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Reel Power Stunts

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    Triads and Mafia in the Hong Kong Film Industry?

    Fred Dannen's book "Hong Kong Babylon" probably best describes the links between HK's Triads and entertainment business - perhaps because unlike may authors of HK movie books, Dannen was first and foremost a journalist (rather than a fan/critic of HK films who also chose to write). An interesting article Dannen had published in 1997 can be read here: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/90738/partners-in-crime Note, Dannen talks about Albert Yeung. Yeung is boss of Emperor Entertainment Group. They have produced such movies as "Twins Effect", "The Medallion", "Rob B Hood" etc, and manage artists/actors like Nic Tse, Joey Yung and Nick Cheung.
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    Triads and Mafia in the Hong Kong Film Industry?

    News report I taped off tv in (I think)1992: _jCxmVE6m7c
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    Interview with Steven Seagal

    "My definition of a wannabe is somebody who spends his life bullshitting the world about all the shit that he did and is gonna do. You know, the real guys, they shut their mouth, they do what they’re supposed to do and they don’t talk about it." Hope that was said with a heavy dose of irony...
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    External Blu ray writer

    If you are based in the UK, I bought this one for a relatively cheap £45. Doesn't need external power (just uses two usb ports). Very happy with results burning and playing discs: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/External-Panasonic-USB-3-0-Fastest-3D-HD-BD-RE-Blu-Ray-Burner-Writer-UJ260-UK-/301233958278?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item4622f16d86
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    DVD Players which can display non-anamorphic widescreen properly

    What kind of TV do you use? Most LCD, Plasma or LEDs should offer the chance to zoom in on "letterbox" movies (ie ones encoded in 4:3). What I have found (and hopefully will help you) is that if the BR player or DVD player is connected to the TV by HDMI, and the player is outputting an HD signal (720p 0r 1080i/p), the TV may not offer "zoom in", but if the player is outputting an SD res (480, or 576) or connected by a different cable, the "zoom" function may be enabled.
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    TMNT the Movie is 25

    Can't agree with you there. "Cannonball Run", "Cannonball Run 2" and "Megaforce" were GH movies made in USA with largely US crews. The Tom Selleck film "Lassiter" was a GH movie shot in the UK. There was also the Charles Bronson/Lee Marvin movie "Death Hunt" made (I think) in Canada. Its been TWENTY FIVE YEARS? Now I feel old.
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    Which kung fu star aged gracefully

    Chi Kwan-chun must have a portrait somewhere ageing, cos he looks amazing for 65.
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    Kung Fu movies on UK TV

    It is kinda random, but sometimes these random movies end up on weird channels because they are just odd titles in vast libraries of movies owned by big players. I have a feeling that Turner has some relation to Warners. Warners bought up a bunch of HK movies' rights in the late 90s (or 2000 - cant recall). Warners also own (as many folks here know) the rights to movies like "Pedicab Driver". It does seem odd that a company/channel might have rights to a "Part 5", but none of the earlier movies in the series, but the sad reality is that the rights to "OATIC V" would have been thrown in with loads of other titles when the deal was done. I remember around 2005 I used to get TV from Homechoice (now Talk Talk TV). Among the many movies they had available On Demand were "Blade of Fury", "Once Upon a Time in China V" and the Sammo film "Slickers vs Killers". I watched "Slickers", which looked like a poor VHS tape...
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    Godfrey Ho on the bigscreen.

    At the Prince Charles Cinema in London, they occasionally project VHS tapes of B films. I'm not sure "American Commando Ninja" is a Godfrey Ho movie. Isn't it a low budget, shot-on-video, Taiwan offering starring Meng Fei?
  10. No mention of the titles, but looks like a new streaming service for kung fu in good quality is on the way: http://provideocoalition.com/bhallett/story/4k-studios-uses-blackmagic-uhd-to-deliver-old-kung-fu-movies-in-4k
  11. Bear in mind that "King of the Kickboxers" was shot open matte, so the 4:3 versions have more picture information than the 16:9 German dvd:
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    5 Element Ninjas Ending (MINOR SPOILERS)

    I don't think Shaws films directed by Chang Cheh were "slammed out", they had quite generous shoot schedules. I wouldn't be surprised if they had just the one prop to break (so no repeatables), and didn't care too much how the last shot turned out. Lots of kung fu films have rather throw away "freeze frame " endings because, I guess the thinking was a lot of the audience didnt care too much once the villain was defeated.
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    Technology problems (DVDs being upscaled questions)

    Mark, I'm not being funny, but 32" is not very big for an HDTV. Upscaled DVDs shouldn't look that bad (as bad as you describe). It seems something is up . Have you checked the output from BR is progressive? How does DVD playback compare on the HDTV if you switch the BR to output 480p? I own a Full HD 40" Sony TV, and also a 720p projector. DVDs displayed on those, either played on the BR player, or from my laptop connected by HDMI look decent. No worse than if played from a DVD player. You shouldn't need to use an SVHS cable. Do that andv you will be feeding your TV an interlaced, SD signal, and the TV will perform it's own upscaling. I find it's usually better for the player to upscale than the display. Hope this helps.
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    Technology problems (DVDs being upscaled questions)

    I don't know how helpful this is, but yes some HK dvds were definitely interlaced. Earlier releases (like Universe's "Millionaire's Express") are not shining examples of the format. Often early HK DVDs were interlaced, 4:3 letterboxed, mastered from tape (not film). Shortcomings in the image are likely to be more obvious when shown on a big TV, zoomed in to remove black bars, upscaled etc. Having said that, my DVDs look no worse when played on my BR & 40" full HD TV, than when played on a DVD player at SD res. Have you checked that your Bluray player is outputting a progressive signal to the TV? If its outputting 1080i, rather than 1080p or 720p, that might not be helping. How do the same DVDs look when you bluray is set to output a 480p signal?
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    VCD questions

    One of the downsides of Mpeg 1 compression is when the action gets fast, things can get blocky and break up. Not good! I agree that in that respect VHS had the advantage. I actually think Celestial did a pretty lazy job with their "remastered" releases, especially the early ones. Some were non-anamorphic, interlaced etc. Rather than take the laborious route of cleaning up individual frames of dust and scratches, a blanket/heavy DNR was applied. Even some of the Shaws Blurays that have come out lack detail due to this approach. Can only assume they showed similar care encoding their VCDs. When converting to mpeg, you can do it superfast ( real time or faster), or you can tell the encoding program to take more time. Often this involves two passes - first to analyse the video, the second to encode it. If you allow the time, the encoder can "decide" which moments (like a fast action scene) need a higher data rate, and allocate those "bits" to it, and less data to shots like a static screen of text on plain background. I remember back in the late 90's in HK, the bootlegged VCDs of recent films sourced from laserdisc sometimes looked better than the official VCD!