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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see (spoiler)
In the years since his bizarre and tragic death, martial arts legend and master Bruce Lee has become an icon within the Kung-fu movie genre. Having only previously played a couple of American speaking parts before, this was Lee's introduction to Western audiences, but due to his tragic death just weeks before the film's American release, it would never be known what he...
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Mr. S. K. Mackie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie so-so transfer
One of my favourite movies and I was looking forward to a new remaster with lossless audio. I found the picture very soft and fuzzy at times, the audio is a great upgrade.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see (spoiler), 3 Jan 2011
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Mr. S. K. Mackie "seanmackie" (NW England) - See all my reviews
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In the years since his bizarre and tragic death, martial arts legend and master Bruce Lee has become an icon within the Kung-fu movie genre. Having only previously played a couple of American speaking parts before, this was Lee's introduction to Western audiences, but due to his tragic death just weeks before the film's American release, it would never be known what he would have been capable of as a box-office star. However ENTER THE DRAGON (1973), certainly was the film that made his career and it made him famous because of it and although the sadness being that he would never make it big in other films, this type of film which combined Asian art with American brutality helped its popularity with audiences who soon became obsessed with the ambition to become involved with kung-fu fighting.

Lee plays the role of a character who shares his surname Lee, stars as a martial arts expert who is recruited by the British government to infiltrate an island fortress, under the cover of being invited to a martial arts tournament, to investigate a possible slavery/drug ring led by a former nemesis of his. However he isn't the only fighter taking part in the tournament as he is accompanied on the trip by American socialite Roeper (John Saxon) who is on the run from debt-collectors and African American pimp Williams (Jim Kelly) who has a run-in with the cops. Lee is made aware of the situation going on in the island through an undercover agent Mei Ling (Betty Chung) who is posing as a geisha for the villain who hosts the tournament. The participants of the event are given luxury within the place including nice food, a stylish environment and given women to lust over but clearly something is amiss at this isolated island fortress, as Lee discovers that his nemesis Han (Shih Kien) is the host of the tournament and is also the leader of the same gang that murdered his sister. This being the simple reason for Lee wanting revenge but as the tournament kicks in, the fighters take part in brutal contests with Lee, Roeper and Williams showing their strength in fighting. However Lee becomes determined to find out information, but the death of one of the two other fighters complicates things, although he soon discovers that Han is keeping prisoners in his underground cave. This eventually sees Lee fighting it out with Han in a riotous and full-blown showdown that also involves hundreds of men using their hands and feet to fight to the death, in an action-packed finale that really did kick start the use of Kung-Fu moves in Hollywood blockbusters.

The action really does make the film exciting with its amazing fight sequences, from the first fight to the last. Lee himself choreographed his fight stunts and clearly it is obvious that he was such an excellent performer of the art. Many of the fights in this movie, more specially the ones where Lee is involved, have a surreal feeling to them. He brings a kind of grace to his action scenes that have yet to be topped by any actor alive today. Lee even brings many of his own personal philosophies to this film, which makes much sense and perhaps help to understand some of the more philosophical elements to the story. Of course, the plot is simple and slightly predictable but the action really does help it become more memorable than other action films which have tried the same kind of method. The script by Michael Allin felt like a James Bond flick but this film being much more violent than anything you'd see in a pre-Daniel Craig as Bond film. The acting is also typical of this genre though Lee does stand out well with his good speaking of English but the energy of his fighting made him become more acceptive as an action hero character. Kien Shih is compelling as the evil Han, even if his fight scenes are, at times, a bit less convincing than the master Lee's or the fact that his voicing in the film is dubbed. Lee and Shih are the performance highlights of the film. Though Saxon does a passable job, his performance is a bit unconventional at times while Kelly's dialogue in the film is wooden but obviously part of the cliches of action films of the 1970s. Another big mention deserves to go to the music which many Takeshi Castle fans will associate with the Honeycomb maze challenge on the show but in this though its cheesy, it adds to the fun of what made a great action film. Bruce Lee was forever immortalized with this film and it will be cherished and praised forever even if some fight scenes in this get too tiresome to watch. A flawed but enthralling film that certainly had everybody kung-fu fighting!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you stare at the reviews you will miss all the glory of the blu ray, 26 Feb 2010
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Was reluctant to buy this blu ray as the reviews I had seen spoke of poor quality video and sound so I was pleasantly suprised at the quality of this film on viewing.

