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House Of Flying Daggers
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi & Song Dandan

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with Zhang Ziyi and Zhang Yimou, a 45-minute making-of featurette, a four-minute visual effects highlight, six storyboard comparisons, a costume gallery montage, a still montage, music video for the theme song

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 09178
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/19/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Zhang Yimou
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Mei (Ziyi) is a beautiful blind dancer, associated with a dangerous revolutionary gang, known as the House Of Flying Daggers. Captured by officers of the Tang Dynasty, Mei finds herself both threatened by

DVD Picture:
Update: We have taken a second look at House Of Flying Daggers, since the original review was published. While we still stand behind a positive review, the original 4.5 (reference quality) rating does not reflect the distractions mentioned in the review. The smearing and softness, often related to a relatively low bit rate, can be problematic. The original review follows. The visuall stunning anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is very nicely rendered throughout. Colors, as with Zhang Yimou

The Chinese and English spoken language Dolby

This Disc Contains The Following WSR-Rated Superb Qualities:
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