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    It does and probably always will. The studios, for the most part, only care so much about catalogue titles.
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    Here's a fascinating, though maybe fairly useless, thought concerning the Shaw Blu-rays from IVL.

    Though all the films so far have been pressed on BD25s, I was going back through a lot of my Shaw DVDs (also from IVL) while I was doing some video-related work on the PC for the blog. The largest movie file I came across, out of all the discs, was around 6.8GB, and the smallest 3.1GB (which was Image's Corpse Mania disc, btw; authored from an SD master intended for VCD mastering only). The average size so far of the Opera movie file sizes on Blu has been about 21GB, leaving just under 4GB for the extra features.

    Thus, even though IVL aren't using optimum size BD50s, they're still creating an improvment of anywhere between three and seven times the file size of the original DVD releases. Plus, they're 1080p, where the original DVDs were produced from 1080i HD broadcast masters (or so I was led to believe by the folk at the Shaw studios who did the work) down-converted to SD...and then standards converted from PAL to NTSC.

    Accordingly, the Blu-rays look pretty good all the same.
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    Here's something of interest I found amongst all the archived documents on my PC: a complete list of Shaw titles mastered in HD! So, if it's not in here, there's only an SD master available...

    Action

    7 Man Army (1976)
    The Bare-footed Kid (1993)*
    Casino Tycoon (1992)
    Casino Tycoon II (1992)
    Chinatown Kid (1977)
    The Duel (1971)*
    Godfather of Canton (1982)
    Hero (1997)
    Loving You (1995)*
    The New Game of Death (1975)
    Super Inframan (1975)

    Comedy

    Doubles Cause Troubles (1989)
    The Happiest Moment (1973)
    Justice, My Foot! (1992)
    Look Out, Officer (1990)
    Love on Delivery (1994)*
    The Mad Monk (1993)
    Out of the Dark (1995)
    Prince Charming (1984)
    The Warlord (1972)*

    Drama

    Behind the Yellow Line (1984)
    The Blue and the Black (1966)*
    Lifeline (1996)*
    Love in a Fallen City (1984)
    Love without End (1961)*
    Painted Faces (1988)
    Sons of Good Earth (1964)
    Women (1985)

    Erotica

    An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty (1984)*
    Facets of Love (1973)
    The Golden Lotus (1974)

    Fantasy

    The Mighty Peking Man (1977)*

    Horror

    No HD masters produced for any of the Horror titles in the library

    Huangmei Opera

    Beyond the Great Wall (1959)
    Diau Charn (1956)
    The Dream of the Red Chamber (1961)*
    The Dream of the Red Chamber (1977)
    The Kingdom and the Beauty (1959)*
    The Love Eterne (1962)*

    Madam White Snake (1962)
    The Magnificent Concubine (1960)
    The Three Smiles (1969)*

    Martial Arts

    The 14 Amazons (1972)
    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1977)*
    All Men are Brothers (1973)*
    The Assassin (1967)
    The Avenging Eagle (1978)
    Bastard Swordsman (1983)
    The Black Tavern (1972)
    Blood Brothers (1972)*
    The Boxer from Shantung (1973)*
    The Brave Archer (1977)
    The Brave Archer II (1978)
    The Brave Archer III (1981)
    Brothers Five (1970)
    Challenge of the Masters (1976)
    The Chinese Boxer (1970)
    Clan of the White Lotus (1979)
    Come Drink With Me (1966)*
    Crippled Avengers (1978)
    The Deadly Duo (1971)
    A Deadly Secret (1980)
    The Delightful Forest (1972)
    Dirty Ho (1979)*
    Disciples of Shaolin (1975)
    Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1984)
    The Dragon Creek (1966)
    The Eight Diagram Pole Fighters (1983)*
    Executioners from Shaolin (1976)
    The Fake Ghost Catchers (1982)*
    Five Element Ninjas (1982)
    Five Shaolin Masters (1974)
    The Five Venoms (1978)*
    The Flag of Iron (1980)
    The Flying Guillotine (1974)
    The Flying Guillotine II (1977)
    Four Riders (1972)
    Full Moon Scimitar (1979)
    Golden Swallow (1968)*
    Heroes of the East (1978)
    Heroes Two (1973)
    The Heroic Ones (1970)
    House of Traps (1981)
    Invincible Shaolin (1978)
    Kid from Kwangtung (1982)
    The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
    The Killer Clans (1976)
    Killer Constable (1980)
    King Boxer (1972)*
    The Kung Fu Instructor (1979)
    Lady of Steel (1969)
    Legendary Weapons of China (1982)*
    Life Gamble (1978)
    Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)*
    Man of Iron (1972)
    Martial Arts of Shaolin (1985)
    Martial Club (1981)
    Masked Avengers (1981)
    The Master of Kung Fu (1973)
    The Master Strikes Back (1984)
    Men from the Monastery (1974)
    Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
    My Young Auntie (1980)*
    The New Shaolin Boxers (1976)
    One-armed Swordsman (1967)
    Return of the One-armed Swordsman (1968)
    The New One-armed Swordsman (1971)

