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The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection [Blu-ray]

 

The Big Boss (1971)         Fist of Fury (1972)


The Way of the Dragon (1972)          Game of Death (1978)

 

 

This box set includes four of the films that would make Bruce Lee one of the most important martial artists ever to grace the screen. The set includes The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, The Way Of The Dragon and Game Of Death. Also included are two documentaries Bruce Lee: The Legend (and the original version Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend) and I Am Bruce Lee plus a bonus disc with over two hours of bonus content exclusive to this set.

NOTE: New Blu-rays for The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, The Way Of The Dragon. Contrary to speculation circulating on the Internet, the original set did contain hi-def masters of the first three feature films. However, after comments from fans who had received early copies of our set, Shout! Factory discovered that our sources were not the recently restored transfers used for the Blu-rays in Hong Kong and Japan, but rather the original masters done a few years ago in Canada. Shout Factory therefore acquired the improved masters (the master for Game of Death was not appreciably different), and have included them on this new set, for a truly definitive Bruce Lee collection.


 

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Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Subtitles

English, None

Features

Release Information:
Studio: Shout! Factory

Edition Details:


The Big Boss

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,641,315,914 bytes

Feature: 28,586,182,656 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Supplement Details:
• 
Commentary by Hong Kong Film Expert Mike Leeder

• Trailers (17:25)

• US TV Spots (1:15)

• Alternate Title Sequence (4:45)

• Alternate Finale (:43)

• Return to Pak Chong: The Big Boss Revisited (9:26)

• Bruce Lee: The Early Years - Interview with Gene Lebell, Martial Arts Legend, Stuntman Supreme (13:51)

• Interview with Tung Wai (2:37)

• Rare Scene Extensions (2:22)

• Bruce Lee vs. Peter Thomas (2:27)

• Stills Gallery

Fist of Fury

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,741,917,521 bytes

Feature: 32,645,652,480 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Supplement Details:
• 
Commentary by Hong Kong Film Expert Mike Leeder

• Trailers (4:09)

• US TV Spots (1:02)

• Alternate Title Sequence (7:31)

• Alternate Ending (1:23)

• Remembering Fist of Fury (30:45)

• Interview with Yuen Wah (9:40)

• Stills Gallery


The Way of the Dragon

Disc Size: 37,479,542,581 bytes

Feature Size: 29,108,072,448

Average Bitrate: 28.63 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Supplement Details:
• 
Commentary by Hong Kong Film Expert Mike Leeder

• Trailers (5:22)

• US TV Spots (:27)

• Alternate Title Sequence (4:54)

• Celebrity Interview including Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and Wong Jing (4:34)

• Kung Fu? Jon Benn remembers the Shooting of the Film (21:42)

• Stills Gallery

Game of Death

Disc Size: 49,228,801,605 bytes

Feature Size: 27,455,182,848 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Supplement Details:

• Commentary by Hong Kong Film Expert Mike Leeder

• Trailers (2:12)

• Stills Gallery

• Game of Death Outtake Montage (3:39)

• Game of Death Bloopers (2:30)

• Game of Death Revisited (39:01)

• Alt Opening (1:56)

• Alt Endings (3:52)

• Deleted Scenes (7:01) 

• Game of Death Locations (7:27)

• Game of Death Japanese Print in HD (1:39:52)

 

Bonus DVD (disc 9)

• Bruce Lee: The Legend (1:34:05)

• Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend (1:22:45)

 

Bonus DVD (disc 10)

• I am Bruce Lee (1:26:04)

Supplement Details:

• Backyard Training - Bruce Lee's Personal Films (11:27)

• Inspiration - Bruce Lee's Global Impact (3:11)

• Bruce Lee in Action! (4:51)

• Theatrical trailer (1:41)

• Bruce Lee's Hollywood Audition (9;03)

 

Bonus DVD (disc 11)

• Game of Death Revisited - Bob Wall Talks about his experiences on Game of Death (28:48)

• Way of the Dragon - Bob Wall talks about his film debut (13:39)

• Master of the Game with Dan Inosanto (25:14)

• Legacy of the Dragon (46:50)

• The Grandmaster and the Dragon - William Chueng and Bruce Lee (1:12 audio)

• Return of the Dragon in 60 seconds (1:00)

• Bruce Lee Remembered -New Interviews with Anthony Delongis, Byron Mann, Daniel Nguyen, Director Jason Evans and Jason McNiel  (50:58)

• Fist of Fury Interviews - Nora Miao, Riki Hashimoto, Jun Katsumura (43:24) 

• Stills Gallery

 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 22nd, 2013
Custom Blu-ray Case (see photo below)

Chapters 12

 

Blu-ray Package

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly, the 11 disc 'Bruce Lee Legacy Collection' package is divided as follows:

 

Disc 1) The Big Boss DVD

Disc 2) The Big Boss Blu-ray

Disc 3) Fist of Fury DVD

Disc 4) Fist of Fury Blu-ray

Disc 5) Way of the Dragon DVD

Disc 6) Way of the Dragon Blu-ray

Disc 7) Game of Death DVD

Disc 8) Game of Death Blu-ray

Disc 9) Bruce Lee The Legend / Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend DVD

Disc 10) I Am Bruce Lee DVD

Disc 11) Bonus supplements DVD

 

Firstly, kudos to Shout! Factory for going to the trouble of obtaining the better, Asian, Masters and waiting to release this Blu-ray package properly.

