<I>Hero</I> Heads to Home Video9 Sep, 2004 By: Angelique Flores
Miramax Home Entertainment along with filmmaker and martial arts aficionado Quentin Tarantino will present the marital arts adventure Hero on DVD Nov. 30 (prebook Oct. 19). It will be priced at $29.99 and available for rental on VHS.
Directed by Zhang Yimou, the ‘PG-13'-rated actioner stars Jet Li (The One, Cradle 2 The Grave, Romeo Must Die). The story, based on a famous Chinese legend about a warrior who rises up to defend an empire, is presented as a visually engaging epic tale along the vein of the successful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The DVD will include both the original Chinese-language audio soundtrack with English subtitles and an optional English audio soundtrack.
Bonus materials featured are “Hero Defined,” a look at the epic masterpiece; the production storyboards to four of the film's scenes; the featurette “Inside the Action: A Conversation with Quentin Tarantino” and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Digital Surround Sound.
The film debuted at the top of the box office in the United States and kept its standing for two consecutive weeks, earning $35.2 million in its two weeks in theaters.
Hero has won worldwide critical acclaim and has been nominated for the 2003 Academy Award and 2003 Golden Globe Award for best foreign-language film.