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I can live with the CHESSBOXING inclusion (and I suspect we’ll see more things like that in the future as there are plenty of Hong Kong / Taiwan films that exist in that form now) but I find it even more annoying that they didn’t wait and release SWORDSMAN OF ALL SWORDSMAN with its two sequels as a Joseph Kuo boxed set (like 1.5 or something). I’m sure there’s a reason for this — or maybe not? — but it’s really odd that these companies choose to put some related films together in one pack while stringing us along for others such as this trilogy.
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Posted this in the bargains forum, but for those who don’t go there much, Eureka has a new Martial Arts Sale — from £10.99
https://eurekavideo.co.uk/promotions...rts-sale-2024/

​​​​​​A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our customers! Many thanks for your custom throughout 2023! To kick of the new year, for a limited period, there are a number of Martial Arts titles are on sale via the Eureka Store from £10.99 each!

Sale ends at 12pm (GMT) on Friday 5th January 2024.

And while I think of it, does anyone know if there’s a difference between the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA standard set and the previous LE box with individual cases? I really don’t need either considering Criterion’s complete collection is in my stacks, but I thought I once read that there was some quality difference between the new OUATIC set and its predecessor. New scans or something?
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Teased titles for 2024:
Black Mask
The Miracle Fighters
Abashiri Prison
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And while I think of it, does anyone know if there’s a difference between the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA standard set and the previous LE box with individual cases? I really don’t need either considering Criterion’s complete collection is in my stacks, but I thought I once read that there was some quality difference between the new OUATIC set and its predecessor. New scans or something?
The only difference is the packaging and dropping of booklet.
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The only difference is the packaging and dropping of booklet.
Good to know. I could’ve sworn I read something about differences beyond that, but I’m probably confusing it with the Criterion set. Guess I can pass on it.
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Definitely long overdue. Looking forward to (potentially) not having to import — especially as I just got hit with customs fees on an order of five recent titles from them. But I’m certainly less keen to see them reissuing stuff in Region A that many of us have already picked up from them in Region B.

My recent order included the JET LI 3-PACK, CASINO RAIDERS, FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE, BEACH OF THE WAR GODS, ROYAL TRAMP — and I have to say the design work on all of these is getting pretty chintzy and bland. I’ll spoiler the rest of this rant because I know people here will think it’s just me being petty as usual, but also because it’s just me as a professional graphic designer who’ll probably never be given a shot at projects like these being petty as usual.
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For example, the new art by Tony Stella on WAR GODS is a solid throwback/homage to at least one of the original posters, so that’s cool, but the “original art” used on the reverse sleeve is a heavily cropped and bastardized version of an original one sheet (which can be seen at the bottom of this review) in which they sloppily filled in the painted blue sky background with a solid blue colour while leaving rough little edges around parts of the characters, erased the Chinese lettering completely, and slapped in the same English title treatment they used more effectively on Stella’s cover. In the original poster, the artist put ‘swoosh’ lines swooping between the swords, but these were likewise erased by the new ‘designer’.

They did the same thing with the reverse-sleeve original art for FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE, taking an original poster, painting out the Chinese title and all other text, then cut-pasting the title treatment exactly as it appears on the (admittedly superior) new slip/sleeve art by Gregory Sacré.

Barely better is the Jet Li collection. The slip art is just passable, with a big headshot of Li’s pockmarked face run through a bunch of photoshop ‘paint’ filters, with three little offshoot images from each of the films, similarly converted to look like paintings. Not great, but not too bad either. But the sleeve — yeeesh! You slide it out and the front is a beyond bland reworking of photo elements from, I think, the original poster of THE ENFORCER (which was no great shakes to begin with). Thats it - just THE ENFORCER. The other two films are on either side of the inside of the sleeve, both smaller and tilted! HITMAN at least uses the original group photo from the original poster, but DR. WAI uses a rarely-used poster image of Li running in fake flames in front of a giant dragon face, and all of the imagery in the set, including on the discs, is overlaid with the most generic Helvetica Black font with added skew to the italicization. Again, not horrible, but it shows little effort.

