From Movietown, their privately-owned studio outside Hong Kong, the Shaw Brothers produced some of the most incredible movies of all time. Now, Arrow Video has carefully curated and gorgeously presented a selection of all-time Shaw Brothers classics in their Shaw Scope box set.
With twelve Shaw Brothers films included — each in high definition (1080p) blu ray quality along with seven new 2K restorations by Arrow Films — this set is perfect for those just discovering the studio and their films or long-time fans.
It comes with an illustrated 60-page collectors’ book featuring new writing by David Desser, Terrence J. Brady and James Flower, as well as cast and crew listings and notes on each film by Simon Abrams. There’s also new artwork by Sam Gilbey, Matthew Griffin, Chris Malbon, Jacob Phillips, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates.
Plus, you’ll enjoy hours of never-before-seen bonus features, including several cast and crew interviews from the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive and two CDs of music — exclusive to this collection — from the De Wolfe Music library as heard in six of the films.
The films include (click on any of the links to see a full review of the movie):
King Boxer: Retitled 5 Fingers of Death in the U.S., Chung Chang’s tale of redemption and revenge ignited the international kung fu craze and made Shaw Brothers’ name known worldwide. After his master is attacked, Zhao Zhihao signs up to a fighting school to help improve his chances at winning the top prize in a national boxing tournament, as well as the hand of the master’s daughter. Speaking of hands, Zhao Zhihao learned the Iron Palm technique and uses it to destroy his enemies.
The Boxer from Shantung: The final battle in this movie is the stuff of martial arts legend. A story of a man overcoming poverty yet falling to temptation, which is a story that Chang Cheh told many times but always told so well.
Five Shaolin Masters: Also known as Five Masters of Death, this sequel to Shaolin Temple shows what happens when the Shaolin gather their forces, train and get revenge.
Shaolin Temple: With an all-star cast featuring the second and third generations of Chang Cheh’s stable of actors and cameo appearances by several of the actors that would later become collectively known as the Venoms Mob, this film is absolutely packed with fighting.
Mighty Peking Man: How would Shaw Brothers make a kaiju movie? Watch this and you will know this secret knowledge. This was Roger Ebert’s favorite Hong Kong monster film and that dude loved Infra-Man, so that should tell you how good this is.
Challenge of the Masters: Is there anything better than revenge in a martial arts movie? Alright, training sequences. Well, this one has both and it’s directed by the master of these types of movies, Lau Kar-leung.
Executioners from Shaolin: That “Tiger style!” Wu Tang sampled? It came from this movie. And so does an incredibly brutal fighter who is able to pull his manhood back into his body.
Chinatown Kid: Tan Tung barely survives the street battles of Hong Kong when he discovers that the same temptations exist on the streets of San Francisco.
Five Deadly Venoms: A dying master sends his last student to check up on five former apprentices who each know a special style of kung-fu. Sure, that sounds simple. The results are transcendent martial arts magic.
Crippled Avengers: These fighters’ bodies may have been broken, but not their spirits. This is as wild as Shaw Brothers martial arts cinema gets and worth the price of the entire box set.
Heroes of the East: When a Chinese martial artist and a Japanese fighter marry, cultural issues and the challenge of whose style is strongest make the regular issues of newlyweds seem small by comparison.
Dirty Ho: Gordon Liu plays a man of pleasure who is truly a martial arts master (and a prince) who lures a jewel thief into being his disciple.
I absolutely loved this set and keep coming back to it on my shelf, looking it over and just being so excited that it exists. Let it bring that same joy to your life.
You can get this set from MVD.
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