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The Delightful Forest [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Ti Lung, Chu Mu, Tien Ching, Yu Feng
  • Directors: Chang Cheh, Pao Hsueh-li
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036DBMG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Co-directed by Chang Cheh and Pao Hsueh-li, and written by Ni Kuang, Chang Cheh and Chin Shu-mei, The Delightful Forest revolved around the legendary hero Wu Sung (Ti Lung), who was sent to the prison in the Meng province after murdering his sister-in-law Lotus Pan and a local ruffian Hsi Men-ching. There he was acquainted with the prison officer Golden Eye Shih En (Tien Ching), who saved Wu from the baton punishment required for new prisoners. Knowing he had owed Shih a favor, Wu decided to offer any help in return. It turned out that Shih s restaurant Delightful Forest was taken by the local thug Door God Chiang Chung (Chu Mu), with the support from the Meng officials and military trainers. The furious Wu decided to get Shih s restaurant back at all costs.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Russell Mariacher on April 20, 2010
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(9/14/10 update!) This Blu-ray Disc of the Shaw Brothers classic "The Delightful Forest" (1972, directed by Chang Cheh and Pao Hsueh-li) is one of four Blu-ray Discs now available from Well Go USA for purchase at Amazon, and, initially, there were technical problems with this release. In the case of the first copy that was given to me, playback of the picture was hampered by brief moments of breaking up (pixilation of some kind) within thirty minutes of the viewing. The picture never froze, so I played it through with no further complications. Since then, Well Go worked out the bugs the best they could on the disc, offering consumers a new copy if they mailed in their bad copies right to the company! My replacement copy, and an additional one I bought for a friend (from Amazon), played well without any complications. With the newer pressing, a copy you get now should be okay, but be on the alert if you DO get a bad one. (Go to Well Go's website for details on exchanging faulty discs.)

Well Go USA's BD of "TDF" is an AMAZING improvement over the The Delightful Forest **SHAW BROTHERS** DVD! If Well Go got complaints about the doctored soundtracks on the DVD, they corrected them here with the English dub and the Mandarin dub BOTH in strong, UNTOUCHED mono! Yes, all the extra music and foley are GONE here, and they are NOT missed!

The picture is much sharper on the BD; it's 1080i (interlaced), NOT 1080p (progressive). Also, many visual issues that couldn't be resolved back in 1972 can't be corrected via the BD mastering (occasional blurriness due to the equipment Shaw's cameramen had to utilize), so the disc is a near-perfect visual experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Ware on April 27, 2010
I received my disc today and the bad news is that yes, there are some minor issues. I watched this on a Sony BDP-S370. Around the 1:55 mark I had a fluttering artifact on the screen for a half second. I replayed that section to confirm it was there. There was a also a kind of stuttering that lasted a second in a later scene which I again replayed to verify. Infrequently there was a tiny jerkiness but it didn't really detract from the movie; I only mention it in the interest of being complete.

The good news is that the colors pop and the detail is excellent. The sound was very good as well. Overall it is a solid disc but probably not up to the standards of people used to $25 blu-ray discs released by major studios. If you watch older kung fu flicks and have suffered through washed-out colors and crappy VHS transfers and cropped frames you will love it.

This is a very inexpensive disc and my viewing experience did not suffer greatly from the minor imperfections. I'll probably keep the disc unless I can be sure of getting a flawless one in exchange. YMMV.

I reviewed the Brothers Five (Blu-ray) (Shaw Brothers) disc (better!) and I will review the The Heroic Ones [Blu-ray] disc after I watch it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kung Fubu on December 5, 2012
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When Well Go USA originally released The Delightful Forest on Blu-ray in early 2010, all copies were unfortunately defective due to a bad glass master used for disc replication. Well go USA acknowledged the problem and quickly set up a replacement program. Also, all affected stock sent out to retailers was supposedly recalled. All should be well now, but over two years after being released on Blu-ray, even now defective copies of this title still exist on the market.

I recently purchased my own copy of The Delightful Forest from Amazon, assuming the disc would be fine after all this time, only to receive a copy that glitched and froze on my player. I tried to contact distributor Well Go USA through their website about obtaining a fixed replacement, but after two weeks have not received a response. They also took down their webpage detailing the replacement program, suggesting that the program has ended and they are no longer sending out fixed replacements. I ended up exchanging the title for a replacement through Amazon, but as expected received only another defective copy. It now looks like Amazon is selling old, unsold stock from other retailers that was never recalled as intended. Even worse, they probably received the old stock from distributor Well Go USA, which wouldn't be a big issue if only it was clearer whether or not the replacement program was still in place.

If you have any interest at all in this Blu-ray, DO NOT BUY from Amazon. You're better off taking a chance with other retailers who might have fresher stock, although with Well Go USA possibly sending out defective copies again to retailers, there really are no guarantees. Which is too bad, because the first few minutes of this movie that I was able to watch before it froze were actually pretty good. If only I could watch the rest of the movie to give it a proper review.
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By rodney taylor on December 15, 2014
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Great picture quality
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