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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’: Director Ang Lee Discusses the Risky Casting That Made His Epic Film Work

A new restoration of the film hits 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray today, complete with a series of retrospective interviews.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Sony Pictures Classics

Lauded filmmaker Ang Lee’s next feature is mere weeks from release — the technology-busting “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” due out next month — but if you’re feeling nostalgic for some of his earlier work, you’re in serious luck. Lee’s 2001 martial arts epic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is hitting shelves again, thanks to a brand new 4K Ultra HD home video release, along with an updated Blu-ray edition, both out today.

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The new Blu-ray is available today as part of Sony’s “Supreme Cinema Series,” billed as “a premium, limited edition collection befitting beloved cinematic favorites and modern classics” that also includes a 24-page booklet of rare photos and behind-the-scenes detail that will only be available while supplies last. The 4K Ultra HD disc will also be available as a Supreme Cinema Series edition as well, but is only available on Amazon for a limited time.

The 4K edition includes a brand new restoration, and both discs now boast Dolby Atmos sound. The feature was fully restored from the 35mm original camera negative, utilizing in 4K the full resolution, detail and color depth inherent in the film.

As expected, both editions also come packed with a bevy of bonus content. The Blu-ray includes six never-before-seen deleted scenes, all-new retrospective interviews with Lee, producerJames Schamus and editor Tim Squyres, an archival making-of featurette and the “A Love Before Time” music video. The 4K disc includes all of the Blu-ray features, plus the six rare deleted scenes in full 4K resolution with HDR. As part of this special package, both the film and the deleted scenes have an all-new introduction from director Ang Lee; these introductions are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD disc.

READ MORE: ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Restoration Comes To Blu-Ray: See Ang Lee Discuss His Classic Martial Arts Film

Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes clip with director Ang Lee below, a fascinating slice from a new retrospective interview that focuses on the unexpected casting of star Chow Yun Fat:

And check out the new box art below:


You can also check out some clips from last night’s screening and Q&A with Ang Lee, James Schamus and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker below:

The all-new “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on 4K Ultra HD — and updated on Blu-ray — is available today.

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