Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'The House of Traps" or "Chong xiao lou")


Directed by Cheh Chang

Hong Kong 1982


One of the most sought after Shaw Brothers films finally makes a return, courtesy of 88 Films! The beloved Chang Cheh classic House of Traps is a feast for classic Hong Kong Cinema fans, especially those who dig the famous "Venom Mob", the group of actors made famous by their appearance in the Shaw Brothers classic The Five Deadly Venoms, also directed by Chang Cheh. Many of the actors return for Chang's House of Traps, a rousing 1982 actioner about the quest to recover a valuable jade antique. The stolen antique has been hidden in the eponymous "House of Traps", a booby trap-laden pagoda from which no one has ever escaped alive. Expect plenty of exotic weaponry, powerful fisticuffs, and above all copious bloodletting as Chang Cheh guides the Venoms through undeniably one of their most popular Shaw Brothers outings!


Theatrical Release: January 9th, 1982

Reviews                                                                        More Reviews                                                            DVD Reviews


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

Box Cover



88 Films
'B' Blu-ray




Disc Size: 23,906,079,018 bytes

Feature Size: 23,505,973,248 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.86 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video



88 Films Blu-ray



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

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films


Disc Size: 21,978,210,945 bytes

Feature Size: 21,838,467,072 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.86 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by acclaimed Kung-Fu expert, Bey Logan
• Trailer
• Reversible Sleeve featuring Cinema Poster Artwork

Blu-ray  Release Date: March 12th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case inside slipcase

Chapters: 8


More of the 88 Asia Collection on Blu-ray


Black Magic

Black Magic 2

The Bride From Hell

The Enchanting Ghost

The Ghost Lovers


The Oily Maniac

The Seeding of a Ghost

The Dragon Missile

Five Element Ninjas

The Flying Guillotine


Killer Constable

The Mighty Peking Man

The One-Armed Swordsman

Sea Fog

The Spiritual Boxer

The Super Inframan



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

House of Traps gets an solid transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films. This is a restored UNCUT version. It's single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate for the 95 minute feature. The image quality is smooth and consistent, showing a good amount of depth. The image is not overly detailed, most likely due to the intended look of the film and not any fault of the transfer. The 1080P supports realistic and tight colors (rich, deep reds and yellows) with a nice (Shaw)scope effect in the, original, 2.35:1 frame. It's quite clean with only a few speckles and there is a minor grain texture. This is a fine transfer of a quite enjoyable film. There is also a DVD of the film included here.

Both English DUB and Mandarin tracks on the
Blu-ray of House of Traps offer uncompressed liner PCM transfers (24-bit). The English dubbing here can be pretty laughable, having a certain cheesy factor. I would recommend watching this in the original Mandarin language. The sound effects here sound decent, whether its the trap noises, or the swords clanking together. The score is by Eddie Wang (Hex, The Bride From Hell, Killer Constable, Return of the 36th Chamber). It is a great score that adds to the action of the film, utilizing many interesting musical instruments. There are optional English subtitles, and the Blu-ray is region 'B'-locked.

Extras include an in-depth commentary track with Kung-Fu expert, Bey Logan. The film's trailer is also included here. There is a reverse sleeve featuring original Hong Kong cinema poster artwork. Also included is "Chang Cheh - The Man Behind the Mayhem" Limited edition booklet notes by Calum Waddell. The back cover of the
Blu-ray states that the film's runtime is approx 108 minutes, although it is actually about 95 min.

The mere premise of House of Traps is a hoot, and the film doesn't hold back from delivering over-the-top action set-pieces. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Martial Arts Cinema. Shaw brothers fans will love this
Blu-ray, especially with an extensive commentary-track from Kung-fu expert, Bey Logan.

 - Colin Zavitz






























Box Cover



88 Films
'B' Blu-ray

Search DVDBeaver
S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r












DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!