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Circle of Iron (2-Disc Special Edition)

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Product Description

A blind Zen master guides a young martial artist through demons, bandits and monkey people.

Review

"A Pretty Damn Cool Film!" -- Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News

"Striking And Surrealistic!" -- The Soho News

"The Most Elaborate And Most Beautiful Martial Arts Film To Ever Come Our Way!" -- The New York Post

Special Features

  • Disc 1 Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Richard Moore
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Disc 2 Extras:
  • "Playing the Silent Flute" - Interview with Star David Carradine
  • "The Producer" - Interview with Co-Producer Paul Maslansky
  • "Karate Master" - Interview with Martial Arts Coordinator Joe Lewis
  • Audio Interview with Co-Writer Stirling Silliphant
  • Bruce Lee's The Silent Flute: A History by Davis Miller & Klae Moore
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • First Draft Script by Bruce Lee, James Coburn & Stirling Silliphant (DVD-ROM)

Product Details

  • Actors: David Carradine, Jeff Cooper
  • Directors: Richard Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NO2434
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Circle of Iron (2-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Way back in the day legendary martial artist/cinematic icon Bruce Lee set out, along with fellow actor and student James Coburn, to create a film with the intent of displaying the spiritual side of martial arts along with imparting some of their philosophical Zen beliefs. Brought in to assist the men was screenwriter Stirling Silliphant, also one of Lee's students, whose other works include In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and The Towering Inferno (1974). Anyway, the treatment, titled The Silent Flute, was finished, but apparently there was some difficulty in getting it made into a film, until about 5 years after Lee passed away, when producer Sandy Howard (A Man Called Horse, The Island of Dr. Moreau) took interest, bringing on director Richard Moore (The Wild Angels, Devil's Angels, Wild in the Streets) who claimed the original treatment `unfilmable', to which Howard hired screenwriter Stanley Mann (Damien: Omen II, Conan the Destroyer). Mann punched it up a bit, removed some of the more graphic material (both in terms of sex and violence, which, if kept in, would have resulted in an X rating for the film), tossed in a little humor, and eventually became this film titled Circle or Iron (1978), for better or worse. Starring in the film is David Carradine (Death Race 2000, Cannonball) and Jeff Cooper, whose previous gig had him playing Derek Thurston #1 on the TV soap `The Young and the Restless'. Also appearing is an interesting list of cinematic dignitaries including Christopher Lee (Dr. Terror's House of Horrors), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), and Eli Wallach (The Magnificent Seven).Read more ›
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Circle of Iron (originally titled "The Silent Flute") was an attempt to capitalize on the wild popularity of Bruce Lee and the Television show "Kung Fu" starring David Carradine. The script had been sketched together by Bruce Lee, Stirling Silliphant and James Coburn shortly after the Green Hornet was cancelled and just before Lee left Hollywood to make his fortune in China. It had been mothballed and then re-written after the death of Lee and stands as a testament to the "Little Dragon's" personal philosphy on life and death. Those who have read "The Tao of Jeet Kune Do" by Bruce Lee will recognize Bruce' fighting philosophy taken to the macrocosm of life in this film.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the martial arts fight scenes are certainly not Bruce Lee, however, the "odd" fighting styles of the actors sort of add to the surreal almost magical atmosphere of this film. The movies strength does not come from its martial arts, but rather its beautiful philosphy, wonderful cinematography and breathtaking locations. The movie was filmed entirely on location in India.

The story revolves around Cord the Seeker, who is really sort of an "everyman" that attempts to find a Book of Enlightenment by defeating one master warrior after another (ala 'Game of Death'). David Carradine plays several roles in this film, each one using different styles. Though Carradine at the time was a beginner martial artist, his physical presense and movement is interesting to say the least and makes for an entertaining fight scene. Carradine also plays a blind martial arts/Zen master that helps to guide Cord. For fans of the 70's tv series, Kung Fu it's enjoyable to see Carradine finally take his place as the heir of Master Po.
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This cult film starring David Carradine and Jeff Cooper is a fantasy/martial arts adventure trying to mix Eastern philosophy, particularly Zen Buddhism, into a film that enlightens and entertains. This is a strength in the film and a weakness. First, David Carradine does a fine job playing four different parts originally written for Bruce Lee (Lee co-wrote the story). As the flute player Carradine is great, delivering his lines well and being a believable character. The other parts he is not so believable, but all in all, enjoyable enough for the movie.

Jeff Cooper (Cord), however, is not a very good "seeker." Besides a couple one liners here and there, he just is not believable as the seeker. This in part due to average acting ability and his martial arts skills, or the lack there off, are extremely noticeable. This is not to say Carradine is a great martial artists, he is not, but he is able to pull it off - Cooper is not. Lastly, Cooper got the role when it was first casted for karate legend Joe Lewis(as least rumored so). Lewis would have been a much better fit and it would have naturally brought up the martial arts fight scenes to an acceptable and more enjoyable level.

The film quality is good, the sound track a little too much 70s TV sounding, but the sights are great, while the martial arts sequences are lacking technique and excitement. The movie, however, is a good guilty pleasure. It has enough fortune cookie philosophy to instruct, but not to be taken too seriously (after all, the movie's thesis, discovered at the end of the movie, logically fails). The movie has much of Bruce Lee's fighting philosophy (good) and Zen philosophy (muddled at best) and the movie is escapists enough to bring about a learning, yet, entertaining evening.
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