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." It also received a 95% positive rating on the critics' review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes (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, released the following statement.
"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 Robert Wall, and Kien Shih and introduces Jim Kelly. Music is by Lalo Schifrin. Written by Michael Allin, the film was produced by Fred Weintraub and Paul M. Heller in association with Raymond Chow. Robert Clouse directed.
- Commentary by producer Paul M. 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
- Backyard Workout with Bruce Lee vintage piece
- Curse of the Dragon vintage piece
- Location: Hong Kong with Enter the Dragon vintage piece
- Blood and Steel: The Making of Enter the Dragon vintage piece
- Personal Profile Bruce Lee: In His Own Words vintage piece
- Five trailers
- Seven TV spots