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Four, The

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 6 - 2013

The Four (2012)
Director: Gordon Chan and Janet Chun
Writers: Gordon Chan, Maria Wong, and Frankie Tam
Starring: Deng Chao, Liu Yifei, Collin Chou, Anthony Wong



The Plot: The Four is a period tale that focuses on a town that is being threatened by counterfeit money. There are two units that are initially tasked with finding the culprits behind this illegal operation. The two groups, The Divine Constabulary and Department Six, are completely different from one another in every way. Department Six is a very covert unit that works within the shadows and they are much more in tune with the general bureaucracy found in government. The Divine Constabulary, however, is much more ethical in general. This group is very special, and not just because they have a nice sense of social ethics, but all members seem to have mastered their martial art to such a degree that they now harness supernatural powers. Reading minds and shooting projectiles are simply everyday activities within the Divine Constabulary clubhouse. Lengxue (Deng Chao) is a member of Department Six, but he is asked by their leader to go undercover within the Divine Constabulary. After a very public firing, Lengxue is eventually welcomed into The Divine Constabulary, and he befriends all who are involved. As you have maybe guessed, he will have a very difficult decision to make in the near future (which side will he choose!?), but along the way he must help take down this counterfeiting operation and bring justice to those who would fight against it.


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Lots of action coming from Shout! Factory

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 30 - 2013
Shout! Factory


If you missed out on the excellent Jackie Chan collectors set of The Protector & Crime Story from Shout! Factory, you missed out on one of my favorite releases in a while. Sure, The Protector isn’t a great Jackie Chan title, but Crime Story certainly is and the great special features added to the excellence of this Bluray set. Well, Shout! aren’t done yet. There are many more Hong Kong classics on the way. Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are getting the Shout! treatment, and some of their most incredible films are being re-released within the next few months. Read on to get the full descriptions.

Jackie Chan’s Police Story 1 & 2 hitting Bluray/DVD on April 16, 2013


The first time the Police Story has hit Bluray in the US

International superstar and cultural icon Jackie Chan is a master of action and comedy. Chan’s illustrious film career ranks as one of the most amazing success stories in the entertainment industry. His movies continue to have an enduring impact throughout the world. On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory will unleash POLICE STORY and POLICE STORY II Double Feature deluxe Blu-ray™ and DVD. Boasting world renowned international film stars and pulse-pounding action sequences, these two highly regarded world cinema classics debut in a double feature movie presentation on Blu-ray™ in North America . A must-have for loyal fans, collectors and movie enthusiasts, own two of popular Jackie Chan cult hits on Blu-ray at an attractive price of $19.97 SRP. The special double feature DVD has a suggested retail price of $12.99.


POLICE STORY/ POLICE STORY II Double Feature Special Bonus Content:
  • Outtakes
    Theatrical Trailers


  • Pre-order for Police Story and Police Story II Double Feature Bluray Collection on Amazon.com

    Pre-order for Police Story and Police Story II Double Feature DVD Collection on Amazon.com



    Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss/Fist of Fury & Way of the Dragon/Game of Death hitting DVD on April 30, 2013


    Four of Bruce Lee’s classic films to be released on April 30th

    The on-going celebration in honor of Bruce Lee’s illustrious career continues in home entertainment as Shout! Factory invites loyal fans, collectors and movie buffs to dive into four spectacular Bruce Lee martial arts epics. On April 30, 2013, Shout! Factory presents TWO special Bruce Lee home entertainment collections when THE BIG BOSS/ FIST OF FURY Double Feature DVD and WAY OF THE DRAGON/ GAME OF DEATH Double Feature DVD hit store shelves everywhere! Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of the original movies from new HD-transfer, these iconic Bruce Lee movie classics deliver action-packed, adrenaline-filled escapade that will sure appeal to die hard action buffs. Each Bruce Lee Double Feature DVD is priced to own at $14.97 SRP.


