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(aka "Za jia xiao zi" or "The Jade Warriors")

 

Directed by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Hong Kong 1979

 

Another fast and furious kung fu comedy classic directed by Sammo Hung (The Millionaires’ Express), Knockabout features a cast of martial arts movie legends including Yuen Biao (The Prodigal Son), Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-yan (Warriors Two), and Lau Kar-wing (Odd Couple) alongside Hung himself.

Brothers Yipao (Yuen Biao) and Taipao (Leung Kar-yan) are a couple of down on their luck conmen. After getting soundly defeated by the kung fu master, Silver Fox (Lau Kar-wing), the brothers realize it would be in their own self-interest if they learn how to fight, and they ask him to train them. Unfortunately, their new master is actually a ruthless killer, and when the brothers realize this, one of them is murdered. To get revenge, the surviving brother must learn a unique form of kung fu from an unlikely source, a beggar who just happens to be a master fighter!

Featuring one of the greatest action finales in the history of Hong Kong cinema, Knockabout is yet another classic of martial arts filmmaking from the legendary Sammo Hung, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration.

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After being cheated out of some money, two small time crooks convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.

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Theatrical Release: April 12th, 1979

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Review: Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Original HK Version: 1:44:44.909

Export Version: 1:33:04.375       

Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,180,235,799 bytes

Original HK Version: 28,909,108,608 bytes

Export Version: 16,845,100,608 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.91 Mbps / 17.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Original HK Version Blu-ray:

Bitrate Export Version Blu-ray:

Audio

Original HK Version:

LPCM Audio Chinese 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
DUB:

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Export Version:

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,180,235,799 bytes

Original HK Version: 28,909,108,608 bytes

Export Version: 16,845,100,608 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.91 Mbps / 17.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Brand new feature length audio commentary on the Hong Kong Version by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and Michael Worth
• Brand new feature length audio commentary on the Export Version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
• Archival interview with Sammo Hung (7:18)
• Archival interview with Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-yan (7:37)
• Archival interview with Grandmaster Chan Sau Chang (aka The Monkey King), a master of Monkey Style kung fu (25:32)
• Deleted Scene (3:50)
• Trailer (4:02)
A Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling
Reversible sleeve design featuring original poster artwork


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 25th, 2022
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 10 / 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Eureka Blu-ray (April 2022): Eureka have transferred Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's Knockabout to Blu-ray. They offer both the original Hong Kong version and the 11.5-minute shorter 'Export' version. While both are 1080P, and sharing the same dual-layered disc, the HK version is more robust with a higher bitrate. That image is pristine with the source being in impressive condition - cited as being 'a brand new 2K restoration'. The 'Export' version looks only a small notch below and fans will be pleased with the color balance depth and layered contrast of this HD presentation. It is remarkably strong.

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On their Blu-ray, Eureka use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Cantonese language while offering a similarly encoded English DUB option. I believe it is the same translation as on the Export version. Knockabout has many acrobatic fight sequences and plenty of aggression. It's all quite authentically flat and hollow that we nostalgically recall from the genre and era of Hong Kong classics. The score is by composer Frankie Chan (Dreadnaught, The Odd Couple, Fallen Angels, The Fearless Hyena, Chungking Express, The Prodigal Son) that adds further to the charm of the comedic moments yet sounding more intense for the physical conflicts.. Eureka offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Eureka Blu-ray offers a two new commentary tracks. The first is for the original 'Hong Kong version' and has Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and actor, martial artist Michael Worth - they also did the fine commentary together on Eureka's, simultaneously-released Dreadnaught Blu-ray. Frank's expertise offers so much in terms of the genre, specifics on the cast and production, and plenty to fill the film's running time with edifying material. Michael Worth also added important value as someone working in the industry. This was another enjoyable commentary. The second was for the 'Export Version' and has Mike Leeder (editor of 100% Jackie Chan: The Essential Companion) and Arne Venem who always have fun - working well together. They are true fans. There are older interviews with Sammo Hung, Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-yan and Grandmaster Chan Sau Chang (aka The Monkey King), a master of Monkey Style kung fu - the latter for over twenty-five, informative, minutes. These three interviews were part of last digital releases. There is a deleted scene, trailer and the package has a limited-edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver, a reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork and the LE O-Card slipcase  (see below.)

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's Knockabout is a wonderful example of the best of this genre. The impressive fight sequences are expertly choreographed and physically outstanding. There seems to be a preponderance of facial expression for the humor - which is abundant, and funny, in Knockabout. The build to the finale offers exciting anticipation with themes of revenge, justice, friendship and discipline. It's a great film experience - one I thoroughly appreciated via the stacked Eureka Blu-ray package. A very easy recommendation for fans of this genre - and beyond. Don't miss this one.

Gary Tooze

 

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