Video: We've already compared each individual release - posting matching screen captures, commenting on a/v and extras here: The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, The Way Of The Dragon and Game of Death. Please visit those comparisons for a more detailed review of those particular 1080P renderings.

But to give a general view. These are equally robust, technically, to the Kam & Ronson corresponding Blu-rays - expect for The Way Of The Dragon where Shout! Factory produce a strong dual-layered transfer. Generally while they look similar - skin tones cool and look significantly more realistic. Otherwise these are all dual-layered with supportive bitrates and no manipulation that we could determine. These films never looks pritine after production and this is the best we are likely to get for these four Bruce Lee films.

Audio offers lossless bumps with multiple options including the original and English DUBs. All 4 have optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray discs are all region 'A'-locked.

We have reviewed the extras on the Blu-rays on each individual comparisons. Each offer a Mike Leeder commentary (with some audio mix issues) but are generally quite good. There are also alt-openings, endings, trailers, TV Spots and Stills galleries plus a good collection of interviews with Gene Lebell, Tung Wai, Yuen Wah, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Wong Jing, Jon Benn etc. .

Aside from the four DVDs of the feature films (with the extras from the BDs) there are also 3 Bonus DVDs (labeled discs 9, 10 and 11). DVD disc 9 has the feature documentaries - Leonard Ho's 1977 Bruce Lee: The Legend (1:34:05) and Shih Wu's 1973 Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend (1:22:45) from an Asian viewpoint. On disc 10 there is Pete McCormack's entertaining 2012 documentary I am Bruce Lee (1:26:04) with some supplements including 12 minutes of Backyard Training - Bruce Lee's Personal Films as well as his Hollywood Audition. Bonus DVD (disc 11) has more interviews with Bob Wall, discussions with Dan Inosanto, a bio piece - Legacy of the Dragon and a 50 minute Bruce Lee Remembered with new Interviews with Anthony Delongis, Byron Mann, Daniel Nguyen, Director Jason Evans and Jason McNiel plus another 45-minutes of Fist of Fury Interviews with Nora Miao, Riki Hashimoto, Jun Katsumura. Almost 3-hours on this last disc alone.

There are some things to gripe about - the absence of Enter the Dragon for instance will bother some. I've heard others complain about the image quality. But as for the latter there is not much Shout! Factory could do - these are the best sources available for these films and I see technically strong transfers without digital manipulation. You can't really blame them and in-motion these DO look, as well as sound, improved! I would have liked to see some of the better Green Hornet episodes included but perhaps that is a stretch. Shout! Factory have gone beyond the call of duty on the extras - and it is all housed in a beautiful book. Yes, I enjoyed the heck out of seeing these for the umpteenth time and the supplements are very much appreciated - we recommend!  

 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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DVD - disc 9

DVD - Disc 10

DVD disc 11

 


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(aka "The Big Boss' or 'Tang shan da xiong" or "China Mountain Big Brother" or "Fists of Glory" or "Tong saan daai fong" )

directed by Wei Lo
Hong Kong 1971

Bruce Lee's big screen break came in director Lo Wei's The Big Boss, a wildly successful kung-fu film that made the legendary screen icon into a powerful box-office force! Chang Chow An (Bruce Lee) is a reluctant warrior who promises his mother to leave his violent days behind him. Chang goes to live with his uncle and gets a job at the local ice factory. But something is amiss at the factory. Chang's co-workers begin to mysteriously disappear, and Chang himself is distracted by the evil "Big Boss", who uses power, money and women to direct Chang's attentions elsewhere. But when Chang learns once and for all that the Big Boss is a bad man, it's time to let the dragon out of the bottle! It all comes down to knock-down kung-fu showdowns featuring Bruce Lee's trademark power and charismatic flair! Known to American audiences as Fists of Fury, The Big Boss is required viewing by anyone who considers themself a Bruce Lee fan.

