New Release: The Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms DVD

From martial arts film roducers extraordinaire the Shaw Brothers, 1978 kung fu cult classic The Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms (aka Crippled Avengers) arrived on DVD on Sept. 14, 2010, courtesy of Vivendi Entertainment and The Weinstein Company for a suggested retail price of $19.93.

Directed by the prolific Cheh Chang (Five Deadly Venoms, One-Armed Swordsman), this quintessential martial arts action film tells the tale of an evil warlord and his son, who are drunk with power, crippling anyone who crosses their path.

Four men have fallen victim to their violence: a blind man, a deaf-mute, a man with no legs and a young man who has lost his sanity. The foursome visits a kung fu master who teaches the four crippled men deadly fighting skills and ways to overcome their disabilities. They then band together and set forth to reclaim their village from the warlord’s reign of terror.

Featuring some of the finest — and strangest — martial arts choreography we’ve ever seen, The Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms demands to be screened by any chop socky fan who thinks he has seen it all.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.