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Kung Fu Pilot (TV Premiere DVD)


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Product Details

  • Actors: David Carradine, Radames Pera, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn, James Hong
  • Writers: Ed Spielman, Herman Miller, Kittridge Buston
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000255LLG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kung Fu Pilot (TV Premiere DVD)" on IMDb

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Directed by Jerry Thorpe - Starring David Carradine, Barry Sullivan, Keith Carradine Warner Home Video - Rated Not Rated - 74 min - Hybrid Western - Region: 1 (USA & territories, Canada) David Carradine first stepped into the sandals of taciturn martial-arts expert Caine in the made-for-TV pilot film Kung Fu. A Chinese/American priest, Caine must flee to the United States after he is forced to kill a royal nephew. He wanders the American West of the 1860s, keeping his cool until it is necessary to display his kung-fu skills full force. Most often, he must meditate and conjure up a flashback dominated by Master Po (Keye Luke) before he is galvanized into action. In the pilot, Caine comes to the rescue of a group of Chinese coolies who are working on the railroad. First telecast February 22, 1972, Kung Fu spawned a long-running series of the 1970s...

Customer Reviews

Kung Fu is a great show and truly remarkable.
Lee Gibbs
I love it I love this movies the collections are amazing movies with a lot teaching.
ClaudiaElizabeth Yepes
It will provoke their interest in Asian culture and Asian martial arts.
O. Marie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By R. Zarco on February 1, 2005
Buy the complete seasons 1 and 2, don't waste money just in the pilot that is included in the season 1
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By PNF on September 3, 2004
This is a great movie. But I wouldn't recommend that you purchasee it. Buy the "season one" DVD set. It includes this film and let's face it... The season shows really built on this film. Kung Fu was an awsome series, and more is more in this case.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "shiggs37" on June 30, 2004
I love this movie! I have waited a long time for it to come to DVD. Here it is 2004 - watching a movie made in the 1970's, that takes place in 1873. I just love the philosophy of this film - avoid conflict when possible. This is in stark contrast to every action movie in the last 30 years, where the hero is just looking for an excuse to beat up / kill someone. With the above praise out of the way, the reason I didn't give it a 5 is that the production values are terrible. This was a tv show pilot, not a Hollywood blockbuster. While there is an explosion, that is the only "special effect". Bottom line, Get this movie, just be prepared for a very "low tech" experience.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 28, 2006
Who amongst the forty and older crowd doesn't remember with great fondness the inscrutable face and piercing eyes of Master Kan repeating the statement, "snatch the pebble from my hand" in the weekly prologue to the latest episode of 'Kung Fu', one of the truly great television series of the '70's?

This DVD is the pilot show for what would become one of the most popular television series for '72 to '75 which offered a unique blending of Chinese philosophy and martial arts in an Old American Wild West setting.

Yes, this pilot movie is included in the First Season disc set so this one is basically for someone who liked the original movie but doesn't want to bother with all the ensuing episodes, or the completist who just has to have it all. I fall into the second category.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SpookCentral.tk on April 4, 2007
This is not a review of this specific title, but rather of Warner Brothers' "TV Premiere DVD" series as a whole. I would like to make you aware of my issues with features that are apparently prevalent in ALL of the titles in this series, based upon my purchase of one of these titles ("The Flintstones - The Flintstone Flyer").

Although the list of issues below was written specifically for The Flintstones DVD, I highly suspect that most (if not all) of it applies to this and all of the other titles in the "TV Premiere DVD" series. Be sure to check out The Flintstones page to see the photos that I uploaded which better illustrate the packaging and disc printing issues mentioned below.

-- The disc does not come in a plastic case, but rather in a cardboard sleeve which opens on the side. I've purchased $1 public domain DVDs from no-name companies that came in plastic slim cases, so it's appalling that a $6 DVD from a big-name company would be done so cheaply. Also, the sleeve has a hole at the top in the center where the peg would go for it to be hung on a rack like an action figure or toy. The hole has been edited out of the promo photos that Warner Bros. gave Amazon to display for the DVDs.

-- The text on the disc is very faint and hard to read - another way Warner Bros. skimped on production costs.

-- The cheapness doesn't stop at the packaging. The DVD does not contain a menu, not even a plain one. Because of this, there's an interesting glitch that happens if you let the DVD play past the episode. You see, after the episode plays, it goes to a FBI Warning on title 3, which then goes to the non-existent menu, so the player just hangs on a black screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Marie on April 22, 2009
This is an excellent film that stands quite well on it's own. For many people of it's generation, it was our first introduction to "The Stranger"; the strange man from a foreign land, who was action, and who gave little or no explanation for what he believed in.

This is the story of Caine, how he came to the Shaolin Temple in China as a little boy, and was trained there a Buddhist Monk. The actors and storyline are all rich and well done. There are several surprises in the film which lead the viewers to their own thoughts and conclusions on what it means to be "powerful" in a world of politics, greed and betrayal.

This is also a great film for kids! It will provoke their interest in Asian culture and Asian martial arts. The filming techniques of the creators are the first of their kind, using the teachings of Buddhism and martial arts in every day scenarios. I am sure George Lucas was inspired by this film and the consequential TV series as he went about dreaming of his Star Wars characters. A great buy, and hard to find, this film stands alone. It makes a great gift for people you would like to introduce to Asian and Buddhist cultures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Gibbs on March 16, 2007
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I had not seen much of the martial arts except some Bruce Lee stuff and some Hong Kong flicks. This Pilot movie was incredible. It showed a whole different way of discipline. The use of flashbacks, to show what he would have thought of, his memories, is so applicable to all of our lives. Kung Fu is a great show and truly remarkable.
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