One of my all time favorite martial arts/ kung fu movies gets a proper American release. The film quality is excellent! There has always been a lacking quality in all subsequent region 1 releases (poor picture quality /full screen/ no sub titles). The English dub is still the same and while I'm not one to harp on translation and voice acting, the American dub is pretty lame. I can always look past such things as it is not part of the true film itself. I will not go into plot details to extremes because you can read many other reviews on why people love this movie, but here are a few reasons why it tops my list. The plot is fairly simple, the costumes are lavish and super hero like, the blood flows, the variety of cool weapons is unmatched, there are ninjas (duh!) whose weapons and costumes match their element style, there is gore (fighter steps on his own guts/man gets drawn and quartered, etc.), the fight choreography is imaginative, wild and well executed, there are slow motion sequences, Meng Lo is a bad ass, jeez this list could keep going! I still get excited seeing the very beginning open were blood flows to reveal the title (how cool is that?). I absolutely love the first battle scene between the two clans. The top fighters are going one on one to see who is best. Each fighter has a different weapon style. It's just killer! If you own any other version of this film or if you just love over the top wild martial arts films, you need to own this! It is the best version out there. As I've said before if you are a martial arts realist nerd stay away! And while the film is based on actual ninja techniques and weaponry, it is a fantasy, it is a comic book, and it is a lot of fun!
Bonus: Subtitles. During certain scenes Chinese characters pop up in the upper parts of the screen. The subtitles reveal what element style is being preformed (something I have always wondered, never being able to read Chinese).