Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) (Limited to 1,500 Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) (Limited to 1,500 Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) (Limited to 1,500 Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) (Limited to 1,500 Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Matthew Mallinson
Starring: Bruce Lee, Fred Williamson, Ron Van Clief
Rated: UR/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Film Detective

A reporter interviews fighters and promoters about Bruce Lee, intercut with footage from old Bruce Lee films and pseudo-documentary footage.

1980’s Fist of Fear, Touch of Death shows us that people making movies don’t let such things as good taste and common sense get in the way of cashing in on a movie! Here, we have a movie that takes archival footage of Bruce Lee, cuts it in with some new footage about a karate tournament in MSG to see who will take his place as the world’s best karate master and it all gets rounded out with using his real death as a plot point and cutting in footage from another movie called Invincible Super Chan (and another Samurai movie). I don’t think I have to go into detail about how silly it is to say that Lee’s grandfather was a Samurai when that is a Japanese thing and Bruce Lee was Chinese? For better or for much worse, in this case, this shows you what people used to run to the grindhouses and the drive-ins to see and now here this is with a 4K scan and on a very limited Blu-ray release where only 1,500 will be made. So, I guess you could say it is a must if you are lacking in your Brucesploitation department.

The movie is what it is. The movie they used to fill the time in this one isn’t that good but if you are into Karate movies like I am it might be the best part, even if it is dubbed with stuff that had nothing to do with its original intent. The new footage isn’t anything special either, but you get some more karate action as well as some silly stuff with the new Karate warriors trying to take the place of the legend himself, who was very much dead before this thing ever came out. It should go by saying that the extra feature of the history of this movie might be better than the actual movie, as we see how and why they did this movie. You also get a nice red case for your limited edition Blu-ray, but the movie isn’t very good at all.


  • The Making of Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
  • Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 80%

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