Reworded: The fourth installment of Shaw Brothers Classics, now available on Blu-ray from Shout!
Volume 4 of Shaw Brothers Classics on Blu-ray, released by Shout!
RELEASE DATE: December 19, 2023
On December 19, 2023, Shout! Factory is set to release Shaw Brothers Classic: Volume 4, a Blu-ray collection (Region A) featuring multiple films including the ones listed below:
The Rebel Intruders (1980), Two Champions of Shaolin (1980), Legend of the Fox (1980), Black Lizard (1981), House of Traps (1981), Masked Avengers (1981), The Sword Stained with Royal Blood (1981), Five Element Ninjas (1982), Shaolin Prince (1982), Shaolin Intruders (1983), Holy Flame of the Martial World (1983), and Opium and the Kung-Fu Master (1984).
Another 12 classic martial arts films highlight this explosive box set comprised from the famous Shaw Brothers’ library and featuring some of their greatest stars including The Five Deadly Venom’s stars Phillip Kwok, Sun Chien, Lu Feng, Chiang Sheng, and Lo Meng and A Better Tomorrow’s Derek Yee and Ti Lung. Many of these visually spectacular films are debuting for the first time on Blu-ray. Heroes meet villains in edge-of-your-seat duels in this exciting array of some of Shaw Brothers’ best!
THE REBEL INTRUDERS
This movie is available in 1080p high-definition widescreen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It includes audio in both Mandarin and English with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono. The runtime is 100 minutes.
The “Venoms” have returned to the spotlight! Following the success of The Five Venoms, Taiwanese Opera performers Phillip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, and Lu Feng reunite with Chinese bodybuilder Lo Meng and expert kicker Sun Chien for this intense political thriller. Taking place in the early Republican era, The Rebel Intruders tells the story of talented refugees who come into conflict with a dangerous traitor. Prepare for non-stop action as they engage in epic battles!
TWO CHAMPIONS OF SHAOLIN
This film is available in 1080p high-definition widescreen with a ratio of 2.35:1. It includes Mandarin and English audio options in DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and has a runtime of 106 minutes.
Director Chang Cheh found success by bringing together three Taiwanese actors, a Korean martial artist, and a Chinese strongman in a series of heroic kung fu adventures. The first film in this series, The Five Venoms, became an international cult classic. What makes this action-packed story of Shaolin and Wu Tang fighters unique is that the fifth “Venom” worked behind the scenes, inspiring the other four to give their all on screen.
The tale of the fox.
This film is presented in 1080p high-definition widescreen with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It also includes a Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio Mono soundtrack and has a runtime of 128 minutes.
The esteemed filmmaker Chang Cheh collaborated on this film to highlight a new talent. Intense excitement and exceptional fight sequences elevate his gripping story of vengeance, which was choreographed by and includes appearances from the director’s top three “Venoms”: Kuo Chue, Chiang Sheng, and Lu Feng. These actors, already renowned for their roles in over twelve movies, bring their extensive skills to support Chien Hsiao-hou, who would later star in iconic films like Mr. Vampire and Fist Of Legend.
Chor Yuen, the director, is well-known for incorporating elements of murder mysteries, detective stories, and emotional drama into kung fu movies. This particular movie showcases his expertise in creating thrilling plots, utilizing the talents of two editors and three martial arts choreographers to weave a tale of kidnapping, murder, false accusations, and even being buried alive. The kung fu scenes are presented with a dark and chilling tone in this captivating story of swordsmen and women fighting to protect both their loved ones and their sanity.
The Five Venoms, a popular kung fu thriller, was the beginning of a series of over twelve captivating films with the same actors playing different characters. House Of Traps is often regarded as the final installment of the “Venoms” movies, but it certainly does not disappoint. Packed with non-stop bloody attacks, this film follows heroes and villains as they navigate the mysteries of a haunted house. The main Venoms themselves are responsible for the thrilling action in this bittersweet conclusion to their globally renowned film franchise.
