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"I've got that flying horsey in my sight" He-Man & the Masters of the Universe was a massive hit toy line and a massive hit animated TV series. He-Man ruled the airwaves in the 80s and it would only make sense to not only make a feature length theatrical film but also a new spin-off series with a new character! The film follows Price Adam/He-Man as he embarks on the search for his twin sister. Turns out that a new villain by the name of Hordak had kidnapped He-Man's twin sister shortly after birth and taken here to another dimension on a planet called Etherea. No one knows what happened to the little girl, Adora. But, with this information and with a magical sword, He-Man is on his way to find Princess Adora.  What much can be said of "The Secret of the Sword", it's not necessarily a film for cinemas as there is nothing special enough about the movie for it to warrant a theatrical release, other than the length of the film. The animation remains the

The Man From Hong Kong Coming To Blu-ray!!!!


I am so excited to be talking about this. I woke up this morning not feeling very well. I watched a little tv and then I came into my office to do a little bit of research and writing when I happened upon this article on Bloody Disgsusting where they were talking about The Man From Hong Kong, a 70's Ozploitation film directed by Brian Trenchard Smith, who gave us Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive-In, Night of the Demons 2, and Leprechaun 3 &4.

Most of Smith's films have made it to dvd and/or blu-ray in some fashion, but The Man From Hong Kong has been elusive. There was a release dvd release in 2002, but that was it. It seemed like the film had been forgotten about.


Now we are getting the blu-ray release that we deserve. Umbrella Entertainment (located in Australia) has announced that, not only are they bringing the film to blu-ray, but they have remastered the film in 4K. The prior dvd looked ok, but left a lot of room for improvement. Umbrella remastering the film in 4K is great. Even if they had remastered the film in 2K fans would be happy.

Not only are we getting the film on blu-ray, but they are giving us a feast of special features for us to devour:

-Audio commentary featuring Director BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH

-The Making Of THE MAN FROM HONG KONG

-Newsreel Footage

-Uncut NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interviews with cast members GEORGE LAZENBY,
REBECCA GILLING and ROGER WARD, writer/director BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH,
executive producer DAVID HANNAY and second-unit cameraman JOHN SEALE.

-Trailers From Hell: Brian Trenchard Smith discusses THE MAN FROM HONG KONG

-Deleted Scene

-Alternative cut of Theatrical Trailer

-HD Theatrical Trailer

-Exclusive 24 page booklet featuring stills and a new discussion of THE MAN FROM HONG KONG by Brian Trenchard-Smith PLUS an excerpt from his new novel THE HEADSMAN'S DAUGHTER.

Now these are just the special features for the main film. Main film? Yes, main film, because Umbrella is giving us five more Brian Trenchard-Smith films in this release as well:

DEATHCHEATERS (feature)
-Audio Commentary featuring BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH

STUNT ROCK (feature)
-Audio Commentary featuring BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH
-Promo Reel
-Theatrical Trailer

KUNG-FU KILLERS(feature)

DANGERFREAKS (feature)
-Theatrical Trailer

THE STUNTMEN (feature)

Keep in mind that the bonus films included here are in standard definition only, but when the films are a bonus the fact that they are not in HD is not a huge complaint. Also, this release is an Australian only release, usually that means that you would have to be region free or have a region B blu-ray player. This release, however, looks to be region free, as that is how it is listed on Umbrella's website.

You can order the blu-ray through Umbrella's website: https://www.umbrellaent.com.au/movies/2872-man-from-hong-kong-blu-ray.html and I am sure that other sites will be carrying it as well.

Also, remember that Arrow Video is releasing Smith's Dead End Drive-In on blu-ray on September 20th. That release looks to be packed as well.

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