Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Ang Lee, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang


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Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Film, Ang Lee's sumptuous and romantic martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been given an excellent DVD release from Sony Pictures Classics. The colors are always vibrant and alive (just check out the lush greens during chapter 25, "Li vs. Jen") and there is much depth to the many nighttime…  See more details below


Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Film, Ang Lee's sumptuous and romantic martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been given an excellent DVD release from Sony Pictures Classics. The colors are always vibrant and alive (just check out the lush greens during chapter 25, "Li vs. Jen") and there is much depth to the many nighttime scenes as well. Picture and colors are stable throughout, though there are a few scenes in which background colors tend to slightly pulsate. Overall, the disc's transfer is superb. The film is offered in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and has been enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs. The soundtrack has been digitally mastered and there are multiple listening options, including the original Mandarin language (Dolby Digital 5.1), an English-dubbed track (Dolby Digital 5.1), and a two-channel French track, as well as optional subtitles in English and French. The DVD also contains a commentary track with director Lee and co-executive producer and co-screenwriter James Schamus. Unfortunately, the commentary track is a major letdown, due mostly to Schamus' annoying and constant sarcasm and his uncanny knack for continually interrupting Lee and turning the attention back to himself. What could have been a great extra is sadly almost ruined by Schamus' input. Included on the disc is a 20-minute Bravo making-of special called Unleashing the Dragon, which gives a nice overview of the film, with plenty of interviews of cast and crew members. There is also a conversation with actress and martial arts icon Michelle Yeoh, a photo montage (accompanied by Tan Dun's haunting score), and a short interview with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This is a great release, though one that could be improved upon.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A hypnotically fascinating hybrid produced by crossing martial-arts adventure with fairy-tale romance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon quickly became the most successful foreign film ever released in the U.S. Chow Yun-Fat, an international superstar whose English-language films include Anna and the King, portrays a Chinese warrior who retires from a life of violence and relinquishes custody of his fabled sword, the magnificent Green Destiny. Hong Kong action star and erstwhile Bond girl Michelle Yeoh plays the longtime friend and admirer whose father is entrusted with the sword. A thrill-seeking young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi), working with an evil mentor whom Chow once swore to kill, steals the sword -- and the chase is on. The characters square off in a series of exhilarating, occasionally dreamlike confrontations -- including a particularly memorable scene that unfolds amid windblown treetops -- staged with split-second precision and choreographic grace. As directed by Ang Lee (The Ice Storm), Crouching Tiger assumes multiple aspects; it offers two contrasting love stories that are at various points wistful, soaring, melancholy, and profoundly spiritual. It is, in every way, an impeccably executed film that refuses to be confined by formula and therefore delights on many levels.
All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Billed as Sense and Sensibility with kung fu, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the wildest and most entertaining films to come down the pike in a long, long time. Ang Lee manages to spin stunning martial arts set pieces around a compelling and believable coming-of-age story. From Seven Samurai to the The Terminator, the key to a really good action movie is not the size of the gun or the variety of objects exploded, but the depth of characters; in Crouching Tiger, the players are given the same fine shading that Lee lent to The Ice Storm and other intimate character pieces. International superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh give perhaps the best performances of their careers as a couple bonded by the perils of war and an intense, yet unfulfilled, love. Despite the magnitude of their star power, Chow and Yeoh are all but upstaged by Zhang Ziyi as the impetuous Jen Yu. Gorgeous, graceful, and possessing a near-lethal high kick, she dominates the film. In one show-stopping sequence, this lithe young lass cleans the floor with a room full of thick-necked guys toting blunt weapons. In another she almost takes out a band of Mongol marauders in a wild Gobi Desert melee. There she meets and eventually falls in love with bandit king Lo (Chang Chen). Lee deftly structures much of the film like a Shakespearean romantic comedy -- the fiery passion of Jen and Lo are contrasted with the quieter, deeper love of Li and Shu Lien. The fervid romance of the young couple makes the sense of loss and repression in the older duo all the more poignant. The action is startlingly fresh: Drawn from conventions in popular Chinese Wuxia kung fu literature, the heroes are such masters of martial arts that they literally, and quite believably, fly. The first confrontation between Yeoh and Zhang -- a dizzying chase over the tiled roofs of a rich man's estate, in which the two adversaries literally bounce off the walls and sail over buildings -- simply has to be seen to be believed. Romantic, haunting, and sublimely entertaining, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon should not be missed.