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The Deadly Duo (blu-ray)

Title: The Deadly Duo
Year: 1971
Min: 81
Director: Chang Chen
Writer: Ni Yuang
Cast: David Chiang, Ti Lung, Wu Feng, Wang Chung, Stanley Feng, Chen Hsing

Taking place during the Sung Dynasty, this film tells the tale of a group of heroes, that with the help of two great kung-fu warriors (David Chiang and Ti Lung) hope to save a prince that is heavily guarded by a legion of bad guys.

There is very little in the way of plot or character development, but you won't care cause the action never stops. Moving at a breakneck pace the movie never stops kicking ass. The fight scenes are beautifully choreographed and the violence is hard and bloody. Both of the leads are charismatic and good.

The exciting climax has so much ass kicking, you butt might start to hurt! This is a solid entry from the Shaw Brothers that fans of martial arts film will want to add to their collection for sure!

The blu-ray release from Media Blaster's Tokyo Shock looks absolutely gorgeous!! The colors are rich and bright and there are is no grain or pops on the screen. It truly looks flawless. Sound wise, though I must say that I am disappointed as the 5.1 surround sound can only be heard in the terrible English dubbing. You have to watch it with the original Mono sound to hear in it's original Mandarin language. That, to me, is a fail on Media Blaster's part. That being said the subtitles are clear and easy to read, but seem to be taken from the dubbed version and not the actual translation (as is proved by one of the trailers on the disc).

As far as extras we get two very good interviews with both of the leads, David Chiang and Ti Lung, conducted by a very pretty Chinese lady. Their is a trailer gallery with some more Tokyo Shock releases, as well as a pretty cool still gallery

Movie: ***1/2 out of ****
Picture: ****
Sound: ***
Extras: ***

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