Epic all star shaw brothers release with tons of attitude...
David Brown III | gloucester, MA. USA | 09/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An allstar-stellar cast and the most invested film of it's time -a purported million dollars or more was apparently spent on this production- Ku feng, deservedly is cast as the father of an elite clan of sons who are all very good warriors. David Chiang and Ti Lung are his favorites though and this is beginning to offend some of their siblings leading to a revolt and tragedy for the entire family. This film probably has one of the highest or THE highest body count of any Shaw Brothers film. Bolo even makes an apparence in the beginning of the story. Extremely well written, an all out production, with fine acting make this film a must have by any Shaw Bros. collector. If this DVD comes with the english dubbs Shaws fans are instore for quite a treat. The translations are excellent for the english dubbs in this film.
BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER.....TO THE DEATH !!
The Critic | Windsor | 11/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Presented in glorious SHAW-SCOPE "The Heroic Ones" DVD released by Well Go USA under the Sword Masters name boasts a beautiful wide screen video transfer to say the least. After closer inspection of the disc it's clear the video transfer is from the recent digitally remastered Celestial Pictures version. The sound on the other hand is not so great and could have been done much better even though there is a 5.1 sound option. It seems that something was out of sync when the soundtrack was being done and it's inconsistent, muffled and plagued with problems in the English dubbed version. Make no mistake; this is a five star Martial Arts classic, but I had to take off a star for the sound quality problems.
Produced in 1970 by the Legendary Shaw Brothers Studios "Sap Sam Tai Bo" (Hong Kong: Cantonese title) or "The Heroic Ones" (Hong Kong: original subtitled version) is a kung fu feast for martial arts fans. In my opinion no other Kung Fu duo provided more deadly blows or high flying action than David Chiang and Ti Lung in the 1970's Shaw Brothers films. If you're looking for a martial arts classic filled with epic battles ridiculously high body counts, plenty of blood and the who's who of the martial arts world, you've come to the right place. The Shaw Brothers went all out in 1970 on "The Heroic Ones" and the cast of Martial artists used was proof of they're ongoing commitment to making the most incredible martial arts movies possible. Once again David Chiang and Ti Lung are at their very best and the rest of the cast doesn't disappoint either. I have to admit that as much as I like the amazing David Chiang, he does take a back seat to Ti Lung in "The Heroic Ones". The fighting is fierce and the magnificent battle scenes are truly spectacular for a 1970 film and they could easily rival some of Hollywood's best even today. Some of the other martial artists in "The Heroic Ones" include Lily Li, Chin Han, James Nam, Wang Chung and the great Bolo Yeung albeit in a small role and the list goes on. For David Chiang fans including me, his final scene is a memorable one and something not so easily forgotten. I really enjoyed seeing "The Heroic Ones" again in all its remastered glory despite the sound problems and look forward to my new DVD addition the "Two Champions of Shaolin". I hope my comments were helpful.
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