Yesterday The Criterion Collection announced a special summer release they’re calling Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits. They hinted around New Year’s Day that this was coming, but I wasn’t expecting it to get its own special announcement. However, now that I see the films they are including, and the treasure trove of supplements, it’s clear this is a very special release. Here is their page, and here is their blurb:
In the early 1970s, a kung-fu dynamo named Bruce Lee side-kicked his way onto the screen and straight into pop-culture immortality. With his magnetic screen presence, tightly coiled intensity, and superhuman martial-arts prowess, Lee was an icon who conquered both Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema, and transformed the art of the action film in the process. This collection brings together the five films that define the Lee legend: furiously exciting fist-fliers propelled by his innovative choreography, unique martial-arts philosophy, and whirlwind fighting style. Though he completed only a handful of films while at the peak of his stardom before his untimely death at age thirty-two, Lee left behind a monumental legacy as both a consummate entertainer and a supremely disciplined artist who made Hong Kong action cinema a sensation the world over.
Don’t forget to check out the supplements! There are loads of commentaries, documentaries, and interviews, but also two versions of Enter the Dragon, as well as a bonus film, Game of Death II.
If you’d like to pre-order the set on Amazon, you can do so here. This is an affiliate link, so I’ll get a small portion of the purchase price.