Robert Clouse's FORCE: FIVE (1981) from Scorpion Releasing 2/11/14

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  1. bruce h

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    "Five against a thousand... the odds are even!" And that about sums up Robert Clouse's all-star kung fu'er FORCE: FIVE (1981), finally hitting legit DVD courtesy of Scorpion Releasing. American Karate champ Joe Lewis stars as special agent Jim Martin, lulled out of retirement to take down the island fortress of cult leader / bull worshiper Bong Soo Han. Seems the Reverend has been brainwashing rich kids into funding his drug and arms smuggling operation, and the U.S. government ain't gonna stand for it. However, to do the job right Lewis needs to assemble a gweilo dream team, a "Force: Five" (technically six, but whatever), recruiting Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Richard Norton, Sonny Barnes, and, uh, some chick and some redneck to help out. Everyone gets a fight scene, there's great stunts, and the plot totally rips off Clouse's biggest hit, Bruce Lee's ENTER THE DRAGON -- what more could you want from an '80s actioner? Watch the trailer if you don't believe. Preorder locked and loaded.

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    Amazing Theatrical Trailer!
    http://youtu.be/U4ZOkZsjyYI

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    Never saw this, but the trailer looks fun. Definitely interested. Glad to see Scorpion releasing more martial arts flicks. :)
     
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    I remember seeing this trailer as a kid,need to catch it sometime.
     
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    Love the trailer. Day one purchase for me.
     
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    Is that fist on the cover of FORCE FIVE the same fist as the one on the cover of Zombi 3?
     
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    You be the judge... :)

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    So excited this is finally out. Watching mine today!
     
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    Hoping that the disc will arrive tomorrow.
    Never seen it before, but the trailer blew me away :D
     
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    Always good to see Richard Norton in a flick !
     
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    I just started to watch the movie, and there is some severe artifacting going on in the picture.
    The bitrate is high enough to NOT produce such artifacting, so either the master itself is plagued by it, something went wrong in the encoding, or there is something wrong with my copy. It's extremely annoying at times :(

    Edit: The artifacting isn't as noticeable in the daytime scenes, mostly in the darker ones.
     
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    Guess I got a bad disc then. Tried it on two different players with the same results.
     
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