Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo
Two John Woo classics
Running Time: 204 mins
Retail Price: £27.99
Release Date: 2019
Content Type: Movie
A decade before he would change action filmmaking forever with A Better Tomorrow and The Killer, director John Woo was directing martial-arts films for the two biggest studios in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. Under the mentorship of the great Chang Cheh (Five Deadly Venoms), Woo began to develop his signature style, films that featured slick, stylish and often violent choreography, with dramatic plots that revolved around brotherhood, honour and redemption. Presented here are two of his early works from this period.
In Last Hurrah for Chivalry, two killers (Pai Wei and Damian Lau) agree to help a man exact vengeance upon a kung fu master. Woo s first cinematic masterpiece, Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a dark and violent revenge film, featuring lightning fast swordplay and stylish cinematography.
In Hand of Death, a young Shaolin monk must train to defeat a dangerous Manchu warlord (James Tien) who is intent on wiping out the Shaolin once and for all. Featuring early performances from Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung (both also handled the film s stunts, along with third brother Yuen Biao), Hand of Death is an exquisitely stylish example of old school kung fu filmmaking.
Obscure and largely unseen for many years, Eureka Classics is proud to present these two early films from one of action cinema s all-time greats for the first time ever on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations.
Stunning 1080p presentation of both films on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations
Cantonese, Mandarin and English audio options
Optional English subtitles
Brand new audio commentaries on both Last Hurrah for Chivalry and Hand of Death, by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder
Archival interviews with director John Woo
Trailers for both films
Reversible inlay featuring original poster artwork
Limited Edition Collector s booklet featuring new writing by film writer Matthew Thrift [First 2000 copies only]
2.35:1 widescreen 1080p
PCM 2.0 Stereo Mandarin
PCM 2.0 Stereo Cantonese
PCM 2.0 Stereo English
PCM 1.0 Mono Mandarin
PCM 1.0 Mono Cantonese
PCM 1.0 Mono English
Feng Chen Chen
Chi Chu Chin
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Hoi Sang Lee
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