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If you have seen The Hand of Death, then you know that John Woo was a good kung fu movie maker. Last Hurrah for Chivalry is his masterpiece. There are plenty of heroic moments, and it gets pretty bloody, but John Woo's style is very unique. The story is told well, the 2 heroes have some good comedic exchanges, and the villains are all extremely tough. It covers all the essentials. 110% effort was put into every part of this movie, including the sets. Golden Harvest tried hard to rival the Shaw Brothers sets, and their hard work really pays off. The sets never feel cheap, and the outdoor locations are also stunning. The cinematography always feels alive and makes scenes better than they would be just sitting idle. You can see why John Woo moved onto bigger and better things not long after making this.
The action is top notch. The choreography isn't the absolute best you will ever see, but the directing and editing are superb, and the action scenes are very intense.Read more ›
Last Hurrah for Chivalry is even better in DVD. This widesrceen production is a "10" in terms of picture quality! The Mandarin dubbed version of the movie is especially good. Excellent color and focus are good adjectives to describe the video portion. I believe the video has been reworked, because for a film that was originally released in 1979 the video still seems fresh.
The audio quality is equal to the task. The producers have spared no expense and have transfer the original soundtrack recording to Dolby Digital 5.1. I assume it was remastered to make the conversion, because it doesn't say so on the box. Not many studios now adays will go to such expense to update a movie over 20 years old.
By the way this DVD has the original Cantonese version with English subtitles, or you can watch the film dubbed in English or Mandarin, with a choice of English, simplified or traditional Chinese subtitles.
I have the original video of the film as well and noticed the English translation is some instances is different than the DVD, but the video quality on the DVD just blows the video away. If you have a DVD player...get the DVD... You won't be disappointed.
This is my favorite John Woo film. It's better than the latest films he has produced here for the US market, including Broken Arrow etc..
Special Features include:
Pray For Death-Interview with Fung Hak-On
Deliver Us From Evil-Interview with Lee Hoi-Son
Legendary Weapons of China Featurette
Commentary by Bey Logan
The story is okay, nothing too fancy; a man's new wife and a lot of his clan are wiped out by a rival (Lee Hoi San, of "everything" fame), so he looks for fighters to help dispense some justice. Wei Pai and Damian Lau play the swordsmen in question, befriended by the widower, prior to their revenge-soaked undertaking. Pretty cool stuff. Though I really could have done without the "sleeping sword". I dislike when a movie that keeps the sense of humor to a minimum suddenly breaks into something ridiculous. I certainly can't criticize creativity, it just kind of interrupts the flow.
An early film on the resume of John Woo, it has his trademark violence, deception and male-bonding. I love how dudes in his movies become friends by meeting and simply suggesting that they become friends. Usually, that only happens at 3am in the laundromat between weirdos, who recently consumed a quart of whiskey, each.
Dragon Dynasty does it again with this marvelous release, with plenty of special features. This looks just like a Shaw Brothers production with its lavish sets and costumes, but was actually done by Golden Harvest. The picture quality is fantastic. Recommended.
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Fantastic early John Woo (minus the birds)! The choreography is excellent! Of course the commentary by Bey Logan is always insightful and full of information!Published 3 months ago by supahh
Great movie. Couldn't find it anywhere. So happy to add it to my collection.Published 20 months ago by Reed