Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mail Call More Hong Kong VCDs From France

Just received another package of HK VCDs from my ebay buddy across the English channel in France. The last package can be seen here.

Again, I hadn't even heard of a couple of these but decided to take a chance for less than £2 each!

3 Days of a blind girl

Black cat in jail

Devil's woman

Golden swallow

Interpol 009



One title was missing a cat III movie called A day without policemen, I've been in contact and it's now on it's way so no problem. The quality of these vcds may not be up to much, but I do like being able to pick up a bunch of titles that are mostly unavailable for very little cash and legitimately too!


16 comments:

Wes M said...

Very cool... I'm still watching VHS-rips of rarities and stuff that has yet to make it to DVD, I figure it's worth the stretch if there's little chance of seeing it otherwise. One of these films is bound to be good Mart. Do they all carry English subtitles ? Are VCDs susceptible to glitching ?

A hero never dies said...

Wes, As is turns out the first one, 3 days of a blind girl didn't have subs (but was advertised as such!) but the others all say they have at least!

VCDs don't glitch as such but they do pixelate with fast movement due to the low bitrates used, so it's ironic really that the Chinese made the format a success given the kinetic nature of the cinema. A well encoded vcd can actually look pretty good, the Celestial Shaw discs are good examples. Are you thinking of dipping your toe?

Daniel Thomas said...

i picked up the dvd of 'interpol 009' when in hong kong. it was one of the few shaw releases that was available at a discounted price. looks fun though...

and, i'll agree that a good vcd can look pretty good, but bad ones are truly awful...

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Golden Swallow looks like crap on DVD so the VCD shouldn't lose much by way of picture quality. It's an interesting film in some spots.

Interpol 009 looks cool too!

Dr. Lamb said...

Oh man, I haven't seen Run in years. I've always wonder why it was never released on DVD.It's a good movie, I hope it comes with subs.

And what a pairing, Leon with Veronica Yip.

I can't wait for a review!

Kingwho? said...

Great pick-up, AHND. 3 Days of a Blind girl is excellent fun. Anthony Wong as a mugging-for-the-camera weirdo is always fun. I think the Joy Sales disc has subs. You should be able to find that for cheap?

Black Cat in Jail is a turd, from what I remembered? Nothing at all like the 'real' Black Cat films. that being said, I could watch Jade Leung in anything =)

Devil's Woman is one of my favorite's. Otto Chan was one of the BEST CAT III directors of the early 90's. This is a cheap film but has some fun stuff in it.

Run was ok. It is a Hong Kongization of Robert Rodriguez's Desperado/El Mariachi. A good looking film IIRC?

A day Without Policeman is an extremelly underrated CAT III entry. A touch overlong but well played by Yam. Director Johnny Lee Gwing-gaai made another cool triad film, From the Same Family, with Roy Cheung. try and find that one as well.

Nice mail call!!!!

Anonymous said...

Whoa...Veronica Yip, for a time, the no.1 porn actress in HK of the early 90's (to be fair, she also starred in many non-CAT III films), where is she now? My guess is that she married a rich businessman and enjoying her lesiurely life.

A hero never dies said...

Dan, Love the spy genre so I'm hoping to really enjoy 009! Yes vcds can be very hit and miss, some just use a flat bitrate regardless of what is on screen.

A hero never dies said...

Glenn, thanks for the info, it's a movie I know practically nothing about.

A hero never dies said...

Dr. Lamb, I'm keen to see Run so you shouldn't have to wait to long for a review, providing it has the subs!

A hero never dies said...

Kingwho? I've seen 3 days, and a post should be up in the next few days. I suppose buying movies this way means you're always going to end up with a few turds but they're cheap enough to not worry about it.
I've heard pretty good things about A day without policemen, I'll definitely cover that when it arrives.

A hero never dies said...

Many of the female stars of that period seemed to go that way Anon, so it wouldn't surprise me at all.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder "why" so many of those actresses went that route. The businessmen wanting to marry a trophy wife? Or their would-be-husbands admiring their potential wive's "assets"? The actress wanting a life of luxury? Of course, there are known cases in HK when such marriages don't work out, when the former actresses realized their husbands are interested in only "one" thing (surprise, surprise) and dumps them for a newer and younger lady.

Kingwho? said...

Anon, I have heard/read that Ronnie Yip did marry a businessman and actually lives somewhere near me on Long Island, in New York? Together they own the succesful Asian grocery store chain HONG KONG SUPERMARKET. here is an old blog post I did on the topic:

http://inthemoodforgwailo.blogspot.com/2009/12/from-fun-bags-to-riches.html

And my old review of Retribution Sight Unseen:

http://inthemoodforgwailo.blogspot.com/2009/12/retribution-sight-unseen-1993.html

A. said...

Is Black Cat in jail part if the black cat series? (the hong kong remake of Nikita?) or something completely different?

A hero never dies said...

A. From what I understand it is but isn't anything like!

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