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Five Deadly Venoms
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Manufacturer: ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS INC.
Starring: Sheng Chiang, Philip Kwok, Feng Lu, Pai Wei, Chien Sun
Directed By: Cheh Chang
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5

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Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0016226998120
Format: Color
Label: ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS INC.
Manufacturer: ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS INC.
Number Of Items: 1
Picture Format: Letterbox
Publisher: ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS INC.
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2000-05-16
Running Time: 95
Studio: ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS INC.
Theatrical Release Date: 1978

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Editorial Reviews:

The dying master of the powerful Poison Clan dispatches his last pupil on a crucial mission. Worried that the skills he has taught are being used to evil ends, he orders the Yan Tieh to trace a retired colleague and warn him that the fortune he amassed from the clan activities is under threat from five of his former pupils. Each an expert in his own lethal combat style, the five comprise a truly invincible force. Yan must discover the whereabouts and true identities of these deadly masked warriors and decide which, if any, can be trusted.


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Summary: this is the stuff you been lukin 4
Comment: This was one of my personal best kung fu flicks. I give a 10 out of 10 in rating.

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Summary: Venomously soporific
Comment: The Five Venoms is something of a cult classic, though its hard to see why. There is very little martial arts action, and what there is is not all that spectacular. Most of the film is a plodding murder mystery that will have you reaching for the remote and the fast forward button - insipid dialog, bad acting, zero suspense, no location shooting, and cheesy special effects. Back in 1978 this may have been top-notch martial arts film-making, but in comparison to more recent efforts it holds up very poorly. For history buffs and nostalgia trippers only.

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Summary: Avoid this low-budget version of a classic!
Comment: We all know this movie is great on so many levels... but released on this dvd and through this company, it is really bad. In my review I give this dvd a 1 star rating because of the following: The clarity throughout the whole film is grainy. The quality in color of the picture is very faint. The audio level is lower than normal. It almost seems like someone simply transferred their vhs recording onto dvd and mass produced it. The scene index is also quite poor. Just a blue screen with the thumbnails. If you don't mind any of those factors maybe this dvd is for you. I wish I could get my money back!

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Summary: The Venoms start here.
Comment: Like many fans of kung fu films, I remember watching Five Deadly Venoms on Saturday afternoon decades ago, and I was instantly hooked. This is the first of what is described as the "Venoms" films, and it is a must own for any fan of the Venoms movies. Though Five Deadly Venoms does not contain the most spectacular martial arts scenes of the Venom films, it has one of the most interesting backgrounds. This film is also the first movie to prominently star all of the main Venom actors: Lu Feng, Wei Pei, Sun Chien, Philip Kwok, Lo Meng and Chiang Sheng. The real draw of the film is the characters and their five contrasting styles of kung fu. Each of the actors does a great job of portraying a practitioner of his particular style, and they all interact well together. Five Deadly Venoms just has a wonderful feel to it. It works. Buy it and enjoy.

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Summary: My first Kung Fu movie--definitely not my last
Comment: OK, so I had only heard from a friend that I should check out some Kung Fu movies because I was listening to a lot of Wu-Tang Clan and he thought I should know there's a history there. Long story short, I looked up one of the samples from a Wu-Tang song and was directed to The Five Deadly Venoms. It looked kitchy and fun, and for eight bucks, what the hell? right?

I watched this film the day it arrived and then watched it again the next day with my brothers-in-law. This movie is sop much fun--the fights are either awesome or hilarious, depending on your level of internal irony, but they are never dull. I won't retell the story here, as you've already got that, I'm sure, but I'll tell you how I reacted. I had never seen one of these films and the FDVs were a great introduction to the genre. I bought it a month ago and have since bought almost a dozen other Shaw Bros. movies like "8 Diagram Pole Fighter" and "36 Chambers." All fun movies, but FDVs also has that superhero quality that just isn't found in any but the most creative movies.

To put it simply: if you are new to the genre buy this film. You won't be sorry.


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