Bruce Lee Remembered For ‘Enter the Dragon’11 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
BURBANK, Calif. — Linda Lee Cadwell, wife of the late Bruce Lee, sat outside a theater on the Warner Bros. lot June 19, looked at the special Blu-ray Disc edition of Enter the Dragon the studio released for the 40th anniversary of the film, and sighed.
“Forty years. Almost half a century,” she said, surrounded by her daughter, granddaughter, and cast and crew from the film. “It seems like a long time since I’ve seen Bruce. We didn’t know we would be talking about this 40 years later.”
Warner is giving fans a chance to see him and his most iconic film, Enter the Dragon, in a whole new light, with a 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray that includes a remastered version of the film, three new featurettes, interviews, a commentary, trailers, TV spots and a half-dozen bonuses that appeared on previous disc releases. There’s also a ton of memorabilia, including art cards, a patch, a lenticular card and bonuses from the American premiere of the film, Aug. 17, 1973 — less than a month after Bruce Lee died of a cerebral edema at the age of 32.
“There’s a lot of fabulous content for fans,” said Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee. “Warner came to us, friends and family, and pulled together a lot of items.”
Shannon Lee also produced and directed No Way as Way, which covers the legacy of her father.
“We wanted to create something that was from a slightly different point of view, the impact of his legacy, but from the point of view of his self work, and how he got to that level,” she said.
Gil Hubbs, the film’s cinematographer, said the film’s importance can’t be understated.
“The perception of Asian-Americans changed,” he said, “This opened a lot of doors.”
He added that “every town had a Kung Fu studio” after the film debuted in the States.
“It’s wonderful to know something you did is still being enjoyed today,” said producer Paul Heller.
He said Bruce Lee was the reason for the film’s success, something none of the people creating the film could have predicted. The film brought in $25 million domestically during its initial release, the equivalent of $180 million at today’s box office.
“This is more than a film to a lot of people. It was a complete cultural breakthrough,” added producer Fred Weintraub. “[Warner’s] going to make a lot of money on [the release].”
Pat Miller, motion picture imaging colorist for the Blu-ray, has remastered this film five times, and the work he did for the 40th anniversary version is his best work yet, he said.
“It gets better all the time because the equipment gets better,” he said. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with.”
Before the June 11 release of the new Enter the Dragon set, Warner had already sold more than 450,000 units of the film on disc.