After weeks of delays and “quality” concerns, we are happy to report that a 100% corrected version of Shout! Factory’s highly-anticipated Bruce Lee Legacy Collection is now available to purchase.
In addition to the mislabeled discs being fixed, the set will contain what was promised from the beginning: True HD remasters of all the Bruce Lee movies.
An email from Shout! Factory was sent to those who received early pressings of the faulty set, which contained “upscaled versions” (i.e. standard definition) of the four Bruce Lee films. Here’s what the email says:
“Thank you for your recent purchase of the Bruce Lee Legacy Collection. We’re sorry to inform you that you have received a set that includes discs that do not meet our highest standards of quality assurance, and therefore we will be sending you replacement discs on or around September 16th.
The affected discs are all four Blu-rays, for which we have found improved hi-rez masters, and discs 10 and 11, which inadvertently contain content swapped from each other.
No action is required on your part. This email is simply intended to let you know about this problem and the steps we are taking to rectify it. Thanks again for your order.”
Shannon Lee also posted on Facebook: From Shout! Factory: “We discovered that we had not been given the recently restored transfers used for the Blu-rays in Hong Kong and Japan, but rather the original masters done a few years ago in Canada. We therefore acquired the improved masters, and have included them on this new set, for a truly definitive Bruce Lee collection.”
Update: Shout! Factory has posted an official Facebook update regarding their Bruce Lee set:
An official update on our Bruce Lee box set: our new version of the Bruce Lee Legacy Collection contains the following differences from the one originally produced but withdrawn before street date:
- Correct pairing of disc label art and media for discs 10 and 11, which had inadvertently been swapped on the original release.
- New Blu-rays for The Big Boss, Fist of Fury and Way of The Dragon. Contrary to speculation circulating on the Internet, the original set did contain hi-def masters of the first three feature films. However, after comments from fans who had received early copies of our set, we discovered that our sources were not the recently restored transfers used for the Blu-rays in Hong Kong and Japan, but rather the original masters done a few years ago in Canada. We therefore acquired the improved masters (the master for Games of Death was not appreciably different), and have included them on this new set, for a truly definitive Bruce Lee collection.
Thank you all very much for hanging in there while we made these changes – we know it hasn’t been easy, but we didn’t want to announce the details officially until we knew for sure what we were able to include. The new street date for the set is 10/22 – for the people who ordered from shoutfactory.com and received early copies, replacement discs will be issued.