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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Dynamo: Special Edition' [Blu-ray+DVD Combo]
(Bruce Li, Feng Ku, Mary Hon, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / NR / (1978) 2020 / VCI Entertainment - MVD Visual)

Overview: When a cab driver is discovered by corrupt producers as a successor to super star Bruce Lee, they find his rebellious and individual nature may be too much for even their massive enterprise to contain.

This fan favorite in the sub-genre of Bruceploitation stars Ho Tsung-Tao (Bruce Li), Ku Feng and Chiang Tao.

Blu-ray Verdict: Based loosely on the exploitation of Bruce Lee at the height of his success, including triad pressure, womanizing and extended film pressures, this little movie was coordinated by none other than Yuen Woo-ping and his band of merry stunt men -- well, his brothers to be exact!

It's fun to watch movies by the Yuen Clan, to try and spot all the brothers popping up in different places, sometimes after being stabbed, maimed or killed in a very horrific way!

Broken neck? Nay problem, just put a different wig on and fight all over again!

'Dynamo' was a film I saw in '80s and features Bruce Li, who made about four films with the Yuens -- and they're all his best! This film is definitely worth it, trust me as I myself remember to forget that this is a Bruce-ploitation movie and enjoy the action.

A classic slice of Bruceploitation from Hong Kong, Li was easily the most believable and talented of the Bruce Lee imitators. Oh, and yes, he was was certainly a better fighter than his rival Bruce Lee.

The plot is quite an odd one to begin with, with Li's character noted for his resemblance to the deceased Bruce Lee, at which point a movie producer decides to make him a star in his own right. However, he soon discovers that fame comes at a price.

It's almost like a non-fiction story, but you needn't worry too much as 'Dynamo' is very much a typical kung-fu film in that the plot is very slim and merely used as an excuse for endless fight scenes; this time with a contemporary setting.

Li spends the running time battling various goons and taking time to romance a few, typically naked, beautiful women. He even dons Bruce's yellow jump suit from 'Game Of Death' at one point!

In closing, the truly notable thing about 'Dynamo' isn't the story or even the rather uninteresting cast, but instead the action, which is choreographed by the aforementioned Yuen Woo-ping.

For he and his brothers' presence together with some rather solid choreography gives the action an edge over rival fare and although 'Dynamo' is never a film that breaks the mold, it's nonetheless a well-paced and fitfully exciting movie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Bonus 2K scan from a 16mm alternate cut
Audio commentary by filmmaker and Kung Fu Film fan Michael Worth (author of the Bruceploitation Bible) and UK radio sensation Iain Lee
Kung Fu Reborn: Featurette on restoration and preservation of Kung Fu film elements
Drawing Dynamo: featurette on cover artist Ian McEwan
Theatrical Trailer to Dynamo
Extra Language Tracks: Spanish.

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