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Crash Masters: The Sword [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Lei Pan    DVD

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Product details

  • Directors: Lei Pan
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Crash Cinema Media
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • ASIN: B000LSBXE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


First time on DVD, The Sword, much like the later works of the Shaw Brothers, has long accepted as martial arts Cannon. One of the first examples of sword based martial arts films, The Sword pits two schools and families against each other in a bloody tale of revenge. The Sword has long been awaited by fans of action and martial arts and now for the first time is available, remastered on DVD from Crash Cinema.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles are impossible to read at times, but the movie is worth seeing 18 Mar 2007
By morgoth - Published on
Crash Cinema has released this, and they have made it clear that this is the best they could clean up the print. I am not usually one to complain, but the subtitles are burnt onto the picture and can be extremely hard to read. If you can get past that, then this is a must see for Jimmy Wang Yu fans.

Wang Yu is part of a family that is very respected. At the start of the movie the new King is looking to become Wang Yu's friend rather than his enemy. He decides to hold a martial arts tournament with the finest sword known to man as the prize. Wang Yu is absolutely obsessed with swords, so of course he has to enter the tournament. After winning the sword and adding it to his already huge collection, he finds out this is not the finest blade ever made. He goes way beyond obsession at this point and leaves to find a hermit who owns this supposedly #1 ranked sword. When he sees that it really is the best, he must have it. But, he finds out this old hermit isn't the pushover he looks to be. After learning all the sword skills he can, he comes back a year later to claim the greatest sword in the world.

This may come off as generic, but it is one of Wang Yu's finest roles. One of my favorite movies ever is 'Killer Constable', so maybe it is just that I love anti-hero movies so much, but I enjoyed this and it has a very memorable ending. Don't go into this expecting your average bad guy kills people and good guy takes revenge type of story. Oh no, it's a lot deeper than that. The costumes are wonderful and really help the movie and the acting is very good from everyone. The story will probably not go down in history as one of the best ever, but it flows along very nicely with Wang Yu giving a superb performance. The movie is all done on sets, but there is the occasional location shot that I could have used more of. I can't consider this a classic, but it's a good watch if you like old swordplays.

This is from 1971, and the action was much better than I thought it was going to be, mainly because Wang Yu sells it so well. Don't expect 'Hero', but the sword fighting is very good for it's time. 3.5/5

While the subtitles are hard to read, the story is still pretty easy to follow. The picture has noticeable print damage all the way through. Heavy speckling at times, some heavy scratches, verticle lines, and brief moments of more serious damage. Another company that releases rare movies is fittingly called Rarescope (BCI). I haven't had any problems with their picture quality, and this release from Crash Cinema looks a little bit better than Rarescope, so no complaints from me other than the subtitles. The picture is widescreen in letterbox format, so that is VERY nice to see. Sound is good. Not 5.1 or anything, but no irritating hissing sounds and crackling only occurs a couple times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More about a warrior's inner battle. 18 Mar 2008
By C. Palmer - Published on
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The DVD has some good sword action especially during the sword tournament. The thrust of the story is the hero's obsession with finding the perfect sword. It makes this movie more of a film dealing with the humanity of the central characters than just another "chop-socki-flik". If it was just an action movie I would have given it 3 stars instead of 4. Its approach to dealing with inner turmoil makes it again, better viewed as a film than as an action movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the monobrow! 13 April 2014
By D. Allen Schaeffer - Published on
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HK cinema (and I'm lumping the independents of the time in there to) tends toward melodrama. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But keep in mind it's a style of film making from a different, simpler time, and one that owes a lot to a rich stage tradition.

So that's why the protagonist of the film grows a monobrow. In the single-minded pursuit of his goal, Wang Yu's character doesn't care who he hurts or what he has to give up, and this is, of course, best represented by him growing a monobrow. But I kid the monobrow. It's a good, effective shorthand for his internal change (not so much a change, just the worst parts of his nature coming to the fore), but one that will no doubt generate some snickers among those too cool for kung-fu school.

A favorite moment - Wang Yu is gettin' it AWN with one of his servant girls, and she asks "Do you love me, or The Sword?" Jimmy looks completely torn for a moment, then stares at the sword he has hanging at the head of the bed. Suddenly, he jumps up, runs outside, and begins splashing cold water on himself from the fountain, almost as though he's thinking "Holy crap! That was close! I almost cheated on The Sword!"

Okay, the painting is done in broad strokes, and MELODRAMA! but if you accept Wang Yu's very literal, visual transformation into an utter brute (for example, breaking the heart of the girl who loves him is part of his freaking PLAN. That's more monobrow than an actual monobrow!), you have an entertaining, engaging, mythic wuxia well worth watching. Mythic, especially - when you get where the film is coming from, it feels like you're seeing events that later became a fable, a legend, of a warrior's spiritual journey. It's definitely one of the better Wang Yu movies, on a level with ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN. Downbeat, yes, but there is redemption and some great character development. The ending is pretty Zen, but you'll get it if you think about it for a minute. More artistic than accessible (but still accessible - don't be alarmed), THE SWORD shows the creativity possible among the independent companies in the greatest decade of HK cinema.

Now the presentation itself. This DVD was made from a print with burned-in subtitles, and is the first film I've seen this way. Considering its age and the worn condition of the print used, a few subs were difficult or impossible to read; however, this didn't interfere with understanding the events of the film or the plot. It's not a good choice for your first subtitled film, but if you're used to subtitles, you'll be fine. The scratches, etc, just lend to the authenticity - if you enjoy the historical aspect of HK cinema, you should get a kick out of its rustic presentation.

All in all, it's quite a worthy addition to your collection, especially for Wang Yu fans.
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