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  1. I have not been posting much, had a craniotomy. It was a non cancerous tumor. Cannot spend much time on computers for a few months. I'll be lurking though!
    33 points
  2. Regarding the above comments about MAD MONKEY KUNG FU... Yeah, a purposely horrible scene, meant to make you absolutely hate the bad guys (it works) and sympathize even more with the poor, downtrodden hero. But I wish it had been implied instead of graphically shown. I'm still not 100% sure that the real animal was killed for the scene- it may have been doubled with a fake blood-filled stuffed monkey- that's for sure what I want to believe anyway. However, after years of watching the film I'm glad to have the choice to now see it sans that nastiness. For those that don't want to search above, it's done by switching an All-region Blu-ray player to Region B where this scene is censored according to the UK's censorship rules via the BBFC. It plays back uncut in Region A. As I mentioned in another thread, I received my SHAWSCOPE Vol. 2 set a couple of weeks ago. I haven't had a chance to watch anything from it yet, but I opened it and looked at everything. There's some amazing sounding extras on there, including more interviews by Frédéric Ambroisine (the ones I've seen by him in the past are all excellent), audio commentaries by (my late friend) Travis Crawford, Tony Rayns (select scenes), Frank Djeng and Michael Worth, and Brandon Bentley (aka. @OldPangYau), and other features by Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali, authors of These Fists Break Bricks, and our guy Terrence J. Brady (aka. @teako170 who also contributed to Vol. 1) dropping knowledge on the Venoms crew. It also has two versions of KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, the French TV documentary CITIZEN SHAW remastered in high definition and with English subs (finally!), just to name a few. Plus, there's some new, kick-ass original artwork included that was produced for this set. Tony Stella's pieces are my favorites once again, but there are other impressive works too. It's thrilling that I and some of our KFF Forum members contributed to this release. Seems like just yesterday we were simply fans on this forum chatting these films up. Now we get to be a part of this prestigious set of movies that we love (and man, for me personally, the thrill is not diminishing)! Good stuff!
    14 points
  3. Vol 2 arrived! These monumental releases now have an alter they deserve. Buddha blessed us with these releases, looking forward to 2023!
    12 points
  4. Just like the title says, this is a thread for all boutique label releases. So that means any label not considered one of the major players in Asian cinema (88 Films, Arrow, Eureka, Shout Factory, Criterion, Well Go, etc). I think one pinned thread that is updated regularly will be more efficient and easier to navigate than countless individual threads. RADIANCE FILMS (UK): Big Time Gambling Boss (Jan, 2023) Yakuza Graveyard (TBA) NEON EAGLE (Cauldron + Mondo Macabro): Kill Butterfly Kill (TBA) Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (TBA) Error444: Red Spells Red (out now) Centipede Horror (out now) Fatal Termination (TBA) Challenge of the Lady Ninja (TBA) Thrilling Bloody Sword (TBA) The Imperial Sword Killing the Devil (TBA) MONDO MACABRO: Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (out now, retail edition only) House of Terrors (out now, retail edition only) UNEARTHED FILMS: Calamity of Snakes (TBA) MASSACRE VIDEO: Men Behind the Sun (4K UHD) (TBA) Laboratory of the Devil (TBA) Narrow Escape (TBA) KANI RELEASING (Vinegar Syndrome Partner Label): What's Up Connection? (out now) Sell-Out (out now) FRACTURED VISIONS (UK): Friend (TBA) 4 Japanese titles forthcoming (TBA) CHAMELEON FILMS (AUS): Breakings News (out now) Exiled (out now) Summertime Blues Machine (out now) IMPRINT FILMS (AUS): The Road Home (out now) Collaborations: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li (out now) **Please post any labels/releases that I missed and any errata**
    12 points
  5. Second hand pick ups. $6 each! Dragon Fist I bought from HMV (In UK) and the Arrow Box arrived on Monday directly from Arrow (To Sweden)
    11 points
  6. There's so much talk about shipping, set costs, and packaging in this thread, but in comparison it seems precious little about the actual contents! I get it, shipping and these sets aren't cheap, but I'd love to hear more feedback from those that got it and what they think. If you're seeing any of the films for the first (or even 50th time) please share your thoughts on them. First I'll join in and add my two cents about the packaging... It's true that if I had my way, pretty much all Blu-Ray releases would be the same size height-wise, with box sets simply being wider (Second Site's DAWN OF THE DEAD set) so they'd all look nice and orderly on my shelves. I do have some really cool, atypically sized sets that I appreciate (GAMERA!), but in a perfect world... yada yada yada. Clearly that's not happening, so I try to embrace it. When I first heard about the Shawscope Vol. 1 set's size I was not thrilled (my disapproval and digital tears are saved earlier in this thread), but once I had the set in hand (well, hands, plural, due to its size and weight ) that all changed. It's gorgeous! The blue looked perfect, only surpassed (to my surprise) by the orange of Vol. 2 (I hear you moaning @ShaOW!linDude ). The book is elegant with lush