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Widescreen Kung Fu Movie Dvds-what's out there?

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There's been loads of kung fu movies released on various obscure labels down the years but finding info on them can be hard going, specifically whether they are widescreen. I've mentioned before, i struggle to tolerate kung fu movies in P&S these days. So can any of you peeps mention any old school kung fu movies available on DVD in widescreen/english friendly? Obviously i have plenty but i'm sure there's lots out there i'm missing. look forward to (hopefully) finding some gems i've missed.

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Most of the Asia line serie of dvds are widescreen.

Most german kung fu dvds are widescreen.

Of course stuff from Tai seng or Vengeance Video are fullscreen.

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Every DVD from HKL, Tartan Asia and most Ground Zero UK DVDs are presented in anamorphic widescreen. Personally, I don't buy PAL DVDs any more if I can. I'm trying to replace all my DVD movies with blu rays as possible. Asia Line's DVD's are pretty good, they do an alright job of reconstructing the movies and then properly compressing them and converting them to PAL, although unfortunately their team don't seem to know how to colour grade them to BBC standards in their earlier releases, but they have gotten better since. They are certainly a lot better than ZinemaXploitation at working with film. Perhaps they have hired new staff who know how to work with their materials and proper analog telecine equipment (analog is always best). Their DVD of Deadly Strike with Bruce Li was excellent and the best version of the film we will probably ever see, as all that remains is a 1 inch type C tape copy used as a VHS master which was evidently cut down to a ratio of 1.66:1 during the telecine process when it was first made, likely a very long time ago. I kind of wish that Asia Line would release more movies on Blu Ray, as they will have definitely 2K digital master copies of their movies around stored on hard drives. I think most collectors would prefer blu ray to DVD if they had the choice.

Perhaps if we advocate enough, Asia Line will start releasing Blu Ray copies of their movies, if they did I'd definitely buy them.

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It would be awsome, if we could all work on puttin together a list of Widescreen releases. Both those currently available, and any that have been released, but discontinued.

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Duel Of The Seven Tigers (german, english dub)

Desperate Chase (aka Blood Of The Dragon) (german,english dub)

Seaman No.7 (german, english dub)

Gold Snatchers (german, english dub)

Black Panther (german, english dub)

Infernal Street (german, english dub)

The Magnificent (USA, English embedded subs)

Incredible Kung Fu Mission ( usa/uk, english dub)

Prodigal Boxer (uk, english dub)

Bloody Fight (uk, english dubbed, usa english embedded subs)

Clones Of Bruce Lee (german, english dub)

Bruce's Deadly Fingers (german Blu/DVD Combo, english dub, uncut) (usa DVD, slightly cut, english dub)

Enter The Game Of Death (german Blu/DVD Combo, english dub)

Militant Eagle (usa, english dub)

The Sword (USA, english embedded subs)

Dynamo (german, english dub)

Snake In The Monkey's Shadow (german, english dub)

Bandits From Shantung (german, english dub)

Dragon Dies Hard (german, english dub)

Fist Of Fury Pt 2 (german,english dub)

Fist Of Fury Pt 3 (german, english dub)

Bruce In New Guinea (german, english dub)

Bruce Lee Story (german, english dub)

Bruce Lee Superstar (german,english dub)

Bruce Lee Man, The Myth (german, english dub)

Struggle Through Death (german, english dub)

Secret Rivals (uk, dubbed/subbed)

Secret Rivals 2 (uk, dubbed/subbed)

Snuff Bottle Connection (uk, subbed/dubbed)

Mars Villa (german, english dub)

Fatal Flying Guillotine (german, english dub)

Renegade Master (uk, english dub)

Shaolin Iron Claws (usa, english dubbed)

Bloody Fists (usa, english dubbed)

Two Great Cavaliers (usa, english dubbed0

Return Of The Chinese Boxer (german, english dubbed)

Knight Errant (usa, subbed/dubbed)

Master Of The Flying Guillotine (usa,aus, subbed/dubbed)

Fists Of The Double K (german, english dubbed)

Thunderkick (german, english dubbed)

Challenge Of The Tiger (usa, english dubbed)

Ninja Strikes back (uk, english dubbed)

Shanghai 13 (uk, subbed/dubbed)

Soul Brothers Of Kung Fu (german, english dubbed)

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deadly silver spear ( german, english dub)

boxer`s adventure ( german, english dub )

thundering mantis ( german, english dub)

Iron monkey(chen kuan tai movie) (german, english dubbed+inserts are chinese spoken with english subs)

world of drunken master ( mei ah, cantonese&mandarin english subs)

And someone who has disc can correct if I`m wrong but about certain german Eastern double feature#7 has Buddha Assassinator in widescreen, english dub. Traded it off as got offer could not refuse.

