Netflix Streaming and Amazon Bluray Movie of the Day : WAY OF THE DRAGON


WAY OF THE DRAGON is arguably Bruce Lee’s best film, in that it was the film he had the most control over; wearing hat of writer, director, and star. A circumstance which is not always a good thing, actors not always being the best gauge of their own interests or image. However Bruce Lee from the start was more than an actor, he was the message not merely the messenger, and as such was uniquely suited to define himself for others; and he does that expertly in this film.

The opening of WAY OF THE DRAGON (also sometimes referred to as RETURN OF THE DRAGON, confusing in that this came before ENTER THE DRAGON, not after) is pure Charlie Chaplin, Lee showing his penchant for physical comedy, and his pure charisma. And seeing Bruce Lee against the backdrop of the West that he always found both tantalizing and duplicitous, is a joy.

What surprises, revisiting this film after some absence, is how young he is.

You forget that these icons like Hendricks, and Ali, and Bruce Lee that shaped so much of the American consciousness and whose shadows continue to dominate so much of what we consider best of our cultural zeitgeist and worth aspiring to, at the height of their power… were basically just kids who believed the world could be changed… and changed it.

Is WAY OF THE DRAGON the greatest martial arts movie of all time? Probably not, but it is a great movie, and watching a Bruce Lee untouched by age or death, with his whole life ahead of him, in a sumptuously photographed, and largely fun film, is a little like visiting one last time… with a good friend.

There is something bitter and sweet about it.

And the final fight with Chuck Norris is justifiably classic. And like the film itself it is more in the nuances around the fight, the essential touches Lee brought to it, the philosophy of Chinese Boxing, the stretching, the inter-cutting of the kitten, all deliver something more than the spectacle of violence, but a way through violence… to find some peace on the other side of it.

A film that not just every Martial Arts fan should have in their collection, but a film any fan of cinema should proudly have on their curio shelf, as the work of 1970s art that it is.

And also the Blu-Ray is a must have for the audio commentaries, documentaries and pristine picture.

I like streaming for the chance to be exposed to a wealth of movies, but quality (when it is coming from a middle man such as a streaming or cable service) is always subject to bandwidth and signal concerns of the moment. The Bluray, failing damage, will give you the best picture in all moments… consistently.

So for movies like WAY OF THE DRAGON, that you intend to come back to again and again… Blu-Ray is the way to go.

Here’s the link:

The Bruce Lee Premiere Collection (The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / The Way of the Dragon / Game of Death) [Blu-ray]

Highly Recommended! And if a fan of this film I would direct you to the 1970s comic book series it inspired, Marvel Comic’s MASTER OF KUNG FU. Specifically issues 38 and 39 that form an excellent and not to be missed two part story, that any fan of Bruce Lee should check out.

Links here:

Master of Kung Fu, Edition# 38

Master of Kung Fu (1974, 1st series) #38

Master of Kung Fu (1974, 1st series) #39

And a book covering the career of one of the influential artists of the 70s and Bruce Lee fan, Paul Gulacy:

Spies, Vixens and Masters of Kung Fu PB

If you like this blog, and specifically this post, show your support by using the links above. You get great items, and this blog gets a few pennies. A win all the way around. :) Thanks for looking and till next time… make someone smile today.

If, like me, you’ve been interested on Chuck Norris’ take on Bruce Lee well here’s a Norris quote about meeting Lee in New York in 1965, when Lee was working on the GREEN HORNET series. The quote is courtesy of the site BRUCE LEE DAILY:

“I said that I was really tired and that I should get to the hotel because I had an early flight the next day at nine o’clock. Bruce said he was staying at the same hotel so we decided to go over together. So we were taking a cab to the hotel, and now we are really getting involved in our conversation. We get to the hotel and are going up in the lift to the floor that Bruce’s room is on.

We both step out into the hallway – it was about twelve o’clock by now – the next thing I know I’ve got my jacket off and we are working out in the hallway.

I swear to you that the next time I looked at my watch it was seven o’clock the next morning. I looked at my watch again, I could not believe it, I had a flight in two hours back to Los Angeles and Bruce said that when we got back we should work out together, which we did for three years.

Then Bruce left for Hong Kong to pursue his movie career. I didn’t hear anything from him for about two years, then one day I got a call from Hong Kong; it was Bruce, he said: “I’ve just finished two movies over here, they were really successful”. He said he wanted to do a fight scene that everyone would remember and he said I want you to be my opponent and he was going to call the film Way of the Dragon.”