reproductions of newly commissioned artwork (thumbs up to Arrow for this). The art pieces range from outstanding to... . But I still prefer this creative approach to a bunch of Photoshopped nonsense. The movies look the best I've seen them, and I've seen lots of versions of some of these, and some I've viewed countless times. I only had a chance to watch a few of the films and a handful of the extras on Vol. 1, and now the same for Vol. 2, but I am an extremely happy Shaw Brothers fan! On Vol. 2, I put on disc one with THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN and listened to the audio commentary by my friend Travis Crawford. It's a good one, but extremely strange as I've known him for decades and he recently passed away (on July 19th, 2022, a couple days before his 52nd birthday). We chatted a few months before he died about all the exciting stuff he was working on, and now... he didn't even get to see a lot of it get released before he was gone. At one point he mentions a film he hasn't seen that he'll have to track down and I thought "Oh, I have that and can lend it to him" before catching myself. What a strange experience; feeling proud and happy that he got to contribute to this classic film while simultaneously knowing this (and other features and AC's) is the only way I'll ever hear his voice again. I'd like to tell you all a bit more about him and how he contributed to and promoted Asian (and much more) cinema in the USA, and I hope to do so soon. But for now I'll simply mention that it was because of Travis that me, my wife, best friend Hector (who is also now gone), three "little brothers", my Sensei, and a bunch of friends and fellow martial arts classmates got to see this film (and a bunch of other SB gems) in the theater on the big silver screen. Memories that I shall forever cherish. After it ended, since I was still working and had not had enough of the Shaolin goodness, so I put the film back on with Tony Rayns "Select Scene Commentary". I love how Arrow did this... Sometimes while listening to an AC there are big gaps where no one is saying anything (GOODFELLAS has a long one where I kept thinking "Is that it? Is it over?" before it started again) and it can be very annoying. Well Arrow set up theirs so that only the parts of the film where Mr. Rayns is speaking play- around 1:14 of the film's 1:56 running time. I've seen/heard this done before; the DVDs and Blu-Rays of TRUE ROMANCE were also set up this way for their Select Scene Commentaries. Rayns is full of great info and I highly recommend that fans of the film give this a listen. The other night I was in the mood for MERCENARIES FROM HONG KONG which I've only seen once, way back when I first bought the R3 IVL/Celestial DVD in the early 2000's. It's on the same disc as THE BOXER'S OMEN which I am jonesing to re-watch, but I'm waiting until I can check it out with my son as I think he's going to be a big fan of this gonzo flick. However, when I put the disc in my PlayStation 5 it came up on my screen as MAGNIFICENT RUFFIANS / TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG (unlike most Blu-Ray players that automatically load whatever disc you put in them, the PS5 tells you the name of the disc you insert then lets you decide if you want to start playing it). I immediately took it out thinking that I must've pulled the wrong disc from the set. Nope. The disc's label said MERCENARIES FROM HONG KONG / THE BOXER'S OMEN. I was so bummed. Not only was I looking forward to watching those films, but I wondered how much of a hassle it was going to be to get a replacement, how long I'd have to wait, and if lots of other people were about to discover they had the same problem. I switched to watching a different film that night, but the next day on my lunch-break I decided to check all the discs to see if there were any other problems. Everything else was labeled correctly and I sampled each movie; all played perfectly. But to my surprise and delight the MERCENARIES FROM HONG KONG / THE BOXER'S OMEN disc did have the correct films on it! It simply showed up on the load screen with the other titles when asking if I wanted to play the disc. What a relief. So if anyone else sees this, don't panic, just push "play" as the proper films are on there. Has anyone else noticed this weird little error? When I switched discs after the problem I decided on INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN. Damn, it looked so good , and of course it was as entertaining as ever. Excellent English subtitles too. It was late when it ended and I was tired, but the feature POISON CLAN ROCKS THE WORLD, a featurette by our own @teako170, was there on the menu and I couldn't resist taking a quick peek before lights out. Yeah, once it began there was simply no turning it off! Terry's passion and research make this 27 minutes of pure enjoyment. Really great stuff, and with clips used to illustrate his narration in not only appropriate, but often very clever ways. I loved it. Terry and Linn were the first forum members I ever met in person on the same day I shook Lo Meng's hand way back in 2007, and he's been a friend ever since. So hearing him on this set talking about what we all love and dropping some interesting knowledge was a joy. Right on! Looking forward to this. I also checked out Frederic Ambroisine's interviews with Gordon Liu and Arthur Wong. I can't overstate how fantastic these are. Watching them brings me the same kind of joy I felt as a kid opening Christmas presents.
