Possibly one of the greatest martial arts films ever, A Touch Of Zen is now available, released by Eureka Entertainment as a part of their acclaimed The Masters Of Cinema Series. It’s a dual-format presentation with both the DVD and the Blu-Ray, and there’s a limited edition third disc featuring bonus content.
DVDBeaver says that the Eureka blu ray is “absolutely gorgeous… a rich, mesmerizing 1080P presentation. Exceptional…”
The run time is 180 minutes, and some of the cinephiles on the forums suggest that the accompanying booklet hints that longer run-times were achieved by other releases by repeating the bamboo forest fight scene again at the start of part 2.
Limited Edition with bonus disc and slipcase
Limited Edition exclusive: King Hu 1932-1997, a 47-minute documentary on the director featuring interviews with colleagues, collaborators and historians
Limited Edition exclusive: Golden Blood, a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
New 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
Newly translated English subtitles
Select scene commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring:
– King Hu’s director statement from the Cannes Film Festival
– A 1975 interview with King Hu by Tony Rayns
– The original short story the film is based on
– The eight characteristics of “the swordswoman” in King Hu’s films