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Enter the Dragon [HD DVD] (1973)

Bruce Lee , John Saxon , Robert Clouse  |  R |  HD DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri, Kien Shih
  • Directors: Robert Clouse
  • Writers: Michael Allin
  • Producers: Bruce Lee, Andre Morgan, Fred Weintraub, Leonard Ho, Paul M. Heller
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOM78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Enter the Dragon [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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Recruited by an intelligence agency, outstanding martial arts student Bruce Lee participates in a brutal karate tournament hosted by the evil Han. Along with champions Roper and Williams, he uncovers Han's white slavery and drug trafficking ring located on a secret island fortress. In the exciting climax, hundreds of freed prisoners fight in an epic battle with Lee and Han locked in a deadly duel.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio Commentary by Paul Heller
Documentaries:The Making of Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee: In His Own Words by John Little
Featurette
Interviews:Linda Lee Interview Gallery


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194 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exit the Dragon June 3, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So here it is... more than 30 years since the original theatrical release of Enter the Dragon, Warner Brothers releases the definitive 2 DVD Special Edition. It's a fine offering, long overdue, and considering the reasonable price, really offers a lot of nice extras, though most of them have been available elsewhere and have therefore been seen before (at least by rabid fans like me).
To start with, there is of course the movie Enter the Dragon (ETD) - Bruce Lee's magnum opus that was not released until after his unfortunate death in 1973, but sealed his immortality. The plot is simple enough - Bruce is a modern day Shaolin monk who is somehow enlisted by the British/Hong Kong government to infiltrate the island of Dr. Han (Shieh Kien), a crusty old renegade Shaolin gone bad who holds a yearly martial arts tournament to recruit talent for an international opium and prostitution racket. Roper (John Saxon), or "Loper" as Bruce says his name, is the established Hollywood caucasian star brought in because of reservations about Bruce's ability to carry the film, while Williams (Jim Kelly) is the token blaxploitation character who, this being the 70's, is kind of a Shaft/Superfly ass-kicker and, in the spirit of horror movies, is the first to die at the hand of Han - actually, at his artificial, interchangeable, iron, and oftentimes bladed hand. Even Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, as young Hong Kong stuntment before they became stars in their own right, make infamous appearances as guys on the receiving end of Bruce's wrath.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing how good it looks August 3, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I recently watched Enter The Dragon on the Voom HD Kung-Fu network, and it looked relatively good, but not great.

The Blu-Ray version obviously got a lot more attention, care, and cleanup. It is by far the best looking and sounding version I've ever seen of the movie. It sounds like the bass was tweaked quite a bit, because whenever Bruce would hit one of his signature punches, my subwoofer put out one heck of a thump. It sounded great, if not a little over the top.

Some of the signature grain of the original is still there, but the images are much more crisp and sharp than any other version.

Definitely worth it for the Bruce Lee fans out there.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive transfer September 3, 2006
Format:HD DVD
I've watched the recent HD DVD version of this movie and found the picture quality excellent. The colors are richer and the overall quality appears to make the picture jump out at times when viewed with the Toshiba A x1 player.

I don't think it is fair to give the movie a low rating, as one reviewer did, based on the fact that it is an older movie. Comparing any older movie to modern day production values is misleading and inaccurate. Following this comparisson, one would have to give a low rating to all movies not done in the past few years.

Enter The Dragon was innovative for its time and utilized production methods that were top quality for its time.

The transfer itself is the citeria that the review should be judged on, which in this case is done quite well.

As for the comparrison to the 60's James Bond movies, the HD version of You Only Live Twice is superb. Yes, the fashion, music, dialogue,... are not modern day; how can a film escape it's own time period. However, the Connery Bond movie screenplays far outweigh the childish, comic book portrayals in the curent Bond films with only protracted stunt sequences to amuse a child like mentality.

It is interesting that for an "outdated" film like Enter the Dragon, it's character depictions, plot and fight choreography are most often duplicated by today's style of martial art movies.

Have today's "highly evolved" movies no original ideas other than replacing Lee's actual fighting skill, speed, gracefulness and charasmatic screen presence with acrobatic clowns whose abilities are enhanced with wire work.

The picture and sound quality of the HD Enter the Dragon is most striking when viewed on the Toshiba player.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just A Great Martial Arts Film! June 20, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is a classic of any genre. It has such a great dated feel to it like other classic sixties and seventies films such as Goldfinger, Deliverance or Dirty Harry. I love the cast and their interaction. A Chinese, African American and white guy all fighting together like there's nothing out of the ordinary about it, which is how it should be. These days you would have to have some joke where the Chinese guy makes some "innocent" crack about the 'hood or the black man calling the white guy cracker. In this film everyone is treated with equal respect. It seems to me this is something that was more common place in films in the early seventies or maybe it was the influence of Bruce Lee's own philosophies. Whatever the cause, it's nice to see three different races represented as equals.
The plot is a cross between a James Bond movie and the standard Kung Fu pictures. Bruce Lee is recruited by a shadowy government organization to infiltrate a mysterious island as a participant in a Karate tournament. This is basically a character and action driven movie because there isn't much suspense. It's pretty much a given that Han is up to something.
Where this movie shines is the martial arts action. I originally saw Enter The Dragon as a double feature at the drive in in the early eighties. I remember thinking as I watched the first feature (Kill Or Be Killed) that the fighters were fast. That is until Bruce Lee came on. I had never seen anyone move that fast before or since. The final fight in the house of mirrors holds up well and is every bit as thrilling as any fight scene of today.
As for the bonus features, the trailers are interesting if for no other reason then it's amusing to see how far commercials have come. The interview with Bruce Lee is particularly poignant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A CLASSIC! A MUST HAVE!
Published 2 days ago by CUSTOMER (101)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bruce Lee will always be THEE martial artist!
Published 5 days ago by Ervin Hain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film. Well written, casted and acted. A nice, entertaining film that is well crafted and fun to watch unfold. And of course there's Bruce Lee's martial arts!
Published 8 days ago by Hyperjump
5.0 out of 5 stars 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray
Well worth the price, I've never seen this movie look so amazing. The mirror room scene is out of this world. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nomad
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WONT GO WRONG BUY THIS FILM
Hi, Need I say anything but, "Bruce Lee" One of the 7- Masters a Martial Artist Philosophy Meditation Books philosopher expert in many weapons and an Icon Visionary. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Enver Azize
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is a must have one of the best classics out there.
Published 13 days ago by PainKiller
4.0 out of 5 stars but it's still fun!
A must see for any Bruce Lee fan. Only the dubbing spoils it, but it's still fun!
Published 13 days ago by Tachajoba
5.0 out of 5 stars RATED THE GREATEST MARTIAL ARTS FILM OF ALL TIME
IAM A BIG BRUCE LEE FAN THIS IS HIS NUMBER ONE MOVIE LOTS OF ACTION

GREAT SELLER FAST DELIVERY
Published 15 days ago by SNOOP
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee - Enter the Dragon
Awesome.
Published 15 days ago by David Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars "..CLASSIC.."
Its really a shame we lost a legendary actor in the prime of his life, Enter the dragon is his final movie but by far the best, great story which I not need to go into as everyone... Read more
Published 16 days ago by S. Drury
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