(aka 'Pi li quan' or 'Pik lik kuen' or 'The Terrible Kick' or 'The Thunderbolt Fist')
Hong Kong 1972
There is a good amount of action
throughout “The Thunderbolt Fist”, most of it fairly gruesome, with
plenty of flying limbs and arterial sprays, especially during the final scenes.
Interestingly, although Tie Wa is the nominal protagonist, a higher proportion
of the fights involve another of the rebels, played by actress Shih Szu (also
credited sometimes as Si Si and who starred in many Shaw Brothers’ films
including “The Young Avenger”). Shih Szu’s fights are actually more
exciting, mainly since they feature her taking on multiple sword-wielding
opponents at once.
Theatrical Release: December 30th, 1972
DVD Review: Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.3 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.
|Audio||Mandarin, DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Image Entertainment remains in the bottom of 'value' DVD distributors... and this is another example. This single-layered, interlaced (see capture below), bare-bones SD-DVD is phenomenally weak. The combing produced is extensive - otherwise the image is moderately acceptable for a CRT viewing.
The audio gives an optional English DUB as well as the main Mandarin track. There are decent white font subtitles in English or Spanish. There are no extras aside from some trailer-adverts.
Compared to Weinstein's Dragon Dynasty's output, with films-to-DVDs like 'The Tai-Chi Master', 'King Boxer', 'Heroes of the East', 'Fist of Legend' or 'Come Drink With Me', make this Image Entertainment disc look ridiculously poor. The Dragon Dynasty are cheaper have dramatically better image/audio quality and include numerous supplements including commentaries. Why would anyone buy this? For the film? Well, it's a very traditional example of the genre but not at the same standard as the ones mentioned above. You have to be a real devout martial arts cinema fan, with deep pockets, to indulge. We say give it a pass and get the Dragon Dynasty DVDs that you don't already have. I didn't find the film essential to the genre and the DVD treatment is laughable.