The film quality itself is overall suprisingly very good and much improved over the DVD versions I own. I don't claim it to be up there with the latest and greatest releases on blu ray but for a 37 year old film that wasn't particularly made to a high standard its great.

The sound quality is an issue though the mix of dubbing and sync problems aren't great but doesn't render the film unwatchable. Most of the Extra's made previously available on DVD seem present and correct and the imfamous nunchak scene that was removed from the 1st UK DVD but later reinstated on a subsequent relase is there too.

All round a classic martial movie and well worth a watch
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Daddy Of All Martial Art Movie's, 29 Jan 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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Blu Ray Info.
Running time 93 minutes, Region2/B, Includes many outstanding features & documentarys including a Blu ray commentary by Paul Heller.

Trivia.
1)Bruce Lee's opening tournament fight is againt Samo Hung.
2)Bruce Lee was cut by glass when Bob Wall miss timed a sequence so in anger Bruce Lee kicked him so hard that The person who tried catching Bob Wall had both his arm's broken by the force of impact.
3)Bruce Lee accidentally hit stuntman Jackie Chan with fighting sticks & apologized quoting Jackie Chan could work on all his future movies but sadly this was to be Lee's last movie.
4)Bruce Lee died 3 weeks before it's theatrical opening.
5)Nunchaka sequences were cut from all Bruce Lee movie's until the BBFC censorship laws relaxed finally submitting the films uncut for the first time on dvd in 2001.
6)Shih Kein didn't speak English & was dubbed by Keye Luke who starred in Gremlins & was a voice artist on 70's manga cartoon Battle For The Planet's.
7)8,000 mirrors were featured in the films climatic duel
8) John Saxon starred in 1984's A Nightmare On Elm Street as well as it's second sequel & New Nightmare.
9)Bruce Lee defeats over 50 opponent's in the cave sequence.
10)Robert Clouse would helm Game Of Death a partly shot movie Bruce Lee was working on when he died, The film was completed & released in 1978 with two doubles. Lee features in the final 15 minutes of the movie as the version he had planned was nothing like what was eventually made.
11)Robert Clouse also directed Gymkata & two China O Brien movie's starring Cynthia Rothrock.
12)Bolo Yeung starred opposite Jean Claude Van Damee in Bloodsport & Double Impact.

Review.

This is one of the greatest martial art movies ever made.

Lee enters a martial arts tournament going undercover to spy for the UK, This tournament is hosted by a Mr Han on a lone island fortress.

Lee aim is to find out information about Mr Hans undercover drug operations that he's distributing secretly deep underground on his island.

Lee has another motive for taking the assignment to seek revenge on Han & his bodyguard O'Hara who made Lee's sister kill herself with a sharp glass.

Also entering the tournament is Roper a man who's lost everything to gambling & is on the run from the mob also competing is his old war buddy Williams a fighter from the ghetto out to prove himself & earn respect for his sensei at his karate dojo.

William's is eventually killed for allegedly spying on Han as Williams is deemed a traitor & is killed by Han via his bronze hand karate chop to the neck.

Roper is later captured after seeing his friend Williams in chain's dead refuses point blank to join Hans drug cartel.

Batting in the tournament Lee gets the best of O'Hara for killing his sister & while investigating Han drug operations set's off the alarms were a huge fight breaks out in the catacombs of Hans cave with Lee & Hans henchmen leading to a final confrontation between Lee & Roper in a showdown between Mr Han, Bolo & his army of karate killer's.

Timelord Thoughts.

I seen this uncut as a child when it was premiered in 1981 on ITV & the image of Bruce Lee & the fight in the mirror room stayed with me.

So imagine my disappointment when I brought the video in the late 1980's to find it had cuts especially the Nunchaka sequences & edits when Bolo kills the security guards for failing in there duties.

So thank god in 2001 that the BBFC wavered all previous cuts releasing all Bruce Lee's movie's uncut for the first time in the UK.

This is also the full uncut version of the movie which for a 41 year old film looks the best it's ever been in a super HD print & remastered sound.

The fight scenes are still on par with most film's of today's making & showcases the martial art talents of the late Bruce Lee superbly.

The final fight is iconic for a scratched Lee in a hall of mirrors sequence against Mr Han that is one of the highlights in this movie.

There are many extras on thi Blu rays release & far to many to name but they are certainly worth watching & very entertaining giving a in depth view of what went on behind the scenes in the making of this movie.

Without doubt the master's finest film & sadly his last as it's a tragedy Lee never got to see the fame & respect he so richly deserved overseas.

