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(aka 'Gou hun jiang tou' or 'Revenge of the Zombies' or 'Bewitch Tame Head' or 'Black Magic 2' or 'Black Magic II' or 'Black Magic Part 2' or 'Ngau wan gong tau')

 

Directed by Meng Hua Ho (as Horace Mengwa)

Hong Kong 1976

 

The sequel to the 1975 Hong Kong horror spectacular has finally arrived in HD!!! Long considered one of the greatest Asian fright films ever concocted, and released in 1976 to the sound of stomachs churning all across the Far East, most fans will be in agreement that BLACK MAGIC 2 (1976) is even more outlandish than its provocative plasma-packed predecessor! Starring the genius of Ti Lung (A BETTER TOMORROW) and directed by the legendary Meng Hua Ho (THE OILY MANIAC) this is one of the original Oriental zombie horrors as the undead begin to crawl out of their graves whilst perplexed 'experts' try and work out why they are being faced with corpses that can't be controlled! Meantime the macabre moments come thick and fast alongside several gross out set pieces that have to be seen to be believed! Originally released in American theatres under the title REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIE'S, where it proved a surprise grindhouse success, 88 Films is proud to present the powerfully creepy perfection of BLACK MAGIC 2 on UK Blu-ray!

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Theatrical Release: December 9th, 1976

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

88 Films
Region
'B' Blu-ray

Runtime

1:31:57.553

Video

Disc Size: 21,731,106,511 bytes

Feature Size: 21,621,977,088 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate:

 

88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Chinese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

Disc Size: 21,731,106,511 bytes

Feature Size: 21,621,977,088 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Film Journalist and webmaster at Rock! Shock! Pop!, Ian Jane
• Reverse Sleeve featuring Original Hong Kong Poster Art)

Liner notes by Dr. Calum Waddell


Blu-ray  Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case in slipcase

Chapters: 8

 

 

 

 

Comments

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

88 Film's package offers a High Definition (1080P) presentation of the sequel to Black Magic (also on 88 Films Blu-ray - reviewed HERE). It has the 70's Shaw Bros. appeal - some graphic gore, outrageous make-up transformations, nudity plus a sexual component along with the supernatural-cum-magic elements. The Blu-ray image quality appears stable and brighter than the original film transfer. It is also in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, some inherent softness and thick texture typically found in this era's Hong Kong output. It's on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate, no damage and seems like a solid replication of the film.

 

The audio transfer offers linear PCM - 24-bit - in the both and English DUB and original Mandarin. There are some standard, but unusually-placed, whiplash effects and another enthusiastic score by Yung-Yu Chen (The Mighty Peking Man, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Five Deadly Venoms) that comes through with a modicum of depth and support for the tinny high end. 88 Films add optional English subtitles (NOT DUB-titles) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray-locked.

 

I appreciated the audio commentary by Ian Jane who is able to dig deep into the film production, performers, crew, Shaw brothers with plenty of interesting details that makes for a rewarding listening indulgence (and to see the film again!). Great job. The package also has a reversible sleeve featuring original Hong Kong poster art and liner notes by Dr. Calum Waddell.
 

The more you see of these nostalgic, occasionally cheesy, and kitschy Shaw Brothers horror efforts - the more you embrace them. This was great - plenty of, unapologetic, over-the-top, and transparent, gore effects, some cute Asian gals and a plot that is hard to take as seriously as the performers. Pure entertainment.  88 Film's Blu-ray package does a wonderful job presenting the film and adding the commentary which only augments appreciation. Fans of this genre should consider this a must-own. 

 - Gary Tooze

More of the 88 Asia Collection on Blu-ray

Bewitched

Black Magic

Black Magic 2

The Bride From Hell

The Enchanting Ghost

The Ghost Lovers

HEX

The Oily Maniac

The Seeding of a Ghost

The Dragon Missile

Five Element Ninjas

The Flying Guillotine

Gifted

Killer Constable

The Mighty Peking Man

The One-Armed Swordsman

Sea Fog

The Spiritual Boxer

The Super Inframan

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