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Incredible Kung Fu Master [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Incredible Kung Fu Master [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £38.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Kungfu classic!!!, 24 Jun. 2015
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Pretty good kungfu classic that should be given a picture and sound upgrade and released with original language soundtrack ! Works as a prequel to the Cliff Lok classic 'Kung Fu Genius' (where the 'Foot doctor' Wilson Tong is the screen villain and Monkey kungfu legend Siu Ho has a supporting role).
Here, Tong Wei plays the young Kungfu Genius who doesn't know any kungfu yet but pretends to, until he meets a stranger played by Samo Hung who encourages him to train. Young KFG then takes lessons from two masters ( Wing Chun and Shaolin Five Pattern boxing ) and when expelled from the schools for breaking their Golden Rule i.e. no student can serve two masters-( and it so happens that these two masters are bitter rivals ), Young KFG ends up under the tutelage of Samo Hung.

Kungfu action here is awesome and throw in villains like Phillip Ko and Lee Hoi San with plenty of fights throughout showcasing, Wing Chun, Hung Kuen and various other Shaolin styles, elevates this film to a 'must have in collection' status at any cost!

Would have been more enjoyable if I could watch it in the original cantonese soundtrack with English subs and a better picture and sound upgrade!!

NB: This release is dubbed in English only. No Japanese, chinese or any other language option as the inaccurate product details on the amazon advert suggests...


Goose Boxer & Tiger Over Wall [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Goose Boxer & Tiger Over Wall [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars rare Kungfu classics, 24 Jun. 2015
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Enjoyed the two old skool classics on this dvd release even though its in region 1 NTSC format. I prefer PAL or Region 2 normally as I find the picture quality better. However it seems that these films are out of print in europe.

Was pleasantly surprised with these two films which I haven't before seen or aware of their existence. My favourite of the two is Goose Boxer which has a young Charlie Heung dishing out Goose and Tiger kungfu techniques with the help of Phillip Ko's black crane against Lee Hoi San who plays the White Crane kungfu villain! Story is formulaic and a clear imitation of the likes of Jackie Chan's comedy classic 'Snake and Eagle shadow' and 'Fearless Hyena'. It's a very pleasant treat nonetheless and the comedy is pretty good !!

Charlie Heung ( who later played Chow Yun Fatt character 'Ko Chun's fearsome bodyguard in the Wong Jing classic 'God of Gamblers') is a Goose farmer who rears, slaughters, cooks and sells roast goose in the market. He is a kungfu enthusiast who wants to learn martial arts; is unable to afford a teacher and tries to pick up kungfu techniques by watching experts fight. He picks up Tiger boxing techniques and Crane kungfu which he later combines with his Goose Boxing techniques to defeat the villain of the story. The traditional martial arts action scenes were great!

'Tiger Over Wall' had a lot of very fast and furious kungfu action that is expected when Korean super kicker Hwang Jang Lee takes a spin at being screen villain and in this film, he reminds me very much of 'Rubber Legs', the character he plays in 'Drunken Master' and 'Dance of the Drunk Mantis'. Here he is a corrupt police chief who oppresses the people of the town he polices and has to be neutralised by the likes of Phillip Ko and John Chang. Not as comedic but unintentionally hilarious particularly the poor dubbing where Hwang Jang Lee speaks with a silly voice that takes away a lot of his credibility as the mean villain who should be taken seriously by the townsfolk.

Overall both films were pretty good and a nice addition to my collection of old skool kungfu films on dvd. Am hoping that Tokyo Shock, Hong kong legends or Terracotta would release both films duly upgraded for picture and sound and include the original language soundtrack!

4 stars for an enjoyable two kungfu classic action ride in one dvd short of a star for poor picture quality and bad english dubbing...


A Better Tomorrow [DVD]
A Better Tomorrow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lung Ti
Offered by BLT-Deals
Price: £3.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Woo, 24 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: A Better Tomorrow [DVD] (DVD)
My comments are for this MIA release rather than the StudioCanal 2007 release which I understand has a very different soundtrack tacked on. This MIA release has the original soundtrack but picture quality is just okay depending on the kind of TV one has. On mine, I can adjust the picture that upgrades picture quality a tad. I have the MIA Special box edition VHS and had to get this on dvd despite poor comments regarding picture and sound quality.
On this MIA label release, the sound quality is great and uses the original soundtrack. Picture quality is just okay depending on whether you can adjust the picture on your TV.
Had to remove one star as this film should have been released with better picture quality in this day and age and it is a crying shame that such a classic piece of Hong kong cinema should not have been so upgraded for better viewing pleasure!

Am not a gun play movie fan, but this film has a really great story that packs quite an emotional punch. All fans of gun play heroic bloodshed and/or the gangster genre should include this gem in their collection. It was this film that led me on to Woo's classic 'The Killer', 'Once a Thief', 'Hard boiled', and 'Face-off'.


