Shawscope: Volume Two

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The 36th Chamber of ShaolinReturn to the 36th ChamberDisciples of the 36th ChamberMad Monkey Kung FuFive SuperfightersInvincible ShaolinThe Kid with the Golden ArmThe Magnificent RuffiansTen Tigers of KwangtungMy Young AuntieMercenaries from Hong KongThe Boxer's OmenMartial Arts of ShaolinThe Bare-Footed Kid
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Celestial Pictures Ltd.

Picking up where Volume One left off, this sophomore collection of Hong Kong cinema classics draws together many of the best films from the final years of the Shaw Brothers studio, proving that while the end was nigh, these merchants of martial arts mayhem weren’t going to go out without a fight! Armed with stunning special features and ravishing new restorations, this boxset is even bigger and bolder than the last one.

We begin with kung fu master Lau Kar-leung’s instant classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, in which his adoptive brother Gordon Liu achieved overnight stardom as the young man who unexpectedly finds spiritual enlightenment on the path to vengeance; Lau and Liu followed the original with two comically inventive sequels, Return to the 36th Chamber and Disciples of the 36th Chamber, both included here. Already established as a genius at blending dazzling action with physical comedy, Lau himself plays the lead role in the hilarious Mad Monkey Kung Fu, coupled here with Lo Mar’s underrated Five Superfighters. Next, we once again meet Chang Cheh’s basher boy band the Venom Mob in no less than four of their best-loved team-ups: Invincible Shaolin, The Kid with the Golden Arm, Magnificent Ruffians and culminating in the all-star Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, co-starring Ti Lung and Fu Sheng.

After Lau brings us perhaps his best high-kicking comedy with My Young Auntie, a playful star vehicle for his real-life muse Kara Hui, we see Shaw Brothers fully embracing Eighties excess in our strangest double feature yet: Wong Jing’s breathtakingly wild shoot-‘em-up Mercenaries from Hong Kong, and Kuei Chih-hung’s spectacularly unhinged black magic meltdown The Boxer’s Omen. Last but certainly not least, Lau Kar-leung directs the last major Shaw production, Martial Arts of Shaolin, filmed in mainland China with a hot new talent named Jet Li in the lead role; it is paired in this set with The Bare-Footed Kid,

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/CD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono , Cantonese 1.0 PCM Mono , Mandarin 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A/B/None
Discs: 10 Discs |  BD-50/CD