As for the original posters, one for each appears, largely unadulterated, in the opening spreads of the booklet. And the booklet won’t be in the standard edition should this set ever make it to that point.

The ROYAL TRAMP set manages to combine many of the flaws above, design-wise: the slip has a colourful new Photoshop/Illustrator composite art by Darren Wheeling, while the sleeve has only the first film on one side, the second film on the reverse, both repurposing but severely cropping original posters, but moving the Chinese text and slapping on English titles in a bright white script font that would look great on your wedding invitations. As with the JET LI set, the original poster appear intact in the booklet, which won’t be printed with standard editions.

CASINO RAIDERS has a decent new cover/slip design, but doesn’t feature any original promo art anywhere, not on the reverse sleeves, in the booklet, or on the disc.

I know, I know, I’m nitpicking and should just shut the eff up and be grateful they put these films out at all, I should’ve just waited for the standard editions, etc efc. But hey, I’ve been a graphic designer for decades so I can’t help it It just irks me how lazy Eureka has gotten in comparison to 88, VinSyn, Arrow and probably all of the others when it comes to incorporating original promotional pieces. I’m the first to admit that many old Hong Kong posters weren’t always masterpieces, but they were what they were, part and parcel of the promotion of these films to domestic (and often international) audiences, and if virtually all the other boutiques understand the value of their inclusion, I really wish Eureka would too.

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Originally Posted by Brian T
Definitely long overdue. Looking forward to (potentially) not having to import — especially as I just got hit with customs fees on an order of five recent titles from them. But I’m certainly less keen to see them reissuing stuff in Region A that many of us have already picked up from them in Region B.

My recent order included the JET LI 3-PACK, CASINO RAIDERS, FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE, BEACH OF THE WAR GODS, ROYAL TRAMP — and I have to say the design work on all of these is getting pretty chintzy and bland. I’ll spoiler the rest of this rant because I know people here will think it’s just me being petty as usual, but also because it’s just me as a professional graphic designer who’ll probably never be given a shot at projects like these being petty as usual.
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For example, the new art by Tony Stella on WAR GODS is a solid throwback/homage to at least one of the original posters, so that’s cool, but the “original art” used on the reverse sleeve is a heavily cropped and bastardized version of an original one sheet (which can be seen at the bottom of this review) in which they sloppily filled in the painted blue sky background with a solid blue colour while leaving rough little edges around parts of the characters, erased the Chinese lettering completely, and slapped in the same English title treatment they used more effectively on Stella’s cover. In the original poster, the artist put ‘swoosh’ lines swooping between the swords, but these were likewise erased by the new ‘designer’.

They did the same thing with the reverse-sleeve original art for FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE, taking an original poster, painting out the Chinese title and all other text, then cut-pasting the title treatment exactly as it appears on the (admittedly superior) new slip/sleeve art by Gregory Sacré.

Barely better is the Jet Li collection. The slip art is just passable, with a big headshot of Li’s pockmarked face run through a bunch of photoshop ‘paint’ filters, with three little offshoot images from each of the films, similarly converted to look like paintings. Not great, but not too bad either. But the sleeve — yeeesh! You slide it out and the front is a beyond bland reworking of photo elements from, I think, the original poster of THE ENFORCER (which was no great shakes to begin with). Thats it - just THE ENFORCER. The other two films are on either side of the inside of the sleeve, both smaller and tilted! HITMAN at least uses the original group photo from the original poster, but DR. WAI uses a rarely-used poster image of Li running in fake flames in front of a giant dragon face, and all of the imagery in the set, including on the discs, is overlaid with the most generic Helvetica Black font with added skew to the italicization. Again, not horrible, but it shows little effort.

As for the original posters, one for each appears, largely unadulterated, in the opening spreads of the booklet. And the booklet won’t be in the standard edition should this set ever make it to that point.

