Title - 'Enter the Dragon: Extended Edition'
Artist - Lalo Schifrin
One of the most iconic scores of Lalo Schifrin’s career, 'Enter the Dragon' is now released in a brand-new extended edition! One of the greatest film composers of all time, this highly-anticipated extended edition of original score has never been made available anywhere else in the whole world - before today!
Schifrin's penchant for adding jazz and funk elements to the traditional film scoring style with elements of traditional Chinese music,
giving the whole combination a new, ethnic flavor meant that this original score to 'Enter the Dragon' won over everyone that saw the film back in the day.
'Enter the Dragon' was the first martial arts film produced by Americans and would sadly also be actor Bruce Lee's final film. Both the film and Schifrin's score have earned cult followings, as mentioned, in the 40 years since the initial release. Indeed, the film was added to the National Film Registry in 2004.
Recruited by an intelligence agency, outstanding martial arts student Bruce Lee participates in a brutal karate tournament hosted by the evil Han (Kien Shih). Along with champions Roper (John Saxon) and Williams (Jim Kelly), he uncovers Han's white slavery and drug trafficking ring located on a secret island fortress.
Schifrin has composed the fight music like each wave of music, each new tempo is parodying the fist or kick of the karate expert in the fight scene playing out. Not an easy feat to meld together, but adding those elements of traditional Chinese music also meant as much as things don't change, adapting, updating hd to also come into play.
This might well have something to do with the fact that Schifrin spent many hours alongside Lee and was taught early on that there was a 2,000-year tradition in martial arts, and that he (Lee) had himself to learn all the rules in order to break them for his bad boy role!
Reviewd by: Russell A. Trunk