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Game of Death
Available exclusively on the Hong Kong Legends DVDs (region2 2 from the UK).
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Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006
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The first thing that he says is this movie is a guilty pleasure. He also says the fights are well done and that the unseen footage (used in the second disc of this set to make the mini-feature) might be a disappointment to some fans. That, though, is just personal interpretation and has nothing to do with the quality of the commentary. He also repeats himself a few times. As for the rest of the commentary, itís a typical Bey Logan track. He never stops talking about everything. He points out actors/stuntmen and what theyíre doing now, he talks about Sammo Hung a bit and talks about the movieís production. Itís never a waste of time and is as interesting as his other tracks. You can tell he really likes this movie and thatís always nice to hear. The most interesting thing to hear is who fights when. Listening to this, it seems like Yuen Biao didnít really fight much apart from jumps and jumpkicks. Also, he says the Sammo Hung thought fight scenes with Tang Lung and Yuen Biao that were first shot were unusable, so Robert Clouse let Mr. Hung shoot them himself. I still think Mr. Clouse had a lot to do with what ended up in the movie. Anyway, this is a very good track and is a nice addition to the movie.
Reviewed by grimjack on July 26th, 2021
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He starts off by saying he knows this is not Bruce Lee's best work, and is not really even a Bruce Lee film at all by the time it was released. But he appreciates it as a good bad film. And then he goes for at least 40 minutes into rapid fire trivia, like most of his commentaries. And it is impressive.
There are a lot of details about what the original idea was, how Bruce filmed some of it before going off to make Enter the Dragon. About Samo Hung having some really good work ending up in the film. How they cast the fake Bruce Lee. Which people refused to come back and finish the film. Which new actors were quite willing to jump in.
And then there are discussions about the insensitive nature of having the actual Bruce Lee funeral in the film. The mourners put into a film they might never have wanted to be seen.
He does a good breakdown of the various martial arts, and the artists performing them in the film. And what they did before and after this film. And the actions scenes that were created just for the film, that were not even in the original script, as too many people already had made a copycat film off of the original script.
Logan talks about how there is some footage that he got to watch of rehearsals, and test shoots of the fight scenes towards the end. And they looked fabulous to him. But sadly, there was also a lot of test footage that simply got lost forever because no one bothered saving unused film, as Bruce had not quite become a huge star, had not died, and so the footage was likely just thrown out.
And in the end he talks about the various versions, which is actually sort of fascinating. How different countries released differently edited versions of the film, moving things around, and even adding scenes that were scrapped in most.
This really is a great commentary for a pretty terrible film.
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