WU TANG IRON FIST COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Release Date 11/6/2012 / Golden Star Films
Advertised as a collection of 25 films on one Blu-ray disc, this is actually a 23 feature film collection with two lengthy extras. As you might expect, the image quality is of the lossy MPEG-2 variety (think YouTube with loads of artifacting evident,) however, the majority of the films are presented in a sort of cropped widescreen that does present more than what you normally see in pan and scan. Sound quality is generally good, all but one of the features are dubbed (see notation.) Recommended as a good starter package for viewers interested in Hong Kong and Taiwanese action cinema.
1.) HELL'S WIND STAFF (aka DRAGON AND THE TIGER KIDS 1979) w/ Hwang Jang Lee, choreography: Hsu Hsia, Corey Yuen, Chin Yuet-sang, Yuen Shon-yee. Widescreen/Cantonese.
2.) INCREDIBLE SHAOLIN THUNDERKICK (1982) d. Godfrey Ho, w/ Eagle Han. Widescreen.
3.) IRON FISTS (aka SHAOLIN KING BOXER 1979) Best cast in the collection and the worst picture quality. d. Karl Maka, w/ Chen Kuan-Tai, Meng Fei, Wilson Tong, Lau Kar Wing. Pan and Scan.
4.) SUN DRAGON (aka A HARD WAY TO DIE 1980) Shot in Arizona! d. Wa Yat-wang, w/ Billy Chong, Carl Scott. Pan and Scan.
5.) ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN VS. NINE KILLERS - Actually a One-Armed Boxer film starring Jimmy Wang Yu, Chen Kuan Tai, and Lo Lieh. Pan and Scan.
6.) 18 FATAL STRIKES (1978) d. Joe Cheung, Choreography: Tung Wai, Yuen Jen. Widescreen.
7.) 18 SWIRLING RIDERS (aka 18 SHAOLIN RIDERS 1980) w/ Lo Lieh. Pan and Scan.
8.) 18 JADE ARHATS (1979) w/ Lo Lieh. Pan and Scan.
9.) 72 DESPERATE REBELS (1978) w/ Chen Sing. Pan and Scan.
10.) CARRY ON WISE GUY (aka WARRIOR FROM SHAOLIN 1980) Feature with the best overall picture and sound quality. Directed and choreographed by Lau Kar Wing starring brother Gordon Liu. Widescreen.
11.) SHAOLIN KUNG FU MYSTAGOGUE (1976) w/ Hsu Feng, Carter Wong, Lung Fei, Phillip Ko Fei. Widescreen.
12.) FEARLESS YOUNG BOXER (aka METHOD MAN 1979) w/ Casanova Wong. Widescreen.
13.) EAGLE'S CLAWS (1978) d. Lee Tso-nam, w/ Don Wong, Lau Kar Yan. Pan and Scan.
14.) OF COOKS AND KUNG FU (1979) w/ Jacky Chen. Widescreen.
15.) DEATH DUEL OF KUNG FU (1979) w/ Don Wong, John Liu. Widescreen.
16.) DRAGON'S CLAWS (1979) Directed by the great Joseph Kuo and starring super-kicker Hwang Jang Lee. Widescreen.
17.) HITMAN IN THE HAND OF BUDDHA (1981) w/ Hwang Jang Lee. Widescreen.
18.) HOT, COOL, AND VICIOUS (1980) d. Lee Tso-nam, w/ Don Wong. Pan and Scan.
19.) IRON MONKEY STRIKES BACK (1978) w/ Chen Kuan Tai, Chen Sing. Widescreen.
20.) THE MASTER AND THE KID (aka FURY OF THE SHAOLIN MASTER 1978) w/ Yueh Hua, Phillip Ko Fei. Pan and Scan.
21.) RAGING MASTER'S TIGER CRANE (aka MASTERS OF TIGER CRANE 1983) w/ Billy Chan, Hwang Jang Lee. Widescreen.
22.) RENEGADE MASTER (aka SHAOLIN IRON FINGER 1977) w/ Carter Wong. Widescreen.
23.) SHAOLIN KUNG FU MASTER (1978) w/ Champ Wang, Chi Kwan Chun, Chang Yi. Widescreen.
The two extra features are a fight clip reel hosted by the Wu Tang Clan titled WU TANG OLD SKOOL KUNG FU and a shot on video behind the scenes look at the filming of an actual kung fu film hosted by Rza titled ENTER THE IRON FISTS.