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Old 07-09-21, 08:09 AM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

I think the official announcement is at 10am est, so more info then.

There will be early bird pricing as well.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

There's an argument to be made that the set is too focused on Chang Cheh and Lau Kar Leung (and if that's the route you're going to take, why is Might Peking Man in there?), but otherwise they definitely knocked it out of the park. Day one. Can't wait. Give me volume 2 now!
Old 07-09-21, 08:12 AM
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They were rumoured to have acquired 50 Shaw Brothers films so it will likely be 4 Volumes.

In case you are wondering why I'm so hyped up about this release:

https://letterboxd.com/lorenzol/list...atched-ranked/
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Originally Posted by rocket1312
There's an argument to be made that the set is too focused on Chang Cheh and Lau Kar Leung (and if that's the route you're going to take, why is Might Peking Man in there?), but otherwise they definitely knocked it out of the park. Day one. Can't wait. Give me volume 2 now!
I'm actually glad that Mighty Peking Man is in there. I did not expect that especially in the first volume release.
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Old 07-09-21, 08:20 AM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

12 is a lot less than 26. I feel duped!! /s
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The guy who had been leaking info said it was possible they were going to be splitting it up.
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I'm actually glad that Mighty Peking Man is in there. I did not expect that especially in the first volume release.
My only thing is if you're going to present a volume that is for all intents and purposes a "best of the best" of Shaws kung fu, Mighty Peking Man sticks out like a massive sore thumb. If you want to do a more varied set (which I'd be totally cool with) then go with it.

Mighty Peking Man also happens to be one of the most widely released titles worldwide in the catalog on blu-ray. Since it's one of the ones not getting a new transfer, there's no reason to think it will be much of an upgrade over the 88 films version.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
My only thing is if you're going to present a volume that is for all intents and purposes a "best of the best" of Shaws kung fu, Mighty Peking Man sticks out like a massive sore thumb. If you want to do a more varied set (which I'd be totally cool with) then go with it.

Mighty Peking Man also happens to be one of the most widely released titles worldwide in the catalog on blu-ray. Since it's one of the ones not getting a new transfer, there's no reason to think it will be much of an upgrade over the 88 films version.
No argument from me there. I just want it to be a Region A release too.

I'm really excited about Chinatown Kid since I watched a very poor English Dubbed VHS transfer online of the longer cut. It was still way better than the atrocity that is the present version that we have.
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Originally Posted by LorenzoL
No argument from me there. I just want it to be a Region A release too.

I'm really excited about Chinatown Kid since I watched a very poor English Dubbed VHS transfer online of the longer cut. It was still way better than the atrocity that is the present version that we have.
Are you not region free?
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Are you not region free?
No. The low Canadian dollar and the cost of shipping, just doesn't make sense for me especially since COVID.
Old 07-09-21, 08:49 AM
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That’s a shame… especially since you’re such a fan of this stuff. All the best releases are coming from the UK.
Old 07-09-21, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by dex14
That’s a shame… especially since you’re such a fan of this stuff. All the best releases are coming from the UK.
Oh, trust me I know dex14. The releases by Eureka and 88 Films of the HK films for the past few years have been outstanding. The one and only import that I got was the Eureka release of Drunken Master since that was a Region Free. After that, they locked it to B only.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Official announcement:

SURPRISE UK/US/CA TITLE: Shawscope Volume one (Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset)

After an undisputed reign at the peak of Hong Kong’s film industry in the 1960s, Shaw Brothers (the studio founded by real-life brothers Run Run and Runme Shaw) found their dominance challenged by up-and-coming rivals in the early 1970s. They swiftly responded by producing hundreds of the most iconic action films ever made, revolutionising the genre through the backbreaking work of top-shelf talent on both sides of the camera as well as unbeatable widescreen production value, much of it shot at ‘Movietown’, their huge, privately-owned studio on the outskirts of Hong Kong.

