Karate, the Hand of Death

Karate, the Hand of Death

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Karate, the Hand of Death

Something Weird Video strikes gold with their Karate, the Hand of Death DVD, delivering not only the first kung fu flick ever released in America, but also including 50 of the most bone-crushing, high-flying, and gut-busting martial arts trailers around! The film itself is delivered in all of its 2.35:1 widescreen glory, with a Dolby Digital mono audio track; both the image and audio show considerable age, but that shouldn't be surprising given their source material. The big bonus really isn't the feature as much as it's the inclusion of "The Incredible Martial-Arts-Mayhem Kung-Fu Trailer Show," over three and a half hours of nonstop kicks, flips, and fat lips. While the trailers are usually the icing on the cake on other Something Weird releases, here they're the full-course meal! From the scores of Bruce Lee clones to the introduction to Sonny Chiba, it is all here for you to chop your way through. Perfect for parties and a dream come true for fans of the genre, Karate: the Hand of Death is one disc that will not disappoint!

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
UPC: 0014381160826
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Letterbox]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 64,046

Special Features

"The Incredible Martial-Arts-Mayhem Kung-Fu Trailer Show," containing over two hours of bone-busting, fist-flying action, with 50 previews from the wildest martial arts movies ever made, including: Big Bad Bolo; Blood of the Dragon; The Buddha Assassinator (Shogun Massacre); Chaku-Master (Kung-Fu Death Wish); Chinese Hercules; Deadly Strike (Wanted! Bruce Li, Dead or Alive!); Deep Thrust; Devil Woman/Dragons Never Die; Dragons Die Hard; Fearless Fighters; Flying Claws Fights 14 Demons; Fury of the Black Belt; Hammerfist Masters; Hands of Death; He Has Nothing but Kung-Fu (Gangbusters Kung-Fu); Incredible Master Beggars; The Iron-Fist Rebel; Japanese Connection; The Karate Killer; Kill and Kill Again; Kill or Be Killed; Korean Connection; Kung-Fu: The Punch of Death; Lee, the Angry Man; The Mad, the Mean and the Deadly; Master of the Flying Guillotine; Masters of the Iron Arena; Return of the Street Fighter; The Sacred Knives of Vengeance; The Screaming Tiger; The Shanghai Killers; Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid; Shaolin Master Killer; Single Fighter; Sister Street Fighter; Slash: The Blade of Death!; Slaughter in San Francisco; The Snake Fist Fighter; The Street Fighter; Superdragon; Superfist; The Tattoo Connection; Temple of Death; Ten Tigers of Shaolin; The Thunder Kick; Thunderfist; Tower of Drunken Dragons; Two Swords, Two Sorcerers; When Tae Kwon Do Strikes; World War of Kung-Fu

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Profound Appreciation [:37]
2. Nazi Chop!: Main Title [3:00]
3. Armed and Dangerous [5:58]
4. An Interesting Coin [4:41]
5. Ivan Mayberry [3:31]
6. Pretty as a Picture [8:04]
7. Very Close Partners [6:19]
8. Action at the Dojo [10:43]
9. Along Came a War [2:59]
10. Loose Change [9:15]
11. Wired for Sound [3:50]
12. A $10 Piano With a 50¢ Tuning [7:36]
13. Liquid Assets [4:57]
14. To the Death [2:47]
15. Parting Words [5:15]

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Karate, the Hand of Death 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie seems to have two main things going for it: it is a very early martial arts movie, and it has many (50) previews for other kung fu movies. However, neither attribute makes this DVD worth full price. Other than some real karate training footage, the fighting and effects are very unrealistic. The hero is supposed to be a James Bond type who is afraid to use his karate skills to even defend himself anymore, based on his traumatic war experiences. He smokes, yet is supposed to be in top physical condition. He's willing to foolishly risk his life to joke with a man holding a gun on him. The music is overly dramatic, the acting is unrealistic, and there is some strange apologetic moralizing in the intro. All this is a bit much, and makes the movie seem older than it is. As for the 50 movies previewed, they range from about 1973-1979, which is in the Bruce Lee era, after kung fu movies had already became popular, much later than the year of this film (1961), so my hope of finding some rare older kung fu titles was dashed. Minor error: the same preview occurs twice under different titles, in the bonus section.