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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
(1993)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(April 27th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2003.
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Buy it... if you regularly enjoy the saccharine, positive themes of Randy Edelman's usual style and want to hear them at their most noble and glorious levels.

Avoid it... if Edelman's smooth and easy thematic constructs with an orchestra and synthesizers seem plastic and simplistic to you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #649
WRITTEN 9/23/03, REVISED 4/6/09
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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story: (Randy Edelman) A handful of biographical films have been made about Bruce Lee, the legendary master of the martial arts and film icon who mysteriously died in July of 1973. Many of them have taken artistic liberties with the factual aspects of Lee's life, and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is no exception. Starring Jason Scott Lee (who is of no relation to Bruce Lee) as the famed kung fu favorite, this 1993 film gets more of the facts about Lee's personality straight than any of the others, but still suffers from some awkward missteps in those regarding setting and circumstances. For director Rob Cohen, the film would mark his jump from television films to feature projects on the big screen, and his choice for the composer of his debut was the versatile Randy Edelman. Still enjoying the success of The Last of the Mohicans (despite his lesser role in the production of the memorable music from that super-popular score), Edelman was already well established in the industry. He and Cohen would collaborate several more times in the following years, from Dragonheart and Daylight to The Skulls and XXX, and it's easy to understand how the partnership came to be so strong after its initial outing. The score for Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story avoids all of the stereotypical Hong Kong elements of electronic and ethnic scoring that one would expect to hear in a score for Bruce Lee's life. In fact, there's very little ethnic material inserted into this score, which may come as a surprise given the immense racial barriers that Bruce Lee had to overcome on his path to success. Nevertheless, with much of the picture taking place in America (the filmmakers seemed to mistakenly substitute San Francisco instead of Seattle as Lee's early residence), the score comes across as strangely patriotic in its completely upbeat and heroic nature. This was Edelman's stylistic tendency at the time, of course; his scores are often saturated with a undaunted, positive spirit, and this serene outlook on life is once again put to use in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.



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Average: 3.25 Stars
***** 77 5 Stars
**** 79 4 Stars
*** 70 3 Stars
** 56 2 Stars
* 46 1 Stars
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Kirby - February 6, 2005, at 2:58 p.m.
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One of the greatest themes
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Pretty critical 4 star review   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:51
• 1. A Dragon Theme/Father's Nightmare (3:33)
• 2. Yip Man's Kwoon (2:26)
• 3. Lee Hoi Chuen's Love (2:09)
• 4. Bruce and Linda (2:43)
• 5. The Challenge Fight Warm-Up (2:13)
• 6. Sailing on the South China Sea (2:12)
• 7. Fists of Fury (1:16)
• 8. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do (2:15)
• 9. Victory at Ed Parker's (1:32)
• 10. Chopsaki (1:11)
• 11. Brandon (2:04)
• 12. The Mountain of Gold (0:44)
• 13. The Premiere of THE BIG BOSS (1:44)
• 14. Fighting Demons (2:36)
• 15. The Dragon's Heartbeat (5:08)
• 16. First Date (2:15)
• 17. The Hong Kong Cha-Cha - written by Rob Cohen/Robert Randles (3:43)

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