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Bruce Lee at Golden Harvest Limited Edition 4K UHD [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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The story is a simple one but it’s effectively told and gives the appropriate weight to the fight scenes. During production, however, Lee finally got given the chance to make a Hollywood movie, with the Golden Harvest, Concord and Warner Bros. There, Bruce became an actor, like his father, from an early age, making his screen debut at the tender age of 6. The actual footage of Lee in his now iconic yellow jumpsuit in the final act is worlds away from the rest of the film and his battle with a surprisingly nimble Abdul-Jabaar hints at what we could have had. This really is one of the most comprehensive and beautifully put together sets of supplemental features I’ve seen in a box set.

They all however have different tonal qualities – while the Mandarin may be the better balanced of them all, there is still a slight muffle to the whole track; the English tracks prioritise the dialogue which now has a much sharper timbre; while the Cantonese tracks sound strangely modern in terms of volume, sharpness and tone. A much more western approach – including Hollywood studio backing, crew and crucially distribution – sees Lee star alongside John Saxon and Jim Kelly as they infiltrate the island stronghold of suspected crime lord Han to put his prostitution and drug smuggling racket out of business. Everything that could be said of Bruce Lee's final but sadly, incomplete film Game of Death has really all been said. Lee’s fighting remains insanely powerful, a master of efficiency as well as power and staggeringly controlled aggression.We reviewed the Region free UK Ultra HD Blu-rays and region B locked Blu-Rays included in this release of Bruce Lee at Golden Harvest on a JVC-DLA N5 Ultra HD 4K projector and a Panasonic DP-UB9000 Dolby Vision HDR10 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The disc from Arrow is packed with commentaries, featurettes, feature-length documentaries, video essays, interviews with scholars of Asian cinema and Bruce Lee, and so much more. Despite that, you see his progression as an actor, and by Enter the Dragon (undeniably his best film) they are getting better in both story and action. But its still curiously inert when there’s no action on-screen – the acting is passable, but the story misses that edge that Lo Wei brought to the prior films, the similar themes of working-class oppression here used to almost depict Lee somewhat unsuccessfully as a mythical folk hero rather than an actual character. Celebrating over 50 years of his legacy, Arrow Video brings Lee's four movies plus two Bruceploitation features to 4K Ultra HD in an attractive ten-disc box set.

NEW The Way of the Camera (HD, 52 min) is a documentary focusing on Lee's filmmaking and fighting styles, featuring various interviews with filmmakers, actors and other experts. None of them suffer from any issues that make them a particular tough listen, so it really is personal preference as to which one you select.Fine lines and details are surprisingly razor-sharp, exposing every leaf and blade of grass, the wood grain of the buildings and the fabric of the clothing.

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