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Arguably Luc Besson's most widely known French effort, this film was nevertheless given second-rate treatment when brought to DVD. First and foremost is the lack of any supplemental material whatsoever, aside from the U.S. theatrical trailer. Besson is a fascinating filmmaker and his work has been widely influential, gaining a cult following around the world; these facts alone would easily have justified the inclusion of some background material. On the positive side, the brief menu is nicely animated, but it ...
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Arguably Luc Besson's most widely known French effort, this film was nevertheless given second-rate treatment when brought to DVD. First and foremost is the lack of any supplemental material whatsoever, aside from the U.S. theatrical trailer. Besson is a fascinating filmmaker and his work has been widely influential, gaining a cult following around the world; these facts alone would easily have justified the inclusion of some background material. On the positive side, the brief menu is nicely animated, but it only serves to make one wonder why effort would go into this aspect rather than actual content. There is a fair amount of film grain in the opening scenes but this problem seems to have been cleared up in subsequent reels and is not really a distraction. Aside from that, the colors have been accurately reproduced and do not bleed out. The disc's two audio tracks, French and English, are both fairly well-balanced, non-digital Dolby surround mixes. The film's frequent gunfights and shootouts are effectively spread between the front and rear speakers, and the spoken dialogue is routed cleanly through the center channel. Additionally, the subtitles are a clearly legible digital white. Overall, this disc has a very off-the-cuff feel to it, as if it were rushed out the door to meet a deadline. One can only hope that these oversights will be rectified in a future special edition that gives a master filmmaker's work the treatment it deserves.
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Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
French writer-director Luc Besson The Fifth Element pours it all out in this dazzling action odyssey about a foul-mouthed junkie-turned-assassin. Like a French twist on Pygmalion, Nikita the hypnotic Anne Parillaud is a gang-running street girl who gets caught after killing a cop; in light of this, she's quizzically chosen by a shadowy intelligence bureau as the ideal Nobody to be remade and remodeled. Trained in the various arts of killing by an engagingly hangdog officer Tcheky Karyo, she assumes the undercover alias of "Josephine" and is plopped back into society. She proceeds to kick butt without taking names, and, ironically enough, strikes up a very normal relationship with a very normal grocery worker Jean-Hughes Anglade. Themes of socialization aside, Nikita served as a terrifically stylish Hollywood calling card for Besson, and it spawned the off-kilter remake Point of No Return as well as a somewhat campy television series. But when all the bullet casings are counted, this white-knuckle original is the one to see.
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Nikita (renamed "La Femme Nikita" for the U.S.) is writer/director Luc Besson's rhythmic, ultra-stylish, and gleefully ridiculous 1990 hit movie. A mixture of Pygmalion, Diva, and one of John Woo's choreographed action pictures, the film was one of a subgenre of action pictures to emerge in the 1990s, characterized by tongue-in-cheek stylistics and a hip, film noir-ish sensibility. Anne Parillaud, Besson's wife at the time, gives the film a sullen, acrimonious seriousness often missing in American films of this same type (i.e. Killing Zoe, The Long Kiss Goodnight). Nikita was remade in Hollywood as Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda and in Hong Kong as Black Cat; the film also spawned an American cable-television show called La Femme Nikita.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2000
  • UPC: 027616853882
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Parillaud Nikita
Jean-Hugues Anglade Marco
Tchéky Karyo Bob
Jeanne Moreau Amande
Jean Reno Victor the Cleaner
Roland Blanche Police Investigator
Jean Bouise l'attache ambassade
Philippe du Janerand Ambassador
Marc Duret Rico
Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu Commander Grosmann
Jacques Boudet Pharmacist
Mathieu Archer Bob
Fausto Constantino Guard
Rodolphe Freytt 1st Male Nurse
Roland Gueridon Chaplain
Alexander Koumpan Ambassador's Servant
Laurent Lesdema Dance Instructor
Jean-Marie Merchet Judo Instructor
Jean-Pierre Pauty Man-George V Bar
J. Claude Bolle Reddat Guard-Control Station
Gerard Touratier Guard - Armoured Entrance
Guy VanRiet Paternal Detective
Patrick Fontana Coyotte
Alain Lathiere Zap
Laura Cheron Punk
Helene Aligier Pharmacist
Pierre-Alain DeGarrigues Police Pharmacist
Patrick Perez Police Pharmacist
Bruno Randon Police Pharmacist
Vincent Skimenti Police Pharmacist
Joseph Teruel Police Trainee
Jacques Disses Lawyer
Stephane Fey Presiding Judge
Philippe Dehesdin 1st Magistrate
Michel Brunot 2nd Magistrate
Pavel Slaby 2nd Male Nurse
Jean-Luc Caron Computer Instructor
Renos Mandis Firearms Instructor
Patrick Serriere Bob, Chauffeur
Iska Khan Man in the Restaurant
Heike Fisher Woman in Restaurant
Patrick Buiquangda 3rd Restaurant Bodyguard
Eddie Gaydu 2nd Bodyguard
Jose Steinmann Restaurant Bodyguard
Philippe Hernando Barracks Orderly
Jean Bedin Storekeeper - Gunsmith's
Edith Perret Woman - Real Estate Agency
Michel Campa Eavesdropper
Murray Grunwall Office Manager
Pierrick Charpentier 1st Office Detective
Rafael Sultan 2nd Office Detective
Hubert Gillet Office Detective
Petronille Moss Waiter
Eric Prat agent immobilier
Mia Frye Newspaper Woman
Olivier Hemon Tardy Man
Christian Gazio Ambassador's Bodyguard
Patrick Chauveau Guard
Maurice Antoni Ambassador's Bodyguard
Michele Amiel Police Officer
Technical Credits
Luc Besson Director, Screenwriter
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Jean Bouise Producer
Mario Cecchi Gori Producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori Producer
Olivier Mauffroy Editor
Eric Serra Score Composer
Nicholas Seydoux Producer
Julie Sfez Set Decoration/Design
Dan Weil Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Intro [1:49]
2. Daddy's Drugstore [5:36]
3. "Nikitaaa!" [1:51]
4. A Life Sentence [2:07]
5. Mother Didn't Come [1:55]
6. Officially Deceased [4:37]
7. Never The First Bullet [2:11]
8. Re-education [4:35]
9. Achieving Human Form [3:14]
10. No Days Off [4:05]
11. Two More Weeks [3:05]
12. Limitless Femininity [2:30]
13. Out For Dinner [3:34]
14. To The Future [7:16]
15. The Last Kiss [3:14]
16. Code Name 'Josephine' [3:13]
17. The Check-Out Boy [2:27]
18. Silent First Date [1:39]
19. Prince And Princess [:05]
20. Calling Josephine [3:15]
21. Dinner With Uncle Bob [6:27]
22. Venice [3:44]
23. Josephine's 2nd Call [3:31]
24. Two Things At A Time [6:08]
25. Moving Up [1:35]
26. No Tour De Force [2:19]
27. Abort Mission? [2:31]
28. The Cleaner [5:51]
29. The Embassy Incident [3:27]
30. Before It's Too Late [7:27]
31. She'll Be Missed [4:45]
32. End Credits [3:00]
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Side #1
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   Languages
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Transformation

    Watching Nikita transform from a rough street punk to a professional cold-blooded assasin is interesting - great acting. Supporting cast does just that - support the main actress. I have seen this movie many times, but it never fails to entertain me.

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