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Product Details

  • Actors: Huang Shao Ming, Liu Yi Fei
  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 7 2006
  • Run Time: 1845 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000I0QLB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,452 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Return of the Condor Heroes is a Chinese television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. It is the second instalment of a trilogy produced by Zhang Jizhong, preceded by The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003) and followed by The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (2009). It was first broadcast on 17 March 2006 in China and subsequently broadcast in other Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

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Be careful as other versions of this DVD boxset that are cheaper actually has scenes cut! The more expensive version put out by Tai Seng will have a different cover art that says UNCUT version. This new version has spectacular scenery, costumes, and fight scenes. The character development and dialogue however was better in the 83 version so it's recommended to watch that to understand the backgrounds and full stories of some of the minor characters. The highlight to this movie without a doubt is Liu Yifei. She is absolutely stunning as Dragon Girl. I find myself fast forwarding fight scenes just to see more of her and Yang Guo. All the scenes with them together are extremely dramatic, almost to the point of making you cry. You'll recognize alot of the music from this series from Inuyasha and other soundtracks. The english subs are pretty decent too. The one biggest disappointment will come all the way at the ending as you'll find it ends very abruptly but other than that, definitely worth the purchase.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47bbe94) out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT SHOW May 13 2007
By John816 - Published on
This series starts off a little typical and a little slow (as in not good at getting you really involved) but that soon changes. I'm now a prisoner of this series until I get to finish watching it. I am so sucked in. I'm sucked in as much as usually only the Korean shows can make me.

Condor Hero is a perfect blend of love story and kicka** wuxia. Wow. It's perfect to watch with your guy/gal--both will be pleased.

The subtitles aren't so bad as others have mentioned here. They're fine. The picture quality is great. (I never saw fire look so good.)

Only problems I have with the show is the repeated insertion of music from the movies "Aliens" and "Terminator 2". Umm, they don't think we're gonna recognize it? Anyway, it's distracting.

There are a lot of CG beasties in this show too, which is pretty cool except for a fake-lookin' leopard(cougar?) and these crocodiles that have the ability to pounce 12 feet out of the water and then look rubbery. Ha! But don't let that stop you. The giant CG condor looks great!

There's lots of action, romance, characters, plot twists, surprises (one episode had so many I--I couldn't take it!)

It's just a damn good show. And the leading lady is a hottie.

P.S. Be careful with some of these other reviews -- spoilers in there.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa464f2b8) out of 5 stars Forbidden Love... Wuxia Style Oct. 7 2007
By Serene Night - Published on
Yang Gor is a young orphan, adopted by a local hero Guo Jing and his wife Huang Rong. Tormented by his step siblings, Guo Jing reluctantly decides to foster him at a local monastery. He hopes with time the monks can curb Yang's impetuous spirit. Unfortunately, Yang's mischievous manner alienates the monks and he eventually runs away to live with Dragon Girl, a mysterious woman who lives in a nearby Tomb. Raised by Dragon Girl, Yang becomes her disciple, and eventually falls in love with her. Gor and Dragon are shunned because love between master and disciple is forbidden. Will Gor and Dragon separate or will love conquer all?

This was a stunning epic which spans nine disks (and many hours of viewing). The cinematography is beautiful even if some of the cgi is rather bad. (Particularly the condor, the animals in the woods). I did find the 'holy foxes' to be really cute, 'tho. The subtitles are a bit strange, but easily understood. My favorite mistyped subtitle is when the various characters claim people have been 'jeopardized.' I think they mean killed or slain or harmed, but the word 'jeopardized' is used. It's amusing.

RE: Plot: At first, Gor is very difficult to like. He starts off as an ugly little boy whose tricks aren't always that nice. At times it's easy to see why people don't like him. But eventually, this character grew on me. He is far from from perfect... Which was refreshing. Dragon girl, his lover was beautiful, kind, and sweet but rather bland. She spends the latter half of the series sort of 'out of commission' which was a bit of a drag. I found Guo Jing to be charming and his wife was good too. I was irked with Wu who is a brat. Xiang is an obnoxiously pert "Scrappy Do" Scene stealer, and towards the end, too many plot threads involved this character.

Overall, this was a vastly entertaining series, particularly the first 6 DVD's.

Be warned, there is something wrong with this listing. This is not the first error I've seen with Amazon's HK film database. There are several versions of Condor hero, and the DVD jacket and actors may not be right. This review refers to "Return of Condor Heroes" which is the picture on this product page.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45917ec) out of 5 stars The Test of Unconditional Love Aug. 12 2009
By E. Kim - Published on
This series is an adaptation of Louis Cha (Jin Yong)'s second novel "Return of the Condor Heroes," within his "Condor Trilogy." While this story is fine "stand-alone," I do recommend viewing one of the various adaptations of the first novel "Legend of the Condor Heroes" as many, many characters are in both. I think part of the thrill of watching this series is seeing those previous characters show up within this story. It also helps you understand how powerful these figures are supposed to be, adding to their grand appearances. While by itself, the series does explain many of the important details of each respected character, you really don't get the full effect of how great some of these figures are supposed to be, without a complete understanding of their history.

