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(aka "Xue fu rong")

 

Directed by Meng Hua Ho
Hong Kong 1978

 

While Ho Meng-hua didn't direct the like-titled sequel to his internationally popular Flying Guillotine, he did helm this exceptional follow-up, which stars the gorgeous Chen Ping as the fearless title character, who takes on an entire flying guillotine gang, despite the fact that she's pregnant! 

Excerpt from IMDb located HERE

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Meng Hua Ho, the man behind FLYING GUILLOTINE, returned to his hit property with this essential action movie epic in which a beautiful, two-month pregnant female avenger goes into battle against a Qing-era Monarch and his team of deadly decapitators! With many a lost limb, and head, not to mention blood spillage galore, along with a torrid and tightly-woven story of a woman ready to cut and cripple all who stand in her way, 1978's VENGEFUL BEAUTY might just be the finest chopsocky classic ever unleashed! Packed with wire-fu and swordplay carnage, VENGEFUL BEAUTY undoubtedly inspired the late blockbuster CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) and should be seen by any and all martial arts enthusiasts!

 

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Release:  March 11th, 1978

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

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Distribution 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:22:35.909 
Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,265,931,978 bytes

Feature: 19,371,712,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.50 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Audio

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

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

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,265,931,978 bytes

Feature: 19,371,712,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.50 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Yueh Hua interview by Frédéric Ambroisine (15:36)
• Susan Shaw interview by Frédéric Ambroisine (2:36)
Reverse Sleeve featuring Original Hong Kong Poster Art


Blu-ray
Release Date: August 13th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside cardboard case (see image)

Chapters 11

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: (August 2018) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray: 88 Films have transferred another Shaw Brothers Studio film, 1978's The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong) to a single-layered Blu-ray with a supportive bitrate. It looks much like other films of the era - the colors have richness and the image lacks any heavy grain support but comes through clean and consistent in the 1080P transfer. It looks fine in-motion with the many close-ups showcasing pleasing detail. I appreciated the decent contrast and occasional depth - some nice camerawork here too.  

The film is presented with a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original Mandarin. There are the usual plethora of whiplash-like fighting effects that are exported with support in the high-end plus there is an animated
score by Yung-Yu Chen (The Ghost Lovers, Black Magic 2, The Mighty Peking Man, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Five Deadly Venoms) that benefits from the lossless transfer augmenting the action. All good. The 88 Films has optional English subtitles on its Region 'B' Blu-ray.

88 Films include two interviews conducted by Frédéric Ambroisine, the first with Yueh Hua - the actor who played Wang Chun / Chiu Yen's ex-lover. It runs over 15-minutes with subtitles. The second is short, also with subtitles, with Susan Shaw, who played Chin Hsiao-Chi / Kang-Feng's daughter credited in The Vengeful Beauty as Yin Yin Shaw. She details going to Cannes and being blacklisted as a Taiwanese spy. It sounds like the film was not a good experience for her. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring Hong Kong Poster Art (see below) and has liner notes by Dr. Calum Waddell.

The Vengeful Beauty is a solid example of a 70's Wushu films. The martial arts sequences are well-choreographed and it's a superior adventure with double-crossing and plenty of multi-attack action scenes.  It's another fine 88 Film Blu-ray packages - and fans of the genre are encouraged to see it. 

Gary Tooze

 

 


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