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(aka "Goliathon" or "Xing xing wang" or "Colossus of Congo")

 

directed by Meng Hua Ho (as Homer Gaugh)
Hong Kong 1977

 

King Kong comes to Hong Kong in The Mighty Peking Man, a uniquely Shaw Brothers spin on the ageless theme of beauty and the beast. The beast, seven stories high and hailing from the Himalayas, makes his way to the jungles of India in the wake of a violent earthquake. The beauty is Swiss starlet Evelyn Kraft, a sexy blonde Tarzanette who is the Mighty Peking Man s best friend. Both are discovered by Danny Lee, a handsome young explorer who brings the odd couple back to Hong Kong, where Evelyn is almost raped and the monster runs amuck. Instead of the Empire State Building, the special effects laden climax takes place at the Connaught Centre, then Hong Kong s tallest building. Plenty of action, location shooting in India, and an inter-racial romance make this one of Shaw Brothers most unique motion pictures. Variety s verdict: High camp, Chinese style.

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The success of the Japanese GODZILLA movies led to all kinds of strange cash-in capers - including the legendarily bizarre North Korean opus PULGASARI (1985). However, it was with THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN in 1977 that the Shaw Brothers studio cast their own attempt at a mega-sized monster movie and, for many, this is the one that even outdoes the Tokyo originators for sheer sublime cinematic genius. Featuring the iconic Danny Lee (THE KILLER/ THE UNTOLD STORY/ CITY ON FIRE) as an explorer in the Himalayas who gets caught up with a ravishing jungle Jane (played by the delicious Evelyne Kraft), and discovers a huge King Kong-inspired ape hiding in the forest, THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN is a creature feature that is packed full of sex appeal, city-smashing theatrics and monstrous moments. Acclaimed by Quentin Tarantino, who considers it a personal favourite, and highlighting assured direction from the great Ho Meng Hua (whose genre career also spans such sleazy classics as BLACK MAGIC and THE OILY MANIAC), MIGHTY PEKING MAN sets a gold standard in Hong Kong grindhouse glory and is finally back on British shelves, ready to pummel its way into the hearts of a new generation!

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Theatrical Release: March 1980 (USA)

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Comparison:

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

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Miramax Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Miramax

Region 1 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:24 1:29:41.334
Video

2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Disc Size: 21,424,352,343 bytes

Feature Size: 21,087,713,280 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Miramax

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio 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
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English SDH, none English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Miramax

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.33:1

Edition Details:
� Trailer (2:26)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: 23 May 2000
Amaray

Chapters
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 21,424,352,343 bytes

Feature Size: 21,087,713,280 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with Bey Logan

• Trailer (1:05)
• THE BALLED OF DANNY LEE : Limited Edition Booklet notes by Calum Waddell
• Reverse Sleeve featuring Original Hong Kong Poster Art

Second disc DVD included!
 

Blu-ray Release Date: March 13th, 2017

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

Chapters: 8

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B'- Blu-ray - March 17': First, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth had abundant, overly-tight, breast-bursting, prehistoric jungle-garb - something, along with being a total hoot of a popcorner, it shares with The Mighty Peking Man. There was also the Korean A.P.E. in 3D as another King Kong rip-off a year before the Hong Kong made Peking Man. But this, Shaw Brothers produced effort, is far more polished than the latter plus has the, almost nude, Swiss-Russian babe Evelyne Kraft, fittingly, with top billing.

I'll make it short - not much more we can say beyond the screen captures. It is cited as a "RESTORED UNCUT HD TRANSFER" and we can confirm it is 1080P and looks significantly superior, in every area, than the 2000 DVD. It has more information in the frame - adheres to the 2.35:1 AR, colors are richer, deeper, detail rises... It can look a shade waxy, in spots, but in-motion is a treat. Plenty of depth. What a pleasure!

Audio has linear PCM tracks for the English and Mandarin audio plus optional English subtitles for the Mandarin. There are plenty of effects - mostly modest - of buildings crashing, animal sounds (gorilla, leopard, tiger, elephant and snake) but the authentic uncompressed remains flat but carries a modicum of depth. The boisterous score is credited to Yung-Yu Chen and 'DeWolfe' (Dutch-born Walter Warren) and adds some, unbridled, flavor to the unapologetically melodramatic film. The Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Big extra is an audio commentary with Bey Logan - who knows his stuff - especially Shaw Bros. and Hong Kong sets and locations. He continues to flood the commentary with details of the performers, cast and crew... and it adds value to the Blu-ray package.

There is also a trailer and the package contains a limited edition booklet with excellent notes by Dr. Calum Waddell entitled The Ballad of Danny Lee, a reverse sleeve featuring original Hong Kong Poster Art and a second disc DVD is included.

I realize this is a personal thing - but I want my digital library to have The Mighty Peking Man on Blu-ray - who knows how many more times I'll re-watch this gem on a rainy day. 88 Films package fits the bill perfectly and I loved my HD viewing. Absolutely recommended!

 - Eric and Gary


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