Yuen Wu Ping’s impressive choreography and wire work, some deftly-applied CG, and Peter Pau’s luminous cinematography proved an Oscar-winning, box-office conquering combination for Ang Lee’s hugely successful homage to Asian cinema, vividly realized in Blu-ray. At its heart, it’s a corny, cliché-ridden chopsocky flick for the masses, and it hasn’t aged well. Nevertheless, Lee and his remarkable cast – including Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh and the breathtaking Ziyi Zhang – elevate the material almost to the level of high (martial) art.
EXTRAS: The 20-minute ‘making of’ is no match for the thorough, and thoroughly entertaining commentary from Lee and writer-producer James Schamus, which is both informative and surprisingly funny. Other extras from the standard-def edition – a 14-minute Michelle Yeoh interview and photo-montage – are also included, along with an English dubbed version, handy for the kids.