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The Bells Of Death: Shaw Bros (Special Edition)

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When his family is attacked by three vicious bandits who abduct his younger sister, courageous Wei embarks a relentless search while honing his fighting skills to deadly perfection. With the help of a beautiful young companion, he infiltrates the band of criminals and risks his life in a sword-slashing, hard-hitting collision that will leave more than a few broken bones in its wake. Stylish, fast-paced and packed with eye-opening stunts, The Bells of Death has vintage Shaw Brothers thrills from start to finish!


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Product Details

  • Actors: Chun Ping, Chao Hsin Yen, Chang Yi
  • Directors: Yueh Fung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6YOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson VINE VOICE on September 11, 2007
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3 bloodthirsty bandits slay the family of a young peasant man, which in turn sends him on a quest for vengeance (as is normally the case). Not much new here in the way of storyline, but director Yueh Feng gives us enough great characters and dramatic beats to keep things fresh and interesting throughout. Chang Yi plays the lead well, showing us the stark change from the simple woodcutter to stoic and nearly emotionless vigilante. The villains are great as 3 vicious brothers who are each proficient in a different weapon (9 foot battle ax/sword/bow and arrow) and equally dastardly. The fights in the film are much more about style and the gruesome demise of the loser than the intricate and awe-inspiring battles of some of its peers. For instance, a battle in a bamboo forest where every swipe sends trees crashing to the ground, or a truly inventive scene where the fighters have lit candles at the ends of their swords and must fling them into the air and catch them again (without extinguishing the flame!) in between short bursts of swordfighting. Released only one year after the genre classic The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), this film shows much less sign of it's age. Probably the fact that there are far less sets used and more actual countryside (which is shot beautifully)... also the blood here is very well done; it's color and effect when limbs are removed or heads are gashed is really impressive. So yet another great film from the Shaw Brothers studio released nicely by Image Entertainment... see it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Jaworski on March 4, 2008
Vintage Shaw Brothers movie from '69, given the first class treatment from Image Entertainment. Samo Hung is NOT in this movie, nor did he work on it, but don't let that stop any of you Shaw Brothers/fu fans from checking out this cool nugget of a film. Very well-done, although I'm not familiar with the director. A very young Chang Yi has the lead role & looks good here. Actor Ku Feng is almost unrecognizable. The fu is sword swinging old skool; no wires, fairly exciting, just DO NOT expect the Venoms or Lau brothers choreography. Despite not being directed by the maestro, Chang Cheh, it's quite bloody, and there are quite a few good set-pieces.

Image, as usual, did a fabulous job; re-mastered, blemish free, widescreen picture; re-mastered audio & easy to read subtitles. Personally I liked this movie, if you read any of my other reviews you'll see I'm a hard-core fu fan, and my preference is Shaw Brothers/old-skool. I would definitely recommend this to like-minded fans, but not to people who only saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and think it's the last word on martial arts movies. I just don't think they would get it, and that's my opinion, like it or lump it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Brown III on September 1, 2008
This is one Chang Yi's best roles and the martial arts in this film are of japanese quality. Ku Feng is one of three villians who've brutally murdered Chang Yi's family. Chang meets a master martial artist and is honored by him with being taught how to fight with exceptional talent. Great film. We're talking japanese quality fight and sword play choreographing here. Extremely well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James H. Wallace Jr. on January 2, 2010
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This is truly a classic Kung Fu movie from the Shaw Brothers movie archives. I have been waiting for some time for an original Mandarin language/English dubbed version. A bootleg of this can be found on Ebay, but this is an official release from Celestial Pictures and Image Entertainment. If you like such classics like "King Boxer aka Five Fingers of Death," or "36 Chambers of Shaolin aka Master Killer," then this might be right down your alley. Yes, the English dubbed is comparable to that of KF movies that came out at this time. But, an enjoyable escapism none the less. I regard this movie as quintessential Shaw Brothers.

This is a warning to anyone who purchases this DVD is the anamorphic isn't working properly. That is were the image is squeezed together and then the wide-screen is opened up by the DVD player. It stays squeezed. I purchased this DVD twice, from two different sellers and the result is the same.

Amazon needs to pull this DVD and have Image Entertainment fix it properly.

Note: This is primarily the video watched on standard analog TV's. A lot of HD TV's and projectors have a Full Mode, which stretches out the image to it's exact aspect ratio. On regular TV's this isn't the case. Great on HD projectors and HDTV's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tao1st on January 9, 2014
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"The Bells of Death" is a classic Shaw Brothers revenge film with elements of a good old fashioned Western tale more than traditional Chinese Wuxia, with a nice blend of noir. While the fight choreography is basic at best, the films strong points are the story and the overall mood. If you're looking for cool sword fights and classic Shaw Brothers action, look elsewhere, as these fights tend to be very basic, and rely more on the mood of the scene than the action on the screen. But if you are in the mood for a fun, rainy day revenge flick, Shaw style, look no further. "The Bells of Death has what you're looking for.
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