Funny Kung Fu [DVD]
Funny Kung Fu [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jackie Liu

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute comedy old skool classic, 18 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Funny Kung Fu [DVD] (DVD)
Cute comedy old skool kungfu actioner that has a number of well known kungfu stars e.g. Carter Wong (Big Trouble in Little China, 18 Bronzemen, Renegade Master, Born invincible, Shaolin Invincibles, Shaolin Brothers, Fatal Flying Guillotines, The Traitors), Jason Pao Pai ( shaw brother action star - Demon Strike, A Deadly Secret, Shaolin Intruders) amongst a few TV and screen co-stars and cameos.
Carter Wong heads a triad society who is master of the deadly Fujien White crane and Jackie Liu the avenger who learns a number of kungfu styles- eg. Rooster kung fu and Cats Paw kungfu etc to neutralise and destroy Carter Wong. Cute Michelle Yim (shaw bro action babe and hong kong TVB and ATV star) plays the love interest for Jackie and Carter. No prizes for guessing who wins the match all round! Love the kungfu action!!
Dvd picture quality is pretty good overall but one star taken off for the dvd having no original language options ...


Exit The Dragon, Enter The Tiger [1976] [DVD]
Exit The Dragon, Enter The Tiger [1976] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Li

2.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Li action classic, 18 Jun. 2015
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One of the better Bruce Li classics where Bruce Li shows he can act a bit while catering to old skool kungfu and Bruce Lee imitator fans by way of fast and furious martial action. Here Bruce Li is a friend of Bruce Lee and carries out an investigation into the latter's untimely death and uncovers a drug ring involving the Dragon's mistress.
Li then fights his way to find the ultimate villain to avenge he death of his good friend Bruce. Am only awarding 2 stars for poor picture and nunchaku action sequence which was censored. They should release the uncut version in original language with English subtitles and upgrade picture and sound quality! A classic worth keeping in one's collection ...


Duel Of The 7 Tigers [DVD]
Duel Of The 7 Tigers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cliff Lok

3.0 out of 5 stars Another great classic that needs to be released uncut, with original language print and upgraded for picture and sound, 18 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Duel Of The 7 Tigers [DVD] (DVD)
Another excellent old skool kungfu classic where Cliff Lok plays what appears to be largely the same character as in his other film "Kungfu Genius" ( sequel to Tung Wei and Samo Hung's "Incredible Kungfu Master").
Philip Ko plays screen villain yet again, this time as a Shorinjin Kempo Karate master who travels to China engaging kungfu masters in death duels. Remaining masters put together a team of 7 kungfu experts to stop Philip Ko. All are badly wounded except Cliff Lok to whom they impart their most effective or deadly techniques and Cliff has a showdown with Philip one on one. Fight scenes were great and there's an added buzz knowing that the actors playing the 7 kungfu Tigers are real martial artists in their own right!
This film should get 5 stars but i am only awarding 3 stars, for lack of original language options, poor english dubbing and fight scenes that had been censored or edited out of this version.
Hope the new Terrcotta distribution label that's upgrading kungfu movies for picture and sound quality, will release the following UNCUT, UPGRADED for picture and sound and with original language options:

Samo Hung's THE VICTIM ( Beardy, Changyi ), Yuen Wooping's BUDDHIST FIST ( Yuen Shun yee, Tsui Siu ming, Simon Yuen, Lee Hoi San) and Joseph Kuo's MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING ( Jack Long, Mark Long, Lee Yi Min) followed by

1. Kung Fu Genius ( Cliff Lok, Wilson Tong, Siu Ho)

2. Duel of the 7 Tigers ( Cliff Lok, Yuen Pan Pan, Philip Ko, Casanova Wong)

3. 7 Grandmasters ( Jack Long, Lee Yi Min)

4. Secret Rivals trilogy ( Wang Jang Lee, Wong Tao, Casanova Wong, John Liu )

5. Crane Fighter ( Judy Lee, Raymond Liu, Kam Kong )

6. Two Wondrous Tigers ( John Chang, Philip Ko, Wilson Tong)

7. Two for the Road ( Philip Ko, Beardy, Wang Lung Wei)

8. Funny Kungfu ( John Chang, Jason Pai Piao, Carter Wong, Jackie Liu, Michelle Yim)

9. Art of Monkey Kung Fu ( Mo Chun Chuen, Hwa Yuen)

10. Sleeping Fist (Beardy, Eddie Ko)

11. Thundering Mantis ( Beardy, Eddie Ko)

12. Eagle Claw ( Wong Tao, Chi Kuan chu)

13. Talons of the Eagle ( Wong Tao, Chang Yi)

14. Secret of Shaolin Kungfu ( Lee Yi Min )

15. The Massive ( TungWei)

16. Canton Iron kungfu ( Beardy, Philip Ko)

17. Snake in Monkey Shadow ( John Chang, Wilson Tong)

18. Death Duel of Mantis ( Wong Tao, John Liu )

19. Drunken Cat's Paw ( Judy Lee, Kam Kong, Changyi)

20. Shaolin vs Wu Tang ( Gordon Liu, Adam Cheng, Wang Lung Wai)

21. Hitman in the Hand of Buddha ( Wang Jang Lee, Eddie Ko, Tino Wong )

22. Invincible Armour ( John Liu, Wang Jang Lee, Lee Hoi San, Tino Wong, Philip Ko)

There's more, but the above would be a great start!


