Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Jiang tou" or "Gong tau")

 

directed by Ho Meng-Hua
Hong Kong 1975

 

Few Eastern frighteners build up quite as much menace and mania as 1975's masterpiece of Southeast Asian eeriness BLACK MAGIC. One of the first horror shockers to be shot in the sun and cityscapes of Malaysia, and its picturesque capital Kuala Lumpur, BLACK MAGIC is a sordid story of sex, sleaze, slime and spells - with an ancient magician able to bring lonely spinsters together with their ideal partners thanks to some good old fashioned witchery. Of course, this is not say such demonic antics do not sometimes go wrong and with BLACK MAGIC viewers are exposed to some of the most sublime scares ever dreamed up by the Shaw studio! Featuring a leading man turn from the legendary Ti Lung (A BETTER TOMORROW), there is little doubting that BLACK MAGIC is one of the finest Asian horror gems ever concocted. Watch it now and prepare to be hypnotised by its gruesome greatness!

Posters

Theatrical Release: 1979 (USA)

Reviews                                                                             More Reviews                                                                          DVD Reviews

 

Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Image Entertainment Screen Caps!

(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

Box Covers

 

   

 

  

 

Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:18 1:35:43.154
Video

2.39:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 3.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Disc Size: 22,784,188,708 bytes

Feature Size: 22,310,971,392 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.96 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate:

 

Image Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

 

Audio Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1; Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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

Subtitles English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.39:1

Edition Details:
 Production Stills (2:05)
 Original Lobby Cards (1:30)
 Press Kit & German Lobby Cards (2:50)
 Theatrical Trailer (1:06)
 Shaw Brothers Trailers
 Other Trailers
 Liner Notes

DVD Release Date: 12 September 2006
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 22,784,188,708 bytes

Feature Size: 22,310,971,392 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.96 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:03)

 Stills Gallery (2:29)
• Reversible Sleeve featuring Cinema Poster Artwork
• Limited Edition Booklet by Dr Calum Waddell (2000 Copies)

• Second disc DVD included!
 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 31st, 2016

Transparent Blu-ray case (thick - UK) LE slipcase

Chapters

 

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B'- Blu-ray - March 17': The 2006 DVD looks boosted where the 1080P looks a little faded or dampened. The SD has artifacts and the Blu-ray detail is superior. The DVD, at 2.39:1, actually shows a shade more information in the frame on the side edges than the 2.35:1 88 Films release. Colors , notably reds, are much richer and deeper on the HD. In-motion the Blu-ray looked quite good and I wouldn't have said it was too dark, but beside the brightened Image Entertainment disc - it does look as though it might appear more pleasing if brighter.

Audio has linear PCM tracks for a humorous and awkward English DUB and the original Mandarin audio - the latter with optional English subtitles. There are plenty of effects - mostly whiplash like coinciding with quick pans. The authentic uncompressed remains flat but is consistent. The enthusiastic score is credited to Yung-Yu Chen (The Mighty Peking Man, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Five Deadly Venoms) and sounds solid in the uncompressed. The Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

The only digital extras are a trailer and stills gallery but the package has a reversible sleeve featuring Cinema Poster artwork, a limited edition booklet by Dr. Calum Waddell (2000 Copies) and has a second disc DVD included.

A cute, love-potion and deception centered film that has a dark edge. I enjoyed the concept, cute gals - there is a sexual component to the film, and the 'magician' mystique adds another layer. It's simple stuff from the Shaw Brothers - but still has their appeal. No masterpiece - just kinda fun... with a minor and brooding horror element.

 - Gary and Eric

 


 Menus
(
Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT)
 

 

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)
Subtitle sample


(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)


(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)


(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)


(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)


(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)


(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

More Blu-ray Captures


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: DVD

 
Box Covers

 

   

 

  

 

Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

 



 


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

 

Hit Counter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!