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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Dao Ming & Donnie Yen

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features includes Hero Defined, a making-of featurette, four storyboard comparisons, a conversation with martial arts fan Quentin Tarantino and actor Jet Li, and a soundtrack spot.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 38012
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/30/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Zhang Yimou
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set during China

DVD Picture:
Opening with images that are desaturated and virtually monochromatic, it quickly becomes apparent that color plays a major role in this film, and the picture boasts engulfing cinematography. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD nicely delivers the images with satisfying sharpness and definition, like facial textures. Yet other scenes appear somewhat soft. Notable hues in the color scheme, like yellows and reds, pop from the screen, with little chroma noise to be seen. The source element is revealing of film grain, but no bothersome artifacts. There is pixelization noticed at times, and minor edge halos will catch the eyes of finicky viewers. Overall, this is a pleasing picture.(Suzanne Hodges)

Four multichannel tracks are provided on this DVD, including three Dolby