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Bell clear

The Celestial Pictures DVD restoration of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is maybe the clearest print of a Hong Kong movie I’ve ever seen. It’s beautifully vivid. The only thing that’d beat it would be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and I’m not sure I can count that.

OK, look, it’s this pretty:

Opening fight scene

Look at those reds and blues. They pop. In fact, my only complaint may be that it’s a little too vivid, but I’m not sure that’s not just my modern eyes watching a 70s Technicolor epic.

The first fight scene is pretty decent too, albeit a little slow for someone weaned on John Woo and Tsui Hark. But I still liked it.


  1. Carneggy Carneggy

    You really should check out Hero, then. Amazingly beautiful and vivid colors throughout (and an excellent movie, to boot.)

  2. Totally. I hear it’s coming out uncut soon, thanks to some Tarantino intervention action.

  3. This looks awesome; I need to find it.

    HERO is on my must-see list; everything about it sounds perfect.

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