ARROW VIDEO SHAW SCOPE BOX SET: Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This Shaw Brothers film originally was on our site on May 8, 2021. Now that Arrow Video’s absolutely essential Shaw Scope set is out, we’re checking out the best possible version of this movie available. Check out how you can get this box below.

The Venom Mob had been in Shaw Brothers movies before, but this was the film where they showed the world that they were amongst the greatest theatrical martial artists of all time.

As the master of the Poison Clan dies, he sends his last student Yang Tieh (Chiang Sheng) to warn Yun (Ku Feng) that five of his students — Gao “Scorpion” Ji, Meng “Lizard” Tianxia, Liang “Toad” Shen, Qi “Snake” Dong and Zhang “Centipede” Yiaotian — plan on stealing the clan’s gold. Yang must fight them all or join with the ones still loyal to the clan to fulfill his dying teacher’s final request.

What follows is a series of double crosses — and triple crosses even — as the students of the Poison Clan battle to either keep the money for themselves or save it for the good of the clan. Because Yang Tieh knows a small bit of each of their five styles, he may have a chance to live. Yet who, if anyone, will be the ally he needs to win?

Chang Cheh made more than ninety films, among them the One-Armed Swordsman series, Crippled AvengersKid with the Golden Arm and many more. His style of heroic bloodshed films has influenced everyone from John Woo to Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Quite frankly, this is the kind of movie whose fingerprints you’ll see all over so many movies.

The Arrow Video Shaw Scope Volume One box set has a brand new 2K restoration of Five Deadly Venoms from the original negative by Arrow Films. There’s uncompressed Mandarin, Cantonese mono and English original mono audio, as well as newly translated English subtitles and English hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs.

There’s also brand new commentary by critic Simon Abrams, a feature on Chang Cheh, the Hong Kong and U.S. trailers and an image gallery.

You can get this set from MVD.

You can also stream this movie on the Arrow player. Visit ARROW to start your 30-day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

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