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15 December 2021

Eureka and Joseph Kuo wreak CINEMATIC VENGEANCE! (review)

Fiercely-independent Taiwanese filmmaker Joseph Kuo's alternately shoddy, epic, quirky, and never dull martial arts oeuvre gets a mammoth overview in the eight film set CINEMATIC VENGEANCE!

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CINEMATIC VENGEANCE! Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One:
    • The 7 Grandmasters (1977):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin, Cantonese, and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles 
      • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng and martial artist/filmmaker Michael Worth
    • The 36 Deadly Styles (1982):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Disc Two:
    • The World of Drunken Master (1979):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin, Cantonese, and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng and martial artist/filmmaker Michael Worth
    • The Old Master (1979):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin, Cantonese, and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Disc Three:
    • Shaolin Kung Fu (1974):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandrin and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    • The Shaolin Kids (1975):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Disc Four:
    • 18 Bronzemen (1976):
      • Japanese Version:
        • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
        • Mandarin LPCM 1.0 Mono
        • Optional English Subtitles
        • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng and film writer John Charles
      • Hong Kong Version: 
        • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen (with SD inserts)
        • Mandarin and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
        • Optional English Subtitles
    • Return of the 18 Bronzemen (1976):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin and English LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio Options
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng and film writer John Charles
  • Comes in a limited edition hardbound case featuring newly commissioned artwork by Darren Wheeling with a 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films included in the set by James Oliver, illustrated with archival imagery and materials, as well as a set of 8 facsimile lobby cards.

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