- Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung
- Directors: Ang Lee
- Writers: Du Lu Wang, Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai
- Producers: Ang Lee, Bo-Chu Chui, David Linde
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
- Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Hindi, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Greek, Arabic, Portuguese
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2001
- Run Time: 115 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005AVUD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,999 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Named "Best Picture of the Year" by over 100 critics nationwide! Two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword isstolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy - and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against 19th-century China's breathtaking landscape, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is the action-packed, box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm) featuring stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix). 2016 release Two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword isstolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her su
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is so many things: an historical epic on a grand scale, an Asian martial-arts flick with both great effects and fantastic fighting (choreographed by The Matrix's guru Yuen Wo Ping), a story of magic, revenge and power played with a posse of star-crossed lovers thrown in for good measure. Set during the Qing dynasty (the late 19th century), the film follows the fortunes of righteous warriors Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien (Asian superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, respectively) whose love for one another has lain too long unspoken. When Li Mu Bai's legendary sword Green Destiny is stolen by wilful aristocrat's daughter Jen (exquisite newcomer Zhang Ziyi), who has been trained in the way of the gangster by Li Mu Bai's arch-rival Jade Fox, the warriors must fight to recover the mystical blade. The plot takes us all across China, from dens of iniquity and sumptuous palaces to the stark plains of the Western desert. Characters chase each other up walls and across roof and treetops to breathtaking effect, and Tan Dun's haunting, Oscar-winning East-West inflected score.
Directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee and co-written by his longtime collaborator American James Schamus, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon joins the ranks of the team's slate of high-quality, genre-spanning literary adaptations. Although it superficially seems like a return to Ang's Asian roots, there's a clear throughline connecting this with their earlier, Western films given the thematic focus on propriety and family honour (Sense and Sensibility), repressed emotions (The Ice Storm) and divided loyalties in a time of war (Ride with the Devil). Nonetheless, a film this good needs no prior acquaintance with the director's oeuvre; it stands on its own. The only people who might be dismissive of it are jaded chop-socky fans who will probably feel bored with all the romance. Everyone else will love it. --Leslie Felperin
On the DVD: As might be expected this superb anamorphic widescreen version of the original 2.35:1 theatrical ratio presents Peter Pau's spellbinding cinematography in its full glory; the same goes for the Dolby 5.1 audio track that showcases Tan Dun's haunting score. Annoyingly, however, the default language option is the dubbed English soundtrack, which means you have to select the original Mandarin version before playing. The extra features are good but not exceptional, with an obligatory "making-of" documentary and commentary from Ang Lee and James Schamus being the best options: the director and producer/cowriter chat amiably and in some detail about their martial arts version of Sense and Sensibility. But it's the breathtaking delight of the seeing the movie in such quality that really counts, and this disc does not disappoint. --Mark WalkerSee all Product description
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I've owned it on DVD for many years but the image was not that special and the disc didn't do the film justice.
So, when a '15th Anniversary' edition was announced (surprising me as I thought the film was much older than that) with a 4k 'remastered' image and HD sound I was tempted.
*** I decided to buy the REGION-FREE US-edition Blu-ray as the Mandarin soundtrack is of the 'newer', much more preferable in my opinion, 'Dolby Atmos' variety (the UK disc has 'only' DTS-HD); I got it new (with a slipcover) from an Amazon UK marketplace seller for about £12 :
CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON 15TH ANNIVERSARY ED
Oddly, the packaging makes no great fanfare/mention of it being the 15th Anniversary OR the remastered edition - but it is and the disc is dated 2016 ! The only disadvantage of buying this disc is that the included UV code can only be redeemed in the USA....
I understand that there's also a 'Supreme' edition of this new US disc which, at the very least includes a booklet - but it's a lot more expensive and as I don't own it I can't vouch for the full specification etc :
CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON
** I'm glad I bought the REGION-FREE US-edition Blu-ray for other reasons, since I learned soon after purchase that the initial batch (at the very least) of the UK '15th Anniversary' edition products incorrectly contained the initial issue disc from some years ago; even when/if corrected the specification of the UK offering will remain inferior - although you can redeem without hassle the UV code of course.....
I am saying this from having read various entertainment news outlets and the most recent Amazon reviews for the film; they are all amalgamated so here's a link to the UK '15th Anniversary' edition in case the product page gets updated with info on the production 'glitch' :
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray]  [Region A & B & C]
This '15th Anniversary' release also adds deleted scenes and more featurettes, of the 'retrospective' variety. I've attached photos of the Blu-ray box slipcover front/back and specification close-up for my US region-free disc....
The picture quality is superb, impressively sharp and bright with no blemishes - a particular advantage as much occurs in the hours of darkness. Similarly, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is sumptuous and supremely atmospheric - it portrays the prominent musical soundtrack beautifully. I occasionally 'flipped' to the DTS-HD English soundtrack to compare, and found the music to be far less 'spatial' - but it was of course very clear.
As far as the film goes, it blends several concurrent love stories with a number of 'power struggles' provoking a multitude of fight sequences (between individuals or small groups), involving martial arts/swords/'magical' weapons and a host of seemingly impossible acrobatics - some occurring at the top of forest tree-canopies....
Aside from the beautiful music and fantastic settings, a range of glorious costumes are also on display - the production-values of the film are excellent. The only slight blemish is that fans of the tremendous 'The Matrix' movie (such as me !) will get repeat-viewings of several elements of the portrayed fight sequences, largely due to the fact that these films share the same choreographer (Yuen Wo Ping).
The one really special trait in the film for me is the direction by Ang Lee, who is on top form and clearly does his best to be a 'non-conformist'; for example, instead of the clunky way conversations are often ended in films by someone 'new' entering a room at an obvious pregnant pause to make some kind of significant 'declaration', here we see that person slowly approaching from afar well before they make their crucial utterance - it makes scenes so much more natural/believable to me....
I shan't say anymore about the film as most will know about it already - it's this new release which is the important factor. Fans really need to see this remastered version !
This is obviously an error from Sony's part when they pressed the disc, but neither Sony nor Amazon are able to own up to the error and fix it. I've bought it 3 times. I have made Amazon aware of the mistake every time. I got refunds, and assurances that the error is fixed. But no... Amazon still sell the same faulty disc.
Ofcourse, blu-ray itself is a good product whatsoever.. True-HD Sound (i always prefer DTS) is very nice surprise among the Columbia's LPCMs.. So many Audio and Subtitle (including turkish :) support..
In the end, i's a nice blu-ray and you can enjoy this spectacular movie with this Disc without any problem and doubt..
I thank to the seller also..
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