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Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition


Enter the greatest martial-arts film in history.

Rod Lott June 28th, 2013

To karate-chop right to the chase, Enter the Dragon is the martial-arts movie to end all martial-arts movies. This comes as news to no one who has seen and enjoyed it over what now amounts to four decades. To celebrate that milestone, Warner Home Video has reissued it on Blu-ray in a handsome 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

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With this, director Robert Clouse made what is easily Bruce Lee’s finest film (and then proceeded to follow it up with a never-ending string of schlock). While Lee is technically one point of a heroic triangle — with A Nightmare on Elm Street’s John Saxon and blaxploitation icon Jim Kelly being the others — let’s not kid ourselves: The movie is Lee’s showcase, through and through, as he goes undercover at an island tournament in order to thwart a crime lord named Han (Shih Kien).

All the stars aligned for this rousing epic — a 007-style adventure wrapped in Far East traditions and mystique. You have fights; you have beauty (Ahna Capri); you have intrigue; you have that kick-ass fight sequence in the hall of mirrors. No question about it: Enter the Dragon is a big, action-packed winner.

The only question is this: Buy the Blu-ray or retain Warner’s double-DVD special edition of 2004 that’s sitting in your closet? That depends on how much you love bells and whistles. While it lacks the older edition’s Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey feature-length doc, the new one adds three feaurettes:
 
• “No Way as Way: A Discussion of Self Mastery,” a near-half-hour piece utilizing Lee’s wife, daughter and granddaughter as talking heads, as well as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Star Trek’s George Takei and, most baffling, electro-house producer Steve Aoki;

• “Return to Han's Island: The Locales of Enter the Dragon,” a 10-minute return to the real-life spots in Hong Kong featured in the film — or at least the ones that remain standing; and

• “Wing Chun: The Art That Introduced Kung Fu to Bruce Lee,” at 20 minutes and recommended to martial-arts fans only — not of the movies, either, but the sport.

Rounding out the set is a packet filled with ephemeral goodies such as postcards, a lenticular card of Lee doing one of his signature moves and, for the kids in karate classes, an embroidered patch. —Rod Lott

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