The Big Boss: Limited Edition (1971) artwork

The Big Boss: Limited Edition (1971)

Thursday 28th September 2023

With a glorious 4K restoration, The Big Boss, the film that catapulted Bruce Lee to cinematic superstardom, is released on limited edition Blu-ray and 4K UHD 13th November 2023 from Arrow Video.
Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista, Ying-Chieh Han, Tony Liu, Kun Li
Lo Wei
Raymond Chow
Arrow Video
1 hour 39 minutes
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An instant box office sensation upon its original release in Hong Kong in 1971, The Big Boss is the film that catapulted former child actor and Hollywood TV sidekick Bruce Lee to cinematic superstardom.

Cheng Chao-on (Lee) moves to Thailand to work at a factory alongside his uncle and cousins. However, a ruthless crime boss (Han Ying-chieh, Come Drink with Me) and his gang are using the factory to smuggle dope, and whoever stumbles upon this unfortunate secret promptly meets a grisly end. When some of Cheng's friends and cousins disappear, he is forced to set aside the vow of pacifism he made to his mother and unleash his fists of fury in order to bring those responsible to bloody justice...

Directed by Lo Wei, The Big Boss forever changed the landscape of Hong Kong action cinema, signalling kung fu's dominance over the genre for years to come. Lee's big breakthrough now looks more glorious than ever in a 4K restoration with hours of insightful bonus features, including the restored 110 minute Mandarin Cut of the film that first stunned audiences in Hong Kong back in 1971.

The Big Boss is released on limited edition Blu-ray and 4K UHD 13th November 2023 from Arrow Video.

    • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Walter Chaw
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
    • 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of the 99-minute 1983 version of The Big Boss, restored by Arrow Films from the original negative
    • Original restored Mandarin, English and Cantonese mono audio
    • Two English mono options, the standard mix and a Japanese mix with alternate score
    • English subtitles, plus optional subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for the English dubs
    • Two feature commentaries, one by David Desser and one by Brandon Bentley
    • Two alternate versions with lossless mono audio: the English Export Cut, featuring a rare alternate English dub track (some scenes in Mandarin); and the 100-min US Theatrical Cut
    • Return to Thailand, a documentary produced and presented by Matt Routledge exploring the original filming locations
    • Recently uncovered deleted and extended scenes, with optional commentary by Bentley
    • The Not-Quite-Biggest Boss, a video essay by Bentley investigating the scenes still lost, such as the 'saw-in-the-head' scene
    • Archive interviews with co-star Lau Wing and stuntman Tung Wai
    • Bruce Lee Vs. Peter Thomas, a short video essay about the music for the English version
    • Alternate credits sequences
    • Trailer gallery, including a 'Before The Big Boss' reel and the trailer for lost sequel The Big Boss Part II
    • Image gallery
    • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of the 110-min Mandarin Cut of The Big Boss, restored by Arrow Films
    • Original lossless mono audio
    • English subtitles for the Mandarin Cut
    • Axis of English, a video essay by Will Offutt profiling the English dubbing actors for The Big Boss, Fist of Fury and The Way of the Dragon
    • Unrestored raw scan of the Mandarin Cut (1080p only)

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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