Wu Tang Magic Kick [DVD]
Wu Tang Magic Kick [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Liu
Offered by BLT-Deals
Price: £11.73

3.0 out of 5 stars old skool classic great picture poor sound!, 16 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Wu Tang Magic Kick [DVD] (DVD)
John Liu plays Mar Tin Lang, a wealthy businessman who is kungfu obsessed to the point of almost neglecting his wife and his business and gets a really nasty shock when both are taken away from him by a nasty villain and his son played by the excellent kungfu action maestros, Phillip Ko (The Challenger, The Loot, Two Wondrous Tigers, Duel of the 7 Masters, Canton Iron Kungfu, The Legend etc) and Tung Wei ( the boy that Bruce Lee tutors at the start of Enter the Dragon and who appeared mainly in Hong Kong kungfu TV dramas- a few forgettable kungfu films and one or two classics- eg The Incredible Kungfu Master).
Story is basic, soundtrack stolen from some Clint Eastwood western classic, action pretty neat ( enjoyed Phillip Ko's Eagle Claw kungfu action and John Liu's superb kicking ) though not as memorable as other classics and picture quality surprisingly better than most others in the genre though sound is poor.

Awarded only three stars because of the poor sound quality and the lack of an original mandarin language with english subtitle print, but certainly 3 stars more than I would give other releases where even the picture quality is abysmal.

If you are a John Liu fan, an old skool kungfu movie die hard and want to add this classic to your collection please purchase this release which is by Eastern Heroes and is actually on widescreen as advertised on account of great picture quality alone. Sound isn't good but then the other versions are not much of an improvement and has poorer picture quality, some worse than others. I made the mistake of purchasing the more recent release where the dvd sleeve is in white and is titled 'Mars Villa' (same film yup) where the picture quality is so poor I threw it away.

I can forgive a lack of a plot (this film does have one although pretty basic) poor acting and poor sound quality but takeaway picture quality and what's the point of all the best kungfu action if one cannot enjoy it visually ?!


Jesus
Jesus
Dvd ~ Brian Deacon

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2.0 out of 5 stars This is a truly wonderful and accurate adaptation of Luke's Gospel and Brian Deacon ..., 12 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Jesus (DVD)
This is a truly wonderful and accurate adaptation of Luke's Gospel and Brian Deacon portrays Christ well. I am only awarding 2 stars because this version is a short version of what was a much much longer film that went on for about 200-350 mins that covered the whole Gospel word for word.

To offer only 83 mins is a sell-out! This is a synopsis of the life of Jesus but I prefer the whole Gospel like what the Visual Bible film group did for their adaptation of Matthew's Gospel and Gospel of John.

For all those who have enjoyed and been blessed by this adaptation of Luke's Gospel please lobby for the release of the full uncut film. Don't settle for less!!


The Return Of The Musketeers [VHS] [1989]
The Return Of The Musketeers [VHS] [1989]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £17.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two Musketeer films but its far ..., 12 Jun. 2015
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Not as good as the first two Musketeer films but its far from poor. I enjoyed it a lot! So hope that the powers that be who own this franchise would please release this on dvd but upgrade it for picture and sound quality etc. This sequel should be added to the dvd release of the first two in a box set. I have been trying to get hold of this film for a long time and was finally forced to purchase the VHS edition since no dvd appeared forthcoming. This appears to have been an ex-rental and the seller was prompt in delivering the item nicely packaged and arrived safely without damage.

I would have awarded the film at least 4.5 stars if not for the poor picture and uneven sound quality even for a VHS. I have VHS in my collection where the picture and sound quality is so much better than this one.


Martial Monks Of Shaolin [DVD]
Martial Monks Of Shaolin [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dragon Lee
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £5.94

2.0 out of 5 stars Love old skool kungfu classic action and this film isn't ..., 12 Jun. 2015
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Love old skool kungfu classic action and this film isn't half bad but am very disappointed with the poor picture quality. Hope Tokyo shock or HK Legends would release Godfrey Ho kung fu classics with upgraded picture sound and language options. My friends and I are fans of Hong Kong cinema and prefer our films to be in the original language with good english subtitles. Overall the kungfu action here is good, Dragon Lee is quite a character but this release is let down by very poor picture quality.


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