being one of my favourite films ever, it was with a strange mix
of excitement and trepidation, that I sat down to watch this DVD.
If Universe had screwed it up in any way, I would've felt dreadful
... thankfully, they haven't!
Leung Chang (Yuen Biao) is a young fighter with a rather inflated
opinion of himself - he believes he's the best fighter in Fat San.
In fact, his wealthy parents pay off his opponents behind his back,
so their only Son isn't injured. After realizing his skills are
well below average, thanks to Leung Yee-Tai (superbly played by
Lam Ching-Ying), he decides he must learn Yee-Tai's far superior
I've given a very brief plot synopsis because there are so many
small details which make up this film, that it would spoil it for
any first-time viewer by describing them all.
Suffice to say, Sammo Hung's blend of humour, a strong plot, beautifully
crafted characters and bone-jarring Kung Fu is perfect, and I've
yet to find a film which matches it.
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considering this was made in 1980. The Peking Opera scenes highlight
the strong, well-defined colours and I saw no signs of artifacting
in light or dark scenes.
OK, there are a few speckles and minor scratches, but that's got
to be expected from a print that's almost 20 years old!
The only element of the transfer which was ever so slighlty disappointing
were the black levels, which occasionally appeared dark grey.
but still perfectly clear, containing no distortion or echoes.
obviously pays more attention to the Subs on their DVD's than some
other companies, and do a great job here. I can't remember seeing
a single grammatical error or problem with syntax, and just in case
you were worried - they DO subtitle the Opera scenes - YAY!
Universe seem to be the most reliable DVD company in Hong Kong,
at the moment, and have bolstered that image with this release.
I thought it pretty disrespectful that Universe didn't include
a Lam Ching-Ying Bio along with
Hung and Biao's...
Other than that you get the theatrical trailer and two other trailers
for Millionaire's Express and Eastern Condors.
If you think this is "just another Kung Fu film"
you'll miss out on one of Hong Kong Cinema's finest offerings,
and in the process, miss out on one of Universe's finest offerings
- don't be a fool...pick it up today!