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Kung Fu: The Complete First Season
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 84 (May 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

David Carradine, Barry Sullivan, Albert Salmi, Wayne Maunder, Brandon Cruz, Lara Parker, John Saxon, John Carradine, Robert Carradine, Dean Jagger, Clu Gulager, John Anderson, Robert Urich, Benson Fong, L.Q. Jones, Tim McIntire, Harry Townes, Lane Bradbury, Andrew Duggan, Robert Donner, Mako, Tina Chen, John Doucette, Shelley Novack, Jim Davis, Pat Hingle, Albert Salmi, Dana Elcar, Royal Dano, Geraldine Brooks, Morgan Woodward, Aimee Eccles, Ronald Feinberg, Michael Greene, Warren Vanders, Geoffrey Lewis, Jodie Foster, Charles Tyner, Kenneth Tobey, Wendell Burton, Norm Alden, Don Knight, William Schallert, Fred Sadoff, Ford Rainey, Roy Jenson, Don Dubbins, Moses Gunn, Gregory Sierra, Kelly Jean Peters, Bill Lucking, Kiel Martin, Ed Nelson, Fred Beir, Barbara Stuart, Sheree North, Chief Dan George, Victor French, Denver Pyle, G. D. Spradlin & Will Geer

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
The only supplements are found on Disc One, with Side A including the 23-minute From Grasshopper To Caine: Creating Kung Fu documentary and Side B adding the 20-minute documentary The Tao Of Caine: Production And Beyond.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 24250
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $39.98
(DVD Type): DVD-18 x 3
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 824
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972-73
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 03/16/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jerry Thorpe, Walter Doniger, Richard Lang, Allen Reisner, Robert Butler, John Badham & Charles S. Dubin
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the '70s television series "Kung Fu: The Complete First Season" is brought back to life on this two-sided-three-disc DVD set. Schooled throughout his boyhood by a blind Master,

DVD Picture:
Reframed from the original 1.33:1 TV format, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVDs exhibit variable image quality that can look quite sharp and nicely detailed at some times, but other times dated and soft. Color fidelity can appear a bit undersaturated at times, with brownish fleshtones, though generally satisfying blacks. Film grain is often noticed and there are occasional flecks of dirt that pop up in the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

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