Pre-order in the UK via Arrow: https://bit.ly/3xtJSLN
Pre-order in the UK via Zavvi: https://bit.ly/3r32RKQ
Pre-order in the UK via HMV: https://bit.ly/3dVXgR9
Pre-order in the UK via Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hsUxRn
Pre-order in the US via DiabolikDVD: https://bit.ly/36uwLxO
Pre-order in the US via Zavvi: https://bit.ly/3xsYif2
Pre-order in Canada via Unobstructed View: https://bit.ly/3hVCdPX

From kickass kung fu killers to crazy kaiju knockoffs to culture clash comedies, this carefully curated and gorgeously presented selection of all-time Shaw Brothers classics merely represents the tip of the iceberg of the studio’s rich output, making it both an ideal starting point for newcomers and a treat for hardcore fans alike.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY COLLECTION CONTENTS
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of King Boxer, The Boxer from Shantung, Five Shaolin Masters, Shaolin Temple, Mighty Peking Man, Challenge of the Masters, Executioners from Shaolin, Chinatown Kid, The Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers, Heroes of the East and Dirty Ho
- Brand new 2K restorations by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives of King Boxer, The Boxer from Shantung, Challenge of the Masters, The Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers and Dirty Ho
- Brand new 2K master of the longer international cut of Chinatown Kid from original film elements
- Original uncompressed Mandarin, Cantonese (where applicable) and English mono audio
- Newly translated English subtitles for each film
- Hours of bonus features including brand new commentaries and critic appreciations on selected films, new and archive interviews with cast and crew, alternate credit sequences, trailer and image galleries for each film and more to be announced!
- 60 page book featuring new writing by David Desser, Simon Abrams and Terrence J. Brady, with cast and crew info for each film plus trivia and soundtrack info
- New artwork for each film by artists including Matthew Griffin, Chris Malbon, Jacob Phillips, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates

PRE-ORDER: NOW
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 6 2021

COMING IN 2022…
SHAWSCOPE VOLUME TWO, AND MORE!
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Old 07-09-21, 09:26 AM
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I just pre-ordered it. It's going to cost me $195 Canadian.
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I think I’m going to wait for a standard release. I’m not a fan of big packages like that. We’ll see if I cave…
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Old 07-09-21, 09:39 AM
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Looking at it, it seems to be a similar packaging like the Zatoichi set. I'm okay with that. I haven't been buying physical media at all. This is just going to be my second purchase this year and I don't want to wait for their standard release if they decide to go that route.
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Originally Posted by dex14
I think Im going to wait for a standard release. Im not a fan of big packages like that. Well see if I cave
I'm not necessarily a fan of big boxes either, but a) no way I'm waiting, and b) I kind of enjoy the gimmick of the box being "Shaw Scope" shaped/sized.

I'm so fired up for this box even though I already own 3 of the titles on blu. Of course the price I paid for importing those 3 almost equals the cost of this entire box.

I can't wait to see what's in store for volume 2. Based on the contents of this set (almost all heavy hitters and all traditional kung fu), I wonder if the second box will follow suit or if it will go a different direction. We know they have 36th Chamber, but I wonder if that would be a separate release. Trilogy set maybe? What I really want would be some early 70's Chang Cheh like The Duel, Vengeance or Blood Brothers and some Chor Yuen Gu Long adaptations like Magic Blade, Clans of Intrigue or Jade Tiger.
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It has been confirmed that Arrow doesn't have Super Inframan unfortunately yet.

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I think Im going to wait for a standard release. Im not a fan of big packages like that. Well see if I cave
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Over in the Criterion thread I'm talking about how I stopped blind buying their titles but now I'm looking at that trailer and I want to blind buy this big box.
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I rarely buy physical media anymore or ask for it as a gift (last big physical media gift I received was the Gamera Arrow set that I was gifted by my parents after I got lucky and was able to have my dad pre-order at Amazon when the set was less than $150, still thrilled I now own this currently crazy expensive set), but I might ask for this set as a gift. Pretty neat collection of Shaw Brothers films.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

I still have a few boxes of the old Celestial Pictures region 3 DVDs and VCDs that I picked up on multiple trips to Hong Kong. I am interested in this box set with the newly remastered movies.
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I put a preorder in with Zavvi shortly after I made my post.

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