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The Magnificent Butcher [DVD]


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  • Actors: Sammo Hung, Hoi San Lee, Pai Wei, Tak-Hing Kwan, Fat Chung
  • Directors: Yuen Woo Ping
  • Producers: Raymond Chow
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KH53
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Butcher Wing (Sammo Hung) is a student of the legendary Wong Fei Hung who causes trouble wherever he goes. When he accidentally sparks off a feud between his master and the Five Dragon sect, it is up to Butcher to make amends. A Golden Harvest production, directed by Yuen Woo Ping ('Drunken Master').

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Based on the real-life exploits of Butcher Wing, Magnificent Butcher is an action-packed kung fu comedy filled with lowbrow physical slapstick and breathtaking, if repetitive fight scenes. Sammo Hung is the well-intentioned 19th-century butcher whose unerring ability to misread a situation leads to trouble. When Wing's long-absent brother comes to town, Ko Tai-Hoi (Hark-On Fung) imprisons his wife, and our hero joins forces with an old drunken kung fu master played by Siu Tien Yuen (reprising his title role from Drunken Master which brought Jackie Chan to fame). This is Siu Tien Yuen's last film and it's obvious he's been replaced by a stunt double at times, although it remains a fine tribute to his remarkable martial arts talent. Taking an unexpected turn with a brutal attempted rape and murder, farce gives way to bloody retribution. The gradual return of comical elements may seem at odds with the later more realistic violence. While the uneven tone jars, the film is an impressive showcase for some of the greatest talents in Hong Kong cinema. Director Woo-ping Yuen has since found fame as the kung fu/action choreographer on The Matrix (1999) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

On the DVD: Considering how poor most 1970s Hong Kong films looked on video, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image here is superb; pin sharp with accurate colours and barely a hint of grain. Unfortunately there is still a little of the image missing at the sides, though it is a vast improvement over any panned and scanned cassette. The mono audio is generally good, though the music distorts occasionally. There are two soundtracks: the original Cantonese with optional subtitles, and a bad English dub. Additionally there is an outstanding audio commentary by Bey Logan packed with fascinating information about martial arts, Hong Kong cinema and the historical characters the film is based on. A 12-minute interview with Sammo Hung and 20-minute interview with Woo-ping Yuen are both interesting, though are not specific to Magnificent Butcher. Beyond these there are detailed biographies of star and director, an extensive stills gallery, stills from deleted scenes, two trailers and text information and photos of the real Butcher Wing. Finally, making stylised ultra-violence look extremely cool, there are ten anamorphically enhanced widescreen trailers for further releases. When "Hong Kong Legends" say they want to produce the best quality DVDs in the world they clearly mean it. This is a fine package assembled with the loving care of true fans. --Gary S Dalkin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Magnificent Butcher is a true masterpiece directed by Yuen Woo Ping and has to be one of the best Golden Harvest films of all time rivaled only by "Warriors Two" and "Young Master". Sammo plays butcher Wing a student of wong fei hung who runs into trouble with the Five Dragon sect. When wong fei hung leaves town for a few days all hell breaks lose, Wing is framed for murder, reunited with his brother who is then killed, then Wing takes revenge and vice versa. The story sets up one fight after another untill the big showdown at the end, typical kung fu story you may think but the great Woo Ping turns this into a classic. Loads of famous faces including (Yuen Biao) (Wei Pai) help make this movie what it is but Sammo gives a great performance. The fighting is fast and furious with some funky styles such as Mad Cat. This is a true classic make sure you get it...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ukrevrend@yahoo.co.uk on 22 May 2001
Format: DVD
If you know your 'kung fu' well you should know this classic! Samo Hung stars as Butcher Wing, student of Wong Fei Hung, played by 'Sky Hawk'. Watch out for a load of star name in this hot movie. Feng Ka-An, Lee Hoi, Tam Tam and the legendary director Yuen Woo Ping makes this a classic must see kung fu movie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Doherty on 6 May 2007
Format: DVD
This has to be one of the greatest old skool kung fu movies, great cast sammo,yuen biao,lee hoi shan and a host of cameos from familiar faces from 70,s kung fu films.The plot is above average for an old skool movie,although fairly standard,not to much silly comedy like some of the sammo/yuen films,but most importantly brillant fight scenes directed by the daddy of kung fu Yuen woo-ping and loads of them.For me this was even better than the slighty more highly regarded sammo classic 'The Prodigal Son' it just dosnt pause for breath 4 the entire film.Although this is from the old skool period early 80's it could easily have been made recently looking at the quality of digitally re-mastered film production,and without all that wire-fu nonesense,ive seen a lot of the old and new skool kung fu's and this has to be in my top 5 all time,decent dvd extras inc the expert bey logans commentary,sammo and yuen woo ping interviews.An absolute bargain at 5-99.Fans of kung fu this is a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David C. Brook on 12 Oct 2002
Format: DVD
A much underrated classic of the kung fu world, Magnificent Butcher has it all, loads of amazingly choreographed fights scenes, plenty of dumb but fun humour, and even a reasonably serious (and at times quite harsh) plot that although weak compared to most movies, its a lot stronger than in most kung fu films. This is great stuff, if you're a fan of older stuff like Drunken Master, you'll love this, it really doesn't get the coverage it deserves.
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Samo Hung and Yuen Woo Ping collaborate for the first time and lead an all-star cast in this comical portrayal of Lam Sai-Wing's life, the most popular student of Wong Fei-Hung.

Sai-Wing (known to people as 'Porky') is the hotheaded student of Wong Fei-Hung (played by an excellent Kwan Tak Hing). During the abscence of Wong Fei-Hung, Sai-Wing's younger brother Sai Kwong comes to town to visit him. Local thug Ko Tai-Hoi (Fung Hark On) cons Sai Kwong and kidnaps his wife Yuet Mui. Su Yat Chi (Fan Mei Seng) arrives in town and agrees to help Sai Kwong. After helping his brother and Su Yat Chi rescue Yuet Mui, Sai Wing is framed for the murder of Lan Hsing, the Godsister of Tai Hoi. Master Ko (Lee Hoi Sang) swears revenge for the murder of his Goddaughter and breaks the sign of Po Chi Lam. After Wing is injured during the battle at Po Chi Lam, Su Yat Chi teaches Wing the 12-arm style Kung Fu to help him get revenge and clear his name.

This movie is pure class! With perfectly shot kung fu that is choreographed with skill and lots of humour also involved in the serious plot. The highlight scene is between Yuen Biao and Lam Ching Ying, where great kung fu and acrobatic ability is performed by both stars. Wei Pai also displays some excellent examples of kung fu when he fights the man that uses the monkey's pole against him. In one scene, Samo Hung fights Chung Fa, who uses the cats claw in the film (very impressive and very funny at the same time). The finale is a showcase for Samo Hung's ability as a performer and a martial artist as he uses the 12 arm style against Lee Hoi Sang's Four Elements Kung Fu. Yuen Siu Tien (Drunken Master) was originally set to play Su Yat Chi, sadly he fell ill and passed away during filming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What can I say? All fans of Sammo or action in general should buy this. Comedy, drama, brilliant fights, everything. Highlight is a fight between Yuen Biao and Lam Ching Ying
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Although Sammo Hung is undoubtably the star of the show in this classic film, the movie is packed with an array of talented martial artists, and has some of the most spectacular fights I've ever seen. Yeun Baio is also memorable, and it's a pity he doesn't share more screen time with Sammo in this picture. Great laughs, great fights and a great cast undoubtably make it a great film. Buy this.
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