CINEMATIC VENGENCE EUREKA

How to grasp this work has been my problem in reviewing it. I know the work of Joseph Kuo vaguely. Like how some know the intricacy of Hindi cinema or the works of Lucio Fulci, I know a lot about the great directors and their works. So having a working knowledge of this artform means I have to balance the relationship of lacking with the technical skill of the releases. Now I know that Kuo was an incredibly successful filmmaker. He must be for me to know him. I also know a lot of his output was deemed crowd-pleasing spectacles. Eureka have stuck to form and really invested in the quality of the restorations and additional content. My favoured film here was The 7 Grandmasters, a knock about tale of challenge, revenge and unification. It is directed with an eye to the action over the narrative (helping the audience globally embrace it). All good fun and best watched (like most in the set) with a group of people.

The 1080p HD has improved most but not all films, granted a mixture of colour grading issues. A toxic issues that makes me annoyed is the standard grading here. The great James Oliver, smashes the essay into the art field with an intelligent exploration of Kho and the art if vengeance.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 8 Films across four Blu-ray discs, all fully restored and presented in 1080p HD
  • Limited Edition Hardbound Case featuring newly commissioned artwork by Darren Wheeling
  • Limited Edition 60 page booklet featuring new writing on the films included in the set by James Oliver, illustrated with archival imagery and materials
  • Limited Edition set of 8 facsimile lobby cards
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Includes The 7 Grandmasters, The 36 Deadly Styles, The World of Drunken Master, and The Old Master
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Original Mandarin Soundtracks
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Optional English dubbed audio tracks
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Alternate Cantonese audio tracks for The 7 Grandmasters, The World of Drunken Master, and The Old Master
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Newly translated English subtitles
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Brand new audio commentaries on The 7 Grandmasters and The World of Drunken Master with Asian film expert Frank Djeng and martial artist / filmmaker Michael Worth
  • Disc 1 and 2 – Brand new audio commentaries on The 36 Deadly Styles and The Old Master with action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Discs 3 and 4 – Includes Shaolin Kung Fu, The Shaolin Kids, 18 Bronzemen, and Return of the 18 Bronzemen
  • Discs 3 and 4- Original Mandarin audio tracks
  • Discs 3 and 4 – Optional English dubbed audio for Shaolin Kung Fu, The Shaolin Kids, and Return of the 18 Bronzemen
  • Discs 3 and 4 – Newly translated English subtitles
  • Discs 3 and 4- Brand new audio commentaries on 18 Bronzemen and Return of the 18 Bronzemen with Asian film expert Frank Djeng and film writer John Charles (The Hong Kong Filmography, 1977–1997)
  • Discs 3 and 4 – Brand new audio commentaries on Shaolin Kung Fu and The Shaolin Kids with action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Discs 3 and 4 – 18 Bronzemen: The Hong Kong Version – a reconstruction of the original theatrical release version of 18 Bronzemen

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