|Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection (1972)|
|Director(s):|| Lo Wei, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse, Ng See Yuen
|DVD Release Date:||10/18/2005|
|Running Time:||501 minutes|
FOX Home Entertainment
List Price: $49.98
Running Time: 501 minutes
Widescreen anamorphic format
Feature Film: The Big Boss (aka Fists of Fury)
Feature Film: Fist of Fury (aka The Chinese Connection)
Feature Film: Way of the Dragon (aka Return of the Dragon)
Feature Film: Game of Death
Feature Film: Game of Death II)
Original movie trailers for each film
New edited trailers for each film
Photo albums and slide shows for each film
Interview with Tung Wai
Interview with Yeun Wah
Interviews with director Sammo Hung, actor Simon Yam, actor Paul Pui, director Wong Jing, actress Flora Cheong-Leen, director Clarence Fok, stuntman Rocky Lai
Outtakes from Game of Death
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
English (5.1 DTS)
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Using the above definition, FOX's new "Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection" really should be titled "Bruce Lee Pretty Good Collection." The potential for an Ultimate Collection is there, but the time and care hasn't been taken to produce it yet. First problem is that Bruce Lee's best film "Enter the Dragon" is owned by Warner Brothers. Warners is Warners and FOX is FOX and never the twain shall meet. It would be nice if they did. This summer, Turner Classic Movies showed the restored, and never before seen version of the famed Pagoda of Death footage that Bruce Lee filmed before his death. The lengthy sequence was raided and cut down for the lame "Game of Death" released in 1978. An Ultimate Collection would include Bruce Lee's unfinished, but very compelling version of "Game of Death" also. Of course, that means a third studio would be involved. How to split the profits? How else could you build the Ultimate Collection? DVD fans love extras. How about A&E's Biography of Bruce Lee, or E! True Hollywood Story of Bruce Lee, or even the excellent feature film "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"? There are also tons of archived interviews with Bruce Lee himself. I guess a fan can dream. I am a fan. I remember sitting in the cafeteria of Central High School in Memphis at the beginning of 10th grade talking about Bruce Lee's recent death. What a shock it was. The man had burst upon the world stage like a meteor. He had the charisma of Elvis and martial arts skills like none before or since. The fan base is there to support a truly Ultimate DVD Collection. Maybe someday, the powers that be will cooperate with each other and put out that dream boxed set. Until then, let's look at what we have here.
The films have been restored. The color is excellent. "Fist of Fury" is by far the best. The colors on that beautiful film are lush, rich and well-saturated. No artifacts, pixilation. There are some delineation problems on "The Big Boss" as well as the Game of Death films.
The sound is way off! The levels are not balanced. It is really a mess. I watched the English track with subtitles so as to not miss the dialogue. It is actually preferable to watch the movies in Mandarin or Cantonese and read the subtitles. It is fun to note that the English subtitles don't match the English dubbing!
No Easter Eggs Found on Disc.
There are some good interviews with a number of artists in Hong Kong who worked with Bruce Lee. Each disk also includes trailers and photo galleries. The "Game of Death" disks include outtakes which were used in the TCM restoration I mentioned above.
There are some good interviews with a number of artists in Hong Kong who worked with Bruce Lee. Each disk also includes trailers and photo galleries. The "Game of Death" disks include outtakes which were used in the TCM restoration I mentioned above. Die-hard fans will want this until something better comes along. I understand that there is a foreign compilation that is somewhat better for the inclusion of much historical supplements. I can't say for sure because I haven't seen it. This is the Pretty Good Collection. I'm still waiting for the Ultimate Collection.