Forty years ago this summer, Bruce Lee died unexpectedly of a cerebral edema. Even though the films have aged, there’s absolutely no denying the sheer magnitude of Bruce Lee s star power. This box set includes four of the films that would make Bruce Lee one of the most important martial artists ever to grace the screen. The set includes The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, Way Of The Dragon and Game Of Death. Also included are two documentaries Bruce Lee: The Legend (and the original version Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend) and I Am Bruce Lee plus a bonus disc with over two hours of bonus content exclusive to this set. Is this the definitive collection that Bruce Lee fans have been waiting for? In short, wholeheartedly yes.
For reviews of the four films in this set, please click on the following links:
“All in all, The Big Boss is a worthy memorial to the martial arts master, and is worth watching if you like either Bruce Lee or martial arts in general.”
“Game of Death is a great testimonial film to one of the legends and this film deserves to be remembered.”
“Fans of Bruce Lee, run out and see this film. Pete McCormack does a great job conducting the interviews and getting the maximum affect interspersing them among footage of Bruce Lee’s screen test.”
The Way of the Dragon Blu- ray review:
Bruce Lee stars as a country bumpkin who travels to Rome so he could help out his cousins who are in trouble with some local thugs. The syndicate wants the restaurant that his family owns. For some time they have put up some resistance but to no avail. When they met Bruce and see that he could fight, everyone thought that he was the answer to their prayers, or is he? More comedic than his previous two films. This was because Bruce Lee was making a film that was catered to his Hong Kong audience. He wanted to make a movie that could make him some money so he could concentrate on a more personal project (The Game of Death). But by the time he completed this film he was already set to work on his break through movie Enter the Dragon (1973). Way of the Dragon was proof that Bruce Lee could work within Golden Harvest.
As always, Lee deals with issues of racism, philosophy, violence, family, and the self. The tourist sites of Rome remind Lee of the slums of China, which everyone avoids. His character is a haunted one, like all of his characters, and the tone is dark again. ‘Wherever he walks, he will walk alone’ remarks one of his friends. Nora Miao gives a brilliant performance, as do Ping Ao-Wei and Chung-Hsin Huang. But Lee is the main draw, and he is breathtaking again. Few Actors have had such an impact on cinema, on pop culture, and on modern life, in such a short time, as Lee has. Aside from the Norris fight, The fights outside the restaurant are excellent, and Lee’s ‘lamp kicking’ has to be seen repeatedly. Easily on of the best martial arts movies ever made, and one of the best movies of the 70’s.
Bonus Features include:
- Game of Death Revised—Bob Wall Talks About His Experiences on Game of Death (28:46)
- Way of the Dragon—Bob Wall Talks About His Movie Debut (13:38)
- Master of the Game with Dan Inosanto (25:12)
- Legacy of the Dragon (46:48) is a British television documentary on Lee.
- The Grandmaster and the Dragon: William Cheung and Bruce Lee (54:37)
- Return of the Dragon in 60 Seconds (1:00)
- Bruce Lee Remembered (50:55) features interviews with Anthony Delongis, Bryan Mann, Dustin Nguyen, Director Gareth Evans, and Jason McNeil.
- Fist of Fury Interviews (43:21) include Nora Miao Riki Hashimoto and Jun Katsumura.
- Still Galleries features a huge assortment of stills from all of Lee’s films and many of his television appearances.
There have been numerous complaints in terms of the sets picture quality, but I’ll just say that I am lovin’ on this set BIG TIME. Plus, you get a GIGANTIC book jammed with photos and with copy by George Tan. This set comes highly recommended. Look for it next month when it ships from Shout!