Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonDirector: 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 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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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Chow Yun-Fat||Li Mu Bai|
|Michelle Yeoh||Yui Hsui Lien|
|Sihung Lung||Sir Te|
|Cheng Pei-Pei||Jade Fox|
|Tan Dun||Score Composer|
|Eugene Gearty||Sound Editor|
|Philip Lee||Associate Producer|
|David Linde||Executive Producer|
|Chui Po-chu||Associate Producer|
|James Schamus||Songwriter,Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Tim Yip||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer|
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]
Bravo Making-of Special: Unleashing Dragons
A Conversation With Michael Yeoh
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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.
it is a mile a minute thrill movie. for people of all creeds. chow is amazing and zhang is extraordinary.
i liked the concept of the movie but the graphics just didn't follow up with the now.
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.
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.
One of the very best movies I have ever seen. Zhang Ziyi has a screen presence that is hypnotic. Michelle Yeoh is simply the best. The Cinematography is beautiful, the Musical score is incredible, and the Movie is pure magic. I can not think of a better movie to own on DVD.
Just the best kararte movie ever.
this is a great movie butit is xxxxx for all i care about heyy avery one should watchit
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.
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.
What a great movie! Action-packed and full of thrills to the end! The two contrasting love stories are superimposed onto a martial arts adventure yielding a timeless Chinese folk tale which lends itself gracefully to the screen. Ang Lee has outdone himself.
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!
Ang Lee did an amazing job on this film. The actors had such a great chemistry with each other which made for me the most remarkable film of 2000.
The only thing distinguishing this film from your average 'D' quality Hong Kong kung-fu film is the state-of-the-art cinemtography and slightly above average directing. Apart from that, the screenplay is whimsical, the acting dull and shallow, and the script is inundated with those generic Confucian/Dow Chinese proverbs already extensively overused back in the 70's 'Kung-Fu' series with David Caradine. Yes, Chinese kung-fu cinema often has the characters floating in the air or doing other motions that defy the laws of physics: this reflects their notion of how the channeling of chi through mental and physical concentration can overcome natural laws. Although I'm not disturbed with such reality gaps in film, I don't see why it would be worth of an Oscar or the amount of praise it received. The screenplay presents a story that is just as absurd as the one for Rambo II where Rambo bravely defeats an entire entire North Vietnamese regiment using just a knife. Rambo II wasn't Oscar material and wouldn't have been Oscar material even if it had a better script, an added love story and enhanced cinematography: Why? Because the story line is generic and unimaginative. The same goes for Crouching Tiger: the story is essentially no different than every other generic kung-fu film coming out of Hong Kong. This is not to say that there aren't any good films coming out of China but, kung-fu films are essentially the Chinese equivalent of our Shwarzenneger or Stallone films. Have either of the latter actors or their action films won Oscars? No. So why should Crouching Tiger: just because it's foreign? Check out 'Red Firecraker, Green Firecracker' or 'Farewell My Concubine' for good Chinese drama, not this overhyped and revamped generic kung-fu fiasco. If you want to see really good kung-fu films, check out all of the Jet Li films instead of this pretentious farce.
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.
this is easy the best film i have ever seen.chow yun fat,miccelle yeoh,and zhang ziyi were great(they should of got nominated for academy awards.i love every aspect and element of this film.the acting is great,the directing is fantastic.you,d be stupid not to buy this film
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The choreography is amazing and the story that goes with it is one of the best of all time. The charecters are played wonderfully in every seen and I cannot find a single flaw in the entire film. An instant classic that deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest films of all time. Highly recommended to everyone, even if you don't like having sub titles you will love this film.
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!
A decent movie, but overdone on the martial arts and the multiple ''flubber'' feet sequences. You keep expecting Fred MacMurray to show up. The actors were first rate and the photography was impressive, but this certainly did not live up to the hype it has received.
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.
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.
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!