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Five Deadly Venoms [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Sheng Chiang , Philip Kwok , Cheh Chang    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Sheng Chiang, Philip Kwok, Feng Lu, Pai Wei, Chien Sun
  • Directors: Cheh Chang
  • Writers: Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
  • Producers: Mona Fong, Run Run Shaw
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: Epi
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Five Venoms aka five deadly venoms is a film that truly lives up to its name. From the outset, the fight scenes are never less than brutal and the more blood thirsty watcher won't be disapointed. The film takes the usual master/student against all odds tack with the final revenge etc..However this is not to say there is no plot, for once I did not find myself waiting for the next fight scene, but actually wondering where the plot would take the film and how much more harsh it could get! The fight scenes are good old fashioned, mystical climbing up walls stuff with lots of specialised styles so I can't recommend this film enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Poison Punches 7 Aug 2006
This one's a true original.

Forget all the chop socky tired foolery about vengeful students seeking bloody justice over murdered masters or bright eyed, bald Shaolin monks teaching the uninitiated and unwashed a thing or two about fighting and philosophy. This one's about money. It's also about treasure, about deception, backstabbing and backbiting, oh and did I also mention masks?

Five Deadly Venoms rocks and socks with some of the most memorable fight scenes ever filmed for a period Kung-Fu flick. And that's why we rent em and buy em, right? The action!

Watch this one before you pop in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. This one has to be one of QT's favorites and it may just become a favorite of yours too
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4.0 out of 5 stars FU 4 U REVIEW #7: FIVE DEALY VENOMS 4 Mar 2009
I am quite a late comer to the Venoms films, although I have seen a few other Shaw bros. efforts such as the 36th Chamber of Shaolin which I highly recommend. So when I finally got my greasy mitts on a rationally priced copy of this on Ebay - for some reason it is preposterously priced in most places for a 30 odd year old film - I had big expectations, not just because of the shear amount of love people have for it, but also because I'd waited so long to ogle it. Now, after my first viewing of The Five Deadly Venoms, I have fashion this sparkly review, in the form of a handy pros and cons list, for you to take on board, and either act upon or ignore. I Hope it's useful whatever you decide to do with it!

- The venoms themselves are great characters with cool, instantly recognisable, styles. I'm sure you will instantly like one above the depending on your preferences - I personally like the toad, he was nails (excuse the pun - you'll see what I mean).
- Although the blood is bright red and fake looking the violence is nasty as heck at times, and I know it's not big and it's not clever but I don't watch martial arts films to see people throw wet biscuits at each fact I don't know what I would watch to see that. Anyway be aware that some of the stuff in here is a bit icky: metal hook down the throat anyone?
- Awesome traditional kung fu mixed with a touch of crazy wall walking and what not. This isn't wire fu by any means but there is a touch of the fantastic where one of the venoms is concerned.
- A very deep and twisty story, and not just for a kung fu film, which, for me, was most enjoyable but may put others off who are looking for something more straight up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as people would have you believe 27 April 2014
Having watched this again last night I felt that I had to share my opinion on this film.I really feel that the Five Deadly Venoms is highly over rated for the simple fact that it was the first film to feature the legendary venom's.While I agree that the film is a bona fide cult classic it's over reliance on gimmicks,convoluted story and average choreography make it one of the weaker venoms pics compared to what was to follow.The main problem with the film is the initial hook,Chang Cheh was renowned for this,his films often gripped you from the start and sustained that excitement until the conclusion.This film hardly has any action in the first hour and that's the main reason you watch this kind of movie.If you want to experience the venom's in all their glory please check out the follow up Crippled Avengers aka return of the 5 deadly venom's that is a masterpiece compared to this.The dvd:the dvd from Dragon Dynasty is excellent,just devoid of extras,It's region 1 so beware.The picture remastered by celestial pictures looks absolutely stunning,the English mono soundtrack is good and you also have the option to watch the film in it's original language.There's audio commentary from Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan but no trailers or anything else.Thanks for reading and if you like the venom's as much as I do please feel free to check these classics out:Crippled avengers,Shaolin rescuers,Five element ninjas and the Magnificent ruffians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animal magic. 14 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As an elderly kung fu master (Dick Wei) reflects on the achievements of his esoteric kung fu school, he decides that it was probably a bit naughty of him to train and unleash unto the world The Five Venoms; five experts in death, who each have a particular ability designed for assassinating an opponent. The Venoms, he continues, do not know who the other Venoms are and will only ever reveal their special skills in an emergency, but are sure to be hunting for their ill gotten gains as assassins, now kept secret from them by another kung fu master. He explains this to his remaining student ~ who has been taught a mixture of all five styles, but would not be able to beat anyone of the five venoms on his own, being him too much of a jack of all trades and kung fu master of none ~ as way of atoning for his sins, he sends the student out to hunt down and kill any of the venoms who are still evil, find the treasure and give it to charity...

This is regarded as a bit of a Shaw Brothers classic, it features a number of usual suspects in the cast and along with some garish violence, has some very distinctive characters. Chang Cheh weaves quite an interesting web of detective work, which gives us a bit more than just the usual revenger, as he slowly reveals to the audience who The Venoms (both good and bad) are, and of course (without giving too much away) the bad guys team together, as do the good guys creating a story of corruption and deadly intrigue, with a venomous showdown at the end. The kung fu on offer is very good indeed and the main players, with the likes of Phillip Kwok (Mad Dog in Hard Boiled) and perennial bad guy Lung Wei Wang are all excellent!

The region 1 disc on review from Dragon Dynasty is up to their usually high standards.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great i guess
Bought as a present for my uncle who's into all the martial-artsy things. He said its great. and the price was great, so everyone's happy
Published 10 months ago by Daniel Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu
This is an old Shaw Bros Kung Fu Movie from right back, in the Golden age of Hong Kong action Cinema days, a classic Kung Fu movie! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darren
1.0 out of 5 stars I can view this DVD as it has a code
This DVD does not play in my DVD can you help me I do not hate it just can't view it.
Published 17 months ago by Robert Wheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Slice of Old Skool Kung Fu
I've just finished watching this celebrated Shaw Brothers production. So let me attempt to provide a balanced review:

I approached the film as a fan of martial arts (I... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2010 by Craig Finlay
5.0 out of 5 stars The second best old school Kung Fu- Drama Movie of all time.
The non kung fu fans that gave this movie bad reviews do not know Shaw Brothers History, are not true fans of the genre,don't understand or appreciate old school kung fu-... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by Iron
4.0 out of 5 stars KUNG FU WITH BITE!
I am quite a late comer to the Venoms films, although I have seen a few other Shaw bros. efforts such as the 36th Chamber of Shaolin which I highly recommend. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by Haunted Nostril
1.0 out of 5 stars Venomously soporific
The Five Venoms is something of a cult classic, though its hard to see why. There is very little martial arts action, and what there is is not all that spectacular. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2008 by Daiho
3.0 out of 5 stars What the hell is going on
This was a truly confusing film. Not really one for people who like a plot that can be understood. Its essentially about a number of students of a master who he has taught... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by Socaninja
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