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18 Jade Arhats (german, english dubs)

Invasion (german, mandarin audio english subs)

Big Boss 2 (german, english dub)

Black Panther (german, english dub)

Devil & Angel (german, english dub)

My Kung Fu 12 Kicks (usa, english dub)

Iron Dragon Strikes Back (german, english dub)

Deadly Strike (german, english dub, not full ratio)

Image Of Bruce Lee (german, english dub)

Exit The Dragon,Enter The Tiger (uk, english dub, cut)

Dragon Lives (german, english dub)

Return Of The Tiger (german, english dub, not full ratio)

Along Comes A Tiger (german, english dub)

 

 

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Can anyone think of any more official Widescreen release's not suggested already?.

 

Maybe we could combine all the above lists, into an A-Z guide?. Making titles easier to find, for anyone browsing this thread.

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On 4/26/2019 at 7:53 AM, DragonClaws said:

 

Can anyone think of any more official Widescreen release's not suggested already?.

 

Maybe we could combine all the above lists, into an A-Z guide?. Making titles easier to find, for anyone browsing this thread.

i'll update with some more in the next day or so

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On ‎4‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 4:13 PM, saltysam said:

I've got the recent German disc of Deadly Strike and it wasn't released by Asia Line?

I got it too and it's the same menus as the Asia Line serie… but it's not really a new print I believe… ?

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i believe that's the only print left. It's the same print that's been around for a while though it's anamorphic, with the uncut nunchuks spliced in from a crappier source to make it uncut.

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Needles Of Death (USA, English dubbed)

Mandarin Magician (USA,English dubbed)

Bruce's Last Battle (USA,English Dubbed)

Godfather Squad (usa,english dubbed)

Challenge The Dragon (USA,english dubbed, German, blu ray, english dubbed)

Dumb Ox (german, english dubbed)

Snake In The Monkey's Shadow (german, english dubbed)

Call Me Dragon (german, english dubbed0

Dragons Never Die (usa, english dubbed)

Black Dragon (usa, english dubbed)

Black Dragon's Revenge (usa, english dubbed, dvd & blu ray)

Bruce & The Shaolin Bronzemen (german, english dubbed)

Dragon's Snake Fist (uk, english dubbed)

Four Invincibles (german, english dubbed)

The Tiger Jump (german, english dubbed)

 

 

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yeah the German ones who look very similar in Menus are intentionally done so every fan should have a bit of confidence it's the usual "we did our best Quality" stuff in there.

i don't have a list of all that stuff so i can't help really but these lists are good enough i think.

 

 

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On 4/27/2019 at 12:34 PM, saltysam said:

i'll update with some more in the next day or so

 

Great work @saltysam, you can forget just how many films have been given a Widescreen release.

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I haven't listed the large amount of HKL releases as they are pretty well known to everyone i would think? Best adding ones that might be a bit more obscure i reckon

 

 

Thundering Mantis (uk, dubbed)

Invincible Armor (uk, dubbed)

Queen Boxer (german, english dubbed)

Shanghai 13 (uk, dubbed/subbed)

Fatal Flying Guillotine (german, english dubbed,blu ray)

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Can anyone confirm if these Eastern Heroes reeases, featured widescreen prints?. The only release from this line that I picked up was My Life Is On The Line. Which I'm sure had been cropped, its sometime since I viewed the DVD though.

 

EasternHeroesAdvert.jpg

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On 5/2/2019 at 1:26 AM, DragonClaws said:

 

Can anyone confirm if these Eastern Heroes reeases, featured widescreen prints?. The only release from this line that I picked up was My Life Is On The Line. Which I'm sure had been cropped, its sometime since I viewed the DVD though.

 

EasternHeroesAdvert.jpg

Those two titles didn't come out from EH in the end but Vengeance Video. Both were 4:3 releases.

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On ‎9‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 12:46 PM, DragonClaws said:

 

Has this restored clip being sourced from a Custom release?.  Warning: Video contains spoiler's, it the final fight.

 

 

Pretty sure it's from the German dvd… which contain the best print for sure… but unfortunately it's cut by 10 minutes approximately and not English friendly.

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17 hours ago, kevenzz said:

Pretty sure it's from the German dvd… which contain the best print for sure… but unfortunately it's cut by 10 minutes approximately and not English friendly.

 

Hi @kevenzz thanks for answering my question, it a shame such nice looking print is so heavily cut.

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