|Enter the Dragon [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/17/2007 Run time: 102 minutes Rating: R
The last film completed by Bruce Lee before his untimely death, Enter the Dragon was his entr¨¦e into Hollywood. The American-Hong Kong coproduction, 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 center 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
- Awesome Quality for a 35 year old movie
If you are pondering on buying this movie because of its age and you don't think the digital video will transfer good, fear no longer. This movie looks great. It looks like it was made 90's instead of the 70's. This is a must buy for the Kung Fu or Bruce Lee fans out their....more info
- favorite movie -> terrible master
I was really looking forward to Enter the Dragon on Blu-Ray. I had the vhs, laser disc, dvd, and now blu-ray. Unfortunately Warner really jumped the gun. the video has hair balls, specks and missing frames. Sure it's sharp but why couldn't they get the film out of a cleaner can. I'm really disappointed....more info
- Greatest Martial Arts Film Ever Made.... Still
This movie started the martial arts film explosion in the US. Bruce Lee's skills were far above any other martial artist that followed him. It was various derivations from his original ideas for most things that happened later in the martial arts in America. Quoting Dana White of the UFC "Bruce started MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)." Years before it was figured out. First to teach non-chinese kung fu in the US. First to use real martial artist as villians in fight films. First to do a arm-bar to end a fight on film in the Shaolin Temple no less in this movie! (20 years before UFC.) It was his original idea later turned into the popular television show Kung-Fu.
Anyway, this movie was easily his best film and was his launching pad to post humorous super stardom in the US....more info
- The entire video was great!
This video is great to own in that there is a bonus disc which focuses on the life and career of the starring actor, Bruce Lee.
The bonus disc has a special feature which documents his life as well as his son Brandon's. Both are now dead (Brandon died in 1993 - just 59 days after his 28th birthday - whilst working on "The Crow" and the resulting said film was released the next year as a tribute)....more info
- Betta Bruce
What can I say when it comes to Bruce Lee! Any chance to see him more clearly should be taken and HD does it nicely; I could catch blemished on is skin and all those somewhat blurred close ups come to life. Still can't quite catch the path of his blows on slow mo, but somehow HD really makes a difference. ...more info
- Has 25th Anniversary scenes.
Most anyone looking at a review of this already knows what it is. That being the case I just wanted to add that this version has the scenes included with the 25th Anniversary Editions and that the picture quality is outstanding. I state that because I had doubts about how well restored the picture could be and what effort would be made into transferring it from optical.
The audio wasn't lacking, but I didn't find it particularly remarkable either. It was clear and crisp, but I didn't notice any remix work for surround or anything like that....more info
- Point your finger to the moon
This is a mandatory, must have DVD for fans of Kung Fu flicks. You got everything here, exotic locations, cool characters, hot women, and a whole lot of Kung Fu Fighting.
THe plot is simple enough and has been covered before. Bruce Lee is a Shalon monk who is recruited by police to investigate the island of Mr Han, who happens to be a renegade monk gone bad. He holds karate tournaments once every three years. The tournament is merely a cover for his real purposes. To find new talent to help him with his world wide drug and prostitution rings.
I love this movie, but if I could make one change, or if I had the power to make an 'alternate ending' it would be this.......
My personal favorite kung fu actor is Bolo Yeung, the 'Chinese Hercules'. He had a small role in this flick, but he was as scary as he always is. My idea would for him to have fought and killed Roper in his fight scene instead of getting bit on the leg and losing the fight. Then Bruce Lee would have to fight Bolo. Now THAT would have been exciting. Of course Bruce would have to kill Bolo. Then when Mr. Han sees that he loses his number one boy, then he could send all the karate guys to fight him. Of course as Bruce begins fighting them, that's when all the guys in the prisons are released and everybody gets in on the fun.
Hi-Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! ...more info
- Great film is so old now its scary
God, this fine martial arts film was made all the way back in 1973--the american civil rights movement had just ended and everything was big hair and polyester clothes the world over! That's the world this movie is set in (had it just been made a few years later--like 3-- it would be so much less datable). Perhaps Lee's death was itself the true end of an era (at least in Asia)! The film is a fine action packed spy thriller with Lee reruited by the government to go after the very bad man named Han--a man who happens to also be responsible for Lee's sister's death--how's that for coincidences? John Saxon is a great supporting cast member playing Roper, a man who crosses Han's path on his own time!...more info
- "Enter The Dragon"-Blu-Ray Edition
The image and sound quality was, and is, by far, superior to any previous version on video,broadcast,cable,satellite.Extras and bonus features include documentaries,trailers,T.V.spots,and more.This is Martial Arts Legend/Icon Bruce Lee's final,last,completed,major film,and his best.It's the film by which all other martial arts films are measured.This version of the movie[102 minutes],includes 2 scenes missing from the previous 99 minute home video release version.I only wish for,and dream,that it could be the original,never released,2 hours,or longer,version seen only by Warner Brothers Studios executives.If you love martial arts action adventure,I highly recommend this film classic!...more info
- Bruce Lee's LEGACY and GREATEST film!
