The fondly-remembered cult series The Water Margin is coming to Blu-ray in the UK in a remastered box set from Fabulous Films.
A surprise hit when it was screened on the BBC from 1976-78, it was based on the 14th century novel by Shi Nai’an, one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature.
The official synopsis is:
The ancient sages said, “Do not despise the snake for having no horns, for who is to say it will not become a dragon?” So may one just man become an army. Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, at the time of the Song Dynasty, there was a cruel and corrupt government. These men riding are outlaws, heroes who have been driven to live in the water margins of Liang Shan Po, far to the south of the capital city. Each fights tyranny with a price on his head, in a world very different from our own. The story starts in legend even then, for our heroes, it was said, were perhaps the souls reborn of other, earlier knights.
The English-language version was written by David Weir (who also provided his service for the fan favourite Monkey) and was narrated by the late Burt Kwouk. Now fans can enjoy the entire series, cleaned up for the HD presentation for the very first time in the UK. The set also includes deleted and cut scenes. It’ll also be available on DVD from September 5th.
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