From the late 50s until 2011 The Shaw Brothers were the go to studio for martial arts films. Their films have continued to garner cult status and remain popular to this day. WellGo USA who has been making a name for themselves releasing some of the best martial arts films out there is now bringing some of these classics to DVD with their Sword Masters Collection. The latest to get this release is 1977s Death Duel that has been digitally re-mastered for this collection.
Death Duel follows the Third Master who is considered to be the greatest sword masters of-the day. His displays of skill and strength bring armies of challengers to his door, seeking the title for themselves. Not to be defeated, the Third Master fights evil, saves damsels in distress and duels rival swordsmen to the death. Much like most of these films the story is a bit all over the place, but with this one they keep it a bit more simple and lets the fighting be the focus. As with a lot of these films the action focus more on the weapon combat, but does a good enough job with the choreography to keep it interesting while throwing in a few hand to hand aspects for good measure. The transfer looks great and the old school sets bring back the simplistic nostalgia that went into making these films so fun to watch.
While these old Kung-Fu films are a bit silly and have sometimes become the source of jokes they no doubt paved the way to the some of the best martial arts films of all time. These films are a piece of history that need to be preserved and seen so big props to WellGo for keeping them alive and let’s hope there will be more to come.
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