Bruce Lee remains the gold standard of martial arts action in cinema. Hong Kong and Hollywood have unleashed an army of fighters yet few are even considered a peer of the legend that passed away nearly 40 years ago. Bruce Lee took out Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris in his handful of films. I Am Bruce Lee is a new documentary that explore his life and his current impact in culture. The DVD and Blu-ray come out January 15, 2013. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:
Los Angeles, Calif., October 25, 2012 — Despite his sudden death in 1973 at the age of 32, legendary icon Bruce Lee continues to influence the world of martial arts, popular culture and entertainment to this day. On January 15, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the commercial and brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, will release the acclaimed documentary feature I AM BRUCE LEE on Blu-ray and DVD. Boasting a wide array of special bonus content, captivating interviews and archived materials, I AM BRUCE LEE is a must-have for Bruce Lee fans, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts. (SRP: Blu-ray $26.97; DVD $19.93)
Fans and collectors can preorder now at ShoutFactory.com or Amazon.com.
Order directly from ShoutFactory.com and receive a limited-edition exclusive 18″x24″ I AM BRUCE LEE poster. This is only available while supplies last.
Produced by Derik Murray, Network Entertainment, Bruce Lee Enterprises and Leeway Media Group, and directed by Pete McCormack, I AM BRUCE LEE delves deeper into the compelling saga behind Bruce Lee than ever before and deftly unravels Lee’s fascinating life through his own words and visually stunning actions, as well as through the eyes of his family, close friends and luminaries from the world of sports and entertainment. The film also examines Lee’s connections to the modern field of Mixed Martial Arts.
Among the notable luminaries featured in this film are NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, renowned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, Academy Award® nominated actor Mickey Rourke, Emmy Award winning actor Ed O’Neill, actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano (Haywire), multiplatinum recording artist Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and UFC President Dana White, who calls Lee the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts.” Other interviews featured in the film include celebrated writer and director Reginald Hudlin, boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and MMA fighters Cung Le and Stephan Bonnar. The people who knew Lee best, his daughter Shannon Lee and wife Linda Lee Cadwell, as well as his friends and associates including legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto, Bob Wall and Gene LeBell, offer unprecedented insights into his private life and career.
Their candid perspectives, in combination with rarely seen videos, archival photos and footage from Lee’s groundbreaking martial arts action films, further establish I AM BRUCE LEE as the definitive look at a man whose legacy will endure forever.
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