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The Black Dragon's Revenge (1975/Film Detective Blu-ray)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: B

The 1975 Blaxploitation/Bruce-sploitaiton film, Tommy Loo Chung's The Black Dragon's Revenge aka The Black Dragon Revenges The Death of Bruce Lee, is full of kung fu carnage that is sure to please fans of the genre and was most certainly a popular film during the heyday of the genre when it was produced. The film also stars Charles Bonet and Phillip Ko.

Finding its way on Blu-ray disc for the first time courtesy of Film Detective, the film stars Martial Arts legend Ron van Clief and centers around Clief's confrontation with rival gangs in search of a lost "finger fighting" manual written by Bruce Lee. It's up to Clief to make sure the manual doesn't get into the wrong hands!

For fans of Quentin Tarantino, you may notice that the score played in the opening scene was also used in Inglorious Basterds (2009). The infamous director loves to pull music cues from obscure cinema of the past. The film also features camerawork that was obviously mimicked in Kill Bill (2003) as well.

The Black Dragon's Revenge is presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 24-bit) audio mix. Given the budget and condition of the film, the transfer isn't as sharp as it could be, in fact many scenes look a bit soft when one would expect them to be sharper especially seeing that the film was shot with anamorphic lenses on 35mm film. Still, this is probably the best that the film can look given its budgetary constraints. Some scenes show film artifacts, which only adds to the experience.

Special Features are pretty sparse and only include...

Trailer in HD

Bruce Lee Dubs

Though the transfer isn't perfect and there's a definite lack of extras, The Black Dragon's Revenge is a fun time capsule into the past where these sorts of films on the big screen was of the norm.

- James Lockhart



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