1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin DVD Review (Region 3)

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Sigismund, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. Sigismund

    Sigismund
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2003
    Messages:
    5,376
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +102
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/36thChamberOfShaolin/36thChamberOfShaolinR3.jpg' ALT='THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN</FONT><br>Reviewed June 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Mark Haywood&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Mark Haywood</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 7</B></P><P><b>The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin</b> holds a special place in movie history and is regarded as one of the most influential Kung Fu movies ever made. Although I appreciate these sentiments I am of the “movies don’t stand still” brigade, which for me means <I>all</I> movies become dated over time – even those modern epics hailed as the very greatest – Jaws, Star Wars etc. Having said that, I’m still able to enjoy older movies <I>as long as they have that</I> <b>something</b>, whether it’s solid acting, a well told story or simply beautiful visuals. The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin doesn’t really fit any of those… but I still enjoyed this classic Kung Fu tale! You see, it has a heart of gold.</p><P>When San Te’s (Gordon Liu) father is killed by General Tien (Lieh Lo) and his oppressors the student decides that his days as a scholar are over – now is the time for action. Injured and close to death, San Te makes his way to the legendary Shaolin Temple determined to learn the disciplines of martial arts. The monks regard San Te with suspicion, but his determination eventually wins them over and he is accepted as a trainee.</p><P>This is where the movie really comes alive – the training sequences are alive with spiritualism and eastern energy even though, by modern standards they may appear simplistic and even a little dull at times. In a way I’m reminded of those early Walt Disney movies, which by today’s standards probably seem simplistically moralistic. The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin has similar hallmarks – honour is regarded as all-important, truthfulness is aspired to and these attributes finally lead to the required selflessness so necessary to make it through the training. Of course, all this has been done a hundred times since and the movie definitely feels dated, but Master Killer, as it is also known, still works, and I found myself being effortlessly pulled in to a classic tale of revenge, justice and one man’s efforts to become as great an exponent of the martial arts as possible.</p><P><B>Picture : 3</B></P><P>Sadly, despite the promise of being “fully restored from the original film”, the anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 image is pretty ropey by today’s standards. Close up shots are actually quite detailed and reasonably sharp and noise is also kept in check for the most part. The real problem is with medium to long shots – here what appear to be horizontal scan lines rob the image of any semblance of clarity and the slightly soft image begins to look out of focus and gives away its origins. Edge enhancement is also pretty constantly used throughout. That being said, I would imagine this release is a major step forward when compared to any previous DVD outing.<P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/36thChamberOfShaolin/36thChamberOfShaolin_1.jpg' ALT='THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN'></P><P><B>Sound : 3</B></P><P>Hmmm. Although The 36th Chamber comes with two Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks (Mandarin and Cantonese), both 384Kbps affairs, neither cuts the mustard here. Everything is very centre speaker oriented with zero surround effects and virtually zero left and right speaker excitement! Audio is clear and distinct and the English subtitles are often a little “obscure” to say the least. Not a DVD to impress friends and family with your latest A/V amp purchase, then.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/36thChamberOfShaolin/36thChamberOfShaolin_2.jpg' ALT='THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN'></P><P><B>Extras : 2</B></P><P>Supplemental features are pretty sparse and the pick of the few here would be the fifteen minute long Shaolin – A Hero Birthplace, with comments from Kung Fu legend Gordon Liu. Asides from a few trailers there’s also some Movie Information, including a Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Biography and Selected Filmography.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/36thChamberOfShaolin/36thChamberOfShaolin_3.jpg' ALT='THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br><P>For user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This disk averaged at 7.56 Mbps.</p></P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/36thChamberOfShaolin/36thchamberofshaolinBitrate.jpg' ALT='THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN'></P><P><B>Verdict : 6</B></P><P>A classic movie gets an bit of a DVD makeover. Probably one for the Kung Fu collectors out there.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1002817553" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>SHAO LIN SAN SHI LIU FANG (1978)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HONG KONG ACTION' target='_blank'>HONG KONG ACTION</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA' target='_blank'>DRAMA</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=CHIA-LIANG LIU' target='_blank'>CHIA-LIANG LIU</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BILLY CHAN' target='_blank'>BILLY CHAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=LUNG CHAN' target='_blank'>LUNG CHAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SHEN CHAN' target='_blank'>SHEN CHAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JOHN CHEUNG' target='_blank'>JOHN CHEUNG</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>3</B> <FONT>(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Celestial Pictures. Released Thursday 15th May 2003</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>19.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>1</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>210 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>12</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Bahasa Indonesian, Bajasa Malaysian, Traditional Chinese, English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray in slipcase</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Trailers<BR>New Releases<BR>Movie Information<BR>Shaolin – A Hero Birthplace</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     

Share This Page

Loading...