He wasn't a handsome leading man, a deadly serious main star, or a capable character actor. Shame that Columbia went with a basic barebones edition. But the contrast, color and sharpness are in pretty good shape, making it a decent transfer. Officially on the lam from his deadly Eagle Claw rivals, he's just the man to teach our young hero a move or two. The two strike up and friendship and Grand Master Pai begins to teach Chien Fu the Snake Style, just so long as Chien Fu promises to keep it a secret. Beggar So Yuen Siu-tien is tasked with training Wong and reining him in.
English dubbing that occasionally causes you to pause and wonder if there really is a God or not. As a matter of fact, he is sort of like an idiot savant, since he develops his own technique, 'Cats Paw', but remains the same fool we see at the beginning, only now he is a fool that can fight. Notably, the opening credits and the bright red background beckon artifacts. Ever wondered how an old gargoyle like me managed to snag the alluring Mrs F? Extras- Scene Selections--- Trailers for Metropolis, Cowboy Bepop and The One. A way Snake in the Eagles Shadow sets itself apart from the imitators, is in the master-student kung fu films, the master was often cruel and very strict with his student, but here, the two are much friendlier. Wrapping up the Region Free Blu-ray are liner notes by the great Julie Kirgo, and the Limited Edition Twilight Time release is reserved to only 3,000 pressings, so get your orders in before the rice wine well runs dry.
However, despite all the retarded shenanigans and simple minded plotting, Snake in the Eagles Shadow still works. Eagle's Shadow finds Chien Fu Chan as a put-upon janitor at a kung fu school. Soak in the unusually authentic transfer for what it represents. Or several kajillion, as it were. Ah Kwai, Magistrate's son as Kam Chiang. Yes, the story is cloying and convenient you can say the same of 90% of the Westerns and War movies made in the 50's and 60's , but the fights, training, and little touches make it rise above the rest, make it a classic.
. These are simply rock-solid transfers that fans should be happy to have together on Blu-ray, even if most of the good news about this release ends here. Mandarin came first for the Hong Kong market. You can't escape from me now! Featuring similar casts and master-student subject matter, both films also provide the first real glimpse at Jackie's successful and appealing brand of physical comedy that would dominate almost every future film in his long and prolific career. Colors look great overall and, though Drunken Master leans a bit on the greenish side at times, any perceived problems may be due to the film stock or other source-related issues. Hey, we've all been there, right? Plenty of story elements are recycled here, but the result is still another entertaining and irresistible slice of classic kung fu cinema. The wonderfully orchestrated kung fu battle sequences are, of course, the crowd-pleasing highlights of both films.
Final Thoughts Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and Drunken Master are important films in the early career of living legend Jackie Chan not to mention Yuen Woo-ping, who makes his directorial debut here , both for their outstanding fight scenes and the first glimpse at his brand of appealing comedy. The major difference, however, is that Mr. When he's secretly trained by martial arts master Pai Chang-tien Yuen Siu-tien , Chien is at last capable of warding off his tormentors. Pleasingly rendered close-ups and a climax set in a field of tall grass offer measurable definition. The English track is, sadly, the best choice.
In reality, the deliberate, balletic motions prove elegant, and those more sinister strikes hold for a millisecond longer. The gang encounter all the expected jungle perils and hook up with Claudio Cassinelli en route to the eponymous mountain, where they find the suppurating corpse of Mr Andress looking like a refugee from the opening shots of Texas Chainsaw Massacre being worshipped by the locals en account of the bleeping Geiger counter stuck in his chest, which they take for his heart… yeah, whatever. Extras Nothing to see here. Here we have director Yuen Woo-ping's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, originally released in March '78, and Drunken Master, originally released in October '78. Note both of these tracks were dubbed. Turns out Andress and Marsina were after the local uranium all along. The crooks running the very shady adminstration something that's alsonot at all uncommon anymore literally treat him as their punching bag, calling him in whenever someone feels the need to test out their skills or improve them.
Jackie, on the other hand, was sort of left floating from minor-hit to no-hit never really finding the right vehicle for his talents. Well don't you be too sure! Garbled dialog barely registers at times. Twilight Time's Blu-ray finds the boutique label somewhat out of their element, as several aspects of this release audio, subtitles, extras. The final 40 mins is basically a barrage of fighting scenes, with intermittent plot thrown in between them. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow may have only spawned a few imitators; Drunken Master would inspire a whole subgenre of drunken martial arts movies, leading many fans the world-over to worship such films in the comfort of their own private drunken stupors.
Released later that same year, the second film, Drunken Master far surpassed the box-office receipts and long-lasting popularity of the previous movie, cementing itself in the annals of martial arts movie history for all time. Chien Fu, on the other hand, is an idiot before he learns Snake Fist, and is still and idiot after he learns it. That said, both titles receive the usual Twilight Time love here in the form of isolated music and effects tracks, so you can just make your own damn English dub for Drunken Master if you're really all that upset. Push aside the imperfections for a moment. Then Jacki creates his own style and mixes it with the Snake's Fist. Both tracks are weak, with the Cantonese being the pretty tinny and hollow, and the English dub being a little stronger, fuller, better bass, but still having the same distortions.
What more can you ask for? But where do you stop? One such unveiling is the double-bill of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow Se ying diu sau and Drunken Master Zui quan , two early break-out hits from Hong Kong martial arts legend Jackie Chan and acclaimed filmmaker and fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping who varied work includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as the Kill Bill and The Matrix movies , in what would be his very first contributions to cinema as a director. I mean, it may not have the same magnificent copyright infringement soundtrack, but then, Drunken Master doesn't need to: it stands on its inebriated feet just fine. The unsettling weariness of the score is akin to a live cat being eaten by locusts. Chang, The Cook Chien Fu Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung fu school. Moderate to fairly substantial amounts of low-brow humor and jokes that don't translate into Yankee very well. Under three men, Ng See Yuen, Jackie, and a first time director named Yuen Woo Ping, Snake in the Eagles Shadow was born, and it was a hit. With the two most likely unable to defeat Shang Kuan Yi-Yuan's style, this isn't good news for Chien Fu and Master Pai.
While wooing Mrs F and indeed, for about a quarter of a century in total, I was a vegetarian. Those who have stuck to Jackie's more modern fare and haven't given his older stuff a chance should really check it out. Jackie Chan starred in an official if not entirely direct sequel in 1994, albeit without the presence of Yuen Siu-tien, who passed away in 1979 at the age of 66 from heart failure. Sure some extras would be nice at least a trailer , but, as far as Region One goes, this is the one to buy, so by default it gets a 'highly recommended' for old school fans. Rebellious and rambunctious, Wong's father Lam Kau aims to teach his son some discipline. Dialogue is also thin with very little depth or dynamic range. As if we wouldn't notice the immediately recognizable strains of John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack.