The Big Boss: Limited Edition | 4K UHD & Blu-ray (Arrow Films)
The Limited Edition of The Big Boss, now available on 4K UHD and Blu-ray from Arrow Films.
Arrow Video is set to release The Big Boss on November 13, 2023, available in both 4K UHD and Blu-ray (sold separately). This movie was previously included in Arrow’s Bruce Lee At Golden Harvest Collection.
The Big Boss, released in Hong Kong in 1971, quickly became a hit at the box office and launched Bruce Lee, who had previously been a child actor and TV star in Hollywood, to international fame.
Lee, also known as Cheng Chao-on, relocates to Thailand to join his parents in their employment at a factory.
Cheng’s relatives, including his uncle and cousins, are caught up in a dangerous situation. The factory they work at is being used by a notorious crime leader, Han Ying-chieh from Come Drink with Me, and his crew to illegally transport drugs. Anyone who discovers this illicit operation is met with a violent demise. When Cheng’s loved ones start going missing, he is compelled to break his promise of non-violence to his mother and use his fighting skills to seek revenge and punish those accountable.
The Big Boss, directed by Lo Wei, had a lasting impact on the world of Hong Kong action films. It solidified kung fu as the dominant genre for years to come. The 4K restoration of Lee’s breakthrough film is now more impressive than ever, featuring hours of informative bonus content. This includes the restored 110 Mandarin Cut of the film that astounded audiences in Hong Kong in 1971.
This is a limited edition of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, which includes special content.
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Walter Chaw
The reversible sleeve showcases both the original and newly created artwork by Tony Stella.
Disc One: The Main Boss
The 1983 edition of The Big Boss, restored from the original negative by Arrow Films, is presented in 4K (2160p) Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and compatible with HDR10.
Original restored Mandarin, English and Cantonese mono audio
There are two options for the audio in English: the standard mix and a Japanese mix with a different score.
English captions, with the option for closed captions for the hearing impaired, for English dubbed versions.
Two commentaries on key aspects, one by David Desser and one by Brandon Bentley.
There are two versions available with lossless mono audio. One is the English Export Cut, which includes a rare alternate English dub track with some scenes in Mandarin. The other is the 100-minute US Theatrical Cut.
of the 1974 movie
“Return to Thailand” is a documentary created and hosted by Matt Routledge, which delves into the filming sites used for the 1974 film.
Newly discovered removed and extended footage, featuring the choice to listen to commentary from Bentley.
Bentley’s video essay, “The Not-Quite-Biggest Boss,” delves into the lost scenes in film, including the infamous ‘saw-in-the-head’ scene.
Archive interviews with co-star Lau Wing and stuntman Tung Wai
A brief video essay comparing the music of Bruce Lee and Peter Thomas in 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
Reworded: “Disc 2: The Big Boss – The Mandarin Cut”
The Mandarin version of The Big Boss, with a running time of 110 minutes, has been restored by Arrow Films and is presented in 4K (2160p) UHD with Dolby Vision and compatibility with HDR10.
Original lossless mono audio
English subtitles for the Mandarin Cut
English Axis, a visual presentation created by Will Offutt featuring interviews with the English voice actors for The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, and The Way of the Dragon.
Unrestored raw scan of the Mandarin Cut (1080p only)
Soon, this title will be ready for purchase at The Goodie Emporium, an online store based in the United States. The store currently has a wide selection of Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, and martial arts movies available on DVD and Blu-ray, and new titles are constantly being added.