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Dreadnaught

original title: Yong zhe wu ju

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  • BBFC 15 DVD
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Release: May 16, 2022 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Muck47 - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the cut UK DVD of Hong Kong Legends and the uncut UK Blu-ray from Eureka! Entertainment


- One cut
- Cut time: 3.9 sec


In 1981, Yuen Woo-Ping directed Dreadnaught, which, in addition to Yuen Biao in the lead role, features Philip Ko, Fung Hark-On or Leung Ka-Yan, among others, as well as other familiar faces of Hong Kong cinema of the 70s/80s. Biao's "brothers" Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung were not on board, but nonetheless, for fans of oldschool Kung Fu comedy it's a clear recommendation. In addition, there are curious slasher influences from the then freshly released Friday the 13th to discover. Besides the Hong Kong DVDs, the British DVD from the popular label Hongkong Legends was an alternative for a long time.

However, this UK DVD was censored for a brief scene of animals being harmed. While the BBFC has otherwise already loosened their release rules considerably, this still often causes problems nowadays, as was seen again with the British Blu-ray of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, for example. Things turned out well for Dreadnaught, however, as the April 25, 2022 HD premiere from Eureka! Entertainment offers the film uncensored for the first time in the UK. Like the DVD, the Blu-ray once again adorns a BBFC15 logo, while the VHS initial release was 18+.


Running time information is arranged according to the scheme
British DVD in PAL / British Blu-ray

A bit more black image at the beginning of the Uncut Blu-ray.

3.3 sec




35:28 / 37:02-37:06

After Mousy (Yuen Biao) has thrown a couple of chickens in the direction of White Tiger (Yuen Shun-Yi), he is seen briefly looking back in surprise on the ground. Then two shots are cut: in close-up, White Tiger tears off the head of a chicken, poses briefly and throws the two parts of the animal in Mousy's direction. First the torso lands on the ground, and when the head falls next to it, the headless chicken is already flying off to the side, disoriented. Mousy makes a shocked face.

3.9 sec




The end title card differs. On the British Blu-ray, it also comes flying into the picture from the front, while on the DVD it is rigidly centered in the picture. In addition, the Blu-ray has a reference to Fortune Star afterwards.

UK DVDUK Blu-ray






Cut UK DVD by Hongkong Legends:



Uncut UK Blu-ray by Eureka! Entertainment: