Sinewy, wiry, tightly coiled: Bruce Lee’s 5ft7 body was a weapon. But the most dangerous thing about himwasn’t his fists or his feet. It was the head on his shoulders.
With his keen business brain, Lee traded on his magnetic screen presence to mastermind his own meteoric ascent.
In 1973, he knew Enter The Dragon, the first Hong Kong martial arts movie co-financed by Hollywood, would be big. “I can just feel it in my soul that this is gonna put me right up there. With Warner Bros behind this project, it can’t miss! I’m gonna be an international star.” He was right. But six days before it opened he was also dead.
As a cinematic legacy, Enter The Dragon’s canny mix of thrilling kung fu, exotic James Bond espionage and grindhouse exploitation is hard to beat: Lee’s martial artist takes part in an international tournament as cover for infiltrating a drug operation.
Like Elvis, death hasn’t withered Lee’s earning power: Enter The Dragon has sold a whopping 450,000 units on DVD and Blu-ray since 2004.
Shame, then, that Warner’s 40th Anniversary edition doesn’t give fans much that’s new.
The (re)remastered movie is accompanied by three new featurettes: No Way As Way; The Return ToHan’s Island; and a featurette on Lee’s experiences with Wing Chun.
Everything else here is recycled, from producer Paul Heller’s dull chat track tohis slightly more interesting 30-minute Blood And Steel: Making Of doc.
What’s sorely missing from earlier discs, though, is ace feature-length doc A Warrior’s Journey, which had rare footage from Lee’s unfinished film Game Of Death.
Plus there’s still no signof the original theatrical cut of the movie.
The definitive edition? For completists, it’s still a one-inch-punch away.