A higher tier release (with a $40 price tag) the disc comes as a severe disappointment with only a couple of supplements.
The big supplement is an audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns and director Edward Yang together, which I believe was originally recorded for another DVD edition. Itís a pleasant track and surprisingly breezy for being just shy of 3 hours. Rayns appears to be there possibly to coax Yang along but Yang is surprisingly talkative and I feel he actually takes up most of the running time. Rayns constantly asks Yang questions throughout, whether technical in nature or about the story or characters. Yang freely shares his reasoning for the choices he made and offers many insights on his ideas of filmmaking. The two also talk about the state of Taiwanese cinema, the actors, Yangís previous films, and even reminisce on their own personal visits to Japan. Rayns offers his own thoughts on the film but this is primarily Yangís show and is more technical in nature than scholarly. Still, itís a rather enlightening and even entertaining track.
Next is a 15-minute interview with Tony Rayns on his own, talking about Taiwanese cinema and its history, from its early days in the 50s, where it was used more for propaganda, to the 80s where there was rebirth of sorts in the New Taiwanese Cinema movement. Here Rayns talks about various directors including Yang and, to an even greater extend, Hou Hsiao-Hsien. An interesting crash course but it does ultimately feel very brief (and despite the 15-minute length it has still been divided into 8 chapters.)
A 2-minute theatrical trailer then closes the disc.
The booklet presents an excellent essay on the film by Kent Jones and then a small collection of notes on the film by Edward Yang about the title and casting, some of which is mentioned in the commentary.
Though I enjoyed the commentary the features overall are still slim and a major disappointment. 6/10