Blind Fury is my absolute FAVORITE low-budget action movie of ALL TIME. I like it more than a lot of High budget action movies. (there are so many cool characters in that flick)
WD... Blind Fury did it first. Although I honesly don't think Episode one was ripping it off. One of my friends is the manager of a nearby movie theater (Marcus theaters if you must know) and her and one of my other friends got in to see Episode 1 a good month before it was released to the public (I didn't work at the theater, and she could only get one other person in anyway). Anyway, long story short, in that cut of the film Darth Maul DID NOT get cut in two. he was merely slashed and fell to his death. Look into this if you must, I'm not lying (I might be an @$$hole, but I'm NOT a liar) Supposedly GL changed it so that Darth Maul split into two pieces because too many people thought Maul could have survived.
"Weeeeeeee!!! I just accidentally BLOOOOOOOOOOWED up the droid command ship, oopsie! he he he, say whatever happened to those other 100 driod command ships we saw orbiting the planet in the begining of the movie??? oopsie!!!! he he he"
-Anakin Skywalker (future Dark Lord of the Sith)