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Once Upon A Time In China: Collection (1993)

Jet Li , Biao Yuen , Hark Tsui  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan, Jacky Cheung, Kent Cheng
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Writers: Hark Tsui, Elsa Tang, Gai Chi Yuen, Tan Cheung, Tin-suen Chan
  • Producers: Hark Tsui
  • Format: Box set, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 359 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005K9O2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,447 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once Upon A Time In China: Collection" on IMDb

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Three adventures featuring Wong Fei Hung, legendary Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero of turn of the century China.
Genre: Foreign Film - Chinese
Rating: R
Release Date: 17-SEP-2002
Media Type: DVD

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad DVD transfer March 18, 2005
Having seen the first two movies on digital cable, I can say that they are great movies, but the DVD transfer quality really suffers on the 3-pack. Scenes alternate from blurry to clear with visible digital artifacts. The only scenes which are crisp and clear seem to be when there is little or no movement. If you don't like the movies, the video quality is bad enough to be distracting, and if you enjoy the movies then you deserve to buy a different version. I hope that the discs offered individually have better video quality. 5 stars for the movies, 2 stars for the video quality of the transfer.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Pre-America Jet Li Flicks June 8, 2003
If you thought Jet Li products like "The One," "Black Mask" or "Cradle 2 The Grave" were great films--you don't know what you've been missing. The "Once Upon A Time In China" plays like like an underground version of mainstreamed US releases, including "Crouching, Tiger." It's hardcore kung fu, with little fantasy, a good dose of history, and grimy, all-out, no-holds barred fighting.
The 6-part series (of which Li only appears in the first three, and the sixth) follows Wong Fei Hong, a doctor long renowned in Chinese legend. The setting is in late 19th century China as issues of colonialism, and suspicion toward foreigners runs ramapant. Fei Hong is usually neutral, with stronger leanings toward anti-westernization. Villains often play the part of the complete anti-westerners, doing any and everything to kick the French or British out. In the pro-west corner is Aunt Yee (aunt via a distant relation it seems, which lessens the weirdness of the romantic tension between her and Fei Hong) who dresses "modern," takes pictures with a camera, and believes the future lies in assimilating more of the western form into the culture.
Fei Hong is caught in the middle. He is extremely proud of his country and its people, but knows there is some merit to Yee's belief. For one, as a doctor, he has seen and understands some of the more efficient medical methods of the West, and knows that they surpass some, but not all Chinese methods. He fights both overly zealous Chinese and foreigners who don't mind making murder and brutality part of the process.
The Yuen Wo Ping choreographed scenes could make up a manual for shooting the kung fu fight scene. The cuts are long, extended takes, from numerous angles, with only splashes of slow motion.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars make sure you get the TRILOGY. I will explain. April 2, 2006
By morgoth
So I saw on here that people are ripping the OUATIC TRILOGY, and was very dissapointed. So I carefully started looking for all of the reviews and instantly noticed that people are giving bad reviews for the COLLECTION but everybody(except for 1 stupid person)who reviews the TRILOGY has good things to say. So I am here to tell you EXACTLY which version to buy. Most of you will be able to figure out to look at my reviews and see exactly what version I clicked on to review this. The COLLECTION is obviously not the same as this and if you look for the picture for the collection you will see it is different and has chinese characters on it. So look below for my desription on the TRILOGY

OUATIC TRILOGY- this is the version I have. The film print is the only thing to complain about. It looks kinda like movies when you go to the theater, but no real white lines or huge dots so a little better than that. So the picture is not quite as good as say a miramax but the release of the movie in it's original language uncut version is at least a 100 times better. And I am like 99% sure of this but I know that jet li's voice is dubbed in these cause he speaks mandarin btu it is A HELL OF A LOT BETTER than hearing that dumbass from the jet li ollection. And sadly the guy who dub's jet's voice isn't even as bad as the others. But his voice in this one I think may be better than jet's real voice cause it is a lot stronger. But I don't know, it's just that he is the only one where his mouth doesn't always match speech. So the picture and sound in this are VERY VERY good but the main thing is the beautiful widescreen presentation. YOU WILL NOT MISS A THING. And by the way the widescreen, great picture quality, and original language, uncut version is for all 3 of these movies.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This collection not complete, however...... April 19, 2003
My wife and I are HUGE Jet Li fans! We currently own EVERY Jet Li movie currently available on DVD. (Yes, that includes all the Hong Kong DVDs) If you're unfamiliar with the 'Once Upon a Time in China' series (henceforth referred to as OUATIC), it is fantastic! The action is astounding, and the acting is very good for Honk Kong cinema. It's the continuing story of Wong Fei Hung, the storied doctor and martial arts master of the Boxer Rebellion era, and one of the fabled 10 Tigers of Canton. If you are new to Jet Li movies, or Wu Shu/Martial Arts movies in general, then this is a fantastic series to start with. Now, with that said, the question remains....why did I only give this 4 out of 5? It's simple. This is billed as THE 'OUATIC' collection. Well, not quite. The entire series to date has 6 installments. Now granted, OUATIC 4 and 5 do NOT star Jet Li, but OUATIC 6 (Once Upon A Time in China and America) DOES mark the return of Jet Li to the series. And it's my second favorite of the Jet Li 'OUATIC' films. If this collection included it as well, then it would be 5 stars all the way!
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4.0 out of 5 stars it was very good. But I ORDERED JET LI TAI CHI AND ...
Published 23 days ago by cecil#1
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li at some of his finest. Who could ask for more
Jet Li at some of his finest. Who could ask for more? I could, sure, but I wont. I will smile.
Published 1 month ago by FatAndy
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for your chinese collection
For all martial arts collectors this is a must have, Jet Li put it down in this movie. Good action non-stop fighting. Go get it!
Published 5 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This was a great series. I bought this to watch on the airplane from the US to Peru, and it filled the time nicely. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew McMichael
1.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li
Jet Li knows martial arts and does fine in these movies. The stories are bordering on the ridicule. Don't waste your money!
Published 7 months ago by Bruno Langewouters
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a bid fan
DVD are not as HD as the movies as now a days and you have to read the subtitle. I like the story and love the classic kung fu fights it is not realistic but how the execution and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fyona Amor
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but very good for early Jet Li
Not his best but very good for early Jet Li - A little to much (attempted) comedy but other than that it's good to watch, which I have several times!
Published 8 months ago by Dennis Brooker
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Awesome quality and came promote. Ive watched these movies on YouTube in segments but seeing them all together as 1 movie is like a completely different movie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Deidre Hopkins
2.0 out of 5 stars .
The movies themselves are great! I absolutely love jet li. I guess my negative review is based on the fact that all the dvds are just laid on top of one another, with no separate... Read more
Published 17 months ago by z:ongaku
4.0 out of 5 stars Action
A mix of the old and the new of cultural differences and the power that changes culture to differentiate the blah blah blah, action packed with greatness.
Published 17 months ago by Itsacar
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