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morgoth | omaha, NE | 02/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I have to point out that this DVD has bad picture quality, but it is an AWESOME MOVIE!!! I am surprised I haven't seen any comments by anybody else on the Rarescope picture quality. On this site that is, plenty of people are complaining. All of Rarescope's movies have been watchable and 'Showdown at the Cottonmill' was by far the worst in terms of picture quality. Well, 'Elimination Pursuit' is the worst yet. One thing people have to keep in mind is that these films have been lost for decades and these are the only film prints left. Rarescope had actually decided not to release this movie because the condition is so bad, but people like me begged and begged to see it. Well, they delivered. If you have seen the Rarescope trailers and '3 Famous Constables' caught your eye, well here it is. They just decided to go with an alternate title. You may have noticed on the trailers that this film has noticeable print damage and a purple flame throughout the scene they show. It is actually even worse than that. I think it is tinted a different color on every scene. So anyways, if you only like remastered movies, this may not be for you. If you REALLY want to see it, then I can assure you it is at least watchable. It will be the only way you will ever be able to see it and I have seen much worse.
Similar to other Rarescope titles like 'Lost Swordship' and 'Face Behind the Mask', this is a wuxia set in the martial world. 2 constables team up to take down the Devil gang while Roc Tien Peng just goes around killing a lot of people. They usually attack him first, but it always turns out to be a bad decision. I really don't want to give away anything whatsoever. It is so good that I would feel horrible if you experienced it any other way than I did. I have been waiting for about a year to see this and I have managed to block out literally everyone's opinion. It's like when you tape the big game and have to go the whole day without finding out what happened just so you can get home and see it all for yourself. I will tell you a few things to look forward to though. It has an awesome soundtrack, great acting, very good swordplay, decent storytelling, and a ton of people die with some good blood splattering effects. There is definitely some inspiration taken from Lone Wolf and Cub with the excessive and graphic violence. Roc Tien uses this samurai sword style and it is just so freaking cool, it has to be seen!! He is called the Wolf Warrior and you DO NOT mess with him.
So if you liked 'Lost Swordship' or 'Face Behind the Mask' at all, this is a must have. It is a great movie, but I only give it a 4/5 because it is way too short and the ending is only average. And fair warning, don't mix any drugs or alchohol while watching this. The movie is overloaded with craziness already. I don't use drugs, but I was definitely hallucinating for a while. Then when the movie ended, I realized everything was OK. It may be too much to handle for some people. Pearl Chang is always in wacky movies so I shouldn't have been too surprised, but it still blew me away. I call this my magic DVD.
There is also 3 bonus fight scenes included as a special feature. Each features 1 of the 3 main stars in the movie. 'Mark of Blood', 'Chiu Cho Guy', and 'Phoenix The Assassin'.
Sound quality is fine, there is no English dub, and the burnt-on subtitles are easy to read for the most part, though they don't make sense more than a few times. Like someone will say-"Let's not antagonize eachother ever since", when it should read-"Let's not antagonize eachother even more". If you've seen a lot of these movies then you know that you will just have to translate a lot of it yourself. No English dub, which all of the Rarescope movies have had(except the first 2), but that is acceptable since there was probably no English dub available for this rare of a movie."