Disc News: Bruce Lee Returns in April
by Joe Corey on February 8, 2013

Bruce Lee remains the top martial arts actor even though he’s been dead for decades. Sure there’s been Jackie Chan, Jet Li and numerous others who have kept the genre busting up cinemas around the world. Bruce Lee turned chop socky cinema into a world pleasure with his revolutionary moves. Four of his five feature films are coming back to DVD thanks to two double feature disc sets on April 30th. The titles might seem off, but these are the real names of the films instead of Fists of Fury, Chinese Connection and Return of the Dragon. The double features have them properly titled as The Big Boss, Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:

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The Big Boss
/ Fist of Fury
Double Feature DVD PRESENTATION

&

Way of the Dragon / Game of Death
Double Feature DVD PRESENTATION

FOUR JAW-DROPPING BRUCE LEE MARTIAL ARTS ACTION CLASSICS IN TWO DOUBLE FEATURE HOME ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTIONS

ARRIVE IN STORES EVERYWHERE ON APRIL 30, 2013

FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

The on-going celebration in honor of Bruce Lee’s illustrious career continues in home entertainment as Shout! Factory invites loyal fans, collectors and movie buffs to dive into four spectacular Bruce Lee martial arts epics. On April 30, 2013, Shout! Factory presents TWO special Bruce Lee home entertainment collections when THE BIG BOSS/ FIST OF FURY Double Feature DVD and WAY OF THE DRAGON/ GAME OF DEATH Double Feature DVD hit store shelves everywhere! Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of the original movies from new HD-transfer, these iconic Bruce Lee movie classics deliver action-packed, adrenaline-filled escapade that will sure appeal to die hard action buffs. Each Bruce Lee Double Feature DVD is priced to own at $14.97 SRP.

Arriving in stores everywhere on April 30, fans and collectors also can pre-order these Bruce Lee Double Feature DVD collections now at Amazon.com or ShoutFactory.com.

THE BIG BOSS/ FIST OF FURY Double Feature DVD available at Amazon.com.


WAY OF THE DRAGON/ GAME OF DEATH
Double Feature DVD available at Amazon.com.

THE BIG BOSS/ FIST OF FURY Double Feature DVD

THE BIG BOSS
In his “first smash hit movie” (BBC), Bruce Lee stars as Cheng, a young man who moves to Bangkok to take a job in an ice factory with his cousins. One day, when a block of ice is cracked open, two workers find out that something is being smuggled inside the blocks of ice. The two workers disappear without a trace and Cheng starts to investigate their disappearance. He soon finds out that the factory is smuggling heroin…and comes face to face with the Big Boss for a climactic showdown!

FIST OF FURY
Bruce Lee is “powerful, humorous and charismatic” (Leonard Maltin) as Chen, who arrives in Shanghai to attend the funeral of his teacher. He vows to uncover what happened to his mentor and all signs point to the local Japanese Martial Arts School, who have been taunting and insulting the students of the Ching Wu School. The local police won’t do anything about the death, so Chen decides to restore honor to his school and his teacher by bringing some furious vengeance down upon the Japanese school!

THE BIG BOSS: 1971 – 100 mins.

FIST OF FURY: 1972 – 106 mins.

WAY OF THE DRAGON/ GAME OF DEATH
Double Feature DVD

THE WAY OF THE DRAGON
Tang Lung (Lee) flies to Rome to help his friend, Chen Ching-hua (Nora Miao). She is being forced by local gangsters to sell her restaurant, and they will stop at nothing to get the property. When Tang proves to be a threat to the syndicate’s plans, they hire the best martial artists, including Colt (Chuck Norris). The two men battle in the ancient city’s majestic Colosseum in what is “regarded by many as the finest martial arts combat ever committed to celluloid” (BBC)! Written and directed by Bruce Lee, this film became “the inspiration for a legion of martial arts and action movies that followed” (BBC)!

GAME OF DEATH
Billy Lo is a young kung fu star with a promising career. As the leader of a syndicate known for its exploitation of entertainers, Dr. Land (Dean Jagger) jumps at the chance to capitalize on Billy’s status and that of his singer girlfriend. Refusing to sign with Land, Billy’s martial arts mastery is put to the test when he is brutally harassed by Land’s men. In a stunning showdown, Billy must “go one on one with each of the villains in some of the most explosive fight scenes ever filmed” (Leonard Maltin). Tragically, Bruce Lee passed away during the production of this film.

THE WAY OF THE DRAGON: 1972 – 99 mins.

GAME OF DEATH: 1978 – 100 mins.



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