"Enter the Dragon" is Bruce Lee's gift to us all. It's the GREATEST martial arts film ever made. As everybody already knows, Bruce Lee was the GREATEST martial artist this world has ever seen and he is one of the TRUE legends in popular culture.
I've been a Bruce Lee fan since the late 70's and I used to read "Fighting Stars" magazine (does anyone remember this one?) and Bruce Lee was in EVERY ISSUE! I also visited his grave on the 10th anniversary of his death back in 1983.
All of us there were joking that he would return on that day because we had all seen the HORRIBLE movie "Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth" where it was shown that he would supposedly fake his death and return 10 years later. Oh, what FUNNY memories!
My favorite scene in "Enter the Dragon" is probably everyone else's. Where he fights Han in the hall of mirrors. I like the the two new scenes they've restored to the film. "Destroy the image, and you will break the enemy".
One of the reasons "Enter the Dragon" is special to me is because it's the FIRST movie I ever bought in December of 1983!
"My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting."
- The Dragon Soars
"Enter the Dragon" is a pure gold Bruce Lee classic. The movie opens with Bruce Lee pitted against a chubby opponent at the famous Shaolin Temple (guess who wins) Bruce soon expounds on Buddhist/Taoist philosophy with his teacher and a young boy. He talks about "fighting without fighting." But we're not here for the philosophy,are we?
Soon,Bruce learns that bodies of young women are washing up on the beach,and about the evil crime lord,Han. He's recruited to take down Han with the help of an African-American man with a period Afro,and John Saxon himself. They go to Han's fantasy island for the great tournament. A beautiful British blonde tempts the three young men with a harem of beautiful lasses--only Bruce refuses (he was happily married at the time) So,Bruce is no James Bond. Still, Bruce does some investigating and finds out the real evil underground.
"Enter the Dragon" has a threadbare plot--Bruce battling Han. There's plenty of kung fu fighting. There's Han with his detachable hands. As a martial arts movie, it's excellent. It's good cheesy fun. It's one of Bruce Lee's classics. Take a cinematic slow boat to China... and enjoy!...more info
I bought this already loving the movie, but hating the "grainy" poor quality that comes with being a 60-70's film ,etc. The film looks Awesome in Blu-ray!! If makes the film that much more enjoyable. ...more info
- Enter The Dragon
BRUCE LEE IS THE ULTIMATE GANGSTA, NO ONE COULD STAND A MATCH AGAINST HIM, WELL MAYBE TONY JAA FROM ONG BAK AND THE PROTECTOR BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT...more info
- The Gold Standard Of Martial Arts Films!
While there have been some classics since this 1973 film such as Bloodsport (Van Damne), Hard To Kill (Steven Seagal), Best Of The Best (James Earl Jones), The Perfect Weapon (Jeff Speakman), Rumble In The Bronx (Jackie Chan) and Eye For An Eye (Chuck Norris), none have touched this legendary piece by the late Bruce Lee and the late Robert Clause.
The plot is very basic. Bruce plays a highly skilled and spiritual martial artist who goes to the tournament of Han to avenge his sisters death and resort honor to the Shaolin Temple which Han betrayed years earler.
Along the way, he meets Ropert (John Saxon) and Williams (Jim Kelly). The three end up in a web of intrigue and danger as they must fight for their own lives and bring down Han's criminal network. Also stars Ahni Capri and Bolo Yueng (the villian from Bloodsport and Double Impact).
Extras include an A & E special showing the lost footage from "The Game Of Death" in the way that Bruce originally meant it to be shown! It also has another bio narrated by George Takei with interviews from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Colburn, Danny Inasoto and Linda Lee Caldwell (Bruce's widow) among others. It also has two features focusing strictly on ETD and a very touching introduction from Mrs. Caldwell. It also has a rare interview with Bruce in which he ends it with one of his legendary quotes....."Be water my friend."