The ROYAL TRAMP set manages to combine many of the flaws above, design-wise: the slip has a colourful new Photoshop/Illustrator composite art by Darren Wheeling, while the sleeve has only the first film on one side, the second film on the reverse, both repurposing but severely cropping original posters, but moving the Chinese text and slapping on English titles in a bright white script font that would look great on your wedding invitations. As with the JET LI set, the original poster appear intact in the booklet, which won’t be printed with standard editions.

CASINO RAIDERS has a decent new cover/slip design, but doesn’t feature any original promo art anywhere, not on the reverse sleeves, in the booklet, or on the disc.

I know, I know, I’m nitpicking and should just shut the eff up and be grateful they put these films out at all, I should’ve just waited for the standard editions, etc efc. But hey, I’ve been a graphic designer for decades so I can’t help it It just irks me how lazy Eureka has gotten in comparison to 88, VinSyn, Arrow and probably all of the others when it comes to incorporating original promotional pieces. I’m the first to admit that many old Hong Kong posters weren’t always masterpieces, but they were what they were, part and parcel of the promotion of these films to domestic (and often international) audiences, and if virtually all the other boutiques understand the value of their inclusion, I really wish Eureka would too.

I don't mind criticism of the artwork. It has almost no bearing on whether or not I purchase and enjoy a title, but Eureka has definitely lagged behind some of the other labels in this area, at least as it relates to their HK output. In general I find that sort of conversation much more palatable than the aspersions of greed and underhandedness when a title is released in a manner that doesn't meet hopes or expectations. I won't advocate for blind praise and loyalty, but constructive criticism, rather than cynicism, feels more appropriate with these smaller labels who I believe for the most part want to do right by the movies and their customers (while still keeping the lights on.)
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I don't mind criticism of the artwork. It has almost no bearing on whether or not I purchase and enjoy a title, but Eureka has definitely lagged behind some of the other labels in this area, at least as it relates to their HK output. In general I find that sort of conversation much more palatable than the aspersions of greed and underhandedness when a title is released in a manner that doesn't meet hopes or expectations. I won't advocate for blind praise and loyalty, but constructive criticism, rather than cynicism, feels more appropriate with these smaller labels who I believe for the most part want to do right by the movies and their customers (while still keeping the lights on.)
I do agree, and obviously I bought all five of these releases so I’ll take whatever I can get. And from appearances on the site, they look pretty decent, until you get them and start seeing the lack of creativity compared with nearly all of their competitors. I get that they want a certain ‘feel’ or ‘look’ to their line — not unlike how, say, 88’s newly-commissioned slip/sleeve renderings make them all complementary when placed together, and even immediately identifiable as 88 products. But Eureka has always been hit and miss in terms of using and/or repurposing original posters and lobbies. Sometimes you get ‘em (as reverse sleeves), sometimes you don’t, and if you do get ‘em they make weird adjustments that make them look worse. And as someone who often places a bigger order after a few titles have been released, this latest batch is probably the weakest yet for the reasons I delved into.

(I’ve probably already griped about CASINO RAIDERS not having its sequels included, which I think is a legit complaint for a lot of these labels more related to jumping the gun rather than greed per se, but based on VinSyn’s recent BLACK CAT double feature, maybe we’ll see more complete sets of other ‘series’ in the future)

But, like I said, I ponied up because I love the movies and support the brand. I just think it wouldn’t hurt them to step up their game. If I lived in the UK I’d probably be knocking on their door with a portfolio in hand!

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Hopefully David M. / Fidelity in Motion handle those encodes, as well. That's one of things Eureka was/is great on -- Dave M. processed a lot of their releases for BD/4K disc release.
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I do agree, and obviously I bought all five of these releases so I’ll take whatever I can get. And from appearances on the site, they look pretty decent, until you get them and start seeing the lack of creativity compared with nearly all of their competitors. I get that they want a certain ‘feel’ or ‘look’ to their line — not unlike how, say, 88’s newly-commissioned slip/sleeve renderings make them all complementary when placed together, and even immediately identifiable as 88 products. But Eureka has always been hit and miss in terms of using and/or repurposing original posters and lobbies. Sometimes you get ‘em (as reverse sleeves), sometimes you don’t, and if you do get ‘em they make weird adjustments that make them look worse. And as someone who often places a bigger order after a few titles have been released, this latest batch is probably the weakest yet for the reasons I delved into.

