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The Big Boss [1971] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Bruce Lee, Miao Ker Hsiu, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi
  • Directors: Lo Wei
  • Producers: Raymond Chow
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050YK1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,380 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martial arts classic starring Bruce Lee as Cheng Chao-An (Bruce Lee), an immigrant worker who takes a job with his cousins in an ice factory and discovers all manner of suspicious goings-on. Cheng might have promised his mother not to fight again, but when he begins to investigate a series of disappearances - the latest of which has seen his own cousin go missing - he can't help but display his formidable martial arts skills. Taking on one opponent after another, Cheng will not stop until he has fought his way to the truth and the inevitable confrontation with the man known only as 'The Big Boss'.

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Now totally uncut for the first time ever. Experience the Greatest Martial Artist of the 20TH Century in the motion picture that created a legend. Presented as a brand new, restored and digitally re-mastered, anamorphic transfer , with a host of collectable special features, "The Big Boss: Special Edition" is the perfect DVD showcase for one of Action-Cinema's most enduring classics.

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I'm by no means a martial arts enthusiast, and I know almost nothing about Asian cinema, but there is just nothing better than a Bruce Lee movie. The Big Boss (marketed as Fists of Fury in the US) marks the point in which Bruce finally sheds the silly mask of the Green Hornet's sidekick Kato and becomes a full-fledged star in his own right. Certainly, The Big Boss is not Bruce's best film, and I don't believe he even choreographed the fight scenes himself, but to me this is a vastly underrated film.
The film opens with Cheng Chao-an (Bruce Lee) arriving wherever it is this story takes place to live and work alongside some of his cousins. His uncle as well as the locket he wears around his neck are constant reminders of the pledge he made to his mother that he would never fight anyone again. I have to tell you, it's pretty hard not to fight in this environment. Before he even gets to his new home, he has to watch a gang of thugs intimidate a poor young lady and kick a little kid around. He holds himself back, but his cousin does not; he takes on all comers and walks away smiling. Cheng's new life is turbulent from the start; the foreman at the ice shipping factory where all the men work is a brute of a man, some guy gives him a knuckle sandwich for no good reason on his first day, and the business itself turns out to be beyond crooked, but the real problem is even more insidious. Cheng's friends and relatives slowly begin disappearing, usually after having a talk with the manager or the nebulous Big Boss. When the men revolt and start an all-out fight at the plant, Cheng hangs back- until, that is, someone cuts him.
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After so many years of awkwardly cut, low-quality video releases of Bruce Lee's film, they're at last available in enhanced versions with improved picture quality and special features. Seeing THE BIG BOSS - Special Edition was a delight. The film is more than 30 years old but the picture is represented on this DVD with crisp, clear colours and in Widescreen. Most overwhelming of all must be the fact that it is totally uncensored (!), which is one of many reasons for owning this article. Among the DVD's many special features there's the possibility to have a look at the original cinema trailers as well as a few take-outs, that is scenes that were omitted by the director. This DVD is definitely worth the while for any lover of kungfu films. I trust the rest of Lee's films from the same studio (Media Asia) will be presented with the same fantastic quality.
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By M. JONES VINE VOICE on 11 July 2007
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Bruce Lee roared onto the big screen in 1971 when he made his first film (as an adult), 'The Big Boss'. Much like other kung-fu flicks, it's more a showcase of the star's talents rather than an example of good filmmaking.

Young migrant worker Cheng arrives in Thailand to start a job at an ice factory with other Chinese. It seems like everyday there's a punch-up between the Chinese workers and the Thai foremen, and when two men discover drugs in the ice, they are killed. It falls on Cheng to investigate his "brother"s disappearance but he is quickly overwhelmed by the hospitality of his employers and loses focus. Realising his mistake, Cheng decides to take revenge and confront... The Big Boss.

This is Bruce Lee's first and most bloody kung-fu film. The way in which characters are killed off is very violent and even macabre, with the ice factory playing a big part. What the film is most memorable for is the device of having it's star do very little for half the film. Cheng had made a promise to his mother never to get into trouble, meaning he simply stands by and takes his knocks without retaliation. Its a great idea and teases the audience until he finally snaps into action, unleashing his powerful kicks and punches.

What's great about the film is that it has a pulpy, trashy quality with its silly "erotic" moments and hokey visuals. In one sequence, a man is knocked through a wall and his outline remains. Another occasion sees the title character throw his birdcage up onto a branch while he fights Cheng. It's so daft that it's actually quite funny and adds to the charm.

Another reason the film works is because it improves throughout.
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Finally UK martial arts fans get to see Bruce do his thing UNCUT in his ground breaking debut movie. The basic plot rovoles around a shy bruce being sent to stay and work with his relatives in Thailand. However, being a Bruce Lee film, this means that as soon as he gets off the boat all hell breaks loose - which of course leads to all out kung fu mayhem!!! Made way back in 1971, this film not only started Bruce's film career but also the whole Kung-Fu craze. Without this film the careers of Jackie Chan, Van Damme and Jet Li would have been nowhere near as big as they have become. The DVD itself is of course another first rate R2 release from Hong Kong Legends, who continue their quest to produce the most superior version's of hong kong classics in the world. Packed with many features that include rarely seen deleted scenes, as well as an interesting audio commentary track from martial arts expert Bey Logan. All in all this is an impressive DVD from which to be introduced to Bruce Lee's films. In fact the battle between Bruce and 15 villain's in the Icehouse is worth the price of this purchase alone - check it out to see what I mean!!!
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