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Game Of Death II
Bruce Lee; The Ultimate Collection
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 102 (Nov 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Bruce Lee, Tong Lung, Huong Cheng-Li, Roy Horan & Lee Hoi-San

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include the original trailer and a new edited trailer, a movie stills photo album and a movie photo slideshow, two minutes of outtakes, and additional trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1981
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/18/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ng See-Yuan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Filmed years after his real-life death, "Game Of Death II' stars (very obvious images of) Bruce Lee. Huh? Yep, you must be as confused as I am; this is movie magic at its (not so) best! (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits varying image quality: sometimes nicely detailed and sometimes very blurry. The color scheme can be nicely rendered at times, albeit dated. There can be seriously distracting edge halos at times, and occasional pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

While some of the effects are well recorded and reproduced (suggesting they are not original elements), the Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround soundtracks can be difficult to listen to. Heavy amounts of background noise dominate the soundfield, and the difficult to hear dialogue does not make things much better. The LFE channel is not used very effectively, making the low end of the frequency spectrum seem underdeveloped. The DTS track really only increases the overall level and accentuates the inherent distortion. While the soundtrack is difficult to listen to, it is still better than most of the other DVDs in this collection. (Danny Richelieu)