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the most exhilarating martial arts movie I have seen.... But like all ambitious movies, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" transcends its origins and becomes one of a kind. It's glorious, unashamed escapism and surprisingly touching at the same time.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a magical dream of a martial arts epic. It surpasses any you've ever seen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Ang Lee and James Schamus commentary; Bravo making-of special: "Unleashing the Dragon"; Conversation with Michelle Yeoh featurette; Photo montage; Link to website; Filmographies; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat Li Mu Bai
Michelle Yeoh Yui Hsui Lien
Ziyi Zhang Jen
Chang Chen Lo
Sihung Lung Sir Te
Cheng Pei-Pei Jade Fox

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director,Producer
Jorge Calandrelli Songwriter
Tiger Chen Stunts
Tan Dun Score Composer
Eugene Gearty Sound Editor
Wang Hui-Ling Screenwriter
Bill Kong Producer
Tsai Kuo-Jung Screenwriter
Philip Lee Associate Producer
Hsu Li-kong Producer
David Linde Executive Producer
Peter Pau Cinematographer
Dong Ping Co-producer
Chui Po-chu Associate Producer
Zheng Quangang Co-producer
James Schamus Songwriter,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Tim Squyres Editor
Tim Yip Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:52]
2. Li Mu Bai [5:27]
3. Sir Te [2:01]
4. Jen [3:24]
5. Governor Yu [3:37]
6. Sword thief [2:36]
7. To catch a thief [4:03]
8. Flyers [1:47]
9. Calligraphy [5:36]
10. Police Inspector Tsai [1:08]
11. What Shu discovered [2:30]
12. Yellow Hill: Midnight [2:32]
13. Li vs. Jade Fox [1:31]
14. Jade Fox's disciple [5:55]
15. "Give yourself up." [3:06]
16. Home late [2:55]
17. "The sword is back." [3:00]
18. Dark Cloud [1:33]
19. "Come with me!" [19:40]
20. Young Master Long [3:08]
21. Seeking a lesson [3:41]
22. Invincible Sword Goddess [3:12]
23. Sisterly advice [2:27]
24. Jen vs. Shu [1:51]
25. Li vs. Jen [2:15]
26. "And so you die!" [5:20]
27. One breath left [8:36]
28. Wudan Mountain [3:43]


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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw this movie I was a little confused because the girl was going anywhere then she tries to avoid somebody and fighting them for just one sword like what.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I also like the drum effect, which accompanies the first fight in a dark and silent night...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never seen the preview to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I've only heard about how amazing the film was. When I did finally see it, I was absolutely blown away. The special effects in the film was incredible. There was never a moment where I stopped to look at what time it was. There was always something going on. The fight scenes were sensational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw this movie at noon, the first day it came out. it was amazing. there is something in this movie for everyone. incredible action, romance, flash-backs and betrayal. it is so refreshing to see a movie devoid of green screens and computer animation, lee's movie unduly lost to gladiator twice. gladiator is a great movie but was better when it was called patriot and amazing when it was called braveheart. june 5th is too far away...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw an advance DVD - it is an excellent print. This will be a highly-rated movie- because both the content and the print are excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title said it all. I was one of the lucky few who got to see this movie on the Imax screen. Action and adventure, romance and something for everyone. This is a must have movie for your DVD collection along with the Matrix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to Ang Lee and team for a fantastic production! It was great to see the movie honored at the Oscars, and I look forward to more Foreign Language Film awards, and likely Best Picture awards, to come in the future for Chinese language movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie. I have not seen the DVD yet but in the theater the thrill of this move was unbelievable. Defiantly in my top three movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On one level this is a simple story about love, courage, honor and hope. On a whole other level, the film is evolutionary: it takes us to a new level. It takes as its subject the struggle of four central characters, but what is crucial about this film is the subtheme of the limits and the will of nature, and the dance of human beings with and against this. These characters fly, they move with things, they vie with things. But more important, below the surface, they are joining with things --- allowing things to flow through them, be touched by things. Anyone who has wondered about the space and the depth of Eastern philosophy will see with their own eyes the nature of the Tao in the scene where they vie in the trees. This scene is timeless. And anyone who believes that fighting is about attack will have to think again as Jen and Sui Lein spar off. A