    Pre-order for the The Big Boss/Fist of Fury set on Amazon.com

    Pre-order for the Way of the Dragon/Game of Death set on Amazon.com

    White Vengeance

    Posted by Josh Samford On September - 6 - 2012

    White Vengeance (2011)
    Director: Daniel Lee
    Writers: Daniel Lee
    Starring: Leon Lai, Feng Shaofeng, Anthony Wong, and Andy On



    The Plot: White Vengeance is a historical epic that centers around a real incident that was known as “The Banquet of Hongmen.” This story centered around two opposing generals, Xiang Yu (played here by Feng Shaofeng) and Liu Bang (played by Leon Lai), who came together under the illusion that the two would be making amends, but in reality the entire event was made in the hopes of assassinating Liu Bang. These two were originally brothers as they attempted to put an end to the Qin Dynasty, but when it came time to choose a new direction for the country – these two were unable to come to terms. In the film, these two forces are on the verge of war, and although they politically maneuver around the issue, everyone knows that it is only a matter of time before these two must battle.


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    Solomon Kane coming to VOD on August 24th

    Posted by Josh Samford On July - 16 - 2012
    Solomon Kane


    This is a fairly interesting bit of news. Solomon Kane is a character created by the pulp writer Robert E. Howard, who is most well known for having created Conan and even Kull the Conqueror. The character Solomon Kane is another star from his lineup of creations, but so far the world has seen very little from this character aside from a series of Marvel comics. Well, it appears that now is Solomon’s time and a movie has come to introduce him to the world. The film itself appears to have been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, which is odd but not instantly worrisome. There have also been numerous really great films that have suffered a similar fate within recent years. The nightmarish wait that fans had to endure for Trick ‘r Treat immediately springs to mind. Anyway, the trailer for the film looks promising. There’s a decent chance that good times may be had with this one, but leave a comment and give us your thoughts if you disagree! The movie is due for release through VOD services on August 24th and it will hit theaters shortly thereafter on September 28th. For now, take a look at the recently released trailer and read the following synopsis to get a better grasp of the film.



    CAPTAIN SOLOMON KANE is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents.

    As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn.

    One by one, Kane’s men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil’s own Reaper — dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity.

    His newfound spirituality, however, is quickly put to the ultimate test when he begins his journeys across an England ravaged by diabolical human Raiders controlled by a terrifying, masked Overlord. After Kane fails to thwart the brutal slaughter of the Crowthorns, a Puritan family that has befriended him, he vows to find and free their enslaved daughter Meredith — even if it means jeopardizing his own soul by re-embracing his murderous talents for a higher cause. His determined search eventually brings him face to face with his family’s own deadly secrets as he attempts to save Meredith and all of England from the forces of evil.

    Dreaming the Reality

    Posted by Josh Samford On July - 16 - 2012

    Dreaming the Reality (1991)
    Director: Tony Liu
    Writers: Lee Ho Kwan and Tony Liu
    Starring: Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima, Sibelle Hu, Ben Lam, and Eddie Ko.



    The Plot: Fox (Eddie Ko) is a businessman who has concocted a brilliant scheme to rule the underworld. Step one in this plan was to adopt a family, two girls and a boy, and then raise them to be the world’s deadliest assassins. As the trio grew older, they helped Fox dominate the Hong Kong underworld just as he had hoped. Yet, when Silver Fox (Moon Lee) and her sister (Yukari Oshima) take on a simple assassination job, things become far too complex. A van full of innocent children are accidentally killed in the midst of their assassination. While her sister has few issues putting this situation behind her, Silver Fox has her soul shattered by the experience. With Silver Fox still reeling from the guilt, the two girls are once again placed on another case. This time they have to travel out of the country and assassinate a man who holds the key to putting Fox in prison for the rest of his life. During this hit things go wrong yet again, and the two sisters are separated. Silver Fox is left with amnesia after an accident and she moves in with a retired Hong Kong cop (Sibelle Hu) and her brother Rocky (Ben Lam). Rocky has recently associated with a criminal organization who runs the local boxing racket, but he doesn’t realize the sort of trouble he is getting into. As Rocky makes this terrible mistake, Silver Fox may find herself in the crosshairs of both the local mob and even her own adopted father.


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