Enter The Dragon (Special Edition) [DVD]
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A special, uncut edition of kung fu legend Bruce Lee's last completed film (he died before completing 'Game of Death') which finds him at his fighting best - some of his moves were so fast that the cameraman was unable to capture them on regular speed film. Lee plays a secret agent who is sent to infiltrate a martial arts tournament presided over by a one-handed super-villain. His mission: to destroy the villain's opium-smuggling racket. The film is introduced by Linda Lee Cadwell and also included is the 1973 behind-the-scenes documentary 'Location: Hong Kong With Enter the Dragon', the documentary 'Bruce Lee: In His Own Words' and a theatrical trailer.
The last film completed by Bruce Lee before his untimely death, Enter the Dragon was his entrée into Hollywood. The American-Hong Kong co-production, shot in Asia by American director Robert Clouse, stars Lee as a British agent sent to infiltrate the criminal empire of bloodthirsty Asian crime lord Han (Shih Kien) through his annual international martial arts tournament. Lee spends his days taking on tournament combatants and nights breaking into the heavily guarded underground fortress, kicking the living tar out of anyone who stands in his way.
The mix of kung fu fighting (choreographed by Lee himself) and James Bond intrigue (the plot has more than a passing resemblance to Dr. No) is pulpy by any standard, but the generous budget and talented cast of world-class martial artists puts this film in a category well above Lee's primitive Hong Kong productions. Unfortunately he's off the screen for large chunks of time as American maverick competitors (and champion martial artists) John Saxon and Jim Kelly take centre stage, but once the fighting starts Lee takes over. The tournament setting provides an ample display of martial arts mastery of many styles and climaxes with a huge free-for-all, but the highlight is Lee's brutal one-on-one with the claw-fisted Han in the dynamic hall-of-mirrors battle. Lee narrows his eyes and tenses into a wiry force of sinew, speed and ruthless determination. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product Description
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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
If you've never seen this movie, and like Martial art films then this one is for you.
Bruce Lee plays a Shaolin monk who is recruited by a government agency to go after a traitorous member of his temple. Han, is the head of a crime syndicate that distributes drugs and prostitute and the government needs proof of his criminal activities and that's where Lee comes in. Han lives on a remote fortress island and never comes to the mainland but once every three years he holds a martial arts tournament. Lee is asked to enter this tournament to gather proof of the criminal activities and supply this information to the government so they can bring an end to the drug cartel. He goes to the Island and enters the tornament and has to compete against martial artists one of which killed his sister years past which he recently discovered after speaking to an old man.
While on reconnaissance, Lee is being captured after an epic fight and the film ends with a fight to the death in a hall of mirrors.
I have to say this film is excellent and while the acting is questionable now, for me the nostalgia of this film and Bruce Lee makes it worth watching over and over, i love it!
Documentaries included on the disc:
1.Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey 1 hr 40mins (looking into Bruce Lee's life and career)
2.Curse of the Dragon. 90 Mins (Looks at the life and death of Bruce and Brandon)
3.Blood and Steel: The Making of Enter the Dragon 30 Mins
4.Bruce Lee: In His Own Words 19 Mins
5.The Linda Lee Caldwell Interview Gallery 15 Mins
6.Also included is the original electronic press kit from 1973, a series of trailers for the film, and a short clip of Bruce Lee working out on his own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for my stepdad he's made up with it was delivered very quick tooPublished 21 days ago by donna hunt
Hmmm a Bruce Lee film, everything is right with the world, only thing that could possibly make it better would be a bacon sandwich, you don't have a bacon sandwich do you?Published 1 month ago by Paul Burgman
Another great classic from Mr Lee, and with all the cut nunchuck scenes replaced. Fantastic.Published 1 month ago by Gary Wishart