beautiful, beautiful film of fantasy and reality intermingled. Who knows, indeed, what these hands can do? Who knows what we might actually be, or could be? A beautiful odyssey set across beautiful landscapes, with humour and depth, and wonderful acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie twice. It is a magnificent work. Even without the special effects this is a great film with superb storytelling, great passion and sweeping scenery. It also has lessons about the brevity of life, truthfulness to self, love and honor. Having seen all but one of the 5 nominees for Best Picture this was by far my choice for Movie of the Year in any language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked the concept of the movie but the graphics just didn't follow up with the now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great film, making the typical Hollywood action scenes seem pityful, as this made martail arts seem graceful and as beautiful as nature itself. Decent plot, but great acting, the film was moving for reasons very off the typical film charts. What the hell am I talking about? Anyway, it was a great movie, and I really suggest seeing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so there may have been some flaws in subtitling. They may have gone too far with the flying stunts. They may have done some other things that did not impress every single critic in the world. But there will always be naysayers, and I say about this film, let them say ''nay''--just ignore them. Then watch the film (preferably in theaters) and be transported, amazed, glued to the screen from start to finish. Great costuming, just the right amount of silliness, humor, romance, and plenty of enjoyable violence make this a film no one should miss. Kudos to Ang Lee, especially for having a range of talent in film-making that allowed him to direct The Ice Storm AND a film like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to put into words how beautifully filmed this movie is. It's grace and power blend perfectly, like a dance. The original soundtrack (in Chinese with English subtitles) is so much better than a dubbed one. I would definitely recommend this movie 100% !!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Totally, the film is fantastic, I like it a lot !! A little thing that disturbs me is that the ''flying scene'' sometimes need to be more natural/realistic (the speed when the actor hit the ground and the speed when he/she start to fly - don't have increasing speed/decreasing speed according to gravity law). I've ever seen a lot of martial arts film before. It's true they are more natural in ''flying scene'', but they didn't show the detail. Crouching tiger shows the detail, with the consequency, some unrealistic part was uncovered. I think, it's the best thing that can be achieved without using computer manipulation. I love natural movies !! Whatever it is, it's a perfect action movie !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few words can describe this masterpiece. To combine the most advanced and accurate fighting scenes ever seen on film before with excellent acting performance from none the least - Chow Yun-Fat, is not an easy task to perform. If you then add to that a perfect touch of passion together with incredible nature scenes you have an almost impossible task to accomplish. But director Ang Lee did exactly that - and he did it with perfection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You might find one that equals it, but even that's not assured. This movie will defy everything that you've ever thought about movies before and completely satisfy a craving you didn't even know you had. It's fantastic. Buy it; go see it in a theatre if you still can. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first time I saw this movie, I knew it was different from any martial arts film ever made. I am a martial artist myself, and am often very critical of the low quality and lack of respect paid to the martial arts in lesser movies. On the other hand, this film not only displays excellent martial arts scenes, but also tells stories of love and passion. Along with all of this, the movie is visually stunning in every way. From the special effects to the beautiful cinematography, this movie is definitely among the best eye candy I have ever seen. Even while having to read subtitles through the entire move, I can't think of one thing negative to say about this spectacular epic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story with spell-binding action choreography! An incredible cast (Chow-Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh) and crew make this one of the best films of all time. A real triumph of film-making!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat in the theater thinking that this movie was a dud, but as time passed by, I noticed how I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I'll say one thing: the movie was eye-candy. Fat-free!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe Crouching Dragon, Hidden Dragon got noticed by anyone at all. The movie is not worth all the attention. The only pleasant aspect of the film is the martial arts; although I have seen better. The plot is very weak and the characters are under-developed. Zhao Zhi Yi is a terrible actress and I can't understand why she is cast for the role. I am embarrassed by the movie. Its understandable that only non-Asians like it. Don't buy it, its not worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absoloutly incredible! I couldn't take my eyes of the screen for one second.