Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Director: Ang Lee Cast: 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
UPC: 0043396059900
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 6,793

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

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
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
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.
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
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
this is a great movie butit is xxxxx for all i care about heyy avery one should watchit
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
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
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.
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
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
i liked the concept of the movie but the graphics just didn't follow up with the now.
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
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
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 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
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,d be stupid not to buy this film
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
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
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.
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
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 !!