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Bruce Lee at Golden Harvest Limited Edition 4K UHD [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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Without a doubt, The Way of the Dragon is rightfully immortalized by the climactic showdown between Lee and another legendary martial artist — Chuck Norris in his feature-length debut as the brutally lethal Colt. I know time is against most of us when it comes to watching extras these days, but these four are nigh on essential viewing to get a real feel for the man, his methods and the history of film making in the region at that time.

Sure, these films represent a man finding his way, navigating the perilous routes through the harsh realities of commercial cinema, both in the east and the west. Starting at the very beginning, of the five films being looked at – The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Game of Death and Game of Death II – all were shot on 35mm, using the anamorphic process (whereby the widescreen picture shot – in the case of these films, at 2. Japanese Cut (4K Dolby Vision HDR, 110 min) is a version with a unique intro and outro that features Mike Remedios's song "The Way of Life" and a slightly modified English mono soundtrack. Most already know the history of the production, which severely altered Lee's original tale into a straightforward revenge flick involving the mafia, a fiancée (Colleen Camp) and apparently, a restaurant designed like a pagoda. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen The Big Boss, but I did feel the film flowed a little better in this longer cut, particularly the first half.For the sequel, Arrow Video provides the English dub for the international cut while the Hong Kong theatrical version comes with three DTS-HD MA mono options with, once again, the Mandarin track being the stongest. Ignoring Enter…, Game of Death is somewhere between the two sets of images – with so much overt optical manipulation to work around the absence of Lee, and with the heavy use of shadows as an actual mask, the film veers between some near pristine first-generation footage of the likes of Colleen Camp and Hugh O’Brian and most of the added material (where fine detail levels are approaching that seen in the first two films), to some fairly rough inserts that manage to look even worse than Way… Mostly however, the image looks decent enough, again with no detail in Arrow’s material on the restoration, stating its from original film ‘elements’ hints at another IP used as a source. But its still curiously inert when there’s no action on-screen – the acting is passable, but the story misses that edge that Lo Wei brought to the prior films, the similar themes of working-class oppression here used to almost depict Lee somewhat unsuccessfully as a mythical folk hero rather than an actual character. But the part I still find fascinating is the opportunity to compare the legendary martial artist's skills with that of the "Lee-alikes," and well, there is no comparison.

Highlights include the double nun chuck alley fight and of course, the final 10 min scrap with Norris who says barely two words but still convinces as someone who would at least cause Lee to break a sweat.However, from the looks of it, it appears that they used the same master created for the 4K transfer above and simply re-edited the previously deleted scenes back into the film. The colors are bright and vibrant, especially in the single-hue robes worn by different groups of Shaolin students watching Lee spar in the opening sequence. This really is one of the most comprehensive and beautifully put together sets of supplemental features I’ve seen in a box set. And in that fight, Norris is really the first to present Lee with a legitimate challenge and threat, as though the American fighter hired by a ruthless crime boss (Jon T.

NEW Axis of English: The Hong Kong Dubs (2160p, 42 min) is a new video essay written and narrated by Will Offutt, examining the dubbing of Lee's first three movies. It may not be the last word in complex fight choreography, but these two are worthy opponents and they make the finale utterly mesmeric thanks to Lee’s use of his changing fighting style as a narrative arc, only succeeding after changing his own style, something very much built into the DNA of Lee’s own Jeet Kune Do ethos. The rest are Blu-rays with also excellent audio and video presentations of each, four of which are bonus discs housing exhaustive featurettes and alternate versions of the aforementioned Bruceploitation movies.Borrowing a similar theme from the aforementioned The Chinese Boxer, the story centers around the rivalry between a Japanese dojo and the kung fu school that Chen belongs to, but that conflict begins to escalate into violence when representatives of the dojo interrupt the funeral for the school's master, whose death, as it is slowly revealed, is apparently a mystery.

S. Video Version (HD, 95 min) is the original cut for the VHS release, which replaces most of the Enter the Dragon outtakes with alternative shots of Lee from other films.NEW Scene Commentary (HD, 26 min) is an interview conducted by Michael Worth where actor Piet Schweer shares his memories of being on the set while his scene plays on screen. All disc reviews at High-Def Digest are completed using the best consumer HD home theater products currently on the market. In The Big Boss, Lee plays Cheng Chao-an, a young Chinese man who moves to Thailand to live with his cousins and work in an ice factory. One of the cousins, Hsiu Chien (James Tien), shows him the ropes and tries to keep the peace when his brothers, cousins and friends get into trouble. Updated daily and in real-time, we track all high-def disc news and release dates, and review the latest disc titles.

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