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Game of Death 2: Comparison (Spectrum vs. Ultimate Edition) 
Written by: on December 23rd, 2005

Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong – March 21, 1981
Director: Ne See Yuen
Writers: Ting Chak Luen and Ho Tin Sing
Cast: Bruce Lee, Tong Lung, Roy Chiao, and Wong Ching Lei

DVD released: 2004 2005
Approximate running time: 95m49s 95m52s
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR R
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround English DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo English
DVD Release: Spectrum Fox
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $9.99 $49.98

Fox’s Region 1 DVD

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Fox’s Ultimate Edition Region 1 DVD

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Fox’s Region 1 DVD

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Fox’s Ultimate Edition Region 1 DVD

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Fox’s Region 1 DVD

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Fox’s Ultimate Edition Region 1 DVD

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The Film :

After the death of his master Chin Ku Billy Lo goes to Japan to look for his masters daughter May who is singer in a nightclub. Some men in a helicopter try to steal Chin Ku during his funeral. Billy tries to stop them by grabbing on to the helicopter before ultimately falling to the ground below ending his life. Enter Bobby Lo Billy’s brother who leaves for Japan the moment he hears about his brothers’ death. Bobby Lo only has one thing on his mind revenge and nothing will stop him until he achieves that goal.

Video:

Both DVD releases present Game of Death 2 in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Out of all the titles in the Bruce Lee Ultimate collection this transfer with Fox’s previous DVD release looks identical. There is a difference in quality that is noticeable in both releases when Bruce Lee footage that was not shot for this film is integrated with the newly shot footage. Both releases are dual layer and unfortunately both are also interlaced instead of being set for progressive scan.

Audio:

The audio selections for both releases are the same and are as follows DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo English language tracks. The dialog is crisp and clean. The music and effects sound evenly balanced. Both releases come with English subtitles that are easy to read and follow. Overall the differences between the two mixes are so minimal they are virtually unnoticeable.

Extras:

Extras for Fox’s 2004 release for Game of Death 2 consist of the films original English trailer and trailers for other Fox martial arts releases. Extras for Fox’s ultimate edition of Game of Death 2 the films 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 outtakes with Bruce Lee that have not been released before.

Overall:

Both releases are unfortunately interlaced instead of being flagged for progressive scan. Overall both releases are nearly identical with the edge going to Fox’s ultimate edition since it has more extras.

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