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Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection (The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / Way of the Dragon / Game of Death / Game of Death II)

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Contains: *Widescreen Feature: The Big Boss *Widescreen Feature: Fist of Fury *Widescreen Feature: Way of the Dragon *Widescreen Feature: Game of Death *Widescreen Feature: Game of Death II

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  • Actors: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Gig Young, Nora Miao, Tae-jeong Kim
  • Directors: Bruce Lee, Chia-Hsiang Wu, Corey Yuen, Robert Clouse, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
  • Writers: Bruce Lee
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 492 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A9QK9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection (The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / Way of the Dragon / Game of Death / Game of Death II)" on IMDb

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Okay...this is an improvement over the previous box the films feature a greatly improved picture and sound options..BUT..the foreign sets available though have great packaging...very cool book and documentaries NOT included in this set...heck there are NONE on this set. I also note that while the menus look identical to the foreign set (I guess you can tell I own both?) watch it with the original language and English subtitles...on the foreign set they are below the picture on these...ON THE PICTURE? ..why? when you have a widescreen do you need to put the subtitles on the images? They didn't on my import...
this is a pretty half a...ed effort on 20th Century Fox. and I agree the last movie in particular is a joke and insult to Mr Lee. It doesn't need inclusion.

I notice some folks take issue with "Imports" ..there is a difference between official licensed DVDs and "bootlegs" the items I am discussing are the DVDs available through and are legit and its NOT just that there are extra DVDs for every movie but the picture is alarmingly BETTER (think BLURAY to VHS better) ...the US set is worth the 10bucks you pay for it but if you are a real fan of Mr Lee and this series of movies you can own versions which run circles around what we are offered in the USA. This is not the only series of films which find better and more restored or better quality outside of the US...and this isn't opinion but fact.
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What can I say. I bought imports before and got burnt.

Suffice it to say, this is possibly the next best thing to own. Here, you get to actually watch the movies in the original languages, with the exception of Game of Death and Game of Death II, but they were always done in English and is not a big loss.

Having the original Chinese language is great on many fronts. First off, the dubbing that was done before in English was horrendous as it always has been. Plus, some things are changed from the story line when they translate it as they try to match the lip movements to the English words.

Also, because of the translation, this sometimes causes other scenes to be thrown out. Case in point is in Way of the Dragon/Return of the Dragon. When Bruce's character is standing outside the restaurant with his stomach growling, a man comes out and tells him to go on inside. In the American version, we see Bruce go in and then come out again, apparently after having eaten. Well, an entire scene was missed in where he goes into the restaurant to order food and can't speak a word of English, but that's what the waitress speaks in and what the menu is in. The entire exchange is hilarious. It also drives home the point that Bruce's character is out of place in Rome which makes more sense with many of the scenes in the movie which seemed strange when spoken in the English language.

Now, it would have been nice to have more "extras" other than the filler stuff they have here, which is basically slide shows, trailers and interviews with people. I understand the import versions have much more, but for me, this coupled with the 2-disc Enter the Dragon DVD makes my Bruce Lee collection complete.

With the Ultimate Collection, you get a new 5.
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Once again after shelling out money for the definitive dvd set of Bruce Lee's Films, I've been ripped off again. The best american versions released to date, are the 5 disc set originally released by Fox. They contain Chinese Connection (Fist of Fury), Fists of Fury (The Big Boss), Return of the Dragon (Way of the Dragon)and Game of Death (which I never liked and considered a rip-off from the start). This new set is a region 1 NTSC release of the region 2 PAL release by Fortune Star. The sound on all of these movies is over-enhanced, and what is it with that english translation song on Chinese Connection (Fist of Fury)not to mention that the color saturation on Chinese Connection is poor and a little on the green side. Although, the color saturation and picture quality was a little red in the original Fox release, at least they kept it classic. Way of the Dragon changed all of Bruce's original cat calls (Kiai's). It sounds like they even had to dub Bruce's cat calls to fit in with this new improved version. The sound in the scene with the double Nunchaku, was terribly over enhanced (made it sound like there was a tornado behind him)

Maybe oneday, someone will get it right and restore these films correctly with homage to the great master. (leave out game of death and game of death II UGHHHHHH, and use the original soundtrack but boost it to 5.1 dolby, like they did in the Wizard of Oz, so we know it can be done properly)
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The picture quality is, for the most part, leaps and bounds above anything offered in region 1 (United States) and because it is true anamorphic widescreen, the subtitles have to be displayed over the movie. There are no black bars encoded into the image.

The picture quality on The Big Boss (AKA Fists of Fury) and Fist of Fury (AKA The Chinese Connection) look great to me and are far better than any of the many versions of these films that I have owned on DVD. The Way of the Dragon (AKA The Return of the Dragon) is generally of very good quality as well, except for certain segments such as the beginning scenes that go out of focus here and there.

I agree that some of the audio (the hitting and kicking sounds and nunchaku) is over enhanced on the English 5.1 and DTS soundtracks but aside from the nunchaku tornado sound and the deeper bass sound of the hitting, the new enhancements are more realistic and less like the bang of a firecracker exploding. If you choose the Cantonese or Mandarin soundtracks, then the enhanced effects are not present. The bottom line is that you have multiple tracks and options on this set with the only drawback being no choice to eliminate the enhanced sound from the English tracks. Personally, I think that some of the enhancement is an improvement over the phony original sound that was like that of two boards slapping together whenever someone was hit. One of the things that have made these movies seem lower in quality has always been the quality of the dubbed soundtracks. Even the original Mandarin tracks were dubbed completely by voiceover actors in the original productions of the films. They shot without sound on the sets and did everything in post. The sound on the English tracks are an earnest attempt to add quality to the soundtrack.
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The Big Boss/Fist of Fury/Way of the Dragon have English 5.1 DTS/English 5.1 Dolby Surround/Cantonese Stereo/Mandarin Stereo.
Game of Death/Game of Death II have English 5.1 DTS/English 5.1 Dolby Surround/English Stereo.
They all have selectable English subtitles.
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R is 17+, I'd stick w/ PG or G for kids
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