Vinegar Syndrome Serves Up 4K Special Editions of TC 2000 & The TIGER CLAWS Trilogy!

By: John M Jerva

I took some time off last week to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family and to get some much needed rest as I continue to battle a neurological disorder but I’m back and thrusting forward as always. If you’re looking for that special gift for the action cinema afficionado in your life or if you’re looking to treat yourself this holiday season then the fine folks over at Vinegar Syndrome have got you covered with some ultra rad 4K special editions of a few 90’s classic martial arts infused action pics.

The video distribution company that specializes in releasing epic editions of rare and hard to find genre pics is serving up some fine action entertainment with the launch of the Billy Blanks starring sci-fi actioner TC-2000 as well as the complete Tiger Claws trilogy which featured martial arts legends Bolo Yeung, Cynthia Rothrock and Jala Merhi. Peek at the brand new cover art along with the full detailed info that includes a healthy dose of special features for these new releases below and happy holidays!

In the near future, a catastrophic environmental event has forced most people to live in underground facilities and only the poor are left to live on the surface, forming gangs in order to survive. Jason Storm (Billy Blanks) is part of an elite group of guards known as TCs (Tracker Communicators) that are tasked with protecting the underground. But, when a group of criminals led by Niki Picasso (Jalal Merhi) infiltrate the underground and attempt to kill Storm’s partner Zoey (Bobbie Phillips), Storm soon learns about an experimental program to turn the TCs into cyborgs. Teaming up with a freedom fighter from the surface named Master Sumai (Bolo Yeung) Storm must stop Picasso and uncover who is behind a conspiracy to wipe out all the remaining people living on the surface world.

A rare sci-fi martial arts film produced by action aficionado Jalal Merhi, TC-2000 is as impressive with it’s complex futuristic world building as it is with its action choreography. Featuring Billy Blanks (Bloodfist, The Last Boy Scout) in one of his early leading roles, along with strong performances and fight scenes from co-stars Bolo Yeung (Enter the Dragon), Jalal Merhi (Tiger Claws) and Matthias Hues (Dark Angel), Vinegar Syndrome Archive is proud to present this unique martial arts film for the first time on Blu-ray and scanned in 4k from its original camera negative.

directed by: T.J. Scott

starring: Billy Blanks, Bolo Yeung, Jalal Merhi, Harry Mok, Bobbie Phillips

1993 / 95 min / 1.85:1 / English Stereo

Additional info:

Region Free Blu-ray

Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative

Brand new commentary track with producer/actor Jalal Merhi and actor Billy Blanks

“An Orgy of Action” – an interview with Jalal Merhi

“Jason Takes the Underworld” – an interview with actor Billy Blanks

Archival Electronic Press Kit – Featurette

Archival Electronic Press Kit – Behind-the-scenes Footage

Double-sided poster

Limited edition of 5,000

Reversible cover artwork

English SDH subtitles

Tiger Claws Trilogy (VSA)

Produced by actor and martial artist Jalal Merhi, the Tiger Claws series has become a staple for the straight to video martial arts movies of the 90s. Complete with gun fights, fist fights and the occasional car explosion, what sets the Tiger Claws series apart from other action films of the era, are their appreciation for the martial arts and their focus on mysticism. Featuring strong performances from the always kick-ass Cynthia Rothrock (Martial Law, China O’Brien) as well as genre favorites Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport), Carter Wong (Big Trouble in Little China), and Harry Mok (The Vineyard), Vinegar Syndrome Archive is proud to present the Tiger Claws series on Blu-ray for the first time ever, scanned in 4k from their original camera negatives.

TIGER CLAWS: When the bodies of local martial arts masters keep turning up with mysterious claw marks in their skin, NYPD detective and martial arts enthusiast,Tarek Richards (Jalal Merhi) is put on the case. Tasked with trying to stop these killings, Richards is teamed up with a new partner, the no-nonsense Linda Masterson (Cynthia Rothrock) who is quite capable of defending herself in a fight. Together, they must track down this mysterious serial killer and uncover the secret behind an ancient martial arts technique known as “Tiger Claws.”

TIGER CLAWS II: Now a detective in San Francisco, Linda Masterson is surprised to discover a new victim with the “Tiger Claws” markings on his body. After contacting her old partner in NYC, Tarek Richards, Masterson soon learns that the killer they put away has escaped and more bodies have been turning up with similar markings. Richards and Masterson must team up again to stop these killings, but soon find themselves as part of an ancient underground martial arts tournament with mystical roots.

TIGER CLAWS III: When the spirits of three ancient martial arts masters are resurrected by a criminal named Stryker, it’s up to detectives Tarek Richards and Linda Masterson to stop them. But, when Masterson is quickly put out of commision, Richards must team up with Stryker’s former teacher, Master Jin (Carter Wong). Under the tutelage of Master Jin, Richards must unlock a secret ability that lives inside of him if he wants to defeat Stryker and his crew of mystical assassins.

directed by: Kelly Makin, J. Stephen Maunder

starring: Cynthia Rothrock, Jalal Merhi, Bolo Yeung, Harry Mok, Carter Wong

1991-2000 / 275 min (combined) / 1.85:1 / English Stereo

Additional info:

• Region Free 2-disc Blu-ray Set

• Newly scanned & restored in 4K from their 35mm original camera negatives

• Brand new commentary track with producer/actor Jalal Merhi for all three films

• “Sharpening the Claws” – a making-of documentary on Tiger Claws with actress Cynthia Rothrock and Jalal Merhi

• “Martial Art Porn” – a making-of documentary on Tiger Claws II with Cynthia Rothrock and Jalal Merhi

• “Mystical Claws” – a making-of documentary on Tiger Claws III with Cynthia Rothrock and Jalal Merhi

• Original video trailers for all three films

• Double-sided poster

• Limited edition of 5,000

• Reversible cover artwork

• English SDH subtitles

You can Order TC-2000 from the official Vinegar Syndrome site here and the Tiger Claws Trilogy here!

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