    10 points
  7. Thanks for all the support!
    10 points
  8. They still need to release Jet Li's work.
    10 points
  9. I was recently stuck in a situation where I only had a regular old Region A-only portable Blu-ray player (last time this happened was years ago when my All-Region player died) to watch movies. My awesome wife had grabbed a bag of "good stuff" for me from my huge to-watch pile to keep me entertained. Among the things I most wanted to watch were a bunch of 88 Films releases- including BLACK CAT, THE YOUNG MASTER, EROTIC GHOST STORY, ROBOTRIX, ARMOUR OF GOD, RIKKI-OH, and FORBIDDEN CITY COP. I looked through them all, trying to decide what to watch first. And should I check out one of these greats to see them for the first time with HD picture and excellent subs, or go for one of the many exciting extra features? I settled on the Celebrity Talk Show episode on EGS which I read so many people praising. Then I realized... they were all Region B and I couldn't watch any of them! Torturous (in a nerd-stuck-without-his-stuff kinda way)! I was not a fan of my (in-the-big-scheme-of-things) brief (but seemingly endless) return to being at the mercy of region coding. Now I'm not saying that when I returned home I cuddled and kissed my All-Region player (I'm not saying that ), but I sure was glad to see it. Sometimes we take things for granted until we don't have them. Don't be that person. Gently dust your All-Region player... today.
    9 points
  10. I'm really digging that Shout Factory Chiba box set. It's a shame it's light on bonus features with the same recycled interview from the Street Fighter Collection box set but the films more than make up for it. Forgot how amazing Shogun's Samurai was upon a re-watch in more than a decade! I have my little Hattori Hanzo figure on my shelf to keep me company too while I binge watch.
    9 points
  11. Far from it. There's so much titles from Asia that's worth releasing beyond the most famous ones. 88 Films are all about exploring lesser-known or hidden gems. There's always titles out there that could be acquired rights to.
    9 points
  12. City on Fire, Revengeful Swordswoman, Night in Paradise, A Fugitive from the Past, The Magic Braid, Crossing the Border, I've Got the Blues, Let Me Out
    9 points
  13. Revengeful Swordswoman - Mandarin/English audio w/ English subs Against the Drunken Cat's Paw - English Audio The Escape (1972) - Mandarin with Chinese/English hardsubs (hidden bonus)
    9 points
  14. With all the recent love Yuen Biao has been receiving on Blu-ray, over at COF I decided to take a look back on his most overlooked decade (and one that has the highest unlikelihood of seeing any of his productions hit Blu-ray!) - the 1990's! Was the decade really as bad for Biao as some of his fans make out, or are there still some gems to be found in an era when Hong Kong cinema was rapidly changing? Check out the full feature via the link - https://cityonfire.com/yuen-biao-once-upon-a-time-in-the-90s-a-retrospective-of-his-most-overlooked-decade/
    8 points
  15. I can only echo what Shaolin Patriot above me said - cats like @teako170 @KUNG FU BOB @Asmo @One Armed Boxer and, I'm sure, others have helped take this forum to new heights through their absolute love of the genre. Reading this thread has been quite emotional. Here's to all the members of this lovely place, past and present, and wherever you may be.
