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Fifth Element
     

The Fifth Element

4.4 44
Director: Luc Besson

Cast: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm

 

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Eight years after its release, The Fifth Element finally gets the love it deserves on DVD with this Ultimate Edition from Columbia TriStar. Released in tandem with a two-disc of another Luc Besson masterpiece, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element boasts the same Superbit transfer from the 2001 release, and the film looks and sounds simply incredible on

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Eight years after its release, The Fifth Element finally gets the love it deserves on DVD with this Ultimate Edition from Columbia TriStar. Released in tandem with a two-disc of another Luc Besson masterpiece, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element boasts the same Superbit transfer from the 2001 release, and the film looks and sounds simply incredible on whichever system you're running. With utterly amazing levels of detail and color saturation, the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen image will astound you over and over again, while the 5.1 Dolby and DTS tracks will leave you with your jaw on the floor long after the action is over and love has conquered all. Packaged as a two-disc, the first is dedicated solely to the film, with one exception -- a fact trivia track packed with trivia and ridiculous humor that somehow fits the film's goofy tone. The second disc is stuffed with enticing extras that boast featurettes, galleries, test footage, interviews, and outtakes. The supplemental disc starts off with the visual side of the film as it focuses on the two graphic artists on whose vision the story was originally based. Jean-Claude Mézières and Jean Moebius Giraud are two of the most renowned comic artists in France, and their interviews here are the highlight of the disc. The rest of the extras cover all other aspects of the production; from the digital aspects to the makeup and costumes, each department is thoroughly explored, including some extremely rare test footage of deleted scenes, along with never-before-seen interviews and countless behind-the-scenes glimpses. There are only two drawbacks to the entire package: one, that Luc Besson refused to supply either a commentary or interviews for the discs, and two, that the production felt the need to use one of the most annoying voice-over artists for the featurettes (the guy sounds like he's voiced one too many E! Entertainment Spring Break specials). All in all, though, this release is one wallop of a good time that's worthy of being on anyone's DVD shelf.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Steven E. McDonald
The Fifth Element is a colorful riot of a story, not precisely long on sensible plotting but making up for its flaws with nonstop movement and humor, courtesy of director Luc Besson. It's a flat-out comedy with a handful of dramatic elements designed to appease those looking for an event movie, and Bruce Willis does a brilliant job of playing the tight-jawed, fast-shooting, hard-hitting hero. Gary Oldman's Zorg is a flare of color, tacky and dangerous, no physical antagonist for Dallas (Bruce Willis), but making up for it in intellect -- which tends to come a cropper, since none of his assistants has the brains to tie shoelaces without disaster. Ian Holm is in fine form too, turning in a lightly comic performance that's a delight to watch. The Fifth Element is really worth the candle when it comes to the design and visual effects. Sticking with the story will get viewers through all the eye candy in a speedy enough fashion, and even Chris Tucker's seriously over-the-top performance as Ruby Rhod is unlikely to cause a bump. New York in the 23rd century is crowded and overactive, buildings rising for miles and traffic running in multiple lanes between those buildings. While the makeup effects seem to be relatively ordinary, the visual effects -- computer-generated as well as model-based -- are eye-popping and brain-straining. The flying traffic alone is phenomenally detailed. Overall, the film is a joy to look at, though video viewers are recommended to find a letterboxed copy. As a whole, The Fifth Element lives up to its title as a self-proclaimed "Sci-Fi Pop Epic." Taken in the intended spirit -- as a comedy, rather than as a dramatic effort -- the film is grand entertainment.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The Fifth Element...is one of the great goofy movies -- a film so preposterous I wasn't surprised to discover it was written by a teenage boy. That boy grew up to become Luc Besson, director of good smaller movies and bizarre big ones, and here he's spent $90 million to create sights so remarkable they really ought to be seen.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
UPC:
0043396074385
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
18,203

Special Features

"The Alien Element" featurette; "The Digital Element" featurette; "The Visual Element" featurette; "The Star Element" featurette; "The Fashion Element" featurette; "The Diva" featurette; Feature-length trivia fact track; Camera, costume, and set tests; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Korben Dallas
Milla Jovovich Leeloo
Ian Holm Victor Cornelius
Gary Oldman Jean-Baptiste-Emmanuel Zorg
Chris Tucker Ruby Rhod
Luke Perry Billy
Brion James General Munro
Tommy "Tiny" Lister President Lindberg
Charlie Creed Miles David
Lee Evans Fog
Tricky Right Arm
John Neville General Staedert
John Bluthal Professor Pacoli
Maïwenn Le Besco Diva
Mathieu Kassovitz Mugger
Christopher Adamson Airport Cop
Fred Williams Hotel Manager
Mia Frye TV Stewardess
Indra Ové VIP Stewardess
Eve Salvail Tawdry Girl

