opinion, no other film has matched, or bettered, Eastern Condor's
level of brutality in its fight scenes - I can't think of any other
film which provokes so many "ooh - that's gotta hurt" moments in
it, and makes Jackie Chan's "stunts gone wrong" out-takes look like
a walk in the park.
Sammo and some of his fellow inmates are released from an American
prison, on the condition that they take on a mission for the US
government. This mission involves flying into Vietnam to search
out a munitions dump, and destroy it, before the VC get their grubby
little mits on the goodies.
What follows is a film some have described as part Deer Hunter,
part Dirty Dozen. Now, I'm not saying this doesn't have a gripping
plot and good characters, but this certainly isn't a deep exploration
of the horrors of war.
What you DO get is a Kung-Fu War film, which, as I mentioned above,
contains some of the most vicious combat scenes ever filmed...
READ THE DVD COMPARISON HERE
got this on VHS and to be honest it wasn't that hot - it lacked
detail and the colours blurred horribly. Universe, however, has
done a superb job cleaning this up - yes, at the beginning of the
film there are quite a few speckles, but these soon clear away to
leave the best representation of this film since its theatrical
release. Details, which you never knew existed on the VHS version,
jump out at you and this crispness adds a huge amount to the overall
An unfortunate down-side to this improved clarity is the noticable
artfiacting which is apparent
in very dark scenes. However, this occurs extremely infrequently,
and all-in-all I'm very happy with the transfer.
it says Dolby 5.1 on the box, you'd be hard pressed to pick out
a scene with any really aggressive use of the surrounds. However,
the dialogue is clear and doesn't suffer from any distortion. The
only slightly eccentric part of the sound is the Bass level. Someone
at Universe must have accidentally left it on high whilst it was
being remastered, because once the fights kick-in, your walls will
start shaking! I found the best way to remedy this was to turn the
Bass as far down as possible and, the Treble up. You shouldn't really
have to do this, but it's only a minor negative point to an other
wise A+ disc.
does an excellent job, again. No grammatical, or syntax errors and
although the theme song isn't subbed (Boo!), there's nothing else
to complain about.
stingy - theatrical trailer, which contains scenes not in the final
print, trailers for The Prodigal Son
and Winners and Sinners. Bios are included for Sammo, and Yuen Biao,
but why they didn't include any more is beyond me...Joyce Godenzi,
Lam Ching-Ying, Yuen Wah, Dick Wei etc.
difference in quality is astounding - the DVD is a 100% improvement
over the tape - and with this release, it's now possible to own
one of Hong Kong Action Cinema's greatest movies.
If you've never seen this before, you're really missing out - there's
no better time to buy it.
If you already own it on VHS, this is such such a vast improvement
that I'd recommend you buying it again!