- Actors: Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer, Sun-Man Bae, Robert Baker
- Directors: Bruce Lee, John Little
- Writers: Bruce Lee, John Little, Bey Logan
- Producers: Bruce Lee, Bill Katz, Chris Ennis
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: March 5 2002
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005UF83
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Bruce Lee was an enigmatic, legendary figure at the time of his death in 1973. His popularity has never waned and this 2001 documentary on the black belt movie star attempts to explain some of his magnetic appeal. Included in this biographical film is footage of The Game of Death, the film that Lee was involved in at the time of his death. Pieced together by Lee aficionado John Little, the film's finale is a flurry of images of the master in action for over 30 minutes.
Bruce Lee's life, philosophy, and final film are examined in this reverent documentary, which traces the master's path through the development of his own style, his battles with mainstream Hollywood and martial arts traditionalists, and his emergence as the world's top box-office draw. Just as interesting as Lee's life is the chance to see lost footage from The Game of Death, Lee's final, unfinished film. Outtakes offer the opportunity to see Lee's perfectionism in action, and the reconstructed storyline reveals how Lee's personal martial arts philosophy shaped the film. And yes, there is a spectacular nunchakau fight. Interviews with Lee and those close to him highlight his energy, intelligence, and remarkable charisma. Fans of Lee will welcome this new insight into his filmmaking, and those unfamiliar with his life and work will come away with a new respect. The DVD includes a Lee filmography, the theatrical trailer for The Game of Death, and audio commentary by the director. --Ali Davis
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Watching the documentary, I learned for the first time how deep of a thinker Bruce was (he studied philosophy in college and throughout his life). I saw Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story many years ago, Hollywood's soap opera-ized telling of Bruce's life. Although the film was mostly entertaining, helped by great performances throughout, it pales in comparison to this documentary.
Bruce was keenly aware of his own weaknesses (e.g., arrogance, anger) and strength, as well as the society's limitations (e.g., racism, financial realities) and opportunities. We see how dramatically he grows, both in martial arts and as a human being.
Unfortunately for us, he ran out of time. Game of Death was to be his launching pad for introducing his philosophy, more highly evolved Jeet Kune Do, and to demonstrate imaginative storytelling. Due to his untimely death, the studio has put together embarrassingly formulaic and hacked version of Game of Death (which disrespectfully features the actual footage of Bruce Lee's funeral).
Thanks to documentary filmmaker John Little and Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee's wife), we get many juicy footage of Lee's interviews and movie/TV clips, inter-spread over interviews of people in Lee's life. And best of all, the version of final 30 minutes or so of Game of Death that Bruce intended. While not perfect (footage is in poor condition and lacks the polish of final product), we get a glimpse of more mature and independent Lee in action.
Although far from definitive (clocking in at 100 minutes, cut from 110 minutes shown theatrically), this is the best documentary of Bruce out there, at least to US viewing public. I wish it was longer with anamorphically enhanced widescreen film footage, but it will do for now.
The John Little documentary is fine Bruce Lee documentary material with rare film footage , outtakes from "Game Of Death" , and interviews with Linda Lee , Kareem Abdul Jabbar , etc. The jewel of the DVD is the lost pagoda fight footage of "Game Of Death" that has been put together to re-create what Bruce Lee intended the pagoda fight scenes to be. It is very different than what the 1978 film showed , particularly , Bruce's two allies , James Tien and Chieh Yuan , that fought with Bruce against Dan Inasanto , the Judo master , and Kareem. These two characters were completly edited out of the '78 film and John Little brings the footage of Bruce's allies back. In the restored footage there is an added dynamic between Bruce and his two allies with one allie ,James Tien , being a bit antagonistic to Bruce. They don't speak to each other but their facial expressions and body language suggest a slight strife between the two ; almost as if they dislike each other. It is something new and humorous that I've never seen in a film that I grew up with.
The 1978 pagoda scenes felt like a short highlight reel. This restored footage feels like an authentic Bruce Lee movie with original audio(they speak in Chinese and English using the actor's actual voices). It's put together that way and its terrific. There are so many great things in the restored fight scenes that'll be a revelation to alot of Lee/kung fu fans.
This restored letterboxed pagoda fight footage makes the 1978 pagoda scenes seem bland in comparison. The entire restored pagoda scenes last about 33 minutes with more fighting and more dialogue , also , after Bruce kills Kareem it doesn't end there. There is more footage of Bruce , tiredly , walking back down the steps of the pagoda stopping by a window calling for help to his commrades outside. As Bruce walks down the last flight of steps the film fades to black under the playing of gentle violins and a soft chinese flute then it returns to the final 2 minutes plus of the documentary.
I have to say seeing those fight scenes was almost like watching a new Bruce Lee film.
John Little has done a knock out job with this. To Lee fans and kung fu fans alike I highly recommend this DVD. This documentary truely shows Bruce Lee's final work the way Bruce meant it to be seen. A must have DVD!
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