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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the original edition of this DVD. The subsequent Superbit release does not have any commentary tracks.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ang Lee and co-screenwriter James Schamus Rating:6.9/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on February 28th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
For starters, these two seem to be having too much fun commenting on a serious movie. There are a lot of funny bits throughout this track. The rip on each other (and themselves) for doing cheesy shots or writing cheesy dialogue. You hear that Mr. Lee was concerned when he heard Yoyo Ma’s name mention for the score. You hear talk about the master/student relationship. You hear talk about how ‘fun’ it was shooting in the desert, and certain other setups. They talk about the traditions in martial arts movies and how they were addressed in this one. You hear them talk about shooting locations and what they shot there. They talk about the actors, with some pretty funny stories from the set. They make references to King Hu and how they inspired the scenes in the movie (the tavern fight sequence comes from ‘Come Drink with Me’ (or so it seems to me), and the bamboo fight comes from ‘A Touch of Zen’). You even hear them talk about ‘The Storm Riders’! I really loved this track. It’s not the funniest and it doesn’t have the most interesting information, but it shows that, at the end of the day, it’s only a movie, and it shows that these two guys are doing what they’re passionate for. It happens too often that you hear these things and you feel like the director (or whoever’s on the track) is doing a chore rather than what he loves. That’s why I love this track. These two guy are having fun talking about what they love to do.