Game Of Death [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) is a young kung fu star with a promising career. As the leader of a syndicate known for its exploitation of entertainers, Dr. Land (Dean Jagger) jumps at the chance to capitalize on Billys status and that of his singer girlfriend (Coleen Camp). Refusing to sign with Land, Billys marital arts mastery is put to the test when he is brutally harassed by Lands men. In a stunning showdown, Billy must take on a group of martial arts masters in the final showdown. Tragically, Bruce Lee passed away during the production of the film. See this martial arts legend in his last role!
US Version (Rated R, 100 min.)
Mandarin/Cantonese Version (Not Rated, 90 min.)
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After I did a search for Lee and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, I happened upon this film: Game of Death. Since this movie boasted to be the only movie to show Kareem and Lee's only fight sequence, I figured this must be the movie I had been viewing on AMC. However, unbeknownst to me, AMC was showing A Warriors Journey, which had all the footage from this film, including additional footage that was edited out in the 1979 release of Game of Death (such as scenes where Lee and Kareem Abdul Jabbar talk during their fight and scenes of Lee's two buddies fighting the bosses and getting the crap kicked out of them until Lee steps up to regulate). In this movie, Lee's two buddies are gone and Kareem's fight sequence is quick and painless, along with other notable edits that made the movie that much more painful to digest.
As if the disappointment of not seeing all the scenes I had been engrossed in on AMC wasn't horrible enough, the story to this movie [is not good]. It's just a bunch of garbage thrown together to try and get a profit off never before released fight scenes using a cookie-cutter storyline that's been done a billion times before. The story is too confusing to even go into detail over, due to trying to make the movie last 90 minutes and still relay the story into Lee's final fight scenes, but I'll mention these elements: mafia, kidnapping a girlfriend, and extortion. (Ironically, the mafia isn't even Chinese, but American, even though the movie is set in China! They should have just set the movie in San Francisco or something! ARRGGHH!) I hope you see what I mean when I say "a bunch of garbage thrown together".
If you're familiar with dumb 1970s movies that never should have been made, you're probably familiar with this one and just don't know it. If you're not familiar with some of the horrible movies to come out of the '70s, please trust me when I say to skip this one ...
The original project was supposed to be about a group of seekers (led by Lee) that would raid some tower and seek out the greatest fighters of all time. Unfortunately, Lee decided to put the project on hold when he was contacted to do "Enter The Dragon" and then died before he could restart his "Game of Death" production. All was left was the ending that Lee shot.
So to capture on the legend of the late Bruce Lee, it was decided to complete a version of "Game of Death" with a new storyline and some doubles. It was so oblivious when the fakes were on the screen and having close-ups of the real Bruce Lee from his other movies made it look even faker. I could have live with the fake Lee sound effects and voice because many of Lee's movies were dubbed into English anyways, but knowing it isn't Lee makes me want to either laugh at the people billing this as a "Bruce Lee film".
The story is basically about Billy Lo (Bruce Lee and a few fakes), a actor, that fakes his death when some mobsters try to kill him for refusing to join them. Billy then spends most of the movie seeking revenge, and then confronts the mobster's henchmen and picks them off one by one. The "henchmen scenes" come from the original "Game of Death" concept with the real Bruce Lee.
It should still find a place in your Bruce Lee or Marital Arts movie collection for a few reasons:
1. Colleen Camp.
2. The fight scene with Bob Wall and the fake Bruce Lee in the locker room.
3. Using real footage from Bruce Lee's funeral as backdrop to "Billy Lo's" funeral. I think they even had a open casket shot of Bruce in the film. I think this is true because later when they show a scene with Hugh O'Brien destroying a clay head, the bangs were shorter than shown during the "funeral" footage, making me think they might have shown the real Bruce Lee's body in that quick shot. How tasteful of them.
4. The lame attempts to mask the fakes as the "real" Bruce Lee. The infamous scene with Hugh O'Brien, where they attach a cardboard photo of Bruce on the fakes head is too much. The sunglasses and the fact that the doubles looked like they were either smaller than Lee didn't help matters either.
5. The final showdown with the "karate masters". It was oblivious that some of these shots were trimmed or never finished, but they still show what Bruce Lee was all about. The fight with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was funny in a Sports Entertainment (Wrestling) kind of way.
6. Hugh O'Brien - karate master.
7. The final fake that passes more like Bruce than the rest of the fakes.
So I would get this film, but please don't expect much.
And you want me to rate this? to post i have to put a rate (star), but this DVD is even worth a star.