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A now classic(stopped manufacturing it). The plot- Assassin looks after Matilda,a young girl orphaned by Bent Kops.LEON a simple but deadly bloke,with a heart to match as many rounds as he has.Takes on the contract from Matilda to avenge her little brothers murder.A tentative closeness grows between the two.
A powerful and touching DVD,too suit everyone,plenty of action and not without some great humour. Watch out for the great twist at the end!
One of my favorite movies for the reasons above,if you can get it on eBay BUY IT!
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Leon - Japanese DVD Extended Cut
Calling himself a "cleaner", the mysterious Leon is New Yorks top hitman. When his next door neighbours are murdered, Leon becomes the guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12 year old Mathilda. But Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge.
Training her in the deadly tricks of his trade, Leon helps her track the psychotic who murdered her family, thats the basic plotline but this film has heart and soul and features one of the best performances from a youngster ever seen on film. Natalie Portman was deserving of an Academy Award for her performance in this film and Jean Reno has never been better, the cinematography, direction, music score and all round acting is superb and this film deserves to be in everyone's collection, a true classic which grows in stature as each year passes.
I was impressed by the fine detail and colour balance of this anamorphic 2.35:1 edition of Leon, this is a step up from the Superbit version of Leon and contains much less intrusive edge enhancement, no doubt this can be attributed to the fact that this Japanese Paramount version uses a different print than the Columbia sourced one, there are a few scratches and pops on the print but i guarantee you that Leon has never looked better on the shiny disc format.
This along with the Superbit american edition is the only version of Leon available anywhere in the world with a DTS track so you might be wondering how does it all sound ? Superb is how it sounds, this is a major step up from the faulty Superbit version and features tight deep controlled bass with some nice split surround effects when required, the music score which is one of my favourites sounds rich and detailed and dialogue through the centre speaker is spot on and sounds perfect, its not the best movie soundtrack as far as surround sound goes that i have ever heard but it does its job well and the DTS track is a step up from the Dolby 5.1 mix which sounds good but lacks the extra spaciousness and deeper bass which the DTS track offers.
:Extras Available On The Disc:
There aren't many extra's but there is some clips set to music, a couple of short features, some information on the cast and crew ( Japanese writing ) and also some film trailers, i would have loved a commentary featuring Besson, Portman, Reno and Oldman but i'm happy enough just to own this film and don't really need any extra's.
This is one of my favourite films of all time, this film just pulls you in and tugs at your heart strings, there are so many classic moments.
I think the underlying message is that no matter how down you might be or how depressed there is always hope, sometimes it just takes a little courage and a few steps to find your way in life and we all need a friend or a loved one in times of despair. I recommend this Japanese edition over any other version out there but if you cannot afford the Japanese version then buy the Korean 2 disc edition which has the original version on one disc and the extended edition on the other ( it lacks the DTS track but it knocks socks off the faulty Superbit version which Columbia released and has the same picture quality as this edition)
:Marks out of Ten:
Audio : 8
:Specifications of the Disc:
Paramount Japan Region 2 Release, NTSC Anamorphically Enhanced Widescreen 2.35:1, Dolby Digital 5.1 448kb/s, DTS 5.1 768kb/s Running Time Approx 133 minutes.
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It was cheap Having converted most of my old video collection to DVD I was thrilled to find this film gem in digital format. If you watch this in widescreen format, it really does the battle scene great justice; coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. I would recommend the director's cut that includes scenes about the relationship between the lead character and his estranged wife and helps you to understand the motivation behind his decision. The run time is 183 minutes for the directors cut and 120 minutes for the cinema version. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of extras, which any fan of this classic would expect to be included. There's only a 20-minute interview with the director and other shot "making-of" vignettes.
leon the professional
Jean Reno is Leon the hit man. Leon is 100% professional, he arrives silently kills his mark and vanishes like smoke in the wind. Ruthless and calculating, he knows no fear. Life is worthless to him as life has little meaning. That is until he meets Matilda. She is a little girl who had just been orphaned by a corrupt D.E.A. agent and his henchmen, he pities her and takes her under his wing. Thus begins the rescue of Leon's humanity and the revenge of Matilda, gripping and full of action, this is one not to be missed.
"Leon" vs "The Professional"
This was a great find on eBay, well worth it. Having seen and immensely enjoyed the UK version of the film, "The Professional" and now having a big screen home TV and my spouse's birthday imminent, I decided to get him this version of the film.
It has a supper support DVD with tonnes of extras and the film proper actually has extra scenes - not in the UK version. Also, the choice of watching it in French really was something. As the French effect - close ups on faces portraying a range of passing emotions, long pauses and silences - works on you, you become drawn into these characters' world and are entralled by the battles, protective nature of the assassin and the atypical 'love affair'.
I'd recommend it and would even go so far as to say that it beats "The Professional".
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