When Enter the Dragon (1973, 1 hr., 38 mins., R) first hit Hong Kong theaters in the summer of ’73, Bruce Lee had already been dead for six days, having passed away suddenly at age 32. Still, Dragon did more to cement his place as martial arts’ greatest ambassador than anything up to that point. Chop-schlocky in all the best ways, the kung fu classic, which is being released as a special 40th-anniversary Blu-ray, plays out very much like an Eastern-inflected James Bond movie. A sequestered island, a slinky score, a villain with a secret scheme and a deadly prosthesis — it’d be good, cheesy fun even without the centerpiece fight sequences.
Lee’s athleticism remains eye-popping and his screen presence magnetic. The dialogue is peppered with bits of his martial-arts philosophy, and the disc’s many EXTRAS — including a host of new and old documentaries — delve deeper into Lee’s life and legacy. (There’s also an iron-on patch of the film’s logo, among various other collectibles.) All of them are reminders of the iconic status of a movie that, 40 years later, still has a helluva kick. A-