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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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.

encode delivers a relatively worthy upgrade over previous Blu-ray releases and a notable uptick from the French Ultra HD edition by Metropolitan. NEW Legend of the Dragon (HD, 82 min) is detailed documentary looking at the life and career of Bruce Lee by film historian and critic Tony Rayns while also touching on Lee's enduring legacy. There, Bruce became an actor, like his father, from an early age, making his screen debut at the tender age of 6.Moving more indoors, with most of the film taking place in dojo interiors and obvious stage sets, gives the film something of a stagey vibe, but with Lee’s star quality driving the film forward, it’s a much more satisfying watch, one that now starts to feel worthy of his presence and his star quality. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen The Big Boss, but I did feel the film flowed a little better in this longer cut, particularly the first half. Watching all of these back-to-back, it posits an interesting conundrum - as a set of films, they do not seem to warrant Lee’s place in cinema history: some of them clumsily put together, with amateurish and derivative plotting and acting, with Lee’s admittedly excellent fight skills only really being shown in the final acts of, well, all of them.

But the rest of the colour scheme is really nice, especially the bright yellow of Lee’s infamous jumpsuit at the film’s finale.

Despite that, you see his progression as an actor, and by Enter the Dragon (undeniably his best film) they are getting better in both story and action.

The rest are Blu-rays with also excellent audio and video presentations of each, four of which are bonus discs housing exhaustive featurettes and alternate versions of the aforementioned Bruceploitation movies. After getting into trouble in his late-teenage years (in one incident, he supposedly beat up the son of a Triad member), Lee’s mother sent him back to the US to finish his education and hopefully keep him out of mischief. The character of Hsiu is notably stronger here, with him given some more varied character beats and a much longer opening fight.Sure, there’s still a lot of stuff out there on Lee – some of which is notably on Criterion’s recent boxset – which again, likely rights issues preclude their being here, but the combination of the archive supplementals that have been sourced and the staggeringly good new features included here really should satisfy all but the most ravenous of Lee fans. Choice is key here and this release brilliantly includes a huge range of audio options for fans who may have grown up with a very particular soundtrack lodged in their brains. However, it still offers up a reasonable viewing experience – it doesn’t appear to suffer from digital manipulation of its grain and the overall colour grading appears nicely saturated and healthy.

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