Overall, this is probably the best package for Enter The Dragon that has been released and probably ever will be released! As one reviewer said earlier, this is a must have! NO! This should be required viewing for anyone that calls himself a martial arts fan! Sorry to sound like a mark but this film is what a martial arts movie should be like! I would also recommend Bruce Lee's other films The Big Boss (Fist Of Fury), Fist Of Fury (Chinese Connection), Way Of The Dragon (Return Of The Dragon) and even Game Of Death though it is nothing like what Bruce wanted for the film.
Anyway, this movie is highly recommended!...more info
- Super Feature Packed, Must Have
There is not a single HD DVD on the market with as many comentaries and featurettes as this movie. It will take you several evenings to finish it all. If you are even slightly interested in documentaries or history, you will find much of the additional material interesting, especially the interview with Bruce's Wife.
The HD transfer is very good. Considerable time was spent removing film artifacts and making sure the colors were bright and rich. This is how HD DVD should be. Due to the very poor soundtrack from the original movie, the 5.1 mix is mediocre. However, it is to be expected, and does not take away from the HD film experience.
Overall, if you have found your way to this Movie's page on Amazon, then you are probably interested enough for this HD DVD movie to be a must buy....more info
- Bruce Lee at his best.
Wow! That was my initial reaction when I first saw this film on full hd.
Movie looked great with good action sequences, believable storyline, villains and good sound, visuals.
Overall, I was very impressed with the quality and documentaries were very nice touch. I was glued to the TV for 5 hours straight. ...more info
- Enter the Lame Dragon
Enter the Dragon is considered by many to be the greatest martial arts film ever. That's not true. ETD isn't even Bruce Lee's greatest film (Fist of Fury, AKA "The Chinese Connection" is.) There were and are a hundreds of martial arts films way better than this movie. Check out any of the old classic Shaw Brothers movies. Or check out Jackie Chan's filmography and rent some of his movies. But, here's Hollywood again trying to glamourize and sugar-coat the Asian chop-socky market. The plot to this movie is so typical, but alot of martial art films have basic plots, but this movie was just boring. The only thing that brought excitement to this movie was Bruce Lee. Bruce's charisma and film persona leaped through the movie screen. He could make a home movie and make it a classic (Oh! He did do that!) Bruce seemed disinterested in the scenes where he wasn't fighting. Although the film has a good cast of actors, the script was so horrible that they couldn't save this film. The only reason this movie is a cult classic is because Bruce's fight choregraphy in this film was probably his best. But, even some the fight sequences were a total letdown. Come on, who wanted to see John Saxon take on Bolo at the end of the movie?! Everyone wanted to see Bruce mix-it-up with the "Chinese Hercules"! But, that's Hollywood....more info
- Enter The Dragon
Movie was excellent and here in a fast and timely manner. I would order again if given the chance....more info
- Powerful Classic
This is classic. If you haven't seen it, you should. The kung fu movie that started it all. It retains much dignity while still being an action movie from the 70's. You may learn a little life philosophy while you're at it....more info
- The Best Martial Arts Movie Ever Made!
Enter The Dragon is in a class all its own.
Bruce...we salute you!...more info
- Must have for Bruce Lee fans
This Blu-ray dvd is great. I have the regular dvd of this movie and other Bruce Lee movies and this movie is the best movie out of all of them in my opinion. what a difference when compare the regular dvd with blu-ray. A must have for all the Bruce Lee fans....more info
- The extras alone make it a worth buying blu-ray
I am probably not as big of a fan of Bruce Lee as other amazon reviewers. I do like Kung-Fu action films and I am more of a fan of Jacky Chan. I bought this blu-ray just to add to my collection because it has Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan, and Sammo Hung in the same movie!!
I think the colors are remastered because they look vivid and great, especially in the bonus when they show clips of the old film you can really tell how you would not want to watch it if it were not.
Due to it's old age, the film does still have some "dust" or "noise" in some of the scenes, but in very minimal scenes, and when it happens it's still pretty clean. Probably alot of people won't even notice this, I'm the type of person that won't even goto the theaters anymore because the constant dust and dirty film quality bothers me.
What I really love are the bonuses, especially the interview with Bruce Lee himself, interview with his wife, documentary of Bruce's life history and the death of Bruce Lee and his son Brandon. Interviews with people that worked with Bruce also confirms all the great things about this Legend and some more.
I have gained even more respect for Bruce Lee after watching the film plus the documentaries and interviews. I really want the release of Game of Death on blu-ray now because that seemed to be the film Bruce worked hardest on and cared most about. They need to include all the lost footages of Bruce in Game of Death and I hope this really happens.
This is a great buy for even a person that is not a fan of Bruce, and after watching this you will definitely become a fan. FIVE STARS for this blu-ray even with a little noise in a couple scenes....more info