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The Magnificent Kick


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Film: C



Another of the films meant to keep Martial Arts pictures afloat with humor, The Magnificent Kick was released in 1980, and though it still had a sense of the big screen needed to make one of these films in the way it was shot, it helped launch a lame new era of such filmmaking.  The story is about the usual apprentice/master relationship and has some amusing fighting early on, but wears thin after 90- minutes.  Strictly for fans only.


The image is an anamorphic film print played back as if it were 1.33 X 1 so unless you have anamorphic capacity on your TV, it will be all-wrong throughout.  When decoded by being stretched out, it does not look bad and sometimes has good color.  The dubbed Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is bad, bit was not expected to ever be good, and so anyone with big expectations will be disappointed.  No extras either.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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