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Supplements

  • Brand new feature commentary by critic Travis Crawford for The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  • Brand new select-scene commentary by film critic and historian Tony Rayns for The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  • Interview with 36th Chamber of Shaolin star Gordon Liu, filmed in 2003
  • Interview with 36th Chamber of Shaolin cinematographer Arthur Wong, filmed in 2006
  • Shaolin: Birthplace: archive featurette with Gordon Liu produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003
  • Hero and Elegant Trails: archive featurette with Gordon Liu produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003
  • Tiger Style: The Musical Impact of Martial Arts Cinema, a newly filmed overview of Shaw Brothers’ influence on hip hop and other music genres, featuring music historian Lovely Jon
  • Cinema Hong Kong: Swordfighting, a documentary on the history of the wuxia genre and Shaw Brothers’ contributions to it, produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003 and featuring interviews with Cheng Pei-pei, Gordon Liu, Lau Kar-leung, John Woo, Sammo Hung, Kara Hui, David Chiang and others
  • Alternate opening credits from the American version of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin titled Master Killer
  • Hong Kong trailer for The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  • German trailer for The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  • US TV spot for The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  • Interview with Return to 36th Chamber star Gordon Liu, filmed in 2003
  • Citizen Shaw, a French TV documentary from 1980 directed by Maurice Frydland, in which Sir Run Run Shaw gives an all-access tour of the Shaw Brothers backlot (including behind-the-scenes footage from Return to the 36th Chamber), remastered in high definition
  • Hero on the Scaffolding, an archive featurette produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003
  • Alternate opening credits sequences for Return to the 36th Chamber
  • Alternate opening credits sequences for Disciples of the 36th Chamber
  • Hong Kong trailer for Return to the 36th Chamber
  • Hong Kong trailer for Disciples of the 36th Chamber
  • Brand new commentary for Mad Monkey Kung Fu by martial arts cinema experts Frank Djeng and Michael Worth
  • Newly filmed appreciation of Mad Monkey Kung Fu by film critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Interview with actor Hsiao Hou, filmed in 2004
  • Shaw in the USA, a brand new featurette on how Shaw Brothers broke America featuring Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali, authors of These Fists Break Bricks
  • Hong Kong trailer for Mad Monkey Kung Fu
  • US trailer for Mad Monkey Kung Fu
  • Hong Kong trailer for Five Superfighters
  • UK VHS promo for Five Superfighters
  • Interview with action director Robert Tai, filmed in 2003
  • Poison Clan Rocks The World, a brand new visual essay on the Venom Mob written and narrated by author Terrence J. Brady
  • Alternate ""continuity"" cut of The Kid With The Golden Arm, presented via seamless branching
  • Alternate and textless title sequences for The Kid with the Golden Arm
  • Hong Kong theatrical trailer for Invincible Shaolin
  • Hong Kong theatrical trailer (audio only) for The Kid with the Golden Arm
  • US TV spot for The Kid with the Golden Arm
  • Brand new audio commentary on Ten Tigers of Kwangtung by filmmaker Brandon Bentley
  • Interview with star Chin Siu-ho, filmed in 2003
  • Rivers and Lakes, a brand new video essay on Shaw Brothers’ depiction of Chinese myth and history, written and narrated by Jonathan Clements, author of A Brief History of China
  • Hong Kong (audio only) trailer for Magnificent Ruffians
  • German trailer for Magnificent Ruffians
  • Hong Kong trailers (Mandarin and Cantonese audio options) for Ten Tigers of Kwangtung
  • US TV spot for Ten Tigers of Kwangtung
  • Brand new select-scene commentary for My Young Auntie by film critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Interview with My Young Auntie star Kara Hui, filmed in 2003
  • Cinema Hong Kong: The Beauties of the Shaw Studios, the final instalment in the three-part documentary produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003
  • Alternate standard-definition VHS version
  • Hong Kong theatrical trailer
  • Brand new commentary on The Boxer’s Omen by critic Travis Crawford
  • Newly filmed appreciation of filmmaker Kuei Chih-hung by film critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Additional footage from Mandarin VHS version of The Boxer's Omen
  • Interview with Mercenaries from Hong Kong action director Tong Kai, filmed in 2009
  • Hong Kong trailer for Mercenaries from Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong trailer for The Boxer's Omen
  • Brand new commentary on Martial Arts of Shaolin by Jonathan Clements
  • Brand new commentary on The Bare-Footed Kid by Frank Djeng of the NY Asian Film Festival
  • Newly filmed appreciations Martial Arts of Shaolin and The Bare-Footed Kid by film critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Interview with Martial Arts of Shaolin screenwriter Sze Yeung-ping, filmed in 2004
  • Alternate standard-definition version of Martial Arts of Shaolin
  • Hong Kong trailer for Martial Arts of Shaolin
  • Japanese trailer for Martial Arts of Shaolin
  • Trailers for the preceding Shaolin Temple films starring Jet Li
  • Hong Kong trailer for The Bare-Footed Kid
  • UK VHS promo for The Bare-Footed Kid
  • Image galleries
  • CD featuring music from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Five Superfighters, Invincible Shaolin and The Kid with the Golden Arm
  • CD featuring music from Return to the 36th Chamber, Magnificent Ruffians, Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, My Young Auntie, Mercenaries from Hong Kong and Disciples of the 36th Chamber
  • Illustrated 60-page collectors’ book featuring new writing by David Desser, Jonathan Clements, Lovely Jon and David West, plus cast and crew listings and notes on each film by Simon Abrams

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