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Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey

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Bruce Lee was an enigmatic, legendary figure at the time of his death in 1973. His popularity has never waned and this 2001 documentary on the black belt movie star attempts to explain some of his magnetic appeal. Included in this biographical film is footage of The Game of Death, the film that Lee was involved in at the time of his death. Pieced together by Lee aficionado John Little, the film's finale is a flurry of images of the master in action for over 30 minutes.

Bruce Lee's life, philosophy, and final film are examined in this reverent documentary, which traces the master's path through the development of his own style, his battles with mainstream Hollywood and martial arts traditionalists, and his emergence as the world's top box-office draw. Just as interesting as Lee's life is the chance to see lost footage from The Game of Death, Lee's final, unfinished film. Outtakes offer the opportunity to see Lee's perfectionism in action, and the reconstructed storyline reveals how Lee's personal martial arts philosophy shaped the film. And yes, there is a spectacular nunchakau fight. Interviews with Lee and those close to him highlight his energy, intelligence, and remarkable charisma. Fans of Lee will welcome this new insight into his filmmaking, and those unfamiliar with his life and work will come away with a new respect. The DVD includes a Lee filmography, the theatrical trailer for The Game of Death, and audio commentary by the director. --Ali Davis

Product Details

  • Actors: Sun-Man Bae, Pierre Berton (II), Yuan Chieh, James Franciscus, James Garner
  • Directors: John Little (II)
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UF83
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey" on IMDb

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Matthew K. Putnam on January 3, 2004
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The hacked version of Game Of Death is, in my opinion one of the worst movie I've ever seen. It's poorly edited, the acting is awful and on top of that it's insulting. It's insulting to Bruce Lee, his family, Martial Arts films, and films in general. Bruce Lee had died and never got the chance to finish the film. That didn't stop a bunch of studio executives to re-write the script, get a double to fill in for Lee and even use footage from Bruce's older films. The result is a mess of a film that should have never been made. The actual footage of Bruce Lee that appears in the film is only about eleven minutes worth. When in fact there was over one hundred minutes of footage Bruce had shot. Most of which is outtakes and re-takes.

Bruce Lee: A Warriors Journey focuses on Bruce's rise to fame in both the Martial Arts world and the film world. It explores his struggles against prejudice in Hollywood. On top of all that Bruce's original vision for The Game of Death is revealed. His original script is uncovered. Completely different from the released version. This was going to be the film that finally focused on Bruce's personal philosophy.

The real gem of this documentary comes at the end. For the first time. The full thirty minutes of Bruce's lost footage for the Game of Death is revealed and let me tell you it's glorious to behold. These thiry minutes featuring some of the greatest martial arts I've ever seen on film. If there ever was any reason to think that Bruce Lee was the master it's proven in this footage. Had he lived to finish the film it could of possibly been his masterpiece.

Skip the released version and watch this documentary instead.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2002
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Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey is just fantastic. Here's a quick rundown of what is on this DVD:
The first half of the film explores Bruce Lee's background and evolution in martial arts, from his beginnings in traditional kung fu to the development of Jeet Kune Do. Included in this half of the film is some never before seen footage of Bruce Lee in training and in demonstrations, excerpts of an interview with the master, along with some interviews with some of the important people in his life. Along with this is a brief chronicling of his journey into superstardom, culminating in an explanation of how Bruce Lee intended Game of Death to be seen through the reviews of Bruce Lee's very own notes on the film. From his notes, the lost footage of Game of Death was skillfully put together for the conclusion of this DVD.
The second half of this film, the conclusion, is where the never before seen footage of Bruce Lee's Game of Death is shown. Needless to say, the master's original vision of this film was fantastic, and had he completed this movie, it definitely would've been his best. And although Hong Kong martial arts films today have evolved so much since the time Bruce Lee came on the scene, the fight scenes choreagraphed and filmed by Bruce Lee still stand up as being some of the best fight sequences ever filmed.
Also, for those of you who are film buffs, you'll be delighted to know that although the majority of the dvd is shown in full screen, the original Game of Death footage on this DVD has been presented in the original widescreen format. So although the disc jacket says this film is in full screen, only the documentary portion is.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bill Leung on January 12, 2002
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This half documentary, half film experience is a Masterpiece!
For any Bruce Lee movie fans, collectors, or simply people who are interested in the personal character or philosophical aspects of this individual, this title is a must see.
The 30 minute film is a reconstruction of the lost footage that Bruce shot for Game of Death. Coupled with the original dialogue that was located prior to finding the footage, one can glean how Bruce intended Game of Death to be a philosophical Martial Arts film.
The footage does contain what has been previously released back in 1978 by Paragon Films' version of Game of Death. But the extra 20 odd minutes & the inclusion of the dialogue that Bruce had for the footage this time was worth every cent I paid!
The documentary was also quite good, his personal journey to superstardom was not without tremendous personal hardwork, endurance, determination and dedication. One can learn that Bruce did earn his status not through natural talent but more importantly, pure hardwork. He is indeed one in two billion in that respect.
Bruce's very last film is worth seeing (especially the philosophical aspects that were contained in that footage), and his personal journey could be an inspiration for us all.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bill DeBonis,Jr. on March 9, 2002
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It has been a longtime waiting for the release of this unseen footage from Bruce lee's last movie (Game of Death) . 30 years to be exact . The birth of this project dated back in 1972 before Bruce was commited to make "Enter the Dragon ". And this footage was shelved until the film was completed . Then , sadly , Lee died before he could complete "Game of Death" . Then in 1978 , Warner Brothers released "Game of Death" using only 15 minutes of actual Bruce Lee footage . And the story line was no where close to the original story line Bruce intended to use . Making this movie a waste of time and energy . And now in 2002 , we finally get to see the real deal . The actual footage . Although the movie was not complete , we finally get to see Bruce's fight scenes that were filmed . The only problem i had with this DVD release was the "Special Features " were no where to be found . In Europe and other countries ,they had the features included . So why doesn't the USA version have it ? What's the deal ?
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"Warrior's Journey" is included in the less expensive "Enter The Dragon"...
Enter the Dragon blu-ray has this plus all of the content in EtD 2 disc dvd, and it has 1 additional documentary.
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