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Ten Tigers of Kwangtung

original title: Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi


  • Celestial version
  • Arrow Video Blu-ray
Release: Jan 11, 2023 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Muck47 - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the Celestial version (represented here by the German Blu-ray from filmArt) and the original version (included on the UK/US Blu-ray from Arrow Video).

- 2 relevant differences
- Duration: 7.7 sec

Several other master errors/"framecuts" with a duration of less than 1 sec each were not listed in the report.

In late 2021, Arrow Video released the "Shawscope Vol. 1" box set in the UK/USA, which included 12 films from the legendary Hong Kong film studios. In addition to 5 legacy HD masters from licensor Celestial, there were 7 new HD restorations here that did not have the infamous framecuts that can be found in most of Celestial's catalog. In several reports, exemplified by the comparison to The Five Venoms, where other reports for titles in the box are also linked. Since November 21, 2022 (UK) and December 06, 2022 (USA) respectively, the "Shawscope Vol. 2" box is now available. This time there are even 14 films on board, with 9 of them in new HD restorations without framecuts.

Ten Tigers from Kwangtung is on disc 5, along with Magnificient Ruffians. The difference in running time is rather low:

  • Previous Celestial master: 90:34 min (German Blu-ray) - equivalent to 86:29 min in PAL speed on the Hongkong DVD by IVL
  • 2022 restoration from Arrow Video: 90:57 min (Arrow Video Blu-ray at 23.976 fps).

After subtracting Celestial's notes, the new Arrow version is 41 seconds longer. In fact, some longer sequences run completely without any differences. In the second half of the film, however, there is curiously a longer missing part of more than 6 seconds, so that the previous Celestial version must be classified as cut in principle.

Running time details are arranged according to the scheme
German Blu-ray in 23.976fps / Arrow Blu-ray in 23.976fps

The German Blu-ray still has the Celestial logo at the beginning of the movie.

+ 11 sec

In this case, the credits also used to be in white (instead of yellow like many other Celestial restorations). Still, the title overlay and general design was a bit different. The Arrow master has no shading and probably corresponds to the original theatrical release. Also, following is an example of one of the character inserts across the film.

German Blu-ray (Celestial version)2022 UK/US Blu-ray (Arrow Video restoration)

08:01 / 07:54-07:55

When everyone rushes to the dead Tang Ching, the shot at the end is much longer. This makes it easier to see Tang Ching's body on the table.

1 sec

55:27 / 55:49-55:46

Our trio of heroes hurries through the alleys for a much longer time. They pause at a corner and the camera zooms in again.

6.7 sec

The end fade-in differs. In the Arrow version, it comes into the picture earlier as a soft dissolve. In the Celestial version, it comes flying in after the image has already been visible for a moment.

German Blu-ray (Celestial version)2022 UK/US Blu-ray (Arrow Video restoration)

After that, a quick Celestial note at the Blu-ray.