(I’ve probably already griped about CASINO RAIDERS not having its sequels included, which I think is a legit complaint for a lot of these labels more related to jumping the gun rather than greed per se, but based on VinSyn’s recent BLACK CAT double feature, maybe we’ll see more complete sets of other ‘series’ in the future)

But, like I said, I ponied up because I love the movies and support the brand. I just think it wouldn’t hurt them to step up their game. If I lived in the UK I’d probably be knocking on their door with a portfolio in hand!
My biggest gripe with the Jet Li packaging beyond the lackluster artwork is the way it flip flops between using "the Enforcer" and 'My Father is a Hero". I'd prefer they use the original title, but unless they use it within the context of the original art and as a reversible insert where you can choose one or the other. I'd rather they be consistent. I know it's not, but it almost seems like a production mistake.

And one other thing I'll add when it comes to multi film sets is that there are (anecdotally at least) a lot of consumers who prefer individual releases and consider box set exclusives to be an unsavory practice. Why should they be forced to pay for crummy sequels if they only want the first movie?
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My biggest gripe with the Jet Li packaging beyond the lackluster artwork is the way it flip flops between using "the Enforcer" and 'My Father is a Hero". I'd prefer they use the original title, but unless they use it within the context of the original art and as a reversible insert where you can choose one or the other. I'd rather they be consistent. I know it's not, but it almost seems like a production mistake.​​​​​​
Shit, I never even noticed that! Had to pull it back off the pile to see the two different titles, one on the cover, another on the disc and slipcover. In the overview text on the back, it’s “The Enforcer (aka My Father Is A Hero)” and in the supplements listing it’s ’The Enforcer’ – good grief. It’s almost like they don’t want to use the actual, original Hong Kong title of the film by itself because some people might only remember it by that generic American retitling.

Originally Posted by rocket1312
And one other thing I'll add when it comes to multi film sets is that there are (anecdotally at least) a lot of consumers who prefer individual releases and consider box set exclusives to be an unsavory practice. Why should they be forced to pay for crummy sequels if they only want the first movie?
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I suppose I fall into another, presumably anecdotal group that sees bundling them together and then, later, releasing them in separate, standard editions as a serviceable option, instead of doling them out piecemeal or, potentially, not doing that if they don’t make enough ROI on the first one or two. Like you, I definitely don’t agree with boxed set ‘exclusives’; my preference has always been that all films in any given box set be broken into singles later on. Same time, I can see boutiques (and not just those that carry old HK movies) not wanting to do that if, say, they fear most buyers will only purchase the first film and skip the others. Can’t please ‘em all, really.
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Following last week's announcement that we have signed a distribution deal with the US production and distribution company MVD Entertainment and are launching our award-winning Blu-ray label into North America later this year. We can now reveal more details about the deal.

The deal has been handled in the UK by Kevin Lambert, formerly Head of Content at Arrow, who returned to Eureka! in July 2023 as its Head of Content.

“It’s extremely exciting to be partnering with MVD for our North American physical and digital distribution. We can’t wait to get our first releases out to US retailers, and we look forward to bringing the best of auteur and classic cinema, including our celebrated Masters of Cinema series, to a wider audience. It is a big new step forward for the company, and I’m sure Blu-ray collectors will be thrilled to have another of the world’s best labels available in North America” he said.

MVD Entertainment Group’s Director of Home Video Sales and Acquisitions, Eric D. Wilkinson, commented, "MVD Entertainment Group is thrilled to be partnering with Eureka Entertainment and help bring this premium collector's label to North America. I very much look forward to working with the Eureka! team and am even more excited to be adding Eureka! titles to my personal collection!"

Managing Director of Eureka Entertainment, Ruth Schofield added, “With Kevin’s return to the company it seemed like a logical move to capitalise on his knowledge of multi-territory distribution and finally fulfil the desires of our fans. We’re asked daily when we will be able to distribute in North America, and I’m very happy that the day has come to be able to make those fans’ wishes come true.”

The first Eureka releases distributed by MVD Entertainment in North America will be one of the most important and influential films in the early history of American genre cinema, Paul Leni’s THE CAT AND THE CANARY, and the action-packed superhero spectacle starring Jet Li, BLACK MASK. Both titles will be released in both territories (UK & North America) and will be available for purchase later in the year.
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There's an interesting sort of musical chairs (maybe): Kevin Lambert left Arrow (where he was Head of Content) for Eureka, and Cliff MacMillan left Shout! (Production/Acquisitions; Scream Factory co-founder) to head up acquisitions at Arrow. If someone from Eureka takes over at Shout!, it'd be full-circle!

So as of November, both Scream Factory co-founders are gone. Wonder how the ship's being steered these days.
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First Powerhouse, then Eureka. What do they know that we don’t ? We know the state of physical media consumption in the USA, something with more patronage across the pond. Or is that all hokum ?
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I don’t know, I get the impression that physical media consumption is doing ok over here now that it’s truly becoming the niche market it was always destined to be. I sometimes wonder if the folks lamenting Best Buy dumping physical media as the end of physical media itself in that thread are even aware of the existence of the nearly endless list of indie/boutique labels popping up these days. Now that many folks seem to be easily FOMO’d into forking over top dollar for deluxe limited editions of movies we could’ve had for comparative pennies during the later dvd years or, like me, practically acquiring entire catalogs every time there’s a 50% sale, it feels like Eureka is just finally doing what they should have done ages ago, and before the niche market itself starts to contract eventually.

I'm relieved that their first two releases aren’t just Region A versions of stuff they released (and I might’ve bought) in the UK, but I do wonder if that kind of thing is in the pipeline. My only issue with BLACK MASK is its utter ubiquity as a cheap bargain title over here, although I don’t recall that one having the original HK soundtrack (?) or much else to recommend it after Artisan’s tampering. It would be nice to have something closer to a proper version, or perhaps the Taiwan version (but in the proper Cantonese), in a new edition.

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This came in an email from Eureka: I used to review for them & am still on their pro email list.

"EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT EXPAND TO NORTH AMERICA | PRESS RELEASE



[For immediate release] Eureka Entertainment is pleased to announce the launching of its award-winning Blu-ray label into North America later this year.



Eureka Entertainment have signed a distribution deal with the US production and distribution company MVD Entertainment.



The deal has been handled in the UK by Kevin Lambert, formerly Head of Content at Arrow, who returned to Eureka! in July 2023 as its Head of Content.



Kevin started his career in the industry at Eureka! in 2002 and worked his way up to Production Manager before leaving the company in 2016 to take up the role of Head of Catalogue Production and Acquisitions at Arrow.



“It’s extremely exciting to be partnering with MVD for our North American physical and digital distribution. We can’t wait to get our first releases out to US retailers, and we look forward to bringing the best of auteur and classic cinema, including our celebrated Masters of Cinema series, to a wider audience. It is a big new step forward for the company, and I’m sure Blu-ray collectors will be thrilled to have another of the world’s best labels available in North America” he said.



MVD Entertainment Group’s Director of Home Video Sales and Acquisitions, Eric D. Wilkinson, commented, "MVD Entertainment Group is thrilled to be partnering with Eureka Entertainment and help bring this premium collector's label to North America. I very much look forward to working with the Eureka! team and am even more excited to be adding Eureka! titles to my personal collection!"



Eureka Entertainment is one of the leading independent distributors of Blu-rays in the UK. Its UK catalogue contains an extensive collection of classic and cult films, initially released in limited-edition sets. Its collection spans many genres including, amongst others, silent movies, world cinema, action, martial arts, horror, indie dramas, and Hollywood classics.



