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4.0 out of 5 stars Bluray edition review, 4 July 2009
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This review is from: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray] [2000] (Blu-ray)
There's already many reviews for the movie itself here on Amazon, and im sure the majority of people interested in this have already seen it in one form or another. For that reason this is basically a review of the Bluray itself. As im sure a lot of people want to know if its worth trading in their dvd for.

First of all, any cool new extras? Ala's no. We have a commentary with Ang Lee and James Schamus. A conversation with Michelle Yeoh (interview). Making of featurette.... and a photo gallery. All of which were supplied on previous DVD releases. Unfortunately, they are still in SD as well.

Secondly, the sound and subtitles. Thankfully we have TrueHD 5.1 for the English dub and Mandarin track. There are a 18 subtitle options in total, including English, and English for the hearing impaired.

Finally, the picture. I wasn't blown away at first truth be told, as I skipped to one of the movies night sequences. The picture had some grain to it, although its quite mild I wonder if it has had some DNR applied to it, as on closer inspection it did appear as though skin complexions would blur a little when moving. Blacks were mostly solid although I did notice a lack of detail on them during the night scenes, especially the fast moving ones. Again, perhaps a result of applied DNR. Day scenes I found to be excellent. Very clear with plenty of detail anywhere you looked. Nice!

Overall though, the picture is good and at times very good. The print used is very clean with almost no dirt or grain to be seen. Its only the night scenes that I could find a few faults with, nothing that serious though and nothing that made me regret my purchase. I can honestly say, yes it is worth buying even if you own the DVD. It's a far better Bluray than the House of Flying Daggers release we had as well, which im sure you will all be relieved to hear.

The lack of effort put into the extras would probably push me towards giving this Bluray a 3.5 if I could, but as Amazon dont allow halves, and I think its pretty good when compared to a number of catalogue titles, I think its deserving of 4 stars.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2009 18:46:41 BDT
soso says:
Is there french subtitles available??

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2009 21:23:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2009 22:45:39 BDT
DeeJay says:
Of the 16 subtitles listed on the back of the box, French isnt one of them, thats not to say they arent there though -theres 18 selectable from the on screen display (inc English for hard hearing). Ill pop the Bluray in when I get a chance and get back to you. :)

Just checked, no French subs at all im afraid. I believe the American version has French subs and a French dub, but I couldnt tell you if its region free.

Posted on 8 Jul 2009 03:17:29 BDT
Did your copy of this movie come in a steelbook case or the usual blue plastic case? Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009 14:17:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2009 00:51:04 BDT
DeeJay says:
Steelbook, but I didnt buy mine from Amazon. I saw the steelbook in an Asda store yesterday so it cant be a Play.com exclusive. However, normally if its a steelbook Amazon advertise it as such, as a result, I dont think they are stocking this steelbook edition.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009 08:48:44 BDT
M. Dawson says:
Mine arrived today ordered from Amazon uk and its the steelbook edition, mistake? im not sure, wasnt expecting it, but of course not complaining

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009 22:54:22 BDT
DeeJay says:
Perhaps really limited stock? And as they cant gaurantee a steelbook they dont advertise it as such? No idea really.

Posted on 18 Jul 2009 16:10:32 BDT
Are you saying in your review that this Steelbook version is superior to the 2006 Blu-ray version?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2009 22:59:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2009 23:14:25 BDT
DeeJay says:
There was no 2006 Bluray release by Sony, it was pulled from the schedule and only just released now. Whether a third party managed to release it elsewhere in the world though, ive no idea im afraid.

Also, I make no mention of any other Bluray release in my review, comparisons are drawn only with previous DVD releases.

Edit - and Amazon are now advertising the steelbook edition for those interested.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2009 18:48:07 BDT
Sorry, I was thinking of House of Flying Daggers. Thanks for your reply.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2009 03:50:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2009 03:50:51 BDT
DeeJay says:
No probs :)
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