A epic martial art masterpiece that is a timeless action movie that still packs a punch in 2014.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter The World's Greatest, 12 Oct 2001
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Paul Seal (Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Enter The Dragon is considered by many to be the greatest martial arts movie of all time and it's almost 30 years old. It was made on a small budget which doesn't show, even in comparison to recent movies of the genre. It has exotic locations on a worldwide scale such as Kowloon, a cast of thousands and a credible actor, John Saxon who was at the time a big star but stayed second billing to Bruce Lee because when Lee was on screen nobody else got noticed anyway. There's the excellent music score by Lalo Schifrin who was the man behind the original Mission Impossible theme and of course...Action! With such varied and visually stunning styles as Tai Chi Chuan, Hapkido, Tai Kwan Do, Karate and Lee's invention Jeet Kune Do the action has never looked so unpredictable. This new DVD edition was well worth waiting for. If you've got any other version of this movie, get this anyway. For the first time in the UK it is completely uncut, with the infamous nunchaku scene reinstated, and it's even got extra scenes placed in the movie which were not even in the original cinema release. Where this special edition really shines though is in the extras. Along with the trailers and a workout documentary from 1973, it has extras on it that have been made specifically for this edition such as an interview with Lee's wife Linda Lee Cadwell who can be the only person to have known the truth about his life unlike so many other imitations such as Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story which although hugely enjoyable was inaccurate and over stylised. In the boxset you get 10 exclusive postcards, a copy of the press release brochure and lobby cards. The soundtrack has been reproduced to brilliant effect and the improved picture quality could not have been better, with the visual quality of a movie from today. If you like Bruce Lee, martial arts or action movies in general and don't buy this...You're losing out! Region 2 users usually get a bad deal with extras compared to the rest of the world, but it's nice to see that a lot of time and effort has been put into this ultimate special edition box set. Own this now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars long time waiting for this bluray, 31 Oct 2013
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I waited a long time for wb to stop cashing in and make enter the dragon in 5.1 dts hd master sound worth the wait as the video has all so been improved. with lots of extras on the disc thing I have never seen before and the art card pack This is the best enter the dragon out there and its still fully uncut must have kung fu movie for all fans + uv copy all for 7 pounds.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once or Twice, 21 April 2013
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This review is from: Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
I'd not seen this film before it was televised a few weeks ago, that's thirty odd years of ignoring a legend. Finally I caught the beginning on the box - twice - and missed the end, so I thought I might buy it.
Lovingly dated but great stuff all the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce at his finest, 12 April 2013
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This is one of my favourite films, the powerful amazing Bruce Lee doing what he does best. Great film, my favourite of all his films. Totally brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee The Legend, 25 Feb 2007
This review is from: Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
I think that this movie is fantastic because it shows you the power and the strength of Bruce Lee regardless the poor technology that was available at that time comparing to what we have right now. But eventhough, you cannot find true fighting scenes and martial art in these days movies with all what they have of advanced technology in directing and photographing as you can see in Bruce Lee's movies. If you watch this movie then you will see the real fighter who depends on his true skills and you cannot find anyone better than Bruce Lee to show you this. Also this movie was as a dream becomes true for Bruce Lee because in all his life he wanted to make a movie with Hollywood, but unfortunately he didn't live after that to show us more. I think that anyone who wants to see the strength of Bruce Lee, then he shoud watch this marvelous movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 10 Feb 2003
This is by far the best and greatest martial art movie ever made, it stars the best martial artist who ever lived (Bruce Lee) along with other superb martial artists including John Saxon. This leads to utterly intence fighting scenes. It is amazing but none of the stunts he pulled in the movie (such as flipping over a line of men or jumping 7 foot high in to a tree) were fake or camera tricks. The nunchuku scene performed by Lee is legendary and you will never forget it.
The plot is basically set around Lee trying to enter a drug dealers base in the form of competeing in his martial arts tornament. But also the drug dealer killed his sister so he has a personnal interst in going to assainate him.
This was Bruce Lee's best movie, but unfortunatly he died just before its release. However if you are at all interested in Lee, or any form of marial art movies, YOU MUST GET THIS FILM!!
You will never forget it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate martial arts movie!, 15 Oct 2001
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Amazing! Storyline straight from a comic book,starring the coolest afro ever (Jim kelly), most evil villian (complete with underground lair and white cat) and Bruce Lee at his peak.... with added extras, this box set is a must for bruce lee/martial arts fans
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