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In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2000)

Maggie Cheung Man-yuk , Tony Leung Chiu-wai , Wong Kar-wai  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Directors: Wong Kar-wai
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MPQ0R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • “In the Mood for Love,” director Wong Kar-wai’s documentary on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wong
  • Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
  • Archival interview with Wong and a “cinema lesson” given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by novelist and film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film

  • Editorial Reviews

    Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Hero’s Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Irma Vep’s Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses sparks an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, In the Mood for Love, directed by Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express), is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and its exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle (2046) and Mark Lee Ping-bin (Flight of the Red Balloon), this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, as well as a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.

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    110 of 119 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the Absence of Fate June 7, 2002
    By E. Kim
    Format:DVD
    Perfection in cinema is an almost impossible goal to achieve. Mostly because spectators have varying taste and perspectives. But you can't help but feel that Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love" is anything short of perfection. The imagery with its lush colors and breathtaking movements is enough to elevate this film. The simple, yet somewhat complicated tale is both heartfelt and authentic. And the performances by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are a marvel. But it's none of these that really makes this film, it's rather the manner that Kar-Wai so magically molds all these factors to set a mood that I have never felt before while watching a movie. In all honesty, I'm really not too fond of "forbidden love" movies, but this film really startled me.
    Ironically, "In the Mood for Love" feels nothing like a Wong Kar-Wai film. It's a very slow moving film which uses lots of fades and dissolves. The Criterion edition of this film is probably the best dvd package I've seen to date. There are just so many extras on it, it's hard to believe. Deleted scenes, interviews, and promotional material, are just a few of the extras. The way Kar-Wai shoots his films (without a script) also adds to the suprise of picture. You see in the extras how much different the original concept was for "In the Mood for Love." There is also an alternate ending that seems very plain, but at the same time very heartbreaking.
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    60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars << Minimalist restraint >> November 27, 2001
    By Galitt
    Format:VHS Tape
    Tony Leung is a journalist in Hong Kong, who rents a room with his wife in a family apartment. Next door, Maggie Cheung has done the same thing with her husband, who is almost always away on business.
    As part of Kar-wai's game plan, neither the wife, nor the husband, is seen. They exist and are talked about, but never introduced.
    Both Leung and Cheung's characters are painfully polite, which means you don't know what they're thinking. Even when it becomes obvious that their other halves are having an affair, it takes ages for either of them to respond. The idea of an emotional outburst would be unthinkable.
    The film is so subtle and slow and internalized that it crystallizes into a thing of beauty. Longing has been choked by a thousand years of acceptable behavior. The cut of Cheung's dresses and the sheen of Leung's hair take on an unexpected importance in what appears to be Kar-wai's experiment into the purity of unconsummated passion.
    By now this one is the most beautiful movie I had ever seen.
    Every shot is like a poem. Each picture is a work of art.
    I couldn't help myself from repeating the scenes again and again just to make sure i hadn't miss a thing.
    A masterpiece.
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    72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist and Nostalgia March 21, 2003
    Format:DVD
    In the Mood for Love is such a charm despite a very simple plot. The year was 1962. Chow Mo Wan, a newspaper editor, recently moved into a dwelling populated by Shanghai immigrants with his wife. Through casual and accidental encounters Chow exchanged pleasantry with So Lai Jun (Mrs. Chan) who later found out about her husband's affair with Chow's wife. Heartbroken and devastated of the cruel truth, Chow buried himself in his job while So indulged in nightly movie screening. They began to let down the guard for one another and spent time during the mahjong sessions of their landlords. The characters forced themselves to abide by inveterate conventions and cultural morale that forbid an affair to become fruition. ...
    Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung as usual deliver an impeccable performance in this 2001 Wong Kar-Wai release. Leung portraited a man who is unsatisfied about his marriage and denied his spouse's infidelity. Cheung seizes the empathy of her character who is accustomed to hush about reason for his husband's frequent absence. Maggie Cheung is elegant and charming in this movie. Not to mention the dazzling wardrobe she wears consistently over the entire movie. Her leg movements are captured in slow motion. Her arms dangling with the thermos meant for the late-night porridge order-to-go from the street vendor.
    The movie is shot through a minimalist scope, that is, message is conveyed through very succinct scripts and imagery full of lush colors and meticulously chosen soundtracks. The film is shot in a very stealthy manner; it is as if a pin camera being fastened on the wall of the apartment. Conversations between Leung and Cheung are shot in an eavesdropping manner. The director seeks to de-emphasize other characters in order to focus on Leung and Cheung.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful..... May 18, 2002
    Format:DVD
    "In the Mood for Love" is simply one of the most beautiful films of the last several years. I cannot praise this film enough - the plot is at once simple and complex, the characters are both real and heartfelt, and the images are powerful and elegant. There really are so many positive things to say about this film, I'll try and hit the highlights for you.
    The acting is superb - both Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung give impeccable performances filled with subtle emotion. They radiate a quietly powerful intensity that is so lacking is a great number of film stars today.
    The story moves in ways both expected and surprising. The pacing is wonderful as the story unfold slowly before you. They're none of the lighting fast cuts and manic pacing of most films. It's a slower film for a patient audience willing to wait for their just rewards. The overall design of the film with the use of color and wardrobe stunned me with it's rich simplicity. The same can be said of the photography - rich with nuance (the way the shots are framed is remarkable) and feeling.
    With "In the Mood for Love" Wong Kar-Wai has become one of the most skilled directors of our time with this film, proving that "Happy Together" (another brilliant film) wasn't a fluke. The Criterion Collection edition of the film is a two disc set that has an astonishing number of extras. After watching the film once, I watched the extras - then immediately watched the film again with a fresh eye to see how the entire thing was put together. I was truly impressed.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wong Kar Wai's String of Masterpieces
    In The Mood for Love is one of the great movies of the new millennium. The Criterion blu ray is excellent. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Houston-movie-lover
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    I've been a fan of this movie for many years and I am pleased I now own my own copy.
    Published 1 month ago by helpfulmouse
    5.0 out of 5 stars Second of Chinese Romance trilogy
    In the Mood is the most contained, sensual, unrequited love story with Tony Leung and Maggie Chang. The attraction is palpable between the two but social dictates and spouse keep... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Camera newbie
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Highest Order
    Mature, evocative, intelligent, mature. Yes, slower paced, but this is for grown folks only. The direction is on par with Bergman, Allen, Kirosawa, or any other true great... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by AlskerSvenskFilm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie
    Visually one of the most gorgeous films I've ever seen. Musically brilliant. Then there's Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung- their acting is awe-inspiring. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jim McDonough
    4.0 out of 5 stars Criterion title is always...Satisfaction!!
    In the Mood for Love is Good movie and ..have a clear picture!! But... be inconvenienced by not having korean subtitle..
    Recommendation!! Thank.
    Published 2 months ago by Oh-Hyup,Kwon
    3.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift for someone
    I didn't watch it but was told it was a persons favorite so got it as a gift for that person.
    Published 3 months ago by Linda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous and grand.
    This film on Bluray really shines. The bitrate, coming from Criterion, is a little low for my tastes at around 25Mbps, but it still looks gorgeous and the encode is great. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by crank
    5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
    One of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. A modern classic that shouldn't be missed. I hope the price drops soon.
    Published 5 months ago by Mauro Hamz
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Romance of Suffering: Wong Kar-Wai's "In The Mood For Love"
    It is raining. Only the patter of drops can be heard against the rooftops. A man in a gray suits leans against a worn wall. His hair is wet. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Anthony K. Tshering
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