9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Average Kung-Fu Movie,
This review is from: 5 Fingers of Death (DVD)
"Five Fingers of Death" was apparently the movie that launched the kung-fu craze of the 1970s in America. Released by Warner Bros., it had an elaborate marketing campaign and ended up being a big hit. It's actually a very typical, not extremely interesting movie for the genre. There are some good fight scenes and a couple of moments that really stand out (like when the guy gets his eyes poked out), but the story isn't interesting even by 70s kung-fu standards, and the star isn't charismatic. Still, its minor historical significance makes it worth seeing for a hard-core kung-fu fan.
The DVD ("limited widescreen edition") is in its correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, which automatically makes it better than the millions of bad kung-fu DVDs clogged up a remainder bin near you. Still, the picture quality is far from perfect, with many scratches and some truly horrible colour bleeding. It looks very similar to a VHS tape. The sound is the English dubbed version from the 70s, which, if you ask me, adds to the fun of this goofy flick. There are no extras whatsoever, which is a disappointment considering the relatively high price tag (I bought it for $24.99). Are a trailer, photo gallery, production notes, biographies, or liner notes too much to ask?