BLU-RAY REVIEW

Enter The Dragon

Featured In Issue 112, September 2006

Picture3.5
Sound3.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
80929
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
For martial arts violence and brief nudity
(Retail Price):
$28.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (HD-30)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
102
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
1
(Theatrical Year):
1973
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
07/11/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Robert Clouse
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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In Enter The Dragon, Bruce Lee, in his last complete film, stars as a secret agent drawn into combat with a clever criminal who uses a martial arts academy to mask a career of international crime.

Includes audio commentary with Producer Paul Heller, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes look, 20 minutes of Bruce Lee comments, ten interviews with Lee's widow Linda Lee Cadwell, a seven-minute 1973 featurette, two minutes of Bruce training in his yard, an almost 90-minute look at the Lee family and the tragedies that surround them, about 100 minutes of looking at Lee's career and martial arts, four theatrical trailers, and seven TV spots.

The 2.35:1 HD DVD picture looks very good when considering the age, and is cleaned up well, especially when comparing it to the first DVD release. Source element artifacts are recognizable throughout, with some scenes cleaned well and others not so well. The picture is very inconsistent from scene to scene, with some being detailed and some so soft it is difficult to get a good idea of what exactly is happening. The picture can still appear poorly contrasted with muddy colors. Shadow delineation is acceptable. For the most part, edge enhancement is minimal, although in some scenes it is noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

While the increased bit rate and compression efficiency of the Dolbyģ Digital Plus codec used in the encoding of this 5.1-channel soundtrack provides greater fidelity for music, the poor recording quality of effects and dialogue detracts from the presentation. A heavy amount of background noise can be heard throughout, and the poor ADR integration takes all the realism out of the voices. There is a noticeable lack of deep bass throughout, and the LFE channel is definitely underutilized. The front stage can be amply wide and engaging, but the poor overall fidelity is a downer. (Danny Richelieu)