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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The VHS Archives: Chan Hung-Man's LITTLE HERO (1978)


Chan Hung-Man's Zhu Ge Si Lang da dou shuang jia mian (1978)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Ocean Shores Video Limited
Catalog: OS-132
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1983
Runtime: 88:55
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Chan Hung-Man
Year of Release: 1978
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Stars: Polly Shang-Kuan, Barry Chan, Lo Lieh 
AKAs: Little Hero Wins the Masks

Verbatim Box Synopsis
When Sergeant Chu-ko went riding through the dense forest, he heard continuous yells for help. He rushed to detect and found that it was his disciples Ching Feng and Ming Yueh who were hanged on the branc. He saved them immediately. However, he was entangled by the ropes set by villain. Happily he was smart enough and also superior in kungfu. He finally turned peril into safety.
The villain hurriedly returned Fort Skeleton to report to Smiling Mask. In knowing that his scheme for stopping sergeant Chu-ko to go to Feihsien Village was in failure he ordered his men to rob Dragon and Phoenix treasure swords. Just at the time, it was reported that Chin Hsiao-Yu and Chin Liang would bring Phoenix Sword to return Feihsien Village tomorrow noon. Smiling Mask thought that it was the best chance to fulfill his plan. He appointed Hsueh Yen-Niang and some men to rob. They captured Chin Hsiaoi-Yu. Chin Liang was forced to fall down the cliff by Crying Mask. Nevertheless, he gave the Phoenix Sword to the boy Lin while he was in danger...

U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sleeve!

Hong Kong Ocean Shores Video Limited VCD cover,

Rare original poster, part of a retro Taiwanese theatrical display,
as covered by Zaphkiel's Journey!

Some screenshots, originally captured by "Beavis"!

Polly vs. the legendary kung fu octopodes in an amazingly ridiculous
scene, uploaded by Kenneth Brorsson!

Looking for Little Hero on VHS? Good luck. No DVD, either!

Investigate more titles with Project: Ocean Shores!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The VHS Archives: Alberto De Martino's NEW MAFIA BOSS (1972)


Alberto De Martino's I familiari delle vittime non saranno avvertiti (1972)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Video City Productions
Catalog: 5047
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1985
Runtime: 100:03 (99:37 + end credits music)
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailer for Proof of the Man

About the Film
Director: Alberto De Martino
Year of Release: 1972
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Telly Savalas, Paola Tedesco, Guido Lollobrigida, Maria Valente  
AKAs: The Family of the Victim Will Not Be Warned, The New Mafia Boss, Crime Boss, The Mafia Traitor, The Mafia Terminator, The Murder Network

Verbatim Box Synopsis
Telly Savalas delivers another riveting performance in this brutal gangster epic of mafia families at war.
At stake are millions in mafia profits. The struggle for leadership leaves dozens of corpses in its wake. Bullets fly; loyalties are forgotten as powerful mafia dons claw for the top spot in this corrupt kingdom.

U.S. Video City Productions sleeve!

U.K. Medusa Home Video reissue sleeve, courtesy of Pre-Cert Video!

German Mondial Video hardbox cover!

French VIP Video Club sleeve!

Spanish Luna sleeve!

Argentinean World Video sleeve, courtesy of Raro VHS!

A ltbx print of the entire movie, uploaded by PizzaFlix!

Looking for New Mafia Boss on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. You can also get a cheapo (bootleg) Italian crime DVD set including the flick as Crime Boss, if that's your thing. 

Investigate more titles with Project: Video City!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.