Fifth Element

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 onSee more details below

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
UPC:
0043396074385
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
630

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

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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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