(aka 'Ying Wang' or 'King Eagle')

Directed by Cheh Chang
Hong Kong 1971

 

One of the defining lone swordsman films follows the adventures of King Eagle, a solitary knight who becomes entangled with a pair of warring clans in medieval China. Refusing to take sides, he only avenges the innocent people harmed by the conflict and must ultimately unleash the fury of his sword while navigating between a pair of beautiful twins leading the clans, one beautiful and the other utterly evil. Kung fu legend Ti Lung (Legend of the Drunken Master; The Magic Blade) heads up this stunning exercise in flashing steel and relentless martial arts mayhem.

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Theatrical Release: January 1st, 1971

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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:23:57 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 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.

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Audio Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• 16 Shaw Brothers trailers

DVD Release Date: August 11th, 2009

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 10

 

Comments:

This is another poor quality transfer from Image Entertainment. King Eagle is a decent Shaw Brothers film but this DVD is single-layered and interlaced (see combing in the last large capture below). Visuals are pretty hazy at times and there are compression artifacts visible. Colors seem reasonable and the image is 2.35 anamorphic. It's clean without extensive marks, scratches or damage. Image Entertainment should realize that, in the age of Blu-ray, consumers have become more discerning about AV transfers and this sloppiness is no longer acceptable.

Audio is an unremarkable 2.0 channel in original Mandarin with optional English, or Spanish, subtitles (sample below).

Extras consist solely of 16 Shaw brothers trailers - which I admit are pretty cool. But there is nothing more.

This is totally overpriced in my opinion considering you can the better Shaw entry, The Five Deadly Venoms, cheaper in a far superior dual-layered, progressive transfer and it has a fabulous commentary by Bey Logan - HERE. As for King Eagle - it's a worthy enough Shaw Brothers film but I'll bet the IV - Region 3 DVD HERE is just as good, if not better and also cheaper. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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