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Angela Mao: Hapkido & Lady Whirlwind [2 X Blu-ray]
 

Lady Whirlwind (1972)       Hapkido (1972)

 

 

Angela Mao and director Huang Feng (The Shaolin Plot) were a superstar pairing that produced an incredible series of top tier kung-fu classics including Deadly China Doll, When Taekwondo Strikes and the two films presented here – Hapkido and Lady Whirlwind.

Perhaps her most iconic film, Lady Whirlwind (bizarrely re-titled as Deep Thrust in the US, to capitalize on the success of Deep Throat, which probably made its tag lines - “ The Deadly Stroke of Bare Hand Combat” and “Mistress of the Death Blow” a tad misleading - stars Mao as a deadly fighter out for revenge on the man who wronged her sister (played by Shaw Brothers veteran Chang Yi). After tracking the man down, she finds he is on his own vengeful path against a gang of Japanese thugs and agrees to help keep him alive – as long as she gets to take her revenge when it’s all over!

In Hapkido (aka Lady Kung Fu in the West), a group of martial artists (Mao, Sammo Hung, and Carter Wong) start their own school to teach the Korean martial art, Hapkido, but a rival Japanese academy attempts to crush them – deeming Hapkido inferior to their Japanese fighting style. Similar to the plot of Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury (a canny decision by the filmmakers, capitalizing on Mao often being referred to as a “female Bruce Lee”), Hapkido was a huge hit in the West, even briefly beating Lee’s Enter the Dragon at the North American box office.

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Theatrical Releases: June 1st, 1972 - October 1st, 1972

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

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Distribution Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime

Lady Whirlwind (1972): :28:57.999

Hapkido (1972): 1:37:29.969

Video

Lady Whirlwind (1972)

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,456,396,090 bytes

Feature: 24,361,511,232 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Hapkido (1972)

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,678,403,159 bytes

Feature: 30,758,023,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.67 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Lady Whirlwind (1972) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Hapkido (1972) Blu-ray:

Audio

Lady Whirlwind:

DTS-HD Master Audio Mandarin 856 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 856 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / 24-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 840 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 840 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Hapkido:

DTS-HD Master Audio Mandarin 862 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 862 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / 24-bit)

DUBs:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 845 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 845 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 804 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 804 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / 24-bit)

Newer DUB originally created for the film’s original DVD release):

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1685 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1685 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 896 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Eureka

 

Lady Whirlwind (1972)

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,456,396,090 bytes

Feature: 24,361,511,232 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Hapkido (1972)

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,678,403,159 bytes

Feature: 30,758,023,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.67 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Lady Whirlwind
• Lady Whirlwind – New feature length audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) & Michael Worth
• Lady Whirlwind – New feature length audio commentary with Frank Djeng & martial artist / actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels
• Lady Whirlwind – New feature length audio commentary by film journalist and author Samm Deighan
• Brand new interview with Angela Mao by Frank Djeng, filmed in 2022 (13:19)
• Kung Fu Cooking With Thomas King (31:50)
• Alternate English Credits (1:34)
• Two trailers and one Radio spot (1:02)
•Stills Gallery (0:26)

Hapkido
• Hapkido – New feature length audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) & Michael Worth
• Hapkido – New feature length audio commentary with Frank Djeng & martial artist / actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels
• Brand new interview with Angela Mao by Frank Djeng, filmed in 2022 (18:01)
• Archival interview with Angela Mao (16:59)
• Archival interview with Carter Wong (17:02)
• Archival interview with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao (9:22)
• Original Vintage Featurette (6:40)
• Hapkido – Alternate opening credits (Textless - 1:32 / English 1:44 / Lady Kung Fu - 1:44)
• Selection of three trailers and One TV spot (0:58)
• Stills Gallery (1:07)

Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling (First run of 2000 copies only)
Limited Edition Reversible Poster featuring original theatrical poster artwork (First run of 2000 copies only

Reversible sleeve featuring original Hong Kong poster artwork
A Limited-Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver (First run of 2000 copies only)


