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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Shadow Warriors is set to retail for 79.99 and will be released on April 17th.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Sorry for all the lack of postings lately, but I've been having to take care of some family and school matters. Luckily all things should soon be resolved favorably. I have a lot of free time coming up past this Sunday, so look for a pickup of updates.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Basically May 24th is going to be awesome for Masked Avengers which I have to see since seeing a clip of I think Lu Feng descending on this amazing cylinder from above. June 17th is going to be even better. Killer Constable for the fact that it inspired apparently parts of The Killer (and that it is apparently awesome) and Dragon Missile since no one has seen this film since it first played as an attempt by the Shaws Brothers to counter Jimmy Wang Yu's Master of the Flying Guillotine. It got crushed and disappear (although I have read a report of a person who claimed to have seen it dubbed in the Caribbean in the last decade during a theatre run). Still I think there is going to be something for everyone.
Celestial Pictures Release Schedule
Pursuit of Vengeance (1977, martial arts)
Black Tavern (1972, martial arts)
Valley of the Fangs (1970, martial arts)
Shaolin Abbot (1979, martial arts)
Forever and Ever (1966, huangmei opera)
Loving You (1995, action)
Crimson Palm, The (1963, huangmei opera)
Masked Avengers (1981, martial arts)
Dragon Missile, The (1976, martial arts)
Tales of Larceny (1973, comedy)
Six Assassins (1970, martial arts)
Killer Constable (1980, martial arts)
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
It should be noted that these are not final specs on the disc. It is well know that Righting Wrong existed in two distinct cuts with footage unique to each version. There are rumors circulating that Dragon Dynasty is at the least attempting to get this extra footage. Hopefully we will learn more soon!
Monday, March 19, 2007
A 17-year old Fan of World Cinema, with aLove for: Giallo's, Kung Fu and Martial Arts Movies, Horror, Shaw Brothers,Italian Crime Flicks, European Horror, Grindhouse, Italian Spahgetti Westerns, Japanese Cinema, Samurai Movies, Italian Horror, KoreanMovies, Gangster films, HK movies, Expolitation Cinema, etc...
So expect a wide variety of reviews that while not always HK related
will still be of interest to genre fans (because you know The Beyond
rocks). So welcome aboard Arif.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
1. The reviews and screencaps for the Crash Cinema discs are coming. James at Crash Cinema has been kindly working OT to ensure the review discs arrive and I can tell you that they should be coming by Monday/Tuesday at the latest.
2. Expect a special review of a fan made special edition of Elton Chong's Deadly Shaolin Longfist created by Shaolindogpaw.
3. Specs on some upcoming Dragon Dynasty titles.
4. A Godzilla DVD contest (yeah its not kung fu but, hey its Godzilla :))
5. A new reviewer who will bring grammar and punction to reviews on this, unlike mine and who does just some great all around reviews.
So stay tuned throughout the week!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Born to Fight: 2 Disc Ultimate Edition
Shanghai Express: Special Collector’s Edition
Above the Law: Special Collector’s Edition
36th Chamber of Shaolin: Special Collector’s Edition
King Boxer: Special Collector’s Edition
The One Armed Swordsman: Special Collector’s Edition
My Young Auntie: Special Collector’s Edition
Hardboiled: 2 Disc Ultimate Edition
Last Hurrah for Chivalry: Special Collector’s Edition:
Crime Story: Special Collector’s Edition
Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin: Special Collector’s Edition
City of Violence: 2 Disc Ultimate Edition
Dragon Heat: Special Collector’s Edition
Tai Chi Master: 2 Disc Ultimate Edition
Hapkido: Special Collector’s Edition
Quentin Tarantino presents The Shaw Brothers’ Collection (titles to be confirmed)
Fist of Legend: 2 Disc Ultimate Edition
Dreadnaught: Special Collector’s Edition
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Big thanks to tigerstles, ironfistedmonk 2003, markgyway
Sorry, for the lack of any updates recently, but I was out of town. So if you wrote me an email, I haven't been able to go through them until today. However, look forward to a big week coming up with screencaps and reviews of Crash Cinema's latest releases plus more!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Now if you hate English dubs (and that's cool) just skip this post. You'll find something good today, I promise.
Recently Shaw Brothers films have started playing on the pay UK Gold TV service in the United Kingdom. Now this in itself is nothing extraordinary, or that 36th Chamber of Shaolin played with an English dub track. What is extraordinary is that the dub track was apparently remastered and sounded better then a recent Image release of Legendary Weapons of China which apparently had hiss and noise present on it. Image apparently didn't have any option to have remastered English language audio tracks, which makes one wonder who decided to do this. Now it is entirely possible that Celesital has decided to do this to increase the marketability, but it should be noted that 36th Chamber of Shaolin is owned by Dragon Dynasty, which means we will not only be getting old school English dubs, but maybe ones cleaned up and in mono, which will make listening to them an entirely new experience.
