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‘Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo’ (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray & DVD June 24, 2019!

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.

 

Two essential films from one of action cinema’s all-time greats!

 

 

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.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 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]

 

 

DETAILS:

 

Label: Eureka!

 

Title| LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY & HAND OF DEATH: TWO FILMS BY JOHN WOO (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray edition

Starring| PAI WEI | DAMIAN LAU | KONG LAU [LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY] /TAO-LIANG TAN | JAMES TIEN | JACKIE CHAN | SAMMO HUNG [HAND OF DEATH]

Director| JOHN WOO

 

Blu-ray Cat. No.| EKA70340

Blu-ray Barcode| 5060000703405

Blu-ray RRP| £27.99

 

Release Date| 24 June 2019

Certificate| 15

Run Time| 106 & 96 minutes

OAR| 2.35:1 OAR

Picture| Colour

Genre| Martial Arts / Action

Year|1979 / 1976

Country| HONG-KONG

Language| CANTONESE

Subtitles| ENGLISH (Optional)

 

Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo is released on Blu-ray & DVD June 24, 2019!

 

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