|Enter the Dragon
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Lee penetrates the fortress of a warlord of crime and enters a brutal martial arts tournament in order to avenge the death of his sister.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 7-JUN-2005
Media Type: DVD
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
- The Classic Bruce Lee Movie
Long-time fans of Bruce Lee are well-aware of this two-disc DVD set, which captures Bruce Lee's restored "Enter The Dragon" along with an interesting collection of extra featurettes. For those who are not long-time Bruce Lee fans, "Enter The Dragon" was his first movie made to Hollywood production standards, and unfortunately his last (he died unexpectedly just prior to the release of the movie).
The storyline, featuring Lee infiltrating a martial arts tournament sponsored by a Chinese criminal warlord in Hong Kong, is pulp fiction at its best. It provides a series of opportunities for fights, with short intervals of expository dialogue. The characters are lightly drawn from popular fiction and stereotypes; only the handful of lead characters get any real development as people.
The real draw of the movie when it was released in 1971 were the dramatic martial arts action sequences. Lee choreographed the fight scenes, which feature himself and a number of other experienced martial artists, along with "real" actor John Saxon (who had enough martial arts training to look respectable in his fights). This movie spawned several generations of martial arts movies in Hollywood, but none have ever quite surpassed the performances in "Enter The Dragon", which rely on no special effects other than the rare use of slow-motion.
The director and producer's voice-over commentary is worth listening to; "Enter The Dragon" was accomplished on something of a shoe-string with respect to production in Hong Kong. Several of the supporting actors were literally walk-ons or support personnel asked to play a role. This reviewer was surprised to find out that the principal villian did not speak English and literally phonetically memorized and delivered whole chunks of menancing dialogue.
This DVD set is highly recommended to fans of Bruce Lee and to those looking for an excellent introduction to the genre of martial arts movies....more info
- the best bruce lee`s movies
this is the best movie of bruce lee, where he shows something about his philosophy about fighting, and the documentals are very interesting, its almost unreal the things he did, ...more info
- Martial Arts Classic Remastered (for the most part)
This HD DVD looks so much better then the standard DVD version it's pretty impressive. Most of the movie is remastered in HD, but there are certain shots that look quite blurry. There are only a few blurry shots though. When the police drive up to hassle Jim Kelly I noticed a very blurry shot, but it was brief.
Most of the movie is outstanding. Some of the close ups showed the pores in the skin of the actors. The detail of the good shots is outstanding. More than half of this movie looks as good as HD cable. I gave it five stars because it's from the early 1970s and I didn't expect to get a cutting-edge image throughout the entire film....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
- 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
- "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
- 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
- phenomenal visually and classic brought back to life
I had some pretty high expectations from this movie on blu ray and it went above and beyond when I put the disc in and turned out the lights. I first watched the old theatrical promo to see how it once looked and afterwards when I started the feature I was instantly amazed at how clean everything looked from the jump on blu ray and the sound is probally the best that the 1973 source can deliver into my surround sound speakers. I would recommend this to any fan of the old school martial arts movies and this gives hope to all future kung fu on blu ray. I can't wait to see how the Sister Street Fighters and Killing Machine/Shoguns Ninja will look just waiting on them to arrive from Amazon and will review those also. ...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
- 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
- " A Must Have" for the Bruce Lee fan
I was not disappointed at all with the transfer of this classic to hd-dvd. I was very impressed with the color and crispness and the audio surprised me as well! This is a must have for the die-hard Bruce Lee fan and a casual fan of the genre will not be disappointed as well. A huge Bruce Lee fan all my life i can't wait for the release of his other movies in hd-dvd or blu-ray....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
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
- 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
- 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
- Watch a Master of Movement
Every so often a genius of kinesthetic flow arrives in the world; Enter the Dragon is an opportunity to witness first hand the phenominal ability of Li Jun Fan (Bruce Lee) at the very top of his craft. I feel safe in saying that there is no other martial artist put on film that has such dynamic presence and amazing focus as Lee; and Enter the Dragon captures this intensity like no other film.
This film is the first in many ways. Not only the first Chinese/American team up of a martial arts film, it is the very first true martial arts picture ever to be filmed in English. Martial arts star Sammo Hung is highlighted in the first five minutes of the film (first time I believe) and there is even a bit part for an extremely young Jackie Chan (watch closely) as the recipient of Lee's "fists of fury". Starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and new-comer Jim Kelly, Lee plays a Shaolin monk that is convinced by British Authorities (at the time Governing Hong Kong) to infiltrate an island via a martial arts tournament run by a rogue Shaolin monk named Han (Played by Shih Kien). The government wants Lee to infiltrate the tournament and contact them with information of Han's activities.
The film is laced with Lee's Zen philosophy of life. He uses martial arts as a metaphor for all of life and a vehicle in which to understand all of life's big questions. This film is Lee's final masterpiece as the Little Dragon died 6 days before the US release of Enter the Dragon. This film is a testament to an amazing human being that managed to bridge the gap between East and West. A must see for anyone interested in Martial Arts or Eastern thought. ...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 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
- 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
- HEY !!!! i never saw that !!!!
else it was mine directly...
Bruce Lee is and will always be the main distributer of martial arts... when het kicks and all, the sounds etc... that's reallllly cool... even the sounds he makes...
whatever he does, it is never stupid, it was always art, first class art......more info
- Lee set the standard
A must for Bruce Lee fans. A classic action film that made Lee an International star. He died after the film's completion at age 32.
No digital effects here. Lee's stunts and choreography are amazing.
All the continuity and editing mistakes are here.
Nice transfer to Blu-Ray. For the age of this movie, it looks great. Good clarity. Loaded with extras, too....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 man the myth, the legend.
Bruce Lee was a cult figure/phenomenon that may never be explained, a martial artist, a philosopher, a movie star. This movie I have always thought was his finest effort and showed the more thoughtful introspective side. The original scene with the shaolin,priest was cut out but it really gives you some of his thoughts on Zen and Fighting. Its great that it was put back in. I have to agree with others that in this movie Bruce was beginning to look sick and may have been slowly dying, his face was drawn and he was carrying to little body fat. The speed and power was evident and this is a great movie with a great story....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
- Bruce Lee Never Looked So Good!
This is another film that I had in standard DVD but I wanted to see it in Blu-Ray. I am glad that I did. These older films are looking way above average on Blu. I gave my standard copy to my son, the Blu-Ray version of "Enter the Dragon" is the only version I need. A good sold clear display....more info
- bruce lee's best....
i have a lot of bruce lee's work but this is his finest hour... the plot and the movie have the best script and the supporting actors are very good... it also had the best cinematology, great locations... excellent dvd with bruce lee at his best in all categories!!!...more info
- ONLY 170 PEOPLE REVIEW THIS?????????
This is Bruce Lee at his best, he really shows how fast(scary fast)he is
The only sad thing about this movie is you can see(WELL DIE HARD LEE FANS ANYWAY) that the man was slowly dying. Bruce looks thin(still muscular
though) but very thin if you compare him to his other films,he had already
had a fainting spell prior or during filming of this masterpiece and sadly
it was just a matter of time. Still if he was not the man he was by not
relaxing and shutting his engine off so to speak we really would not be
celebrating him today,no by him pushing himself beyond the limits he has
shown the world that when you have speed,technique,skill and power,you
really can beat any man one on one....more info
- Awesome for the age the movie was shot
Blown away by the quality considering this was filmed about 30 some years ago.Good information about Bruce Lee and his life. Must have for Blue-ray collection. Lots of bonus material...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