By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
My Young Auntie
The Dragon Dynasty label has done an unfathomable job restoring these classic martial arts movies on DVD. Not only do they look spotless on regular DVD, but you can blow them up on an HDTV and have them look better than most modern DVD releases. Remember how good the original Star Wars trilogy looked when restored? It's that amazing.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, King Boxer, My Young Auntie and One-Armed Swordsman Restored on DVD
The latest wave of titles, including 36th Chamber of Shaolin, King Boxer, My Young Auntie and One-Armed Swordsman, not only look better than ever, but look better than I've ever seen a pre-1990s kung fu movie ever look. They are spotless, all scratches and dirt removed, vibrantly colorful and full of detail.
It's weird to watch these movies in such high quality. I was always happy enough if one of these movies was properly letterboxed. To have the quality match the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a whole new experience. It adds weight to the drama because it's not just people acting serious in a low budget mess. It's a real movie.
I'm using a 56" Toshiba DLP set that goes up to 720p on a Toshiba progressive scan DVD player. Now if I get this experience from that equipment, imagine what the truly high end people are going to see.