Snake In The Eagle's Shadow  [DVD]
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DVD Special Features:
Jackie Chan Photo Gallery
Jackie Chan Filmography and Biography
UK Music Video
Rare interview with Producer Ng See Yuen
16:9 Anamorphic version for widescreen TVs ,BR> Dual Language (English Language and Original Language with re-mastered subtitles)
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow is the film that marks the beginnings of Jackie Chan as a Hong Kong action star. Set in early 20th century China, it is a traditional kung fu action picture invigorated by Chan's good humour and charm. The heart of the film is Jackie's surprisingly emotional relationship with the elderly Yuen Siu Tien, whom the star rescues and befriends. In return, the old man trains Chan in the art of Snake's Fist kung fu, which he later combines with the Cat's Claw to develop the technique of the title. The action, directed by Yuen Woo Ping, includes Chan in an exciting battle with a sword-wielding preacher and a striking showdown with arch-villain Hwang Jang Lee. The sequences in which Chan learns new fighting techniques are both inventive and humorous, with the charismatic Yuen Siu Tien (a veteran Chinese film star and father of the director) offering a sober version of the character he would play in Chan's follow-up Drunken Master (1978), and in Magnificent Butcher (1979). The film features a regular ensemble cast of classic Hong Kong kung fu film actors, and regardless of its obviously low budget mixes violence, comedy and emotion into an enduringly popular success.
On the DVD: The image is variable, with some shots displaying considerable grain and print damage while the colours are weak throughout. Worse, the original 2.35:1 film has been reformated to 1.77:1 widescreen TV ratio. While this has been done with some care it inevitably damages the compositions and loses information in the dynamic fight scenes. The sound is functional mono. Soundtrack options are the original Mandarin with English subtitles, or an English dub. Extras include the original English language theatrical trailer, Hong Kong Legends' own trailer, plus promos for further releases and a photo gallery. There is a detailed text biography and filmography of Jackie Chan, and a text interview with producer Ng See Yuen. There is also a text biography of Hwang Jang Lee linked to a kicking showcase which is another short fight scene. Most of these features are identical to those on the Drunken Master DVD.--Gary S DalkinSee all Product Description
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the vhs version(that i saw ) is uncut version and this dvd version is the cut version and that is sad because they cut two scene.
the most beutiful scene that they cut when jackie get kicked by the bad guy in the last fight in the movie when he uses snake fist technique in the first when the bad guy broke his teeth and cut his shirt before he shows the cat claw technique and combine it with the snake technique.
in my opinion they ruin the most beutiful secne in the the most beutiful movie for jackie chan... that is sad : (
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Legendary and classic kung fu film by Jackie Chan. Any kung fu movie fan must have this in their collectionPublished 2 months ago by Leonidas
Classic. Shame no one has ever tried to tidy up the picture quality considering today's modern technology. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexander
Avoid the British release of the DVD like the plague.
It's been butchered because of supposed animal cruelty issues. Read more
the best Jackie Chan film ever made it has it all action, comedy, and romance and no CGI.Published 14 months ago by Mr Buy-A-Lot
Love this film, Jackie Chan did a great job in this kung fu packed movie. Classic!Published 17 months ago by Rtrois