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Way Of The Dragon, The: AKA: Return Of The Dragon
Bruce Lee: The Ultimate Collection
Genre: Action Adventure

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

Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, Chuck Norris, Malisa Longo, Robert Wall & Whang Ing Sik

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, seven minutes of interviews with various celebrities, 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): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/18/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bruce Lee
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bruce Lee plays the part of both director and star in "The Way Of The Dragon," the humorous kung-fu action flick of the series. Sure to bring a little comic relief from all the kicking and fighting, this one is entertaining. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
As with the other DVDs in this collection, the 2.32:1 picture looks dated. Colors are

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)