Bruce Lee was the king of martial arts in the early 1970’s before his untimely death in 1973. It’s fitting that Criterion has stepped up to honor his legacy with a new impressive addition to The Criterion Collection that will be hard to pass up.
On July 14th, Criterion will release Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits on Blu-ray. This 7-disc box set includes five of the actor’s most recognizable films with newly remastered 4K digital restorations: The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter The Dragon (1973), and Game of Death (1978).
Also included is a 2K digital restoration of the rare 99-minute 1973 theatrical version of Enter the Dragon. This is a highly coveted release for the die hard Bruce Lee fans.
Audio formats feature the original English-dubbed tracks and a 5.1 surround soundtrack for the special-edition version of Enter the Dragon.
Bonus features are slated to include a variety of never-before-seen material:
- Six audio commentaries: on The Big Boss by Bruce Lee expert Brandon Bentley; on The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Game of Death, and The Way of the Dragon by Hong Kong – film expert Mike Leeder; and on the special-edition version of Enter the Dragon by producer Paul Heller
- High-definition presentation of Game of Death II, the 1981 sequel to Game of Death
- Game of Death Redux, a new presentation of Lee’s original Game of Death footage, produced by Alan Canvan
- New interviews on all five films with Lee biographer Matthew Polly
- New interview with producer Andre Morgan about Golden Harvest, the company behind Hong Kong’s top martial-arts stars, including Lee
- New program about English-language dubbing with voice performers Michael Kaye (the English-speaking voice of Lee’s Chen Zhen in Fist of Fury) and Vaughan Savidge
- New interview with author Grady Hendrix about the “Bruceploitation” subgenre that followed Lee’s death, and a selection of Bruceploitation trailers
- Blood and Steel, a 2004 documentary about the making of Enter the Dragon
- Multiple programs and documentaries about Lee’s life and philosophies, including Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend (1973) and Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (1998)
- Interviews with Linda Lee Cadwell, Lee’s widow, and many of Lee’s collaborators and admirers, including actors Jon T. Benn, Riki Hashimoto, Nora Miao, Robert Wall, Yuen Wah, and Simon Yam and directors Clarence Fok, Sammo Hung, and Wong Jing
- Promotional materials
- New English subtitle translations and subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- PLUS: An essay by critic Jeff Chang THE BIG BOSS Enter a legend.
Here’s a new trailer Criterion put together to highlight this upcoming release.
And here’s the impressive Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Blu-ray cover art.