Blu-ray Review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: 15th Anniversary Edition
By John Corrado
To mark the fifteenth anniversary of the film, the Oscar-winning modern classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is being released on Blu-ray. Directed by Ang Lee, the film became an instant critical and box office success upon its release, that went on to win four of its ten Academy Award nominations, and remains the highest grossing foreign language film of all time.
Part sweeping romantic drama following the intertwined destinies of multiple characters, and part martial arts epic filled with high-flying stunts and beautifully choreographed action sequences that continue to dazzle, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon still wows on a purely visual level.
The film’s fight sequences remain some of the best ever put on screen, including a chase early in the film that mixes grace and excitement in the way its heroes leap across rooftops, and the now-famous fight atop bamboo trees during the climax. These meticulously pulled off sequences are made all the more impressive for the fact that they were filmed mostly with the actual actors instead of stunt doubles, and only utilized CGI to remove their safety wires. Featuring spectacular cinematography that is enthralling to watch, and a lovely musical score, the film looks and sounds as great as it ever did on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray also includes two commentary tracks, the first one featuring Ang Lee and producer James Schamus and the second with cinematographer Peter Pau, as well as six previously unreleased deleted scenes, a new retrospective on the film that is made up of extended interviews with Ang Lee, James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres, a “making of” featurette, a conversation with Michelle Yeoh, a photo gallery and two music videos for “A Love Before Time,” one in English and the other in Mandarin.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a Sony Pictures Classics release. It’s 120 minutes and rated PG.