Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 30th, 2007
BluRay released: April 17th, 2007
Approximate running time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo Spanish, Dolby Digital mono French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
BluRay Release: Warner Brothers
Region Coding: Region 0
Retail Price: $28.99
Synopsis: Han (Kien Shih) a former Shaolin monk who now lives on a remote island he has built into a fortress where he makes opium and sex slaves which he then sells to the black market. Lee (Bruce Lee) also a Shaolin monk is recruited to infiltrate Han’s island and expose his illegal activities. Lee is able to gain access to Han’s island via a martial arts tournament that Han holds each year. Will Lee be able to expose Han and put an end to his diabolical ways or will Lee fall prey like all those who tried before him?
Bruce Lee would return to America with his landmark 1973 martial arts film Enter the Dragon which also marked the first Hong Kong/U.S. collaboration on a marital arts film. Having trouble finding his place in Hollywood Lee would go to Hong Kong and find instant fame and success. The three films he made before Enter the Dragon where not only successful they all did better then their predecessor. Enter the Dragon is arguably Bruce Lee’s most famous film and tragically it would also become his last feature film that he would complete before his untimely death at the age of 32.
Even though the film would be directed by Robert Clouse Enter the Dragon is clearly Bruce Lee’s creation as he meticulously creates every fight to perfection and the tone of the film is in line with Lee philosophically. The scenes between the action scenes serve only to further the plot and noting more. These moments are mostly kept just brief enough for the viewer to catch their breath before jumping back into the action.
The cast for this film is simple astounding. You have in brief roles Sammo Hung Kam-Bo in the films opening fight with Lee and Bolo Yeung as one of Han’s henchmen. Other cast notables include Robert Wall who worked with Lee previously on The Way of the Dragon, Angela Mao one of the premiere ladies of 1970’s Hong Kong action cinema and Jim Kelly who would go onto a successful career in martial arts cinema because of Enter the Dragon. If you blink you might miss them but Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao both appear in the film in un-credited roles.
Actor John Saxon who is given co-top billing in the opening credits plays Roper a man who doesn’t known when to say no when it comes to bet and this often lands him in hot water. Saxon is surprisingly good in the role with his marital arts skills exceeding all my expectations. Then there is Bruce lee the star of the show and in the best form of his life. Enter the Dragon showcases Lee at the top of his game. The films most memorable sequence is the fight scene between Lee and Han in the hall of mirrors. Ultimately Enter the Dragon is one of the best marital arts films ever made and despite its many imitators no have come close to capturing its magic.
This edition like Warner Brothers previous two disc edition Enter the Dragon ports over all the extras included from that special edition release. Extras include an audio commentary with producer Paul Heller, 4 Documentaries: Blood And Steel: The Making of Enter the Dragon (30 minutes), Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey (100 minutes), Bruce Lee: The Curse Of The Dragon (87 minutes) and Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (19 minutes), theatrical trailers and T.V. spots, interview Gallery Featuring Linda Lee Cadwell (16 minutes), vintage Featurette: Location: Hong Kong with Enter the Dragon (8 minutes) and a backyard workout with Bruce: Vintage home Movies (2 Minutes).
Audio wise the mixes include with this BluRay release sound on par with the previous release. Now we come to the transfer for this which is a marked improvement over every home video release of this film. The colors are vibrant as they radiate off the screen. Details look razor sharp with every frame look nearly flawless as no major print damage is present. Warner Brothers have done an amazing job bringing Enter the Dragon into Hi-Def. Fans of this film or just martial arts in general will be blown away just how good a thirty plus year old film can look, highly recommended.