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Old 01-23-2020, 05:57 PM   #621
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Released in 1980 I do believe
Well, yes, Feb 28th, but it was surely filmed in 1979!

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Does anyone know who actually owns that film now?
No idea. Graffon (a Karl Maka company) only appeared to make one film.
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:09 PM   #622
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No idea. Graffon (a Karl Maka company) only appeared to make one film.
I'm wondering if Mei Ah have it; they took control of Ocean Shores (they put out a VCD and VHS of the film) distribution in Hong Kong at one point (source).
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Old 01-23-2020, 11:41 PM   #623
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Here's an idea for a "trilogy" boxset: The Righting Wrongs Trilogy containing Righting Wrongs, Legend of a Fighter, and The Victim. The two old school kung fu classics have got **** all to do with the Yuen Biao martials arts thriller, but presenting them uncut, in cantonese, with original aspect ratio would be righting two wrongs for the first time here in the UK!
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:10 AM   #624
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Legend of a Fighter...HKL really screwed that one up. I hope the film materials are still around.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:17 AM   #625
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I'm wondering if Mei Ah have it; they took control of Ocean Shores (they put out a VCD and VHS of the film) distribution in Hong Kong at one point (source).
Mei Ah released some interesting titles on DVD back in the day - lots of Joseph Kuo titles, and Sammo indies like Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog. God-awful transfers though!
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:56 PM   #626
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Looks like this is no longer in stock at Amazon UK. Managed to find an Amazon seller who ships to the US. £27.24 shipped.
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Old 01-25-2020, 01:20 AM   #627
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Did you not try Base.com Waver? I believe they ship to the US and they're often the cheapest retailer online for releases like this.
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Old 01-25-2020, 01:47 AM   #628
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Did you not try Base.com Waver? I believe they ship to the US and they're often the cheapest retailer online for releases like this.
Holy shit, I hadn’t heard of these guys! I could have saved seven quid! GRRRRRRRR

Thanks for the heads up going forward!
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:07 AM   #629
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Here's another heads up: If you visit the Deals page over at The Digital Fix you can do a price search on the majority of the main UK etailers.
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:37 AM   #630
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The Victim is probably the best indie kung fu film of the seventies. Damn shame the current edition is zoom boxed.
I was lucky enough to see it in a theater not long ago. The print was in awful shape but I still had a blast. I'd love to see this one restored. It'll probably never happen but I can dream!
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Old 01-25-2020, 12:46 PM   #631
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Legend of a Fighter...HKL really screwed that one up. I hope the film materials are still around.
I reckon they are, and a lot has happened in 20 years, which would enable a safer and superior transfer.
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:11 PM   #632
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I thought at the time HKL said the Cantonese track had been destroyed (something like that), and thats why it wasn't included What was the reason for the cropping?
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:57 PM   #633
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They thought their target audience was teenagers who didn't like black bars. And no, I'm not joking!

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Why crop and result in such a missed opportunity? The following comes courtesyof the DVD Debate,which answers the query and it comes straight from Brian White,Head DVD producer at Medusa :

“The reason we decided to re-master this movie into 16:9format was to cater for the widest possible commercial audience. The hard-core collectors may all prefer 2:35:1, but we have found that many kids with 14, 17 and 21” television sets are amongst the most regular buyers of Jackie Chan movies.

Unfortunately, due to the tiny viewing area offered with the 2:35:1 format on smaller TV sets, we often get asked by this target audience to provide ‘pan & scan’ versions of our movies. As the hard-core collectors detest ‘p & s’ with a passion, I thought the 16:9 anamorphic/1:85:1 widescreen ratio, would be a good compromise that would appeal to both markets.

In addition, had we conformed the feature to 2:35:1 anamorphic standard, most of the nation’s DVD players, are currently not equiped to handle this ratio correctly, and therefore the image would be stretched.”
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Old 01-25-2020, 06:42 PM   #634
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To be fair, that kind of attitude was common back when HKL launched, both among distributors and mainstream audiences. Doesn’t excuse it, but it was probably less of an idiotic decision back then than now. Still a bloody daft decision though!
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:41 PM   #635
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I know it was 20 years ago but "most DVD players cant handle 2.35/1" - really?
I can umderstand his overall statement back then (kind of)
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:39 PM   #636
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To be fair, that kind of attitude was common back when HKL launched, both among distributors and mainstream audiences. Doesn’t excuse it, but it was probably less of an idiotic decision back then than now. Still a bloody daft decision though!
To think it took 17 years from then to get a proper release of Drunken Master!
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:51 AM   #637
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Yeah that's pretty crazy, and has Legend of a Fighter even been released anywhere else in the world on DVD? Let alone OAR!
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Old 01-26-2020, 02:23 AM   #638
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I know it was 20 years ago but "most DVD players cant handle 2.35/1" - really?
I can umderstand his overall statement back then (kind of)
exactly my reaction to reading that, as I can't recall a DVD player not having the facility to desqueeze 16:9 anamorphic into a 4:3 square signal. Even the very earliest models could do it.
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Old 01-26-2020, 03:04 AM   #639
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I'm sure the player I had back then could be set to 16/9 too
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:44 AM   #640
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Yeah that's pretty crazy, and has Legend of a Fighter even been released anywhere else in the world on DVD? Let alone OAR!
Aside from the Dutch and Australian releases of the HKL version, no. I was hoping it would be one of Mei Ah's Seasonal titles in the early 00s, but no dice.
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