(aka 'Buddha's Palm' or 'Ru lai shen zhang')

directed by Taylor Wong
Hong Kong 1982

 

  I'm sure Shaw Brothers fans must gush over this one. It has enough acrobatic action, wild costumes and frenetic camera movement to fill 2 movies. Tack onto that some untypical fantasy elements and even camp-ish special effects and you have a lot of entertainment packed in here. I believe it was originally taken from a popular comic book story. Even for non-martial arts fans though, it will be an amusing ride. My big complaint is the myriad of characters that are very meagerly developed and hence I can't remember who is who. There are so many. Throughout the film the solid footing of 'good' and 'evil' can flux into deception and back-stabbing villans. The female characters always seem so able to turn allegiance very quickly. Personally, I prefer my Kung-Fu films very simple and without the occult/fantasy element. However, I am aware of the huge following and if this genre of films turns your crank, I'm sure you won't want to miss this one. It's so early 80's it actually smells of nostalgia.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: 1982 - Hong Kong

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DVD Review: IVL (Intercontinental Video Limited) - Region 3 - NTSC

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Distribution Intercontinental Video Limited - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:32:42
Video 2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks (both post-synced) (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, Traditional Chinese, Malaysian,  Indonesian Subtitles and None
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Release Information:
Studio: IVL

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.40:1

Edition Details:

• Two trailers for the film
• Movie Information
• Trailers for 5 New Releases

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

Keep Case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 12

Comments:

Widescreen is in its full glory here, but the video is a little pasty. The non-anamorphic image looked fine on the tube, but scrutinizing further and the washed out colors and haziness become very visible. Audio re-mix is a shade clouded. I don't suppose this films negative was kept in pristine condition, but it is pretty strong regardless. NOTE: English subtitles are synced to the Mandarin track which is a shame as the Cantonese inflections are superior. Only trailers as extras. Packaging is excellent.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze



 

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