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Enter the Dragon (4K UHD Review)

REVIEW OVERVIEW

The Film
The Video (Overall)
HDR Effect
The Audio
The Supplements
Overall

SUMMARY

In his last film released a month after his death, Bruce Lee plays a Shaolin martial arts master who infiltrates the private island during a martial arts tournament of a drug lord responsible for his sister's death.

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

In 1973’s Enter the Dragon, the last film before Bruce Lee’s untimely death and arguably the pinnacle of his career and the martial arts genre, Lee plays a martial arts expert who agrees to work with US law enforcement to bring down a nefarious narcotics dealer responsible for the death of his sister. When the villain Han (Kien Shih) holds a martial arts tournament on his private island off of Hong Kong, Lee goes undercover as one of the contestants to bring Han down. On the island he finds young women being hooked on heroin and forced into prostitution, and an army of martial arts minions serving Han to protect his empire.

With little exposition and a series of brilliantly choreographed set pieces, including a visually astonishing sequence set in a room of mirrors, Enter the Dragon set the standard for the martial arts genre and helped to launch the interest in martial arts films globally during the 1970s. Co-stars John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jim Kelly (Three the Hard Way) help infuse the film with its blend of Hong Kong martial arts cinema and the undercurrent of American blaxploitation which was also booming at that time.

  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Shih Kien in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Shih Kien in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • John Saxon in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • John Saxon and Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Enter the Dragon 4K Ultra HD (Warner Bros.)

The Video

Enter the Dragon was originally shot on Eastman 100T 5254 35mm film stock. This new 4K Ultra HD restoration arrives in a 2.39:1 HEVC 2160p (4K UHD) HDR10 encodement from Warner Bros. The film has never looked as good on home video as it does in this release. The original Warner Bros. Blu-ray released from 2012 is a distant second to this 4K disc. The image has been cleaned up with the grain preserved, detail crisp and three-dimensional, and colors, especially reds, yellows, and golds, very vibrant. The blood effects look vivid and have strong sheen thanks to the extra ‘pop’ in the specular highlights from the HDR10. The shadows have lots of detail and delineation.

The Audio

Warner Bros. gives Enter the Dragon a lossless Dolby Atmos remix that is surprisingly engaging and encircling. The score from Lalo Schifrin spreads out throughout the soundstage and really drives the soundscape. The fight sequences have good low end and panning while the dialogue comes through clearly. This is one of the better Atmos remixes for a catalogue release from this era I have ever heard.

The Supplements

Like the recent 4K releases from Warner Bros. of Rio Bravo and East of Eden, this Warner release of Enter the Dragon is a barebones release with very little additional material. The archival introduction to the Special Edition version of the film by Lee’s widow and the commentary are all we get alongside the digital code. The commentary is an interesting listen.

  • Movies Anywhere Digital Code
  • Commentary by Paul Heller and Michael Allin
  • Introduction by Linda Lee Cadwell (1080p; 00:02:11

The Final Assessment

Enter the Dragon is one of the true classics of the martial arts genre, a high-water mark for Lee, who would die just a month before the film’s premiere, and one that holds up well even after the numerous films that came after it expanding the genre. Here, it looks and sounds incredible, with Warner Bros. keeping up their recent superb quality restorations on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Highly recommended.


Enter the Dragon is out on 4K Ultra HD + Digital August 8, 2023 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


  • Rating Certificate: R (for martial arts violence and brief nudity)
  • Studios & Distributors: Warner Bros. | Concord Productions | Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
  • Director: Robert Clouse
  • Written By: Michael Allin | Bruce Lee
  • Run Time: 99 Mins. (Theatrical) | 102 Mins. (Special Edition)
  • Street Date: 8 August 2023
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Video Format: HEVC 2160p (4K UHD)
  • HDR Format: HDR10
  • HDR10 Metadata:
    • MaxLL: 995 nits
    • MaxLL: 216 nits
  • Primary Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible)
  • Secondary Audio: Original Mono English DTS-HD MA 2.0 | French DD 1.0 | German DD 1.0 | Italian DD 1.0 | Spanish (Castilian) DD 1.0 | Mandarin DD 2.0 Mono (Special Edition Only) | Spanish (Latino) DD 2.0 Mono | Czech DD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH | German SDH | Italian SDH | French | Spanish (Castilian) | Spanish (Latino) | Dutch | Korean | Danish | Czech | Finnish | Norwegian | Swedish
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