Hot on the heals of our discussion of Enter the Dragon on Zach on Film, Warner Bros. has announced it is releasing a 40th anniversary ultimate collector’s edition of the movie on June 11.
From the press release
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 Dragon was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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.
· 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 Blu-ray arrives June 11, 2013, and has a suggested retail price of $49.99.