Seven Blows of the Dragon

Overview

A kung-fu favorite has finally gotten an uncut release in the United States with this disc of The Water Margin. This version restores the film to its original cut and presents in a transfer that is letterboxed with anamorphic enhancement. Like most of the Image DVD's of Shaw Brothers films, it was converted to NTSC from a PAL video source and suffers from a minor but noticeable amount of motion blur as a result. Despite the problem, the overall image is still very attractive, with vivid colors and a nice depth to...
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Overview

A kung-fu favorite has finally gotten an uncut release in the United States with this disc of The Water Margin. This version restores the film to its original cut and presents in a transfer that is letterboxed with anamorphic enhancement. Like most of the Image DVD's of Shaw Brothers films, it was converted to NTSC from a PAL video source and suffers from a minor but noticeable amount of motion blur as a result. Despite the problem, the overall image is still very attractive, with vivid colors and a nice depth to its level of detail. In terms of audio, the disc uses the original mono Mandarin mix and also includes a 5.1 stereo remix that adds some dimension and heft to the music and sound effects. English subtitles are also included. In terms of extras, this disc includes a tribute to director Chang Cheh and short but informative interviews with Ti Lung and David Chiang. Also included is an extended love scene that appeared in the American version of the film. The package is rounded by an insert with intelligent liner notes by Kenneth Woo that cover the film's production history in great detail. All in all, this is a worthwhile disc despite the minor transfer issues and kung-fu fans will be happy to see it.
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Special Features

"The Master: Chang Cheh" featurette; about the director; Interviews with actors David Chiang and Ti Lung; Extended love scene; Shaw Brothers trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 014381320923
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,589

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Chiang
Ku Feng
Lily Ho
Ti Lung
Tetsuro Tamba
Wang Chung
Wang Chung
Technical Credits
Chang Cheh Director
Run Run Shaw Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Water Margin
1. Cheers! [9:25]
2. Zengtou City [3:14]
3. Five Riders [4:31]
4. Heavenly King [3:21]
5. Of the Same Master [3:34]
6. The Prodigy [6:40]
7. Wizard in Disguise [6:16]
8. Harboring Fugitives [10:04]
9. A Favor [4:48]
10. Bribes [4:55]
11. The Grand Secretary [2:07]
12. Wanted [10:39]
13. Valiant Help [7:26]
14. Worthy Opponent [2:50]
15. Vistors Day [5:39]
16. Planning the Attack [4:49]
17. Cuiyun House [5:13]
18. The Execution Grounds [6:44]
19. The Wife and the Lover [:52]
20. Battle of the Brothers [4:41]
1. Black Magic [1:04]
2. Magic Blade [:55]
3. Super Inframan [1:05]
4. The Water Margin [1:04]
5. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan [1:03]
6. Have Sword, Will Travel [1:05]
7. Heaven and Hell [:59]
8. The Cave of Silken Web [:55]
9. Legendary Weapons of China [1:06]
10. Deadly Breaking Sword [1:07]
11. Wandering Swordsman [1:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Water Margin
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Set-Up
      Original Mandarin (5.1)
      Original Mandarin (Mono)
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Bonus Material
      The Master: Chang Cheh
      Elegant Trails: David Chiang
      Elegant Trails: Li Tung
      Extended Love Scene
      Shaw Brothers Trailers
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