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The Daddy Of All Martial Art Movie's,
This review is from: Enter The Dragon - 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Blu Ray Info.
Running time 93 minutes, Region2/B, Includes many outstanding features & documentarys including a Blu ray commentary by Paul Heller.
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.
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.
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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Initial post: 12 Feb 2014 19:42:07 GMT
Another super review from you Timelord - I have a brother in law who is a black belt Kung Fu person and who a) idolises BL and b) is a Blu Ray freak. I've just found his birthday present. Thanks again.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 20:07:37 GMT
Great film this mate & a decent price at the minute.
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