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  1. That would be sound advice. But I haven't made a custom on Enter the Fat Dragon.
  2. TheKungFuRobber

    Crazy Nuts Of Kung Fu is ready!!

    I would prefer to have a print without the English subs overlayed on the Chinese ones ideally, but I'm not going to criticise NoKungFuForYu for he brought us another obscure title and took the liberty of subtitling it for us.
  3. TheKungFuRobber

    Crazy Nuts Of Kung Fu is ready!!

    Cheng Fu Hung AKA the fat guy from all the Taiwan indies plays a general here, and I had to post about it because his moustache and uniform is hilarious. Really enjoyed this movie, just want to reiterate how much I enjoyed it.
  4. TheKungFuRobber

    Crazy Nuts Of Kung Fu is ready!!

    Nice photo. They seem to have aged well for being in their 70s. LTM recently did a film in the PRC about the Second Sino Japanese War, Godesses in the Flames of War (na xie nu ren). It looks very good, full of violence and tragedy and looks like it was made with good production values. Might be worth a look. It's a love story about the romance between a Soviet officer and a Chinese girl in the midst of war.
  5. TheKungFuRobber

    Crazy Nuts Of Kung Fu is ready!!

    During a 1980s television talk show appearance, Arkoff shared with viewers his "ARKOFF Formula" for making successful, memorable films. The formula or, more accurately, the checklist forms an acronym of his surname, and it identifies the content elements that should be considered and included in a movie, especially in a low-budget production: Action (exciting, entertaining drama) Revolution (novel or controversial themes and ideas) Killing (a modicum of violence) Oratory (notable dialogue and speeches) Fantasy (acted-out fantasies common to the audience) Fornication (sex appeal, for young adults)
  6. TheKungFuRobber

    Crazy Nuts Of Kung Fu is ready!!

    Did this earlier. Looks fine to me.
  7. TheKungFuRobber

    Crazy Nuts Of Kung Fu is ready!!

    Stupidly obscure Shaw Brothers meets Lee Tso Nam? This is something I must check out. Love his movies, most of them are excellent. Challenge of Death, Hot Cool and Vicious, Fist of Fury II, Shaolin Vs Lama, Edge of Fury, Leg Fighters, Phantom Kung fu, Invincible Poles, Fatal Needles Fatal Fists are all among my favorites. Without realizing he takes the whole ARKOFF formula and applies it to kung fu movies and creates stupidly entertaining films. I don't think he's ever made a film I didn't enjoy sitting through, and with a proper Shaw budget this has to be a winner. Thanks so much.:)
  8. So for a long time I always thought, you know when Soulblade put out Dance of the Drunken Mantis they had a brilliant thing going. They had invested in a full restoration of one of the great classics of Hong Kong cinema, one which Hong Kong Legends had already spent money subtitling and trying to release but never got around to for financial reasons. They had done an amazing job of cleaning up the print for DVD, obviously spending a fortune on removing all the green moss from the print. But of course, they still fucked it up. Not only did their release have a lot of typos in their subtitles, but the film itself wasn't scanned using an anamorphic lens, so the entire print is presented in 4x3 on the DVD with a 16x9 flag added seemingly later on. Well, this is really bad news because the whole film is stretched and even adjusting the film to play at the right aspect ratio causes the subtitles to become unreadable. Well I decided to put my foot down and do a custom of the film based on this print. So the first step to create a better edition was to upscale the film to a square pixel format which would look acceptable on HDTVs, one which would have less detail loss from compression if I decided to stick it on YouTube. Well, I was already one step ahead. Because the film was never letterboxed on the DVD I already had much more horizontal lines of picture information to work with. So much so, that after de-interlacing the film with QTGMC and restoring the film back to a progressive 24FPS rate and conforming the film to the right pixel aspect ratio to bring the film to a ratio of 2.55:1 (which means that the film had to be upscaled a lot more on the vertical lines with an error range of about 0.48%), I could bring the film up to 1080p by upscaling the film by 131% using the Detail Preserving Upscale algorithm, with the detail at 100%. Seems great so far. Well not quite. Of course with upscaling the MPEG2 compression artifacts are much more noticable, and with the low bitrate of the DVD source, this meant that I had to deploy several AVIsynth deblocking filter scripts to mask out the artifacts as much as possible. The film was also littered with an unnatural artificial noise added to the film in post, which would have to be removed using DNR. Well, so I did that. I then spent time painstakingly adjusting the contrast and colours in scenes to my own tastes, reducing some of the high cyans in the shadows but adding magenta tones where I felt necessary. The final result looks very good if a little soft, it's just a shame there is no better modern transfer of the film in true HD with the proper grain intact. Included with my custom, which is presented as a progressive 25Mbps H.264 1080p encode, is the original Cantonese mono soundtrack, a Mandarin mono soundtrack, English dub mono soundtrack and the audio commentary from Toby Russell and Ricky Baker, all presented in PCM Stereo. The film also includes grammar corrected SRT subtitles which match that of the DVD. The film has a proper runtime now of approx 1hr34mins. I I consider my work to be an improvement on a bad job. Sure, it's not "True HD" and there is a noticable discrepincy in quality due to it being from a source of a low bitrate by today's standards being from the DVD but it may be the best version available for a while now unless Eureka or some other company decides to put the movie out eventually. $8 to acquire a copy as a digital download (MKV file is 20 gigabytes in size and is blu ray compatible). DM me for details.
  9. TheKungFuRobber