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Netflix Movie of the Day : DARK WAS THE NIGHT


There are so many disappointing Horror Films, that to find a good one is a task of some effort. Let’s be honest the majority of Horror movies made today are inept, dumb, unoriginal, filled with unlikeable and infuriatingly stupid characters, and just plain mediocre.(DEVIL’S PASS, DEVIL’s BACKBONE TEXAS, SACRAMENT, MR.JONES, DEEP IN THE DARKNESS, FROM THE DARK, THE BLOOD LANDS, MOCKINBIRD, THE DEN, VHS VIRAL, BARRICADE, BABADOOK, ANIMAL, EXETER, THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN, THE BEAST OF XMOOR… I’m looking steadily at you.

Netflix if you have any sense you will remove these films to make room for ones that are worth the time and bandwidth).

DARK WAS THE NIGHT thankfully is the exception, offering solid, understated performances, an impressive score, and a solid story (with some exceptions, things like splitting up in the dark, never make sense, and induce a groan whenever they occur, but thankfully this film is not as egregious as some others). Overall a fun and recommended watch with a really interesting closing credit sequence. Grade: B+.


Netflix Movie of the Day: PUNCTURE


PUNCTURE – If all you know Chris Evans from is the Captain America movies (as enjoyable as those are), I urge you to try another facet of him, with the excellent bio-pic PUNCTURE by director and star Mark Kassen.

A moving and I fear unknown chapter in recent health and American history. At least it was definitely unknown to me, the story of syringes, and how the choice of one over the other, was paid and continues to be paid in Millions of lives.

A moving, riveting film… told as well as it could be told. Strongly recommended.

There is a line that… stays with me, from Kenneth Branagh’s take on Shakespeare’s HENRY V.

Branagh’s first film, and still my favorite of his film, he plays the young Henry on the bloody trudge through France, and upon witnessing the horror there, they churn his outrage, they raise his ire, they offend him to his core, and he says to sum all that rage up… “I was not angry till I came to France”.

That line comes to me when I am outraged.

It is to the great credit of PUNCTURE, that it brought that line to mind.

I was not angry till I came to France.

The only way I know to deal with that… ire, is to act in small ways and in large. Each giving acoording to their gifts and getting according to their needs.

I was not angry till I came to France.

Here are some ways… to get involved:

I just donated $50 to Unicef using the link above, and signed up for their email list. I charge you to do likewise. In all honesty it would have killed me not to give. If you feel the same, please use the link above. Give according to your gifts, and get according to your needs.



REFOUNDRY – Sports a worthy goal of combating the explosive and unsupportable rates of incarceration in the United States. I think the rewards could be a bit nicer, and priced less steeply, but that said I can see putting a frame on the HAND MADE HAND and using that as a bit of art, and the $25 Door Stop would make a memorable paper weight; and above all that… the funds are going to a needed cause. With 56 days to go this is well on its way to meeting its goal.

SELF JOURNAL – Making lists, writing down your goals I find indispensable to productivity, But I find myself often using an awkward combo of sticky pads, and computer apps. I think the SELF JOURNAL is an artful way to wean myself off the sticky pads.At $26 it is a might on the expensive side, but if this gets you in the habit of journaling you can always transition into more affordable journals. Also this project has been fully funded.


BEST LAPTOP STAND – I am not an Apple user or fan, but man this is a nice stand. And it appears it will support my Dell Latitude in the open position. And this serves the worthy cause of getting rid of hunched over the laptop syndrome. At under $50 it’s not bad. Plus this kick-starter is already completely funded. Sold!

BATBAND Earfree Headphones – A headphone that uses the scary sounding vehicle of Bone Conduction to bypass your outer ear to deliver sound to your inner ear. It’s like LaForge’s visor from STNG but for your ears rather than your eyes!

At $149 it is not even remotely cheap, and while a woman may get away with wearing this as a fashion statement, I think it will look silly on most guys. But as the first stab of an idea, it definitely has promise. It just needs to be designed so it is less obtrusive, and i think it will be ready for prime time.

It’s implications beyond simple music playback could be staggering. Does it work better than conventional headphones? Can an evil super-villain use it to remotely turn your brain into jelly? Who knows, but boy I’d like to try it. It is projects like this that reminds me in a good way, that we are living in the 21st century. :)


RED DEVIL HARDCOVER – THIS was has already reached it’s goal and has 15 hours left. So if the art grabs you, $25 will get you a 140page hardcover sketchbook.

THE WONDERLAND BOOK – I love art books. If you know nothing else from this blog, you know that. And I have to tell you this Kickstarter, that has not only reached but tripled its goal and has 17 days to go as of this writing, ticks off a lot of the must haves for me as a bibliophile.

It’s a big, massive, Italian printed tome with exquisite images. The imagery is not my typical cup of tea, appealing more to the Carol Lewis crowd (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), but her description of what she goes through to create each image I just find astounding and inspirational.

It’s very pricey, at a $122 US, but if you have the dough to spend I think it will make a phenomenal Christmas gift to the art lover in your life.