Stars – Angela Mao, Bolo Yeung, Don Wong, Chang Yi, Chuck Norris
Released by Severin
Reviewed by Steven Ruskin
This is the sequel to the popular trailer collection Kung Fu Trailers of Fury just as the title tells you. Many of these may not be familiar and that is part off the kick in this fun trailer compendium. This is not the expected cascade of Shaw Brothers releases that were popular on TV screens on weekend afternoons in the eighties. Every city and town seemed to have its own home grown program or a syndicated version of Kung Fu Theater on TV. There are a few that you’ll recognize such as the Chuck Norris film and some with Angela Mao Ying but for the most part these are lesser known titles. Quite a few are not from Hong Kong. Several are made in Taiwan. All of them are full of explosive fight scenes and the requisite over the top sound effects.
For me it was more fun to watch them with the commentary by Ric Meyers, Frank Djeng, Greg Schiller and Ric Stelow. 134 minutes of trailers is a lot to get through on your own. Right at the start Meyers states that rather than try to give you every fun fact about everyone on screen like he attempted in the last one he wanted this to be more of a free for all. He asks the others guy to interrupt him whenever they wish. There is a lot of talk about which stars had real Kung Fu skills on display. We get to hear who made a career out of these films. Ric Meyers tells a fun story about running into a guy he recognized from these pictures as a waiter in a restaurant. H said he worked there now because it paid better. One of the guys gives us an easy way to see if a film was actually shot in Hong Kong by checking the license plates on the cars. Hong Kong plates all have two letters followed by four numbers. At one point there is a cartoon trailer that gets the treatment from these fellows. While it is not the rowdy free for all Meyers called for it is still a lot of fun. The trailers are a hoot and these guys really know their stuff.
Here is the full listing of original trailers :
Thunderbolt, Tellow Faced Tiger, Kung fu Master Named Drunk Cat
Invincible Super Guy, Invisible Terrorist, Shaolin Invincible Sticks
Bruce and the Iron Finger, Snuff Bottle Connection, Story of Chinese gods
Along Come the Tiger, The Owl, Two in Black Belt, The Young Avenger
The White Hair Devil Lady, The Super Kung Fu Fighter, Killer from Above
Kung Fu Killers, Guy with Secret Kung Fu, Bloody Mission
Revenge of the Shaolin Kid, The Thundering Mantis, Shaolin Hero Chang San Feng
The Bomb-shell, Black Guide, One Way Only, The Old Master
The Big Leap Forward, Gambling for Head, Silent Romance
Itchy Fingers, Crazy Horse and Intelligent Monkey, The Legendary Strike
The Instant Kung Fu Man, Dragon and the Tiger Kids, Avenging Boxer
The trailers are drawn from films released between 1973 and 1984.
Video – 2.35:1
A collection of trailers like this has the varied degrees of quality you’d expect. Any blemishes are entirely forgivable.
Audio – Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
The garish sounds of the trailers come across fine. The classic fighting effect blare jarringly from the screen just like you want. The commentary track frequently turns off the volume of the trailers as they talk so you can follow the conversation more easily.
Extras – Commentary with writer Ric Meyers (FILMS OF FURY), Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival), Martial Arts Instructor Greg Schiller and Ric Stelow of Drunken Master Video
On a scale of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, Classic :
Blu-Ray – Good
Movie – Good / Excellent