    8 points
  16. And while you're here, indulge in an exclusive taste of what we have in store for 2023: In January, we'll be delving back into Category III horror, with a box set featuring a trio of gruesome shockers, in addition to the UHD debut of an iconic 80s gore-fest, a whacked out regional creature film, and one of the best exploitation-horror hybrids to come out of the wilds of Mexican genre cinema (it's been the talk of the VS office and the film we're most excited for). Then in February, we've got another blood soaked delight from Hong Kong along with a melty treat of American folk horror, in addition to a psychotic - yet beautiful - slice of Eastern Euro sci-fi! March is shaping up to offer a box set celebrating one of Mexico's most acclaimed genre film directors, including new 4K restorations of some of his most iconic works, along with UHDs of a late 90s indie shocker and an 80s Italian-American gore-fest. The rest of the year will bring disc (including several BD & UHD) debuts of plentiful Slasher rarities, some of which have never (legally) made it off tape, plus more 70s and 80s Exploitation and Horror (from the US and Europe), more regional weirdness, more Hong Kong action and horror, and of course more Gialli! Plus, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we're working on an epic box set that will speak both to the origins and history of VS and champion the type of way-out, forgotten films we were founded on releasing. We guarantee this set will defy expectations.
    8 points
  17. No idea what these movies are like. I'm hoping for some quality entertainment, less on the 80s style of comedy. I do like magic in Chinese movies, like Miracle fighters or spooky encounters/dead & the deadly. I'm sure these fit the bill, but less on martial arts, more of ghost horror. Thought I'd pick them up before they get too rare & overpriced.
    8 points
  18. My upgrade from DVD to Blu of another of Sammo's films.
    8 points
  19. I recently received my copy of Shawscope Vol2 and it is indeed immense. Haven't has a chance yet to view the films as I've been hoping around. Enjoyed a few of Frédéric Ambroisine's interviews with Gordon Liu and cinematographer Arthur Wong plus the English subtitled Citizen Shaw (1980). Yes, after all these years, we finally got some subs for this French docu, plus it’s the cleanest version I’ve seen. Even includes the opening of the TV show that hosted it. Definitely, one of the best surprises for me so far. Of course, if there’s any Venoms' fans out there, I hope you enjoy my little contribution on Disc 4. Just like Vol1, this set is well worth the money. Hope everyone gets the opportunity to pick this second box-set up.
    8 points
  20. A new blu ray set from Discotek and a new 4K UHD + blu ray dual format from Criterion
    8 points
  21. 8 points
  22. Only 2 to fix is Blade of Fury as it has deaf subs and The flying Guillotine which only has Jp subs.
    8 points
  23. 8 points
  24. 88 films Ebola Syndrome in the house fantastic release and great artwork by @KUNG FU BOB enjoy.
    7 points
  25. Third Window Films, Arrow, new label Chameleon Films and others...
    7 points
  26. A new DVD set from Mill Creek and a new blu ray set from Shout Factory
    7 points
  27. Frank Djeng mentioned he did a totally new commentary for PS3 for 88 Films rather than just use the one he did for Eureka so people who double dipped got something different.
    7 points
  28. Finally it arrived! Very happy customer! Thank you @TheKungFuRobber 😊
    7 points
  29. Bought 2 original US poster in UK aswell
    7 points
  30. My Shawscope Vol 2 set arrived today. Can't wait to dig into it.
    7 points
  31. Mr Vampire II Mr Vampire III Mortuary Blues The Trail The Sword Only heard of the Mr Vampire series as I have the Chinese DVD's. Never heard any of the others. Two more arrived. Jungle Holocaust Cannibal Ferox I suppose I'll have my hands full for Crimbo!
