The biographical Chinese TV series about Bruce Lee continues on DVD
Posted April 12
Ten more episodes about the life of Bruce Lee have been released this week, along with the documentary series “Sports Detectives.”
“The Legend of Bruce Lee: Volume Two” (Well Go, 2008, 10 episodes). Danny Chan plays the martial arts icon in this English-language, Chinese-produced biographical miniseries (or perhaps, maxiseries, since the full show is 50 episodes). In these installments, Lee establishes his kung fu school in Seattle but runs into opposition, which he takes advantage of by inviting the press to a formal match in which he beats a local master in just seconds. He later meets Linda Emery (Michelle Lang), his future wife.
“Sports Detectives: Season 1” (Smithsonian, 2016, two discs, six episodes). Private eye Kevin Barrows and sports reporter Lauren Gardner team up to track down the mysteries behind missing or misidentified sports memorabilia in this documentary series. Among the treasures they go after are Muhammad Ali’s missing 1960 Olympic gold medal, a game bat used by Lou Gehrig, a football and championship ring that harbor a shady past, etc.
“Frontline: Divided States of America” (PBS, 2017, two discs, two episodes). This special two-part, four-hour edition of the PBS documentary series “Frontline” delves into the partisan gridlock, populist anger and racial tensions that seemed to mark the 2016 presidential campaign. Themes explored here include the upheaval in the Republican Party and the legacy of the Obama administration.
“Veep: The Complete Fifth Season” (HBO, 2016, two discs, 10 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries). When this raunchy HBO series started, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was indeed the “veep,” or vice president. Then she ran for president, and after an unprecedented Electoral College tie at the end of the fourth season, the question becomes, will she get to hold the highest office in the land? And will they change the show’s title? (The sixth season begins April 16.)
“Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season” (HBO, 2016, two discs, 10 episodes, deleted scenes). This profane HBO comedy about the Silicon Valley high-tech gold rush focuses on young entrepreneurs. After being told to step down as CEO of Pied Piper at the end of the second season, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) threatens to sue, even as he toys with idea of leaving. Of course, he stays and continues to butt heads with those in charge. (The fourth season begins April 23.)
“Wild Kratts: Panda-Monium” (PBS Kids, 2016-17, four episodes). Kids learn all about pandas (and other creatures) in this animated series (with live-action moments) from the Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin. Episodes here are “Red Panda Rescue,” “The Colors of China,” “Snowy Owl Invasion” and “Panda Power Up!”
“Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug!” (Shout! Kids, 2016, six episodes). Teen superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir have more animated adventures in this French children’s show. Episodes are “Princess Fragrance,” “Gamer,” “Reflekta,” “Antipug,” “Volpinia” and “The Puppeteer.”
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." He also writes at www.hicksflicks.com and can be contacted at email@example.com.