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Ang Lee's charming comedy The Wedding Banquet arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Mandarin soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette starring the director and his longtime production partner James Schamus. The original theatrical trailer rounds out this fine release from MGM/UA. ...
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Ang Lee's charming comedy The Wedding Banquet arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Mandarin soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette starring the director and his longtime production partner James Schamus. The original theatrical trailer rounds out this fine release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "A Forbidden Passion" featurette with director/co-writer Ang Lee and producer/co-writer James Schamus; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you know director Ang Lee only from his wildly successful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, you may be surprised by this warmhearted comedy laced with misunderstandings and deceptions. But in its own way The Wedding Banquet, Lee’s U.S. breakthrough, is every bit as well constructed as his later, more familiar films. Successful Wai-Tung Winston Chao, a young Taiwanese-born man living in New York, hasn’t told his old-fashioned parents that he’s gay and living with an American boyfriend, Simon Mitchell Lichtenstein. The parents are wondering when Wai-Tung will settle down, take a wife, and produce a grandchild for them. At Simon’s suggestion, the dutiful son stages a sham marriage with Wei-Wei May Chin, a struggling artist who agrees to the phony union to earn her green card. There’s a bit of La Cage aux Folles in this story, although Lee’s humor is not nearly as brash or ostentatious. The film’s main set piece is the lavish banquet hosted by a restaurant owner friend of Wai-Tung’s father, and as the dinner unfolds it becomes apparent to all that things are not what they seem. Lee’s low-key approach extends to his direction of the actors, all of whom deliver understated, realistic performances. May Chin is especially good as the wistful bride who really does have a crush on her benefactor. A certain amount of contrivance is needed to bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion, but Lee handles it so deftly that the artificiality is never apparent. What distinguishes The Wedding Banquet is its portrayal of sympathetic characters whose well-intentioned deceptions only make it inevitable that the truth will be revealed.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Ang Lee's breakthrough film, The Wedding Banquet puts a different, multicultural spin on family and romantic comedy with winning results. Taking a low-key approach to a set-up that is potentially the stuff of slapstick farce, Lee still finds the humor as the intended marriage of convenience between a gay Taiwanese immigrant in New York and an infatuated female tenant in need of a green card is thrown into chaos by the arrival of the groom's proud parents. The elaborately staged eponymous party becomes a comically tense drunken mess, but the characters' underlying expectations and dashed hopes ultimately render The Wedding Banquet a subtle and sensitive study of Chinese cultural pressures (even on far-flown expatriates) and the ingrained homophobia that makes the burden of tradition even heavier. A film festival success and critical darling, The Wedding Banquet became an art house hit, and the New York-based Lee's first Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • UPC: 027616906915
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winston Chao Wai Tung
May Chin Wei-Wei
Mitchell Lichtenstein Simon
Sihung Lung Mr. Gao
Ah-Leh Gua Mrs. Gao
Ang Lee Wedding Guest
Michael Gaston Justice of the Peace
Jeffrey Howard Street Musician
Neal Huff Steve
John Nathan Joe
Patricia Sullivan Mariane
Mason Lee Child Jumping on Bed (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
Jiang Feng-Chyi Executive Producer
Dolly Hall Producer
Ted Hope Producer
Jong Lin Cinematographer
Mader Score Composer
Steve Rosenzweig Production Designer
James Schamus Producer, Screenwriter
Tim Squyres Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Mother's Tape [3:50]
2. Vacation Plans [1:50]
3. Rich, Handsome Landlord [4:27]
4. A Great Mismatch [7:47]
5. Bride-in-Training [3:13]
6. Meet the In-Laws [6:34]
7. Perfect Tofu, Perfect Scroll [3:47]
8. A Mother-in-Law Knows [5:25]
9. "Till Sickness and Death" [4:53]
10. Suddenly Banquet [5:22]
11. Morning Ceremonies [6:44]
12. Debauchery for All [8:01]
13. Newlywed Games [6:36]
14. Single Guy's Social Life [:41]
15. Screaming in English [8:24]
16. Breaking News [1:55]
17. Back to Normal [4:58]
18. "I Watch, I Hear, I Learn" [8:24]
19. A Bigger Family [4:46]
20. End Credits [6:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      "A Forbidden Passion" Featurette With Director/Co-Writer Ang Lee and Producer/Co-Writer James Schamus
      Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a wondurfully beutifull movie

    i love this movie its funny its kind of romantic and well wonderfull its great i recomend it buy it

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