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Tiger Claws Trilogy

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Tiger Claws 1-3 is part of our Vinegar Syndrome Archive collection, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by our own brick & mortar video store, The Archive in Bridgeport, CT.

Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, while also including a double-sided poster.

These releases will ONLY be available on our website and at participating indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them. This slipcase edition is strictly limited to 5,000 units and may be followed by a standard edition in the future.


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