Enter The Dragon

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Details At A Glance

Category Action (Martial Arts) Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1973 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 98:23 minutes Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2, 4 Director Robert Clouse

Warner Home Video
Starring Bruce Lee
John Saxon
Ahna Capri
Bob Wall
Shih Kien
Jim Kelly
RRP $34.95 Music Lalo Schifrin

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 1.0, 192 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0, 192 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision ? Smoking No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Wow! Afro haircuts, bellbottom trousers ... weren't the seventies great! And this is supposed to be the seminal martial arts film of that decade, if not the century too! I really, truly wish I could understand why, because I just cannot see what is so great about this film. Nothing more than a Hong Kong film with a budget, it displays some of the poorest foley work imaginable, on top of some pretty crummy acting, and they surely were not serious about that being a New Zealand accent for Parsons were they?

    Plot? You mean there was a plot to this? You serious? This is nothing more than a ninety minute excuse for Bruce Lee to belt the living daylights out of improbably huge numbers of opponents. Now don't get me wrong, as bad as the plot and acting are in this westernized Hong Kong film, there is no doubt that Bruce Lee was a legend in the martial arts, and this gives an indication why. Problem is it also demonstrates where a lot of those spoofs get their corny sound effects from.

    I am truly sorry but there is not a single redeeming feature that I can see for this film to be taken seriously, except for Bruce Lee being in it. You really need to be a hard core martial arts aficionado to like this. Lousy acting, lousy foley work, bugger all plot, poor characters, poor direction - and Bruce Lee. Says it all really.

Transfer Quality


    Well if this is the fully restored transfer, I would not have liked to have seen the original transfer - must have been shocking.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    Okay I accept that this is twenty six years old, and therefore cannot really be compared to more recent films, but I would have thought that it would have been a little better than this - I have certainly seen older films look a lot better. The transfer is not that sharp and lacks a little in definition; at times it seemed to be out of focus, a good example is at 2:39. Shadow detail is quite average, which is usually where an older transfer really shows its age a little.

    Colours are fairly rich and a little dark, but not overly vibrant. The colours seemed to be consistently rendered and there did not seem to be any oversaturation. There was no colour bleed noted, although the red opening credits were very close.

    There were hints of MPEG artefacts during some panning sequences, the most noticeable being a quite off-putting panned shot at 68:57: this is probably no more than I was expecting in such a relatively old transfer though. Video artefacts comprised some relatively minor aliasing, but there were some pretty decent film artefacts present: by far the most noticeable is a very large black mark across the middle of the transfer at 2:25, but there were many others. Overall, it is fair to say that despite the restoration, the transfer still shows its age pretty well.


    As part of the restoration, we have been blessed with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, but I have to say that it is not an especially good one.

    There are three audio tracks on the DVD: the default English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0 and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0. I listened to the default English soundtrack.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout - if you really wanted to hear the dialogue.

    There was some hint of audio sync problems with the transfer, but I felt that these were probably the result of bad ADR work and the unusually balanced soundtrack that I really could not come to grips with, rather than being a transfer problem.

    The music score comes from Lalo Schifrin and a decidedly seventies sounding techno jazz style of thing it is too: if you are familiar with Lalo Schifrin's jazz work, you will have a fair idea of what the music score sounds like. Personally, I did not think it was too bad, but really it is wasted on this film.

    The 5.1 soundtrack is unfortunately quite unnaturally balanced, such that the entire dialogue of the film sounds like crappy ADR work, with everything coming out of the centre speaker, with very minimal use of the surround channels at all. It would not be fair to say they were completely unused, but certainly the rear channels and the bass channel got very little work at all, and everything seemed to be very front and centre. Not at all what I was expecting from a 5.1 soundtrack I am afraid.   Combined with the poor foley work, this really is a wasted opportunity in my view.


    Can you say Buena Vista? Right, well this is the older brother, as in Warner Brothers.


    It has one but without any enhancements and not much to use it for (audio and subtitle options can be accessed through the remote).

R4 vs R1

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on:     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on:     Well it is a Special Edition in Region 1, and clearly that is the way to go, hands down. On top of that, has this version suffered any British censor cuts that have not been restored? I do not know the film at all, but since the British censors have a paranoia about things like nunchukas, I do raise the question for any knowledgeable person to let me know.


    Enter The Dragon is a bad movie, saved only by Bruce Lee and the martial arts sequences if you are into those things. And to top it off, we have been stiffed in the extras package completely. Give it a miss, and get the Region 1 version if you really want the film - it will be cheaper anyway. I really cannot justify $35 for this at all.

    Overall video quality is acceptable.

    Overall audio quality is barely acceptable.

    Extras - well just about the entire population of Aberdeen made an appearance.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Ian Morris
26th October 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-515; S-video output
Display Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm
Audio Decoder Built in
Amplification Yamaha RXV-795
Speakers Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL