WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Michael Learned, Nancy Kwan.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41673
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Rob Cohen
(Screenplay/Written By): Edward Khmara, John Raffo & Rob Cohen
(Story): NA
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Robert Ziembicki
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Peter Amundson
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Dan York
(Co-Producers): Rick Nathanson
(Producers): Rafaella De Laurentiis

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.29:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book “Bruce Lee: The Only Man I Knew,” by Linda Lee Caldwell, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story reveals the man behind the legend. This is a wonderful film about the awesome fighter, and his skill, romance and spiritual triumphs. While historically far from accurate, Dragon tells the story of Lee’s life the way audiences would like to believe it was.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer quality on this LaserDisc is excellent and is indicative of the significant improvements that have occurred just over the past year in mastering. Fleshtones are accurate and always natural in their hues. The picture, while soft, delivers a flawless image with crisp, accurate color, deep blacks and excellent shadow detail. There is virtually a complete absence of video artifacts and noise. The aspect ratio is 2.29:1, slightly re-composed from the original 2.35:1 scope ratio.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is superb, with excellent scene-to-scene surround ambience. The Foley recording work is outstanding and makes for very exciting fight scenes. Randy Edelman’s music score is well recorded with excellent stereo definition.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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