Bruce Lee The Legend
Data rate-------142 kbps
Total bitrate---160 kbps
Frame rate------29 frames/second
Audio bitrate---160 kbps
Release Date----January 22, 1987
Since Bruce Lee: The Legend is included as the bonus fifth disc in 20th Century Fox's \"Master Collection\" boxset, the film must be worth at least a look. Generally speaking, the movie does a good job of tracing Bruce Lee's life, mainly in the form of career highlights that showcase his early stints on American television shows (in \"The Green Hornet\" and \"Longstreet\") on up to his eventual ascension to cross-cultural superstardom through his Hong Kong movies.
Though there are some references to Jeet Kune Do and Bruce's personal philosophy and family life, this documentary is a bit lacking in intimacy when compared with the much more polished John Little bio, Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey. However, there are several points of interest within the film. For one, there is rare archival footage of Lee back when he was a child actor in Hong Kong movies. The sight of such a young boy already possessing some of the trademark Bruce Lee mannerisms is quite a sight. There's even some footage of Bruce Lee's that is both intriguing and repellent: his funerals in Hong Kong and the United States. Notable mourners include James Coburn, Steve McQueen, Nora Miao, George Lazenby, Shieh Kien and Robert Clouse.
But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this by-the-numbers tribute is the inclusion of Betty Ting Pei. For those who do not know, Betty Ting Pei was the last person to see Bruce Lee alive.
Strangely, the film mentions the gossip that Lee may have died in the midst of making love to the starlet, a rumor that Betty Ting Pei vehemently denies. Though this \"revelation\" is not particularly shocking, it is somewhat surprising considering that the film was definitely not a warts-and-all examination of Lee, and was, for the most part, a generic vanity piece lauding Bruce Lee. In any case, the film is worth watching at least once. Just be sure to have Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey close at hand. (Sanjuro 2002)
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