Shout Factory will release a deluxe Blu-ray set of Bruce Lee films. This box set includes four of the films that would make Bruce Lee one of the most important martial artists ever to grace the screen. The release will be available for purchase on August 6th.
The set includes The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, Way Of The Dragon and Game Of Death, all films available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America.
Also included are three DVDs containing two documentaries, Bruce Lee: The Legend (and the original version Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend) and I Am Bruce Lee, plus over two hours of bonus content exclusive to this set.
Can't wait for this, but hate the packaging, another one that can't go on the shelf with the rest of the collection.
Way of the Dragon...Chuck Norris is master of all...except Bruce Lee.
In RL the might may have gone differently though.
I hope the folks at Shout! catch the sound problems with "Game of Death". I recently checked out their double-feature DVD...and it was less-than-stellar.
The "original" Dolby 2.0 stereo track on that DVD is the extremely muffled, just like the previous Fox/Fortune Star Edition. The track on the older Fox "Master Collection" DVD did not suffer from these issues.
The Dolby 5.1 mix is a bit of an odd duck. It is not the same, muffled track from the Fox/Fortune Star disc. HOWEVER...the pitch was noticeably higher than the original mix. It sounded as though they used the 5.1 track from the PAL "Hong Kong Legends" release, but opted to preserve it's higher pitch (from the PAL speed-up) when stretching it to match their edition.
Will this set include the original "Game of Death" footage? Because from what understand, the official "Game of Death" release was actually a Bruce Lee look-alike, using very little of the original footage and the original intended plot.
If you do not buy this release, Shout! will not release any more of Lee's films as it will not seem profitable. They went to the effort to release films that have never seen a decent release anywhere. You should be grateful and support them if you want to see more.
Would love to have these but the packaging is pitiful and the price is simply too high at present. For perspective, Enter the Dragon, in a normal case, is now priced at 9.99 and bounced between $10 - $16 for most of the time after its release. It seems hard to justify much more than $50 for this set.
ugly packaging and way too many discs but I love "boss", "fist" and "Dragon" and I have been waiting a long time for them to be released on blu in the us or uk...so i'll probably buy the set. Great news!
I will wait for them to be sold separately . "Game of Death" is an insult to Bruce Lee . Exploiting Lee after his death. He is barely in the movie . Instead they use another actor in big sunglasses to portray him and even using a still cardboard cutout of his face in some scenes. They even sink as low to use footage of his actual funeral in it. All to just make money after his death. The film resembles nothing of the film Lee planned to make. The documentary "A Warrior's Journey" shows everything you need from that movie - the actual fight scenes filmed with Bruce Lee . The movie itself is complete crap.
I really wish when they released these titles with the big elaborate packaging that they would also release a version with nice modest packaging that fits nicely onto a shelf. Not everyone likes the elaborate book style presentation. I still haven't purchased the Bond 50 set, because I'm waiting for something I don't need to keep on my coffee table.
"The Big Boss" = "Fists of Fury"
"Fist of Fury" = "The Chinese Connection"
"Way of the Dragon" = "Return of the Dragon"
And, "Game of Death" is...well..."Game of Death"
Speaking of which, I'll never understand why so many people hate "Game of Death" so adamantly. One you get past the "illusion of Bruce"...it's a solid movie. And don't get me started on that killer John Barry score
I just wish Shout! would include the complete, alternate Hong Kong version of "Game". The only DVDs I've found close to this version are the shortened Taiwanese cut with a botched PAL-to-NTSC conversion.