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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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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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: 3,925

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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