Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The legendary warrior, Li Mu Bai (Fat) from the Wudan order, wants to resign his current occupation and start leading a normal life. Therefore he gives his sword to Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) who has to donate it to Master Té, a local aristocrat. However, when little later, the sword is stolen from Master Té’s house, Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien start to investigate who may have taken it and come to the conclusion that the woman who once murdered Li Mu Bai’s teacher, Jade Fox, has something to do with the robbery. Li Mu Bai wants to take out Jade Fox once and for all to revenge the death of his master. However, Jade Fox has gotten herself a pupil, Jen, who appears to the outside world as an aristocrat girl but in reality wants to become a warrior herself and while Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien try to convince Jen to leave Jade Fox and become Li’s apprentice, Jade Fox is using her as bait for a final confrontation with Li.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is overall good but still we did spot some grain and the colors tend to be a bit pale in certain scenes. For the rest we don’t have any bad remarks as the amount of detail is reasonably good (although not outstanding)
The soundtrack is clear and understandable (for as far as you can understand Chinese of course, although the English track is good aswell) but lacks a bit effects. The surround speakers are not used aggressively at all and thus the atmospheric effects tend to be a little overwhelmed by the front speakers.
We start off with an audio commentary track by Ang Lee and producer James Shamus after which we can check out a documentary called Unleasing Dragons which is kinda promotional but does contain some background info on the production that is interesting. Furthermore we get an interview with Michelle Yeoh, picture gallery, background info on main cast & crew, 2 trailers and 2 trailers for other movies.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon managed to score several Oscars and I can see why but personally the movie didn’t really appeal to me. The story is slow and tends to drift off from time to time. Still, it’s an entertaining movie from a part of the world we don’t get to see all that often and Columbia managed to give us a DVD which is technically ok and contains some extras which will please those looking for more