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WHV Press Release: Enter The Dragon 40th Anniversary UCE Giftset (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 9 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 04 2013 - 06:58 AM

"… Great entertainment. A first-class action thriller in first-class style.”

         - John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

One of the Great Martial Arts Movies of All Time

ENTER THE DRAGON 40TH ANNIVERSARY

ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION GIFTSET
ON BLU-RAY™ JUNE 11


Includes Featurettes, Documentaries, Memorabilia and More


Burbank, Calif., March 4, 2013 – Enter the Dragon, one of martial arts icon Bruce Lee’s last films, will debut June 11 on Blu-ray™ in the Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition giftset from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, which helped bring interest in the Asian martial arts genre to mainstream Western cinema, has been re-mastered for its 40th anniversary, and will now feature new bonus materials, such as the featurette, No Way as Way, on the legacy of Bruce Lee, plus other featurettes and commentary. Memorabilia -- which includes collectible art cards, lenticular card and an embroidered patch --are also part of the giftset. Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available for $49.99 SRP.


Bruce Lee was an incredible athlete and mixed martial artist who, despite making a limited number of movies during his short life, became a charismatic megastar and left a permanent mark on cinema and popular culture. Even Time Magazine agreed. They included Lee in the “100 Most Important People of the 20th century” issue (Heroes and Icons 1999*).  Enter the Dragon continues to resonate with today’s audiences. It was a major theatrical hit 40 years ago, grossing approximately $25 million domestically – the equivalent of almost $180 million in today’s box-office. Enter the Dragon has sold more than 450,000 units on DVD and Blu-ray since 2004. In 2004, Enter the Dragonwas selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." It also received a 95% positive rating on the critics’ review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com).


Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27, 1940. As a young boy in Hong Kong, he acted in some 20 films there and first became known in the U.S. in 1966 for his role as sidekick Kato in TV’s “The Green Hornet.” He also appeared in TV shows like “Ironside” and “Longstreet,” with his most notable American role coming in the 1969 movie, Marlowe, starring James Garner. Returning to Hong Kong, Lee starred in a number of successful films for Raymond Chow’s Golden Harvest Productions and soon became a superstar in China. His enormous overseas success ultimately reached Hollywood and the attention of filmmaker Fred Weintraub and Warner Bros., who produced Enter the Dragon and tapped the actor to star. Lee died suddenly in Hong Kong, at the age of 32, of a cerebral edema. That was on July 20, 1973, less than a month before the film’s August 17 U.S. premiere. Posthumously, Enter the Dragon rocketed him to international superstardom.


Enter the Dragon producer Fred Weintraub, who also wrote the book Bruce Lee, Woodstock, and Me said: “If fans want to hail Bruce as the greatest and most influential martial artist who ever lived, you’ll get no argument from me. He was a shining star who streaked across the night sky of our collective awareness in a flash of white hot unsustainable intensity only to burn up in the atmosphere of fame, wealth, and worldwide adulation. Watching him again (this time even better on Blu-ray), you can see why he became the first international superstar from a third world country.”


The plot of the Enter the Dragon revolves around outstanding martial arts student Lee (Bruce Lee), who is recruited by an intelligence agency and then uncovers the evil Han's (Kien Shih) white slavery and drug trafficking ring located on a secret island fortress. Along with martial arts champions Roper (John Saxon) and Williams (Jim Kelly), Lee infiltrates the stronghold and enters Han’s brutal tournament. Lee and his partners fuse skills in Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, T'ai chi ch'uan and Hapkido, in a now classic fight-to-the-death epic battle, all staged by Lee himself.


Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Ahna Capri star in Enter the Dragon, which co-stars Bob Wall, and Shih Kien and introduces Jim Kelly. Music is by Lalo Schifrin. Written by Michael Allen, the film was produced by Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller in association with Raymond Chow. Robert Clouse directed.


Special Features:

·   Commentary by producer Paul Heller

·   New Featurette No Way As Way

·   New Featurette The Return to Han’s Island

·   New Featurette Wing Chun: The Art that Introduced Kung Fu to Bruce Lee

·   Interview Gallery featuring Lee’s wife, Linda Lee Caldwell      

·   Vintage pieces

o        Backyard Workout with Bruce Lee

o        Curse of the Dragon

o        Location: Hong Kong with Enter the Dragon

o        Blood and Steel: The Making of Enter the Dragon   

o        Personal Profile Bruce Lee: In His Own Words

·    Five trailers      

·   Seven TV spots




ENTER THE DRAGON 40TH ANNIVERSARY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDTION

 BLU-RAY DISC

Street Date: June 11, 2013

Order Due Date: May 17, 2013

Run Time: 98 minutes

Rating: R

Pricing: $49.99 SRP

Catalog# / UPC: 1000351089 / 883929285693


Note: All enhanced content and memorabilia listed above is subject to change.


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About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.


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#2 of 9 Doctorossi

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Posted March 04 2013 - 07:10 AM

After WB's leaving the terrible first release Blu-ray of this movie to stink up the shelves for years, they'd better be offering a non-trinket version of this set on day one.

#3 of 9 John Weller

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Posted March 04 2013 - 08:39 AM

Warners better include the theatrical version. The film stops cold dead on the DVDs with the terrible redubbing of Bruce Lee for the extra scene.

#4 of 9 Christopher McG

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Posted March 04 2013 - 12:12 PM

So they're dropping the Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey documentary that's on the current Blu Ray release?

#5 of 9 AlexCosmo

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Posted March 04 2013 - 01:37 PM

Warners better include the theatrical version. The film stops cold dead on the DVDs with the terrible redubbing of Bruce Lee for the extra scene.

Oh yeah, count me in if this is the theatrical version.

#6 of 9 Derrick King

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Posted March 04 2013 - 02:27 PM

So they're dropping the Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey documentary that's on the current Blu Ray release?

That doc was only on the 2007 Blu-ray and was dropped from the 2010 re-release.

#7 of 9 Christopher McG

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Posted March 04 2013 - 02:50 PM

That doc was only on the 2007 Blu-ray and was dropped from the 2010 re-release.

Hmmm, had no idea there was a 2010 re-release. Thank you for the information! Love the movie, but for $50 I think I'll pass on what I now know is a triple-dip.

#8 of 9 Derrick King

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Posted March 04 2013 - 03:25 PM

It is not really a triple dip as, except for the missing doc, the 2010 disc is the same as the 2007. Most likely, WB lost the rights to that doc and had to drop it when they repressed ENTER THE DRAGON.

#9 of 9 John Weller

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Posted March 04 2013 - 07:32 PM

Warrior's Journey is very outdated HD wise. It's 4:3, the film clips are 2:35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and PAL-NTSC to boot!




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