    7 points
  32. Currently watching 'The Skyhawk.' It's wonderful to see Thailand from the early 70's. The intro looks like it was filmed in Ayutthaya with Samut Prakan Ancient city mixed in. Quite a long walk for the characters to be walking lol, but we're not meant to know that. I visited Thailand 2005-07
    7 points
  33. Great idea for a thread @Yihetuan. I suggest including the release dates for each title, including the year as this thread will still be around (hopefully) for a long time. Example: Big Time Gambling Boss, release date January 3rd, 2023
    7 points
  34. A ten minute walk away from my house this evening and looked what I found on my doorstep.
    7 points
  35. I don't think they're moving away from HK releases either. I remember them hinting at future titles from Ronny Yu, Cynthia Rothrock and Stephen Chow on an Instagram post back in September when Frank Djeng visited them in Burlingham.
    7 points
  36. Yes, 4K boxset coming out next summer.
    7 points
  37. Top Squad aka Inspector Wears Skirts will be coming to mediabook and released on Feb 24. English audio & subtitles.
    7 points
  38. 7 points
  39. https://roninflix.com/products/jet-li-double-feature-fist-of-legend-tai-chi-master https://roninflix.com/products/fist-of-legend https://roninflix.com/products/tai-chi-master Exclusive Ronin Flix Release Please note this is a pre-order release that will be available on or around 12/13/22. All items ordered together will be charged at the time of purchase and ship together when everything is in stock. Please place multiple orders if you wish to have items shipped separately as they arrive. All product information, including the release date, subject to change. Available while supplies last. This is a limited quantity release that will not be reprinted. Fist of Legend This limited edition Blu-ray includes a digitally retouched version of the best available high-definition (1:85:1) master, NEW Cantonese Mono, Mandarin Mono, and English 5.1 lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, NEW English subtitles translated from the original Cantonese version of the film, plus bonus materials from the prior releases. In this tribute to Bruce Lee’s classic FIST OF FURY, Jet Li radiates sheer power and coolness as a kung fu student living abroad who returns home to avenge the death of his master and save his martial arts school. Starring Jet Li, Chin Siu-Ho, Nakayama Shinobu, Billy Chau, Kurata Yasuaki, Ada Choi, Paul Chiang Ronin Flix // 1994 // 103 Minutes // Not Rated // Color // Cantonese, Mandarin, or English with Optional English Subtitles // Region Free Tai Chi Master This limited edition Blu-ray includes a digitally retouched version of the best available high-definition (1:85:1) master, NEW Cantonese 5.1, Original Cantonese Mono, and English 5.1 lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, and English subtitles, plus all of the bonus materials from the prior releases. Two best friends and fellow martial arts students are expelled from the storied temple of Shaolin, only to meet again on the battlefield – one a power- hungry general, the other a freedom-fighting rebel, both mortal enemies. Featuring Michelle Yeoh (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE) and directed by marital arts legend Yuen Wo-Ping (action director on IP MAN 3 and 4), TAI CHI MASTER is a quintessential martial arts classic. Starring Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh Ronin Flix // 1993 // 96 Minutes // Not Rated // Color // Cantonese or English with Optional English Subtitles // Region Free FAQ What does 'digitally retouched version of the best available high-definition (1:85:1) master' mean? A: We have cleaned up some of the major defects in the existing master. Please note however that it is not a new transfer. What is so special about DTS-HD Master audio? A: The previous release used Dolby AC3, which is a highly compressed, or "lossy" form of audio. DTS-HD Master audio is "lossless" and provides a vast improvement in overall audio quality. Why did Ronin Flix create new English subtitles for Fist of Legend? A: The previous release used "dubtitles," which were transcribed from the english language audio track. The new subtitles are a faithful translation of the original Cantonese language version, properly timed to match the onscreen dialogue.
    6 points
  40. Infernal Affairs, Cure, Once a Thief (Killer Target), Silent Assassins, Dragon Killer, The Dead and the Deadly, Kung Fu Kids
    6 points
  41. The second edition of the book is now available! It has a back cover, the title on the spine (wow!), a couple of new inclusions, an index, and smaller page dimensions (and thus more pages)! Also, many thanks to @masterofoneinchpunch for helping me clean up the errata! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BL2V6856?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860
    6 points
  42. Just finished watching the Eureka disc of Hapkido, fantastic transfer and great extras especially the training of the stars by Chi Hon Hsoi and them getting their Black belt certification. You can read my brief review here...https://asianactioncinema.co.uk/hapkido-1972-blu-ray-review-angela-mao-collection These same discs which includes Lady Whirlwind are being release in the USA by Arrow.
    6 points
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