Chang Cheh, known as the pioneer of kung fu films, began a successful run with his critically acclaimed movie, The Five Venoms. He continued this success by creating numerous action-packed films with the same group of actors in different roles. However, among all the Venoms movies, this one stands out as the most unsettling. Masked murderers are causing chaos and spreading fear using their deadly weapons: sharp, gut-wrenching tridents. Only three brave warriors are willing to investigate, resulting in mass killings and impressive martial arts skills.
THE SWORD STAINED WITH ROYAL BLOOD
This movie is available in 1080p high-definition widescreen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It also has Mandarin audio in DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and has a runtime of 109 minutes.
The godfather of the kung fu film, Chang Cheh, made this treasured and iconic adventure, featuring three of his five famous Venoms film actors. The spectacular action and intrigue starts when Phillip Kwok uncovers a sword, a training manual, a treasure map, and a secret message. The kung fu which ensues is as impressive as it is glorious.
FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS
This video has a 1080p High-Definition Widescreen with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It includes both Mandarin and English audio options with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono. The duration of the video is 108 minutes.
Renowned director Chang Cheh created one of his most beloved films by showcasing his highly skilled new star Cheng Tien-chi in a spectacular martial arts movie. The story follows a group of evil ninjas who use various elements to attack and massacre students from a Chinese kung fu school. Only one student survives and seeks revenge with the help of a teacher and four ninjutsu experts. The film boasts a strong plot and impressive kung fu choreography, featuring the talents of both Cheng Tien-chi and co-star Chu Ko. It is considered one of Chang Cheh’s finest works.
This film is in 1080p high-definition widescreen format with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It includes both Cantonese and English dubbed audio in DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and has a runtime of 94 minutes.
Tong Kai is a highly esteemed figure in the world of martial arts films. However, he may not be as well-known due to the fact that he has only directed three movies of his own. This makes his first film, Shaolin Prince, all the more unique and noteworthy. The story follows two fugitive princes on a quest to reclaim their rightful throne and is a feat of creativity, as Tong Kai collaborated with five other choreographers to create never-before-seen kung fu sequences that were previously thought to be impossible.
Shaolin Intruders, directed by renowned martial arts choreographer Tong Kai, combines impressive martial arts with an exciting detective story. During a routine delivery, the esteemed Chin Hu Chief is killed by four unknown monks. Despite all evidence pointing to Ching Hua (played by Liu Yu-po), his friend Lei Hsin (portrayed by Derek Yee) is determined to prove his innocence by breaking into the Shaolin Temple three times and unraveling a tangled web of deceit. The film features incredible action scenes, such as the “Twelve Vajrayana Array” and “Stool Array,” praised for their complexity and lightning-fast pace.
HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD
This video has a resolution of 1080p with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It includes both Cantonese and English audio tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and has a runtime of 90 minutes.
This widely-known story follows the journey of a brother and sister seeking retribution for their parents’ demise using the legendary yin/yang Holy Flame technique. Starring in Chang Cheh’s renowned Venoms film franchise, Phillip Kwok not only acts but also choreographs this stunning epic, propelling him to become a celebrated “action director” with his cult favorite film, Brotherhood Of The Wolf.
Tong Kai is renowned as one of the top kung fu choreographers in history, however he only directed three films himself. His final film, considered not only his best but one of the greatest ever, expertly depicts the downfall of the leader of the Ten Kwangtung Tigers due to drug addiction. The tragedies and intense drama that unfold are just as impressive as the kung fu action, which was crafted by an exceptional team of six martial artists. A true masterpiece, this movie stands as one of the most impactful and high-quality martial arts films ever made by the Shaw Brothers.
In 2023, Shout! surpassed 88 Films and Arrow Films as the top distributor of Shaw titles with the release of The Brave Archer Collection in April.
The excitement surrounding the release dates for Shaw Brothers films continued with the arrival of Shaw Bothers Classics: Volume 1 in June, followed by Shaw Bothers Classic: Volume 2 in August, Shaw Bothers Classics: Volume 3 in October, and the Ti Lung & David Chiang Shaw Bothers Collection in November.
We will continue to provide you with updates as more information becomes available about Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume 4. Currently, you can reserve your copy by pre-ordering from Amazon.com.