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[Blu-ray Review] Severin Delivers More Kung Fu Fun with ‘Return of Kung Fu Trailers of Fury’

Last year Severin Films released Kung Fu Trailers of Fury, a Blu-ray chock-full of kung fu trailers. I reviewed that release and loved it. A couple months ago they released the sequel, Return of Kung Fu Trailers of Fury, and it delivers even more kung fu trailer action than its predecessor!

This setting outing from Severin in the trailer department has a bunch of crazy trailer goodness. Without even getting into what any of these trailers are about, just check out some of these amazing titles – White Haired Devil Lady, Along Comes the Tiger, Crazy Horse and Intelligent Monkey, Snuff Bottle Connection and Itchy Fingers. Who isn’t sold at the mere mention of Crazy Horse and Intelligent Monkey? If that doesn’t do it for ya, you must be a crazy horse and not an intelligent monkey.

The trailers look like you’d want them to look. This isn’t the standard gorgeous HD restoration you see from Severin, but you shouldn’t expect that from a set of trailers. There are plenty of scratches and imperfections present but that works for these. In Portland, we have the historic Hollywood Theatre, which is the best place in all of the Pacific Northwest to see movies, and they often play 35mm prints of genres films. These screenings are oftentimes accompanied by 35mm trailers of genre films. Depends on the quality of the particular prints they have on hand, but the trailers typically have plenty of little scuffs and marks. Watching Return of Kung Fu Trailers of Fury feels like I’m sitting in Hollywood watching 35mm trailers in between some crazy genre films and that’s a good thing.

Like the first release, Severin once again included a commentary track. The commentary includes author Ric Meyers, Rick Stelow of Drunken Master Video, Frank Djeng of the New York Asian Film Festival and Greg Schiller. I was a big fan of the commentary track the first time around and I’m happy to see it’s back for round 2! The commentary track is very entertaining and informative as all four guys are very knowledgeable and able to toss in interesting tidbits about every trailer along the way. Going beyond just the films we see they’re able to drop some knowledge on the careers of some of the actors and directors. And best of all these guys actually provide commentary. Aside from a few very brief moments they talk throughout the entire runtime, never getting caught up in just watching which tends to be a problem on commentary tracks.

Kung fu fans will undoubtedly get a kick out of this. But you already know that. If this release is for you, you know and you don’t need me or anyone else to tell you that. I will give you a suggestion on how to enjoy it though. Order a pizza, pick up your favorite beverage of choice and invite some friends over. Then kick back and have two plus hours of kung fu fun!

Return of Kung Fu Trailers of Fury is now available on Blu-ray from Severin Films.


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