 

Bitrate:

  Kam & Ronson Shout! Factory

Runtime:

1:39:40.975

1:40:14.508

Disc Size:

28,799,314,141 bytes

41,641,315,914 bytes

Feature Size:

28,185,747,456 bytes

28,586,182,656 bytes

Video Bitrate:

27.99 Mbps

28.83 Mbps

Chapters:

20

12

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2578 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2578 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Chinese 1848 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 1848 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital EX Audio Chinese 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital EX Audio Thai 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2222 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2222 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2086 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2086 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1566 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1566 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

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Subtitle Sample - Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

 

(aka "Jing wu men" or "The Chinese Connection" or "The School of Chivalry" or "The Iron Hand" )

directed by Wei Lo
Hong Kong 1972

The raw, powerful fighting skills of Bruce Lee have never been so potently portrayed as in Fist of Fury (a.k.a. The Chinese Connection)! This classic tale of a student avenging his master's death rises to higher cinematic levels thanks to its charged setting of 1908 Shanghai, when Japanese-Chinese tensions were at their most explosive. Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) arrives back in Shanghai to attend the funeral of his master, famed boxer Ho Yuan Chia, founder of the Ching Wu Martial Arts School. Days later, the grieving school receives an anti-Semitic message from the Japanese Association, and Chen Zhen storms over to vent his pent-up fury. His actions spark a power struggle in Shanghai, which is further complicated by the shocking revelation that his master was poisoned! Flying fists and flailing bodies are the result of Chen Zhen's righteous fury in Fist of Fury, an emotional and exhilarating kung-fu drama that showcases Bruce Lee at his absolute best!

***

A film from the Shaw Brothers' reliable action unit of director Chang Cheh (obviously relieved to be away from costume heroics) and acting duo Ti Lung and David Chiang, that turns out to be one of the funniest and most invigorating of their output: a spoofy foray into the gangster-controlled world of Thai boxing (it was partly shot in Bangkok), mock heroism, and a sub-Pimpernel search for a missing brother. Good use is made of locations, the ringside boxing sequences, and some well-handled street fighting.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

Bitrate:

  Kam & Ronson Shout! Factory

Runtime:

1:46:10.363

1:46:42.479

Disc Size:

31,042,297,249 bytes

44,741,917,521 bytes

Feature Size:

29,732,499,456 bytes

32,645,652,480 bytes

Video Bitrate:

27.99 Mbps

28.96 Mbps

Chapters:

20

12

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2434 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2434 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Chinese 1820 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 1820 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital EX Audio Chinese 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital EX Audio Thai 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2243 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2243 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2463 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2463 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2215 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2215 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1582 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1582 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

(aka "Meng long guojiang" or "Fury of the Dragon" or "Return of the Dragon" or "Revenge of the Dragon" )

directed by Bruce Lee
Hong Kong 1972

Known in the west as Return of the Dragon, Bruce Lee's The Way of the Dragon is another classic martial arts film featuring the Dragon at the peak of his powers! Bruce Lee is Tang Lung, a Hong Kong expatriate in Italy who gets the opportunity to use his fists when local thugs begin muscling in on the local Chinese restaurant. It's a simple exchange: the thugs set foot in the restaurant, and Tang Lung cuts loose with a flurry of kicks and punches designed to inflict the maximum amount of damage with the minimum amount of effort. Then, more fighting ensues.

The Way of the Dragon co-stars popular starlet Nora Miao, and is a true tour-de-force for Bruce Lee. Not only did he star in the film, but he also wrote, produced, and directed - and this is in addition to his expected action choreography duties. The results of his labor are a wildly entertaining martial arts film that's sure to make kung-fu fans of all ages grin from ear-to-ear. Most famously, The Way of the Dragon features a dramatic showdown between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in the confines of Rome's ancient Colosseum!
Bitrate:

  Kam & Ronson Shout! Factory

Runtime:

1:38:40.915

1:39:12.279

Disc Size:

23,048,493,427 bytes

37,479,542,581 bytes

Feature Size:

21,909,725,184 bytes

29,108,072,448

Video Bitrate:

19.99 Mbps

28.63 Mbps

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2635 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2635 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Chinese 1909 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 1909 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB)
Dolby Digital EX Audio Chinese 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital EX Audio Thai 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB

Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2418 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2418 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3057 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3057 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1569 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1569 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

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Subtitle Sample - Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 


 

(aka "Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death" or "Si wang you ju")

directed by Robert Clouse
USA 1978

Star Bruce Lee died before this film was completed, thus the producers were forced to pad out the running time with outtakes and alternate shots. They also lifted chunks of footage from Enter the Dragon and Return of the Dragon. The finished product finally hit the screens in 1978, five years after Lee's death. The film's finale pits Lee against such formidable opposition as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chuck Norris.

 

Bitrate:

Runtime:

1:40:50.169 

Disc Size:

49,228,801,605 bytes

Feature Size:

27,455,182,848 bytes

Video Bitrate:

30.00 Mbps

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2006 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2006 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1720 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1720 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

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Subtitle Sample - Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray

 

1) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) Hong Kong Legends (Special Platinum Edition) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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