Technical Credits
Luc Besson Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
John Alan Amicarella Associate Producer
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Daniel Brisseau Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Digital Domain Special Effects
Jean-Paul Gaultier Costumes/Costume Designer
Maggie Gray Set Decoration/Design
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Michael Lamont Art Director
Sylvie Landra Editor
Patrice Ledoux Producer
Mark Mangini Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Anna Pinnock Set Decoration/Design
Eric Serra Score Composer
Iain Smith Co-producer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Dan Weil Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Fifth Element
1. Start [2:42]
2. Egypt 1914 [9:27]
3. 300 Years Later [3:30]
4. Incident Provoking [1:04]
5. Korben Dallas [7:30]
6. Nucleolab [1:26]
7. Leeloo [4:12]
8. On a Ledge [2:17]
9. A Big Fare [7:49]
10. Cornelius [1:44]
11. A Kiss [5:33]
12. Clothes for Leeloo [:48]
13. ZF1 [5:11]
14. Art Dealer [4:37]
15. World Savior [2:14]
16. The Terminal [1:34]
17. Ruby Rhod [5:25]
18. Fhloston Paradise [3:59]
19. Diva Plavalaguna [9:57]
20. Ruby & Korben [2:48]
21. Lucia di Lammermoor [1:23]
22. Leeloo & Mangalores [1:59]
23. Stones [3:24]
24. The Control Room [4:27]
25. Type A Alert [3:10]
26. A Problem [6:51]
27. Symbol Matchup [4:26]
28. Fifth Element [2:34]

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The Fifth Element 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
awesome movie! great visuals & the acting is phenominal! i've seen this movie more than a dozen times and enjoy every single second of it. you can watch it over & over & discover something new going on in the background. every bit of detail begs to be noticed. pick up the Ultimate version today!
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
What a roller-coaster ride! There's an interesting use of color, costumes, techno-gadgets and background scenery but what really drives this movie is great acting and a great script (i.e., great dialogue). There's so much flippant, tongue-in-cheek humor - even in the midst of intense, lengthy action scenes - and the music's pretty good too. Gary Oldman and Bruce Willis were awesome as the respective villain and hero, but Chris Tucker's performance as the womanizing, smooth-talking, loudmouth showman takes his usual role to an entirely new and unforgettable level. A must-see for all fans of sci-fi, action and comedy.
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Luv_2_Run More than 1 year ago
I bought this video despite Bruce and quickly found that he is a key ingredient for why this video works. Milla is fantastic - what an actress! So many great performances melded into an excellent film which has already passed the test of time in our home.
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I can honestly say that I have yet to see another movie that even remotely resembles this one. The soundtrack is glitchy beat driven and generally over the top [operatic vocoder synth opera? sign me up]. The costuming is perfect. Some people took qualms with this choice or that, but I think the casting is absolutely spot on. Bruce Willis updates Harrison Ford's classic Bladerunner stylings justifiably. Gary Oldman reminds us that he can be an absurdly convincing, stylish villian. Mila Jovovich holds up surprisingly well, and certainly looks the part well enough that any doofy sci-fi kid like myself could enjoy the movie based on her aesthetical addition alone. Chris Tucker is side splitting. I could go on and on. This movie is totally insane, but easily backs it up with inventive, witty dialogue and great actors given the freedom to play the parts properly. Do yourself a favor and atleast give it a trial rent.
PharmDoc More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big SCI-FI movie fan, but this movie is not your normal Sci-fi movie. The first time I saw the movie, I was just surfing the channels and this movie " knocked me out ". Now I try to catch it every time it's on and will DEFINITELY buy this movie for my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome! The casting of this film is odd, but good. The President is an actor that is normally a thug and his general is a bad guy most of the time in other movies. The story is complex but it blew me away!!! I recommened you buy it, or at least rent it...RIGHT NOW!! stop reading and go get it...NOW!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fifth Element is not a movie to be taken seriously, but that is certainly not a bad thing. It is a movie that is just plain fun. It is rather over-the-top in a lot of ways but that is its charm. Well worth watching when you want a wild ride through an impossible future. The special effects are great and the humor ranges from tongue-in-cheek to outrageous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I went to see this movie in the theatre I was a little disappointed. I like sci-fi so I decided to buy the DVD anyway. I have to say after repeated viewing this movie is actually very good. Bruce's movies are almost always good and he rarely let's me down. This man is a true action hero and at the end of a movie he always gets as much of a beating as he gives. The high bit version is highly recommended and the picture and sound are superb. The art direction and costumes are amazing in this wondrously odd, strange sci-fi flick
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my personal favorite sc-fi movis.
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This fun spoof laden flick is a must see for anyone who likes campy scifi films. The Mangalores are just ignorant soldiers of fortune who work for Zorg who is the agent of the evil forces, and is attempting to get the stones for the Evil whatever it is that is out to destroy the Earth. This is a must see fun action film that is loaded with tongue in cheek humor that has to be seen to be enjoyed.
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