Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 3rd, 2005
|Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, March 23rd, 1978
Director: Robert Clouse
Writers: Bruce Lee, Jan Spears
Cast: Tai Chung Kim, Colleen Camp, Dean Jagger, Gig Young, Bruce Lee
|Approximate running time:||100 minutes||100 minutes|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Mono English||DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 English|
|Region Coding:||Region 1 NTSC||Region 3 NTSC|
Fox’s Region 1 DVD
Spectrum’s Region 3 DVD
The Film :
There is a syndicate that is blackmailing celebrities with the threat of losing their lives if they don’t give the syndicate part of their action. Billy Lo is their latest victim and they have also been harassing Lo’s girlfriend Ann Morris who happens to be a singer. When Lo refuse to cooperate the mob hire a hit man to kill him and when the hit fails Lo fakes his death as he plans his revenge.
Both releases present the Game of Death in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Spectrum’s release has been given an anamorphic enhancement while Fox’s is non- anamorphic. The framing is very close on both releases with Spectrum’s release offering slightly more info. Details are solid through out and both releases keep grain to a minimum. The main difference between the two releases is that the colors are stronger and flesh tones look more natural on the Spectrum release. Game of Death was pieced together from several different sources and film stocks which makes the film look softer then it should at times.
Fox’s release presents Game of Death in its original English Dolby Digital mono language track. Besides some minor hiss the track despite its limitations more then gets the job done. Spectrum’s releases offers two audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS tracks that both are in the films original English language. The dialog at times sounds muffled and there is some minor hiss and distortion present through out. The sound effects and music cues far a little better in the sound mixes for Game of Death. Both releases also come with English subtitles.
Fox keeps the track record in tact as they yet again fail to include any extras even though they list the films original trailer on the DVD case. Spectrum release fares a little better in the extras department with trailers for Big Boss, Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon as well as the Game of Death’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. Rounding out the extras is eleven minutes of unseen outtakes from Bruce Lee’s Game of Death footage.
Both releases are pretty evenly matched with the slight edge going to Spectrum’s releases for the inclusion of eleven minutes of outtakes from Game of Death and their more colorful transfer with its natural flesh tones.
Note: Spectrum’s Big Boss release is only available as part their Bruce Lee collection.