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VINE VOICEon 26 February 2010
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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on 12 October 2001
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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on 14 February 2010
The Film
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!

Extras:
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.
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on 24 October 2000
This, Bruce Lee's penultimate film, is a conglomeration of the finest Martial Arts on celuloid mixed in with western actors trying their best to look like they know what they're doing. John Saxon tries his best, but he isn't up to even Jim kelly's standard, never mind Lee's. It seems such a shame that so much of the film was cut for this DVD. The nunchuka scene is gone, as is a scene near the start (strangely) where Bruce has a conversation with his mentor about the upcoming tournament. Why these cuts? They have left in the scene with O'Hara attacking Lee with the broken bottles (which was cut from the original cinematic release) which I would have thought much easier to be copied by foolish people than the nunchuka scene. And then again, what about other films. The petrol/razor scene wasn't cut from Resovoir Dogs, nor the stabbings or shootings from almost any other film you care to mention. Yet the skill and control of Lee's rice flails is left on the cutting room floor. Sacrelege. The "extra minutes" not shown during it's initial release were always present in the English version, so don't be fooled into thinking you're getting unseen footage, because you're not! Apart from that the film is pleasing on most counts. Lalo Shifrin's music is brilliant as usual, and the photography of the locations is top notch. Once you get used to the English dubbed over English (you'll see what I mean) the film is highly enjoyable.
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I am by no means a fan of the martial arts, but I enjoy and respect Bruce Lee movies. Bruce Lee possessed unparalleled skills, evoked a sense of honor and commitment, and communicated the depth of his feelings and philosophy in each of his movies. Enter the Dragon is a master's true masterpiece. Unlike the martial arts films of today, which largely revolve around comedy, Enter the Dragon is possessed of a serious, somber, almost pious atmosphere. Bruce Lee journeys to the island of Han, a man who betrayed the teachings of Lee's own temple, engaged in a life of drug trafficking and prostitution, and welcomed into his inner circle the man who was responsible for Lee's own sister's death. There are acts of savagery committed, some fights ending in the death of one combatant, but the one true savage Lee must defeat is Han, an expert martial artist with a secret weapon. The fight scenes are often elaborate and quite incredible, involving scores of men at times. Lee's incredible talents and vision are showcased when he finds himself all alone in the midst of his attackers, but it is the final fight sequence that one most remembers from watching this movie. That fight culminates inside a room of mirrors, the action sometimes being shown in slow motion. With multiple images of the two combatants appearing at all sorts of angles, making it all but impossible to figure out where each man really is, the whole sequence is a surreal experience for the viewer.
In addition to the movie itself, which is inarguably Bruce Lee's best performance, one also gets bonus material: a short documentary of the making of the film in Hong Kong, an introduction by Lee's wife, and most importantly a documentary of interviews with Lee, in which he speaks eloquently of his philosophy, of which martial arts is the centerpiece. Martial arts, he explains, is not really about fighting; it is the process which allows him to express himself to the utmost degree. Many of his ideas and teaching are clearly reflected in Enter the Dragon, which only makes the movie more important. Certainly, there is a lot of fighting in this movie (but nothing shocking by any means), but I would argue that Enter the Dragon is as much a philosophical argument as it is a fight movie. This movie alone is a legacy Bruce Lee would be proud of.
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on 27 May 2005
a fantastic transfer of the original movie, plus a boat-load of worthy extras
my favourite surprise extra on here was bruce lees original vision for the game of death presented in a 30/40 minute re-edit on the back of a detailed documentary focused around bruce lees changing martial arts philosophy... its a fascinating piece, and shows the ideas that bruce lee intended to put forth in that movie. the re-edit includes the entire footage from the pagoda scene as he fights his way up the levels. of special note is the sound, which is far better than the version included on the game of death platinum dvd... we have superior sound effects for nunchakus etc, plus deeper and higher quality dialogue. so by purchasing this special ed dvd you basically get enter the dragon and game of death
the only small gripe i have is that for some reason disc2 has subtitles available in a variety of languages, but for enter the dragon itself i only have dutch subtitles??
overall though a first class and slick dvd presentation. nearly as strong as bruce lee's side kick.
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on 19 December 2001
With his untimely death, Enter the Dragon stands as the lynchpin of Lee's film legacy. It's one of the best action flicks of the '70s and a bona fide milestone in martial arts cinema.
Lee is at the peak of his form, showing off his astounding grace and prowess in fight sequences he himself choreographed.
It was with this film that Bruce Lee made the tranquil, passive martial artist - who's a demon unleashed in combat - into an international screen icon. Any action fan who hasn't seen Enter the Dragon (are there any?) definitely should.
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on 7 September 2004
Awsome martial arts film. But needed more extras. I already got the previous edition on dvd and it kinda ticked me off to see they released it again with decent stuff >_<. But ive ordered it anyway. The documentries included this time are worth nearly as much as this dvd edition seperately. Also suppose to have better sound quality, Hopefully thats true. If you dont own any Enter the Dragon previous versions. This is a must!.
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VINE VOICEon 27 November 2002
Can't really add much - the film is fantastic. Forget the plot, you want the fight scenes, where Bruce avenges his sister, where he beats Han, the Numchuck scene (finally restored after nearly 30 years, because some idiot cracked his own skull trying to copy Bruce) , the subtle humour (the snake, the "fighting without fighting bit....), I just love the film.
There have been some "racism" comments over the years regarding Jim Kelly's early demise (the black fighter with spectacular afro hair); in defence of the film I always thought the only reason Han beat him was because he got distracted by a faceful of Dove and took a stone hand in the face. Pure bad luck.
But he's a far better fighter than John Saxon, and it would have been nice if he'd stuck around in the movie for longer.
The ending is also a little different to the cinema release: at the beginning of the film there is a conversation between Bruce and a monk, regarding seeing things clearly and images - spiritual stuff. That was cut from some versions for some reason.
Anyway, Bruce becomes thoughtful for a few seconds, then smashes some mirrors. Now, the voice of his master is played over his moment of thought, and gives him the idea of breaking the mirrors.
And a scene makes sense!
All martial arts fans should own this.
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on 20 May 2001
Having seen this movie countless times on tv and video, the transfer to dvd is superb. Great stereo sound and a sharp clear picture. The only thing that lets this film down is the bad dubbing and the censoring of the famous nanchuck scene in the cavern which is very disappointing. Also a scene at the beginning has been cut along with a few frames at the end of the scene where Bolo kills the guards.All in all Bruce Lee remains the undisputed king of kung fu. If you have never seen this movie, get it now
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