While I did enjoy this series, I have to admit that the beginning is extremely annoying. If or when I re-watch this series, I don't even plan to watch the first disc again. The child Yang Guo is so annoying, it makes you angry. He is also somewhat out of character. Even without any knowledge of his character, he's just plain annoying. Even worse is when Huang Xiaoming takes over as the young adult version of Yang Guo and he still remains annoying. But luckily, as the series moves on, he matures, and is much more enjoyable to watch, and by the end of the series is very likable. I understand this progression is on key with what a normal viewing of Yang Guo as a character should be. But there is a difference between dislike and almost unwatchable. So I would advise to just be patient, after about the 10th episode, it gets really good and the story is great. You just have to muscle through the first few episodes or better yet, if you know the story, just skip them.

Unlike Yang Guo`s character, Liu Yifei's (Crystal Lau) portrayal of Xiaolongnu (Dragon Girl) is simply perfect, even getting the approval of Jin Yong himself. She has a natural beauty and demeanor that really embodies Xiaolongnu and realistically conveys Xiaolongnu's cold, expressionless, anti-social, ghost-like behavior almost flawlessly. Even her love to Yang Guo seems very much in tact with how you would expect such an introverted character to act. I feel that if Liu Yifei had no spoken lines in the series, you would know exactly what emotions she is expressing while remaining expressionless (I know this sounds like a strange thing to say, but you just have to see her to understand), which really tackles the very root of what Xiaolongnu represents.

For the most part, I thought all of the fight scenes were pretty good and enjoyable. Similarly to most shows in this genre these days, there was a good amount of CG used and all were far from great, but bearable compared to most Wuxia series I've seen. You might recognize many of the music used in the soundtrack to many Hollywood productions, but you have to understand that this was made for Chinese audiences, who are less familiar with American works, so this aspect didn't bother me as much as some people. Although, I would have preferred that they just stuck to a pure original soundtrack. The original music they did use on the other hand, does fit very well. So I would have to say that overall the music is a good accent to the series.

Another negative aspect in my opinion is that the series is too pretentious at moments. While I'm not totally opposed to artistic imagery within any film or show, I think the duration becomes tedious. Certain scenes will be these beautiful environments which at first are very appealing, but they last way too long, to the point of pointlessness. Still, as mentioned earlier, this was still a very enjoyable series as it went on, as with all of Jin Yong's works you really get to know the layers in the many characters in his stories. Although some aspects might be beyond modern expectations in terms of themes of love and loyalty, it is this unrealistic view that attracts us to these stories. Even without the great CG work of Hollywood or with the almost cliché, sometimes predictable revelations, there is still something that the Chinese produce so well in this type of production, and is unique beyond anything else in visual media.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45ded68) out of 5 stars One of the best series March 6 2009
By Lindsay Allan - Published on
This series has it all, action, romance, martial arts, culture, history and deep philosophy. Once you pass the first couple episodes, you will be sucked into it. I guarantee you'll fall in love with the love story and all the uniqueness of all the characters.

The title of this movie should be Return of the Condor Hero. This is the second generation where the main character who is the son of the villain of the first series becomes the hero.

Many companies made this series, but I must say, this is the best version. There are some extraneous and slow parts but these parts were necessary to reveal the love and hardships the characters endure. Yes, the giant condor and crocodiles are unrealistic but compare to Lord of the Rings' walking/talking trees, the condor and crocodiles are pretty real. And yes, people flying around can be distracting but hey if James Bond can duck hundreds of flying bullets, why can't ancient people fly? Besides, these movies are supposed to elicit fantasies. If you want to watch "realistic" movies, watch a documentary.

If you're non-Asian and don't understand why the main characters are forbid to love each other, it is because at that time, a master/teacher is someone you have to respect as a parent. For a student to love his master is viewed as incest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49093e4) out of 5 stars the Return of the Condor Hero April 9 2008
By T. Pham - Published on
I got this set from Walmart for ~$44 after tax. Just a note.
This set comes in okay hard plastic case, with a cardboard box encases it. Pretty nice 9 DVDS in set of 2 on each side of the flips (don't know of a better way to describe this, when you see it, you can tell me how to better phrase it) so the DVDs have a place for each of them to be in and not rattling around in the box.
With TV series like this, you can't expect perfect English. There are things that only makes sense if you know the genre and the culture, and the way the translations were done, I can tell the translators have problems conveying these ideas. I've read the story and watched so many TV versions of it, I know by heart what will happen and still, I enjoy this series for what it is.
The theme song is kinda nice and remind me of the 'good' 1995 version.
I have a widescreen HDTV and in order to read the subtitle, I have to leave it in the letterbox format, if you don't need the subtitle, Zoom and voila, you'd fill that nice widescreen. It wasn't rainy and face it, compare to the VHS of the old day and the quality of the dvds you get from Chinatown, this is superior, not as good as the the (American) TV series Hero on HD but still good.
Other than that, the storyline is overused. Every couple years or so, they will remake these series with newer actors and costumes. I have a copy of the 1995 version, still re-watch it every year or so.
Other than that, I only wish they'd cast some cuter actors to pair with the already cute actresses.