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Encounter Of The Spooky Kind

 

 
Film Information
 

Plot: When he’s challenged to spend the night in a haunted temple, Courageous Cheung must test his reputation—and his nerve.
Release Date: 21st June.
Format: Blu-ray.
Director(s): Sammo Hung.
Cast: Sammo Hung, Wong Ha, Dick Wei, Lam Ching-Ying, Wu Ma.
BBFC Certificate: 15.
Running Time: 103 mins.
Country Of Origin: Hon Kong.
Language: Cantonese & English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
5/ 5


 

Bottom Line


A pitch-perfect film that--thanks to Eureka’s superlative new 2K restoration—has never looked better. Not to be missed.


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Posted June 20, 2021 by

 
Film Review
 
 

A defining film in Hong Kong genre cinema, Encounter Of The Spooky Kind blended kung fu, special effects, and Chinese folklore to invent a whole new sub-genre of Asian cinema: Jiangshi. The result is a pitch-perfect film which was to serve as the template for all who followed, including the iconic and hugely successful Mr. Vampire franchise.

Sammo Hung plays Courageous Cheung, a man known in his local village for his lack of fear. His reputation is soon put to the test after he’s tricked into spending the night in a haunted temple. However, when a local big-wig takes a fancy to Cheung’s wife, he quickly discovers that magic and the supernatural are a dangerous mix.

Encounter Of The Spooky Kind is 40 years old but, despite that, its imitators have rarely come close to its dizzying pace, mind-bending practical effects, and slapstick humour. Not content with delivering a bucket-load of supernatural thrills, Sammo also delivers some of the finest action choreography of his career. This is a classic for a reason.

Eureka Classics’ new edition presents Encounter on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, from a brand new 2K restoration and the result is lush. The new English dub may seen a little too ‘straight’ for those accustomed to the bawdy irreverence of the original, but that’s a minor grumble when presented with such a superb restoration.

The blu-ray also features a wealth of extras, including:

  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling
  • Limited-Edition Reversible Poster featuring the film’s original Hong Kong artwork
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration. This is the worldwide debut of this restoration on home video. 
  • Cantonese audio (original mono presentation).
  • Rare alternate Cantonese soundtrack. 
  • Optional English dubbed audio. 
  • Optional English Subtitles (newly translated for this release). 
  • Brand new feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival). 

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


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