Question About Tai Seng Video Marketing

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Question About Tai Seng Video Marketing

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Tai Seng Video Marketing (later known as Tai Seng Entertainment) seems to have been a well-known proprietor of Martial Arts films on VHS in the United States. However, for as well known as they might be, I'm having a little trouble understanding if their releases in the US were legitimate.

They seem to still exist, and it appears as though they do have legitimate licenses and releases these days. However, I'm more interested in their older releases...particularly the late eighties/early nineties. I have an opportunity to acquire what might be a rare early release of a film in the US from Tai Seng Video Marketing, but I'm outside of my area of expertise with this one. Should their VHS releases be considered legitimate? Were some licensed and some bootlegs? Did they start off dealing in unlicensed tapes and then change later?

I'm hoping someone here has some insight; any help at all is appreciated.

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wow, that's a name I haven't heard in a long time! Most of what we managed to find to watch in the early 1990s was from Tai Seng - Heroic Trio, Bride With White Hair, Legend Of Green Snake, Bullet In The Head, Full Contact, etc. I always assumed they were legitimate, myself.

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I still have a couple DVDs of Tai Seng releases, and am fairly confident their license for US distribution was legit.
Of course, to get more than a handful of titles you needed a region free player and more dubious discs from companies like Media Asia, Universe Laser, and Mei-Ah Multimedia.

Q Tarantino's company got involved in HK releases here and there; an annoying face to see pop up on the screen.

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Thanks Dave and labsenpai! I think I'm leaning towards it being an official release...despite some pretty bad spelling errors on the cover.

Now to figure out how much I can afford to spend to acquire this tape...

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To the best of my knowledge, Tai Seng was a legit distributor. It's often a murky road with many '80s/'90s HK releases, as there were so many fly by night distributor in the early-to-late '90s (especially when it came to VCDs).

I sorely miss Tai Seng's releases. I still have a large VHS and DVDs collection of their titles--and while their subtitles weren't always 100% accurate--they were one of the better companies releasing hard-to-find HK movies. It was also great when 20th Century Fox/Fortune Star were releasing titles like Mr. Vampire, Duel to the Death, Spooky Encounters, Naked Killer, Eastern Condors back around 2004-2006. Those were were some great prints, and most had subbed/dubbed options.

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I decided to risk it and buy the tape. Once it arrives, I'll inspect it and digitize the tape. For better or worse, the money is spent, so it's time to dig into this release. :lol:

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