The second and even better part of this story is that in response to an email to UK Gold, a poster was told that all films would be dubbed in English (which I know must be pissing someone off, but like I said just ignore this update) and would be a entire film series of Shaw films. Two of the know titles would be KILLER CLANS and SPIRITUAL BOXER. While a dub apparently exists for Spiritual Boxer in the Library of Congress and most likely with Celestial, Killer Clans was never th0ught to be dubbed (and no proof has surfaced previously). Now there is a chance that this a new dub similar to one that appeared on the Australian Siren releases so until we have confirmation we shouldn't go completely nuts, but we will not in the next couple of days when Killer Clans airs this Friday in the United Kingdom. Still this could be a very good Shaw Brothers weekend for dub fans!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Crash Cinema Presents:
2007 DVD Releases:
Son of Swordsman
Axing of Coffin
The Last Days of Hsin Yang
Duel In the Planes
Jade Faced Cat
Man, Ghost, Fox
Ace of Swordsman
Titles announced week of
In NYC its only a misdemeanor to sell pirated films it has the most Lax laws concerning pirating films.
Also they have their hands so full with Sidewalks of NYC crawling with Movie theater Bootlegs. The MPAA is only interested in the 7 major motion picture studios and new films.
And to bust someone they need to buy an enormous amount of DVD's to make the bust. And they need alot of evidence to do that.
this is not a Europe Fascist regme . its a free country were people have to much rights.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Here are the entries:
My Young Auntie
36th Chamber of Shaolin
Five Fingers of Death (was actually under King Boxer)
One Armed Swordsman
On the brighter side of things purported specs for Born to Fight have been posted as asiandvdguide.com
Born To Fight (2004) DVD Special Features:
- The Making Of Born To Fight featurette (65 min DD exclusive)
- Feature commentary with Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
- Born To Be Wild EPK
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- U.S. Promotional Trailer
Thanks to hanshotfirst1138
Monday, March 5, 2007
When Bootlegs Attack! Red Sun DVDs in FYE and Suncoast (with pictures) and why we all lose in the long run.
The truth is that these DVDs are actually from known bootleg outfit Red Sun DVD (aka Bonzai Media, HK Video (not the French company), and Panmedia), who are infamous for using stolen video masters from Celestial (the owners of the Shaw Brothers library) and other legitimate companies, and the fact their bootlegs are factory pressed (meaning, not DVD-Rs). They simply remove the Chinese audio track and replace it with an English dub. After years of shoddy tv sourced copies fans have been used too, not surprisingly these titles have sold quite well. This can be seen by simply looking at the best seller list at www.hkflix.com. Who despite knowing of the illegal nature of these products, still sell them.
Red Sun DVDs have been responsible for the cancellation of many planned Region 1 US DVD releases including an Angela Mao boxset, a Joseph Kuo boxset,etc. This is due to the fact that Red Sun's "owner", Jack Stiller, often floods marketplaces online and many American malls with inferior bootlegs by his company of titles that were in planning stages. This in turn caused companies to abort their planned releases and ensures market control for himself.
While this is intolerable enough, it seems that Red Sun DVD has reached a new level of audacity: Being stocked at large US retail shops. Dragon Dynasty is a label from The Weinstein Company set to release many Shaw Brothers, Fortune Star (Golden Harvest, Cinema City, etc), and other greats of Hong Kong and Asian cinema. The rights owned by the company have been reported on several film sites, but may also be seen by simply watching a trailer found at the Dragon Dynasty website (www.dragondynasty.com). This highlight reel shows, Shaw Brothers films Crippled Avengers aka Mortal Combat among others.
The problem is, FYE and Suncoast are now stocking Red Sun versions of these films, as can be seen in this photo taken at the FYE in the King of Prussia Mall (one of the largest commercial malls in the country). These pictures show that not only have these bootlegs been entering the mainstream retail market, but they are being sold as regular product by these stores (as evidenced by a barcode indicating that these titles are a part of store inventory and not a used dvd). Another picture shows Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (once again showing a regular barcode). Though not pictured,in less than five minutes bootleg Red Sun DVDs of One-Armed Boxer and Invincible Shaolin were also found, often near legitimate Dragon Dynasty and other releases.
The sad truth is that not only will these Red Sun DVDs harm the legitimate market for upcoming releases of Shaw Brothers DVDs by flooding the market. They will also cut out shelf space for legitimate Kung Fu releases, as independent dvd labels are having trouble getting their products into major stores. A fact recently talked about in this New York Times article:
These bootlegs are only going to help exacerbate theproblem. The main question is, what will happen? When I talked to an FYE employee, he got very nervous when I told him these were bootlegs of films owned by TWC. He quickly put the ones I showed him behind the register, but this is just one step. The best thing we can do is pass this information along, both to fans telling them to avoid these bootlegs, and to the companies. This is to ensure that TWC and others take appropriate action to remove these bootlegs from the market. If TWC allows these to remain in FYE and Suncoast, it would seem to indicate Harvey Weinstein is impotent in stopping the bootlegging of his own products, Even worse, the selling of them side by side with his own releases. However, given the power and the infuence of TWC, I don't think we as fans will have to fear this. If we as fans support Red Sun, we are only dooming ourselves to the disappointments of the past and a bleak future. The only question is, what will happen next?