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

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

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

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Some see The Big Boss as a bit of a rough, scrappy predecessor to his more beloved work that would follow. Lee’s first film for the studio was The Big Boss and it proved to be a massive hit in Hong Kong, breaking all sorts of box office records, making him an instant star. For me, the nearly ten-minute brawl where the two actors actually managed to make contact is all the more memorable because of the slow buildup to the fight, showcasing Lee's techniques first by piting him against lesser challengers — the crime boss's comical assortment of henchmen — and having him figuratively climb the ladder of worthier contenders.

This is a box set of the most famous Bruce Lee films – the action star had actually been in a ton of films already before he became “Bruce Lee, martial arts superstar. Getting all the actual Lee footage out of the way in the first act (and up until then its more of the same from the previous film, using shadows, ‘relaxed focus’ and anything it could waft in front of the camera to mask the obvious stand in), the rest of the film is actually a deliciously gonzo fight fest.NEW The Final Game of Death (HD, 223 min) — broken into nine chapters that can be watched individually or in sequence, the incredibly exhaustive documentary studies Lee's life and impact on cinema. For example, when Roper is golfing and Williams is getting hassled by the cops, there are segments during the scenes that look so different in quality they appear as if they are from different sources. The choreography here was shared by both Lee and the film’s villain, Han Ying-Chieh, who was already an important figure in kung-fu cinema after choreographing the action in King Hu’s wuxia classics, Come Drink With Me, Dragon Inn and A Touch of Zen. The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon and the two more famous “Brucesploitation” films featuring footage of Lee Game of Death and Game of Death II are all included, the movies that Lee made after becoming somewhat famous in the US in his role as Kato in The Green Hornet on TV.

Although the colors seem a tad more subdued and controlled compared to the first movie, the overall palette, nonetheless, appears bolder and fuller than its Blu-ray counterparts. Hits from Criterion, as well as any number of other releases in various regions that have come out through the years. The disc from Arrow is packed with commentaries, featurettes, feature-length documentaries, video essays, interviews with scholars of Asian cinema and Bruce Lee, and so much more. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.Note: these films, with the exception of Enter the Dragon, are a first-time watch by the reviewer and therefore no direct comparisons against any previous blu-ray releases are able to be made.

I watched the extended Mandarin Cut for this review, which has long been sought-after by Western Lee fans. If you’re on the fence, pick up Enter the Dragon on DVD and try streaming a few of the set’s films on Arrow Player, the company’s streaming service. The hot-tempered Chen not only beats up the man and his friend, but Lee goes one further by kicking the offensive sign and breaking it in midair. Alternate Cantonese Version (HD, 93 min) is the reportedly original Hong Kong release placing the Ji Han-jae fight earlier in the movie and the happier ferry ending, but some of the material was taken from standard definition sources, as they are the best available.Yet while The Big Boss is often accused of being dull and laboured in its first two acts, mainly because of an absence of Lee fighting, its poor acting and semi-improvised meandering scripting still manage to deliver a film with a strange touch of sadness to it, powered more by political ideologies (local workers abused in a Thai factory rise up against their managers who are smuggling drugs inside blocks of ice, yet Lee taking over a foreman role himself becomes corrupted through alcohol, women and the smooth talking of those above him), no matter how accidental they may be, than pratfalling comedic beats.

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