    Opium and the Kung Fu Master (1984)
    Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman (1981)
    The Pirate (1973)
    Pursuit of Vengeance (1977)
    Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
    The Savage Five (1974)
    The Sentimental Swordsman (1977)
    Shaolin Abbot (1979)
    The Shadow Boxing (1979)*
    The Shaolin Avengers (1976)
    Shaolin Hand Lock (1978)
    Shaolin Mantis (1978)
    Shaolin Martial Arts (1974)
    Shaolin Prince (1982)
    Shaolin Rescuers (1979)
    Shaolin Temple (1976)
    The Spiritual Boxer (1975)
    The Tigress of Shaolin (1979)
    The Treasure Hunters (1981)*
    The Twin Swords (1965)
    Valley of the Fangs (1970)
    Vengeance (1970)*
    The Water Margin (1972)
    The Web of Death (1976)
    The Weird Man (1982)
    Wits of the Brats (1984)
    The Young Vagabond (1985)

    Musical

    No HD masters produced for any of the Musical titles in the library

    Period Drama

    The Empress Dowager (1975)
    Empress Wu (1960)
    Last Woman of Shang (1963)

    Thriller

    Law or Justice? (1988)

    Thus, these are the titles you can all expect on BD out of Hong Kong. And the genres, btw, were taken directly from the Shaw catalogue -- so don't blame me if some don't fit the films under their banner.

    I've marked stuff I'd buy (have, in a couple of cases) with an asterisk, and marked the titles already released in red.

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    Here's an absurd question... I haven't seen a lot of Shaw Brothers pictures. What are the top 10 Shaw Brothers martial arts films?

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    John: I'll leave it to the experts here...coz if you listened to me you'd be watching Chinese operas, teen musicals, exploitation and sixties melodramas! Kung fu isn't my thing, never was, never will be. That said, I can tolerate it in small portions as long as there's something else on the platter to dull its after-taste. And I did collect a LOT of the Shaw martial arts films as a) they're not all brainless kung fu fests, and b) the historical film buff in me can't help collecting those things, as part of an historical context, in a larger collection.

    But as I said, I'd wait for the other folk here to chime in as I'm really not the right person to ask, contextually that is...

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    I'll step up, but I'm not rating them or numbering them because my tastes change about every 20 minutes or so.

    Off the top of my head though, these are good ones to start with (suggestions limited to R1 releases that are easy to get):

    36th Chamber Of Shaolin
    One Armed Swordsman
    5 Deadly Venoms
    Return Of The 5 Deadly Venoms
    Come Drink With Me
    Heroes Two
    The Master
    Bastard Swordsman
    5 Element Ninjas

    Consider these ones gateway drugs.

    There's way more to the Shaw catalogue than just kung fu though, like Mike says. I love their horror films and they made some great sexploitation pictures and crime films too.

    You should also see Vengeance, but it's never been released on DVD in R1 and the R3 is out of print. You can find it though if you look for it.
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    Thanks Ian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    You should also see Vengeance, but it's never been released on DVD in R1 and the R3 is out of print. You can find it though if you look for it.
    Ian likes rubbing this one in on me, as he knows it was one that I really wanted to see -- but missed out getting it when it was available. And he knows I don't do bootlegs.

    But as it's coming out on Blu-ray in Hong Kong...I just have be patient and wait that little bit longer for a second (maybe third, really) chance at it.

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    Mike, I don't even have an original of it. I might have a DVD-R of the OOP R2 disc somewhere, I'm not sure. I've only seen it once, and that was projected from a 35mm print (ok, so I'm rubbing your noise in that one a bit, I'll admit) in Portland at a Shaw Bros. retrospective a friend of mine co-sponsored. I'll buy the BD in a heartbeat once it comes out.

    And John, that's more or less just a greatest hits list. I tried to limit the choices to stuff you could rent or netflix or find easily. They're all great films though.
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    I was just having a lend, Ian -- you know that!

    Anyway, moving right along, here's some random Shaw Brothers fun for the day: when squibs go wrong (from the pretty awful Call to Arms)!







    And that was just from a pair of swords to the guts! Imagine what it would have been like if it was a serious injury!

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