
  28. Slight edit: The English audio track on the HK Version of Tower is indeed 16bit Uncompressed LPCM mono. It's the same original English track as on the export cut, but it's cut to fit the visuals of the HK version. I decided it would be a reasonable inclusion being a high fidelity track and as an option to be able to watch the shorter HK version with English audio.
    7 points
  29. Another hint from 88… Royal Warriors
    7 points
  30. A few from the last couple of deliveries.
    7 points
  31. BOW DOWN TO MY ETERNAL MAGNIFICENCE!!
    7 points
  32. I remember Toby mentioned that he wanted to start a blu ray label much like his defunct rarescope about a year ago? I know he owns the entire IFD catalog and wanted to put out some of the more obscure ones on blu ray and the indie Taiwanese stuff especially the bashers. I haven't heard any update since then. Anyone in contact with Toby with more info or can shed more light about it?
    7 points
  33. Came in the post. I love this Tee!!!
    7 points
  34. New pics of the inner artwork:
    7 points
  35. 7 points
  36. It may have an internegative or interpositive that was transferred to 1080p circa 2010 (as seen on Mediumrare’s DVD).
    6 points
  37. Irongod's pretty much right. Not sure about the audio pitch but a bunch of the footage does not show up at the right aspect ratio including Righting Wrongs itself, and I'm pretty sure none of the footage taken from other movies actually uses recent remasters. A clip of Fist of Fury shown looked ridiculously DNR'd and a bunch of others are just the standard upscales (including Righting Wrongs itself again). You can see some screencaps here: https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.php?p=20328495&postcount=92 It's still great that Vinegar Syndrome were able to include it, but more could certainly be done. Also I find it extremely misleading to characterize the 88 crew as just "bitching and moaning" about the VS release considering I do follow them on Twitter/read their posts on other forums. Curiously, all of Katakuri's posts seem to just be encouraging this 88/VinSyn bad blood?
    6 points
  38. one blu ray from Gold Ninja Video and two blu rays from 88 Films
    6 points
  39. If it was missing in the VHS, then it's likely Media Blasters would have jumped to Cantonese. If I remember correctly, that scene was in the print (so no patching needed really, I don't think), but the quality isn't the best as you've more or less conveyed (mini dropouts, etc). It was the only other known source for the English version (and my gratitude to the University's archive in lending it for transfer and 88 for investing). I remember the TV recording removed a bit of swearing (the print has it) from Wilson Tong's character (about 12 minutes in).
    6 points
  40. A blu ray from @TheKungFuRobber and two blu rays from the Korean Film Archive
    6 points
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