Miramax Home Entertainment and Quentin Tarantino, master filmmaker of such action favorites as “Kill Bill” Volumes 1 and 2, and “Pulp Fiction” presents “HERO,” the incredible marital arts adventure, on DVD Nov 30. “HERO” stars international action sensation Jet Li (“The One,” “Cradle 2 The Grave,” “Romeo Must Die”) and a huge cast in a visually stunning, epic tale in the tradition of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Directed by Zhang Yimou (“Raise The Red Lantern,”) HERO debuted and reigned for two weeks in the U.S. as the #1 Theatrical box-office champion. The film has won worldwide critical acclaim, and was nominated for the 2003 Academy Award® and 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
This amazing story, based on a famous Chinese legend of a lone warrior who rises up to defend an empire, will be available on DVD with both the original Chinese language audio soundtrack (with English subtitles) and an optional English audio soundtrack. On DVD for $29.99 and on VHS for $24.99.
DVD bonus materials for “HERO” are: “Hero Defined” – a behind-the-scenes look at this epic masterpiece; storyboards/live-action comparison to four exciting scenes; and “Inside The Action: A Conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Jet Li.”
Go behind the scenes and discover the making of Hero. Divided into sections entitled ‘Backstory,’ ‘The Action,’ ‘The Challenges’ and ‘The Magic,’ this fascinating featurette explores how the filmmakers overcame enormous challenges to blend epic action, visual poetry and personal drama together to create the unique spirit of “HERO.”
Through interviews and on-set footage, the filmmakers tell in their own words how the script was developed and talent assembled. Discover how the film’s amazing locations were decided upon, and how huge logistical challenges, such as the king’s palace (the largest movie set in China), were met. Learn how the filmmakers approached the remarkable action sequences, and how the actors, some schooled in martial arts and some not, made their scenes come to life. This featurette also explores the film’s haunting music, the re-union of martial arts stars Jet Li and Donnie Yen, the legacy of the film and much more.
‘Hero Defined’ includes interviews with director/producer Zhang Yimou, director of photography Christopher Doyle, composer/conductor Tan Dun, action director Tony Ching Siu-Tung, and actors and actresses Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chen Dao Ming, and Donnie Yen.
INSIDE THE ACTION: A CONVERSATION WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO AND JET LI
Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill” series) and “HERO” star Jet Li discuss “HERO,” martial arts, and much more. It’s a fun and fascinating meeting of two great cinema talents!
Here are side-by-side storyboard/film comparisons for four exciting scenes: “Golden Forest,” “Library,” “Ring of Iron” and “Lake.”