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Five Deadly Venoms (Widescreen)

Sheng Chiang , Philip Kwok , Cheh Chang    VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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One of the loopiest kung-fu movies ever made, a garish masterpiece of martial kitsch by the hard-boiled master of the genre, Chang Cheh. The five muscle-bound paragons of the title have fighting skills so hyperdeveloped that they border upon the occult, each modeled on the behavior of a different venomous beast: centipede, snake, lizard, toad, and scorpion. This "poison clan" is embroiled in a complex plot to lay claim to an ill-gotten fortune, but the story line feels like an afterthought. The nonstop wall-crawling action sequences, which match up the cast members in every conceivable combination, are the be all and end all here. This is late, decadent Chang Cheh, without the poise and sweep of earlier epics like Blood Brothers and Vengeance (the noble David Chiang-Ti Lung team ups that inspired John Woo), but it's great fun on its own terms. The painted masks worn by the Venoms, which make them look like berserk extras in a wrestling film, are based upon the belligerent warrior face paint of Chinese opera. --David Chute

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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible quality spoils classic. April 13 2002
This DVD makes me angry. 5 Deadly Venoms is my favorite flick from Saturday afternoon Kung Fu Theater, so I was excited to get it on DVD. But horrible sound and picture quality make it frustrating to sit through. I had to stop it mid-way because you can't hear what the actors are saying unless you turn up your TV really loud. Even if you think you love this movie, don't get it. The DVD ruins it for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of classics Dec 6 2002
I gave the film 5 stars for its legacy, rather than DVD quality or strength of story. Putting this film in a historical perspective, this film would not have become the classic that it is, if it had not been aired on Saturday afternoon Kung-Fu theaters across the country in the early to mid 80's. This film is spoken of with the same reverence that is afforded to "Enter The Dragon". There are better Shaw Brothers films (Super Ninjas is probably the best), but this one started the next Kung-Fu film craze.
The DVD quality is fair. The story is quite good, although a bit slow at points, but with a rousing conclusion.
Fans of Shaw Brothers films will be happy to know that Celestial Films HK has purchased the entire Shaw Brothers film library, and is currently in the process of remastering the entire library for re-release in theaters, TV airings, and yes...DVDs.
So DVD fans may want to hold off a little while. Maybe Amazon.com will keep an eye on this situation, as I'm sure there will be a run on these DVDs when they are eventually released.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True Gung Fu classic May 22 2011
Well, grew up as a kid partaking in Sunday afternoon TV..... Chinese Kung Fu (Gung Fu) classics were my favs along with the 3 stooges. If you like a good kung fu movie with good fighting, including the classic Snake, Tiger, Crane styles et al., then you will definitely enjoy this one. It's one of the better ones that I remember of those times along with "Man with the Golden Arms" and "the drunken master".
Buy it, you'll like it... your friends will probably see it in your collection and say " no way, you got this flick...we gotta watch it..." lol...or maybe not... but it is a good one, cheezy acting but still.

4 stars for this Genre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites July 11 2004
While I can't comment on the quality of these prints, this movie has been one of my all-time favorites. I used the Scorpion style on a bully during a middle school basketball game. While I didn't hit him, the fact that I could do the rapid palm smashes near his face spooked him so he stopped bothering me. Funny but true story. Thank you Scorpion !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Greatness. June 25 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I went to Blockbuster last week, looking for a Kung Fu film. I rented 2, "Iron Monkey 2" (AKA Duel at Tiger Village) and of course "Five Deadly Venoms" I decided to watch Venoms first. Boy, the movie was downright awesome. I was engaged in the storyline, and the fighting. I don't have to explain what happened because all the other reviewers basically already did.
There wasn't much fighting in the movie, but just enough to keep you satisfied. I describe the fighting in this movie, a desert. Why? Because the fighting was a nice treat added to the story no matter how you cut it.
There was some torture/unusual styles of murders, but they were also like desert in this platter called "5 Deadly Venoms" They were sick, but also awesome in my opinion. I personally like the paper suffication, but that's just me.
Ok, when it comes down to it, this movie owns all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "classic" June 6 2004
If you haven't seen this, go and buy it. Case closed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The gresatest 5 person group June 4 2004
I can't believe some of the idiots talking trash about the movie, it's a classic. Like most people who look for these Venom movies I've watched hundreds of Chinese & Japanese action movies. And yes, todays movies are more elaborate and much faster (due to speeding the film). But the purity of the Venom movies are timeless, the styles, the combat, the characters. All great. How can you not be amazed at the talent of these individuals way back then. By far the group in Chinese action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected May 22 2004
The first half of this movie is pretty boring but the second half was worth sitting through the first half to see. It was really good. I only gave it 3 stars cause I think it does not compare to Jet Li or Bruce Lee movies. For an old school movie this is pretty good though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST of its kind
If you can't appreciate this film...you are simply NOT a kung fu fan. This is a Five Star Classic. In my opinion, this was the first real super hero movie. Read more
Published on May 22 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
The action is ok, but not as much as these reviews would have you believe. I own this but it is probably the last movie I would pick to watch in my collection. Read more
Published on May 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars UNWATCHABLE
I bought this DVD based on the Amazon customer reviews and the Kill Bill connection. The 10 minutes intrigued me with it's potential supernatural elements but by the time it got... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Vince Pecoraro
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it started!
This is a classic and any Kung Fu fan should already own it,This movie has great fights,a cool story,very intresting characters and your never bored it doent mater this film was... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Kung Fu action-blast!
Anyone who grew up in the late seventies and early eighties probably had the pleasure of seeing this great Kung Fu classic on late night television. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by jason gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars And then there were 5, Five Deadly Venoms.
Forget the quality because the Venoms are all about substance. Sure the transfer isn't great, but the story is. The Venoms are what make the film, and their great. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by M. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for.. something!!!
I am angry at how every damn great classic Shaw Bros is just tossed around on lousy DVD editions with zero care put into them and tossed into 5 dollar bins, wish some company that... Read more
Published on April 13 2004
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