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Kung Fu: Complete Third Season (2005)

David Carradine , Keye Luke  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Carradine, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn, Radames Pera
  • Producers: Jerry Thorpe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 1221 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051SFT2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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He is a man of peace in a violent land. He is Kwai Chang Caine, schooled in the spirit-mind-body ways of the Shaolin priesthood by the blind avuncular Master Po and the stern, yet loving, Master Kan. Caine speaks softly but he hits hard. He lives humbly, yet knows great contentment. He is the Old West's most unusual hero.

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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snatch the pebble from my hand... May 15, 2005
The third and final series of the greatest show of the '70's is coming! David Carradine unexpectedly walked out of the show at the end of this season, he's a man of many interests so he couldn't be tied down to the one show for too long. At least we have close to a hundred episodes of this tv classic as his legacy. These final episodes are:

1. "Cry of the Night Beast" (Prod #166251) October 19, 1974 - Caine hears a baby buffalo crying (supernaturally) and stops a hunter from killing its mother. But when mother and baby get separated, Caine must find a way to keep the baby alive until he can reunite them. This is connected in flashbacks to a connection the young Caine felt with an unborn baby.

2. "My Brother, My Executioner" (Prod #166252) October 12, 1974 - Caine tracks down Danny but doesn't get the kind of reception he expected from his brother. Soon thereafter a gunfighter arrives saying that this Danny Caine had been a very fast gunfighter with a different name just three years previously and he wants to see which one of them is faster.

3. "The Valley of Terror" (Prod #166253) September 28, 1974 - When Caine learns a young woman has visions of the signs of the dragon and the tiger that are burnt on his arms, he rescues her from those who are trying to return her to an insane asylum.

4. "A Small Beheading" (Prod #166254) September 21, 1974 - While he is working for a woman on a ranch near a coastal town, a sea captain (married to the sister of the Emperor's*1* nephew, whom Caine killed) delivers to Caine a pardon if he returns to China. The catch, according to the captain, is that Caine must allow the 'beheading' of the little finger of his right hand.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Full Circle" for Caine as "Kung Fu" ends August 21, 2005
Not every actor can walk away from a series at the height of its popularity. David Carradine walked off the set of the final episode of the 3rd season of "Kung Fu" and elected not to return for a variety of reasons. The series acted as a spring board for Carradine boosting him to roles such as Woody Gutherie in "Bound for Glory". This the third season of the series (and the last for the original series...we won't talk about the bad sequel series Carradine starred in during the 90's) allowed a sense of closure; Caine discovers the whereabouts of his half brother and is able to move into a new phase of his life during the last season.

Another excellent series of transfers from Warner Home Video demonstrates why Warner continues to set the pace when it comes to major studios releasing TV shows on DVD. Unlike Universal's releases ("McCloud", "Night Gallery") from the same time frame, "Kung Fu" actually comes with extras and has a superior transfer. There are occasional analog artifacts that probably occurred on the original negative or during the initial duping process otherwise the image quality of this terrific transfer. Not surprisingly most of the analog artifacts like dirt and hair are visible during the title sequence which was duplicated quite a few times. Likewise most of the issues with grain, color shift and other issues are during the title sequence. Colors are bright and vivid with the image quality being sharp for the most part. Occasionally the image does soften a bit but, on the whole, this is a superb job from Warner. As many fans of the series are aware Warner initially released the first season of "Kung Fu" in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio increasing the image are at the sides at the lopping off the images at the top and bottom.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor follow-up to Greatness Grasshoper May 20, 2006
Season 1 and 2 are truly excellent representations of what television can be. Caine is rational man in an irrational world, purposeful & heroic. Sadly, the 3rd series becomes extremely mystical and delves into large amounts of superstition & pseudo-psycho babble. Gone are the profound stories dealing with racism, family, art, life, death, etc. They are replaced with ghosts, 2nd sight, an over indulgence in the past, and a general decline in the quality of the stories & themes. I still bought it and will finish the series but this set can't hold a candle to the first 2.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now I remember... September 11, 2005
I was an avid fan of Kung Fu when it hit the airwaves in the early 70s. I watched it faithfully for a while, but then lost interest just before it went off the air. I hadn't thought about it in years, but now I remember why: my interest in the show was proportional to its quality. The first two seasons of Kung Fu were marvelous, and--for early-70s TV anyway--were well made and fun to watch. This DVD set reminds me about why I stopped watching the original series during its third season--it isn't that the production values are all that bad, it's just that the show experienced a noticable shift in its focus, and that focus went from a fairly credible format to one of truly unbelievable fantasy.

I still wonder who or what was responsible for this sudden shift from martial arts and western cowboys to ghosts, demons, and unrelenting mysticism. And it was a very sudden shift--see it for yourself by watching the first two seasons and then watching this third one. With the third season came this odd obsession with mystical powers, demons and spirits, and fantastic premises that abandoned all contact with reality. Given the way the show changed its focus like it did, it's probably just as well that the third season was its last--at least this way it died with much of its dignity intact.

The episodes (way too many of them) that were set in China were a big disappointment too. The show was a huge success because of the contrast between Caine's deep Eastern philosophies and the rough and tumble simplicity of the old west, and also because of the appeal of seeing a good, soft-spoken, decent person get the best of the bad guys after being underestimated by bullies and bigots.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I only started on Season one.
Published 1 month ago by Norman Schumacher
5.0 out of 5 stars His Kung Fu is Goooood
Lone Kung-Fu Master wanders through the American Frontier thinking profoundly serene thoughts while politely whooping killers, slavers and various idiots in this weeks installment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sethster
3.0 out of 5 stars this completes my collection of this series. by season ...
this completes my collection of this series. by season 3 most of the episodes have become somewhat repetitive and predictable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mawkeybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu is awesome
Great series. Bought it to see how a great martial arts series should be. Love all that I have seen so far.
Published 3 months ago by Joe Gentry Coach
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu great final season!
The third season was my favorite of all, because Cain finally finds his long lost brother, Danny. DVDs were in excellent condition, and arrived quickly. Thanks!
Published 3 months ago by Bernie Jelinek
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Amazon
My husband was happy to get the Third . The DVD was a happy reminder of when it first came out. He never complained of any problems with the DVD.
Published 6 months ago by sara sara
4.0 out of 5 stars All seasons are good
Story is great, action is top notch for real (not computer generated) fight scenes. Disc was poor quality, hopped and skips all over the place on at least three of the discs.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fighting evil.
Smashing stuff, I love it, I watch the whole series every year, Good fighting evil and good always wins. Great.
Published 7 months ago by Alan Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Brings back memories seeing these episodes with family. This has got to be one of the best series of the 70's IMO.
Published 7 months ago by Peter J. Pena
5.0 out of 5 stars When we percieve the ways of nature, we remove the conflict within...
If you grew up in the 70's, then you may remember this t.v. show which aired at that time. I was only 11yrs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kristinakay
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