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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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 Amazon.co.uk 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.
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.
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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)
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.Read more ›
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This dvd has nothing to do with bruce lee.....Published 2 months ago by France Moise / Francious Art Boutik
Great selection of Bruce Lee movies for any Bruce Lee fan. Available at a low price.Published 6 months ago by Cyndi Piper
All the Bruce you could want...and a little more that you don't (Game of Death 2?)Published 12 months ago by sebren l. green III
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