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Old 07-21-2009, 05:33 PM
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Josh has reviewed the long awaited Blu-ray release of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' He says it's a great movie, and this Blu-ray does it justice with excellent video and audio. Unfortunately, Sony has made a strange decision by only making this title available in a box set with two previously released titles. Check out his full review to find out if you should buy this one or what your other options might be.

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:07 PM
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The English translation is noticeably different than and inferior to that used on the Superbit DVD (which was in turn carried over from the theatrical release). The new subtitles may be coherent, but overuse slang and contractions that feel very inappropriate to the formal settings and types of conversation in the movie. Considering that the film was originally written in English by screenwriter James Schamus, and that he and director Ang Lee approved the theatrical subtitles and presumably know how they wanted the dialogue to come across, I have a hard time understanding why Sony commissioned another translation at all. The subtitles aren't so bad as to make the movie unwatchable, but needlessly lose much of the poetry in the dialogue.
I have the Steelbook on the way from the UK. Disappointing about the subtitles, but otherwise sounds like an excellent addition to the collection.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:37 PM
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Wow... looks like I might have to suffice with the SuperBit DVD for now. Bundling it with two other movies isn't bad right now since that bundle is $39 on Amazon. The subtitles however is the deal breaker for me. Sorry but there is no excuse as to why Sony needed to have a new translation done let alone one that sounds like it ruins the film.
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Great review Josh.
This has been one of my favorites for years and one of my most anticipated. It really really bugs me how this movie is being distributed. Sony is oe my shitlist.

Hopefully they will realize the disservice soon and release it individually.
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Very nice review. I am having a hard time not just giving in and buying the set. I have been awaiting this release since the original announcement. I will try and remain strong.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:24 PM
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Subtitles are a deal-breaker, if the packing it with one crappy Blu-ray and one I already own weren't already.
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I just got the uk steelbook in the mail today.
About 20 mins into the film (during the jumping accross rooftops scene) it seems blurry.

Is there there anything like PAL speed up on Blu-rays?

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So the internet tells me there is no PAL speed up on Blu-ray.
The action just seems off to me. I have quite a few kung fu action films and haven't noticed this before.
I'm a bit disappointed. I haven't seen it in years so maybe I just remember it looking better....

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It's also worth mentioning (and it probably isn't noticeable without a direct comparison) that the Blu-Ray is a little cropped and has contrast turned up. Whites looked really blown out in comparisons I've seen.
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I have been waiting for this for a while, guess I will wait a little longer till I can get it solo.
Sucks to hear about the suttitles
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" The subtitles aren't so bad as to make the movie unwatchable, but needlessly lose much of the poetry in the dialogue."

This is a dealbreaker for me as well. I very much enjoed this movie with subtitles and always loved that "poetry of the dialogue". I already felt that much of the movies luster was lost with the english dubbing so that is a no go option as well.

A shame really as Sony had the wherewithall ot include the Mandarin version in True HD.
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