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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu zang long)

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Lung Sihung & Cheng Pei Pei

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with Ang Lee and James Schamus, a conversation with Michelle Yeoh, making-of cable show, a production notes booklet, photo montage, cast and crew filmographies, and the international and U.S. theatrical trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05990
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG13 for martial arts violence and some sexuality.
(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/05/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ang Lee
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Deservedly bestowed with Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 picture exhibits beautiful imagery, with rich, fully saturated colors, well-balanced fleshtones and deep, endless blacks. The gorgeous bold hues show no sign of chroma noise. On occasion, colors border oversaturation, but hues are mostly quite natural. Images are sharp, with excellent detail into facial details and embroidery on the costumes. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely balanced, with visual information available in even the darkest scenes. The picture is smooth, and beautifully renders the fantastic and at times wonderfully dizzying cinematography. There is a hint of edge enhancement at times, but the distraction is not always present. Minor source element artifacts are scattered sporadically throughout, but are never terribly bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

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