Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 14th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, March 22nd, 1972
Director: Wei Lo
Writers: Bruce Lee, Wei Lo
Cast: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi
|Approximate running time:||105m55s||106m00s|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese with English subtitles||DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles|
|Region Coding:||Region 3 NTSC (Korea)||Region 1 NTSC|
Spectrum’s Region 3 DVD
Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) is over come with grief of the death of his recently deceased master that he tries dig up his masters’ grave before finally being restrained. To further complicate the matter a rival school shows up at the funeral presenting them with a sign that translates to “The Sick Man of Asia” which doesn’t sit well with Chen Zhen. Not amused by their disrespecting his master Chen Zhen enters the Japanese school to teach them a lesson. What starts as a far fight erupts into an all out brawl as Chen Zhen takes on the whole school alone. Will Chen Zhen avenge his master before his enemies do him in or before the police arrest him?
Both DVD releases present Big Boss in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Image wise there really isn’t much difference between the two outside of the Spectrum release looking slightly more colorful and I suspect that they came from the same source. Fox who had previously released the Fist of Fury under the title of The Chinese Connection drastically improves upon their previous releases image quality. Both releases are dual layer and unfortunately both are also interlaced instead of being set for progressive scan. Overall you really can’t go wrong with either one image wise with the slight edge going to Spectrum’s stronger colors.
Spectrum’s release comes with the following audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS tracks that both are in the films original Cantonese language. The Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS tracks are pretty much the same with the DTS offer a slightly fuller audio experience. There is no sign of distortion or hiss through these audio mixes. The dialog is always easy to follow with the action and music adding some extra kick to the mix with their throbbing pulsing. English subtitles that are easy o read and follow have been included. Korean subtitles have also been included. Fox’s release comes with the following audio options DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin and Cantonese. English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow. The audio is clean and the music and effects sound evenly balanced and never distorted. Fox’s audio mixes are on par quality wise with Spectrum’s audio mixes. Overall the slight edge goes to Fox for including the English dubbed audio track as well as Mandarin and Cantonese audio mixes. Also of note when listening to the English dubbed audio tracks included on the Fox release a different version of the films main theme is preformed by a male vocalists instead of the female vocalists that are prominent on the Mandarin and Cantonese audio mixes.
Spectrum release comes with the following extras trailers for Big Boss, Way of the Dragon and Game of Death as well as the Fist of Fury’s original trailer and a newly created trailer for this release. Other extras include Bruce Lee stills photo album and Bruce Lee photo slide show each DVD includes still and slideshow gallery. Fox’s release comes with the following extras Fist of Fury’s original trailer and a newly created trailer for this release. Other extras include Bruce Lee stills photo album and Bruce Lee photo slide show. Other extras include trailers for some of Fox other marital arts releases. Rounding out the extras is an interview with YuenWah and English subtitles have been included
Overall both are solid releases with the slight edge going to Fox region 1 release for including the English dubbed audio mixes and also because the Korean box set which included the Big Boss is now OOP.