    Missing In Action: Bruce Lee's Deleted Movie Scene's

    Alternative Japanese opening to Bruce Lee's Game of Death II with really cringe worthy Jinglish opening song "Arone in the Night". Taken from a Laserdisc. I think this is the version on the Japanese blu ray, with longer end credits which wrongly credit the singer in Tokyo with the crack whore from later in the movie who tries to seduce Bobby Lo before being attacked by a lion and killed.
  10. TheKungFuRobber

    Looking for the following movies as English dubbed dvds

    Rumble in the Bronx was an English language production to begin with, with a crew of Hong Kong and Canadian actors masquarading as Americans. The longer Hong Kong version has the Chinese cast speaking Cantonese and the Canadian cast speaking English. The American version has some different edits to the Hong Kong version, and has some additional re-recording of the voices as well as much of the Chinese dialogue dubbed into English, as well as a new surround sound mix. I'd say the American edit was more polished than the Hong Kong version, which feels more like a workprint to some extent. The post production was very rushed in order to meet a deadline to maximise sales in Hong Kong. The film was made as a Canadian-Hong Kong co-production for an American market. With that said, I wouldn't mind if a definitive "director's cut" was released at some point. It could happen, but I think it's unlikely for a while. Stanley Tong is not a very good director, he started out as a promising young man in Hong Kong with Police Story 3: Supercop being his finest and most complete work, then he kind of fell into the same hell as Roger Corman producing some absolute dross like China Strike Force, First Strike and The Myth (no insult to Corman, he's probably a nice enough man for the money grabber that he is and has directed some great movies too, likewise for Stanley). I have a bit of a soft spot for Rumble in the Bronx being the film that got me into Jackie Chan movies. It is what it is, clearly a film with a troubled production history given Jackie Chan's injury which made it difficult to shoot a more action packed finale. If you want the Hong Kong edit of First Strike, I can send it to you. The picture quality is reasonable, the audio mastering on the other hand is diabolical. I would just buy the blu ray edition of the film, the picture quality is excellent and there are multiple choices of subtitles to compliment the film. The differences of note are similar to that of Rumble, it is edited differently, about 20 minutes shorter in run time. During the 90's Golden Harvest was starting to go downhill to be honest. The last really good movie they made was Who Am I with Jackie Chan, which was produced on a clearly modest budget and filmed mostly in South Africa, but much more complete than Stanley Tong's work.
  11. TheKungFuRobber


    The subtitled version of Hitman in the Hand of Buddha was done by FLK, and was my primary justification for making my custom edition, other than the fact that the FLK version looks like a student project. Just a bunch of clips cut together, the whole film is the VCD print but it has had clips added from the Korean version with some poor cropping, whereas my edition is the actual HK version played at 24FPS (proper runtime of 91 minutes compared to the 93 minute FLK edit which is nonsensical crap at best with clips added that shouldn't be in the film and bad makeshift cutting to remove the Korean dialogue for the irrelevant additional footage), using the best sources I could find. It's not perfect but it's night and day compared to the FLK, which is a PAL source encoded to NTSC. The subtitles I made for the film are much better than the FLK ones. I'd imagine by now FLK will have downloaded my version and are selling it by the pound.
  12. TheKungFuRobber

    Wu Tang Collection App

    Actually, let's not hate George Tan too much. Top Fighter introduced me to some good movies, even if the romanization of Chinese actor names were complete whack (I prefer Hanyu Pinyin over Wade–Giles because it is much more logical in practice, and even with that I don't remember Jet Li being called Jet Lee). I don't understand Traditional Chinese at all and I don't know why anyone would want to try, it's a ridiculously hard script to write, like it was designed only for elitists to be able to use and write down. Simplified Chinese is much easier to write.
  13. TheKungFuRobber

    Wu Tang Collection App

    He fucking stole my Young Hero and Little Kickboxer customs. Slimy little cocksucker. Probably made a grand off them the scaff. I don't even release customs that aren't widescreen unless the film was shot in 1.33:1 or there are absolutely no copies left, and I at least try to include multiple language options when I can. So many customs I am not happy with and won't release. Heroes of Shaolin and Fatal Needles being two of them. I might look back into it, if I can find a copy of Heroes of Shaolin that isn't an improper PAL-NTSC conversion. If anyone has a PAL and Widescreen VHS of the film I would gladly buy it off them and do a proper conversion. I'm fairly libertarian when it comes to movies being faded and damaged but when the framerate is choppy, like the film is playing at 18FPS I wouldn't even bother releasing it. My print of Fatal Needles also sucks, it's not full widescreen and is cramped as hell. Colours are fine, I have the Mandarin dub already synced. There is a Jordanian VHS rip out there which is letterbox but the picture quality is so bad it isn't even funny.
  14. TheKungFuRobber

    Wu Tang Collection App

    I fucking hate the Wu Tang Collection with a passion.
  15. TheKungFuRobber

    Why so many black people love kung fu

    You're probably right.