Blu-ray Release Date: October 3rd, 2022

Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 13 / 13

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Eureka Blu-ray (September 2022): Eureka have transferred two delightful Angela Mao martial arts gems to Blu-ray; Lady Whirlwind and Hapkido - both from 1972. They are on separate dual-layered Blu-rays cited as being from "new 2K restorations". For the vast majority of the presentation the 1080P image quality is exceptionally strong with bright, deep colors, strong detail in close-ups and plenty of pleasing depth. There are infrequent sequences - sometimes only a few seconds long - where the image is imperfect - either abnormally soft (like SD bumps) or ratio skewed that could be the result of warping. This could very well be on the original source. I can't know. But the anomalies are few and far between but I have noted them with examples below. They didn't hinder my joy of watching these two films.   

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On their Lady Whirlwind Blu-ray, Eureka offer the original mono Mandarin in a DTS-HD Master 1.0 track as well as a lossless English DUB. On Hapkido we get DTS-HD mono tracks in Mandarin and two English DUB variation options, plus a newer DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround DUB originally created for the film’s first DVD release. There sound is authentically flat and hollow in the way we nostalgically recall from the genre and era of Hong Kong classics offering crisp snappy cracks of martial arts combat with thuds and hollow grunts of exertion. It really sets the mood. Fans of action will remarks on the extensive choreographed and acrobatic nature of these many action scenes. The score on Lady Whirlwind was by Joseph Koo (Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon) and on Hapkido by Tsao Hua Lai (When Taekwondo Strikes.) Lady Whirlwind has Georges Garvarentz's The Bulldozer Leads The Dance. Hapkido has snippets of the opening theme, Pt.1, of Emerson Lake and Palmer's Eruption. There is another piece of popular 'standard' music in Lady Whirlwind that I am unable to identify. The audio occasionally sounds a shade rough but I imagine that it is authentic to the original production. Eureka offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Eureka Blu-ray offers five (yes five!) new commentaries for the two films. I haven't yet had the opportunity to indulge. On Lady Whirlwind by Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and Michael Worth, a second with Frank Djeng & martial artist / actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels and a third by film journalist and author Samm Deighan. We have heard Djeng and Worth's expertise recently on commentates for Eureka's Blu-rays of Knockabout, The Shaolin Plot and Dreadnaught. Djeng and Samuels were paired on a commentary for Chia-Yung Liu's The Odd Couple (also on Eureka Blu-ray) and I look forward to enjoying this one just as much. We also love Samm Deighan and I can't wait to tuck-into her commentary. For Hapkido we get Djeng and Worth again and a second for that film with Djeng and Samuels. I really enjoyed the 2 new interview with Angela Mao by Djeng. So pleasing to see her comments for about 1/2 hour in total at 72-years young. We also get 32-minutes of Kung Fu Cooking with Thomas King, Angela Mao's son plus we get archival interviews with Angela, Carter Wong, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. There are a variety of opening credits sequences, trailers, TV and Radio spots and stills galleries for both films. The Eureka double Blu-ray package offers a limited edition O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling and a reversible sleeve featuring original Hong Kong poster artwork. Plus a reversible poster featuring original theatrical artwork and a limited-edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver. The limited edition content is for a 2,000 unit run.      

Eureka's Angela Mao: Hapkido & Lady Whirlwind double Blu-ray set is magnificent. Angela Mao was one of the most prominent martial artist actresses of her time and positioned as a female version of Bruce Lee. Some may recall her as Su Lin - Lee's character's doomed sister in Enter the Dragon. She attended ballet classes before joining The Peking Opera and trained in Hapkido. She's gorgeous and has an undeniable onscreen charisma. In Lady Whirlwind, Miss Tien Li-Chun (Angela) comes to town with a score to settle... and kicks ass. Hapkido (released as Lady Kung Fu in North America) has early cameo appearances with Yuen Biao, Corey Yuen and a stuntman named Jackie Chan. This is one of the most complete Blu-ray sets of the year with the five commentaries, new interviews with Angela, artwork, booklet and more. Fans of 70's martial arts - notably set in ancient China - with the decade's most dynamic female star should consider this a must-own. I really enjoyed these visually aesthetic delightful features in 1080P and the endless extras make it absolutely essential. Don't hesitate. 

Gary Tooze

 


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