Managing Director of Eureka Entertainment, Ruth Schofield added, “With Kevin’s return to the company it seemed like a logical move to capitalise on his knowledge of multi-territory distribution and finally fulfil the desires of our fans. We’re asked daily when we will be able to distribute in North America, and I’m very happy that the day has come to be able to make those fans’ wishes come true.”



The first Eureka releases distributed by MVD Entertainment in North America will be one of the most important and influential films in the early history of American genre cinema, Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary, and the action-packed superhero spectacle starring Jet Li, Black Mask. Both titles will be released in both territories and will be available for purchase later in the year."


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A US release of China O'Brien is coming soon too... likely from Vinegar Syndrome.
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The Cat and The Canary for me.
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Had a feeling there’d be a U.S. announcement close to the UK announcement, because what else! Aside from ENTER THE DRAGON, though, Robert Clouse movies are sooo difficult to get through, and the O’BRIEN pair are two of his last three. Weird timing, but over the last month or so I coincidentally filled in a few remaining gaps in his filmography from my unwatched stacks (so, yeah, I do buy his stuff and I can’t explain it) including his last film IRONHEART (terrible), GYMKATA (ditto), FORCE FIVE (barely passable) and GOLDEN NEEDLES (better, but also closer in the timeline to ENTER THE DRAGON). The very presence of martial artists like Rothrock and Norton are basically the only saving grace in some of these films, and even then he often shot their fights in the most uninteresting ways. IRONHEART is just pathetic; a vanity show for a charisma-free Korean martial artist who expectedly went nowhere; Bolo’s barely in it, and wasted. Now that I’ve seen most of Clouse’s films, ENTER really seems like that magical one-off that was bound never to be repeated, for one very obvious reason.
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And VS just posted on their FB that they will be releasing their own 4K set of China O'Brien this year. Pre-orders will go live in March.
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Extras for BLACK MASK. A few too many fan experts for me, as usual, but nice to have all the cuts in one place and at least one archival piece:

​​​LIMITED EDITION TWO-DISC BLU-RAY SET FEATURES:Limited Edition of 2000 copies only | O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) | Limited Edition bonus disc featuring two alternate versions of the film | PLUS: A Limited- edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by James Oliver

DISC ONE

Fully uncut Hong Kong version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration

Original US version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration

Original Cantonese Stereo and optional DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Hong Kong Version)

Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release

Brand new audio commentary on the Hong Kong version by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)

Brand new audio commentary on the US export version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema

Brand new interview with stuntman Mike Lambert

Brand new interview with film critic Andrew Heskins (easternKicks.com)

Brand new interview with Leon Hunt, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger

Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork

Archival Making of featurette

Trailers

DISC TWO (LIMITED EDITION BONUS DISC)

Alternate Taiwanese cut of the film | Extended version of Black Mask featuring all the unique footage from the various releases of the film re-inserted

Extras for CAT AND THE CANARY:

SPECIAL FEATURES:Limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys

1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K digital restoration of the original negatives supplied by MoMA

DTS-HD MA 5.1 score by Robert Israel; compiled, synchronized and edited by Gillian B. Anderson, based on music cue sheets compiled and issued for the original 1927 release

Brand new audio commentary by author Stephen Jones and author / critic Kim Newman

Brand new audio commentary by Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby

Mysteries Mean Dark Corners – brand new video essay by David Cairns & Fiona Watson

Pamela Hutchinson on The Cat and the Canary – brand new interview with writer and film critic Pamela Hutchinson

Phuong Le on The Cat and the Canary – brand new interview with film critic Phuong Le

A Very Eccentric Man & Yeah, a Cat! – extracts from John Willard’s original play

Lucky Strike – Paul Leni gives a full-throated endorsement to the product that got him through filming The Cat and the Canary

A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Richard Combs, Craig Ian Mann, and Imogen Sara Smith
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China O'Brien was just one of those low budget DTV titles that I always saw on the video store shelves in the 1990s, but never bothered renting. Not sure why.

I know Rothrock has been around close to 40 years and has a cult fanbase, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of hers. For me personally, I probably won't spend big money on her movies.

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