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La Femme Nikita (Special Edition) (1991)

Anne Parillaud , Marc Duret , Luc Besson  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière, Laura Chéron
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Claude Besson, Mario Cecchi Gori, Patrice Ledoux, Vittorio Cecchi Gori
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Femme Nikita (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Sound of Nikita" featurette
  • "Revealed: The Making of La Femme Nikita" featurette
  • Programming Nikita: interactive map
  • Stills, poster galleries, and more

Editorial Reviews

French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) broke the commercial taboo against female-driven action movies with this seminal, seductively slick film about a violent street punk (Anne Parillaud) trained to become a smooth, stylish assassin. Thoug

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209 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie - and don't get the dubbed version March 30, 2000
Format:DVD
Some of the greatest French movies have been remade for US audiences and no one knows about it: Trois hommes et un couffin/Three men and a baby, The Talented Mr Ripley/Plein Soleil (With Alain Delon - where do you think Matt Damon got his pointers?), Le Retour de Martin Guerre/Sommersby... among others. La Femme Nikita is yet another that is way above its American counterpart, The Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda, and deserves its own spot in your movie collection. The TV series doesn't count.
Nikita was written and directed by an (at the time) up and coming Frenchman by the name of Luc Besson (Subway, The Professional, the Fifth Element...) who has fantastic mind for action, eye for cinematography and sense for musical scores (Nikita has some great industrial sounds which you can also find in the Fifth Element). Released in 1991, this film pre-dates the canonized litany of films like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
More importantly, and as some reviewers have noted, Nikita combines thrilling action and tension (without expensive FX) with a very touching sense of humanity. Here you have this junkie social reject turned into a well behaved, proper, yet deadly government agent. It's interesting how the government selected someone about to go to jail rather than picking from a horde of eager, patriotic young recruits that would beg to do the job. Their fault is that they assume that this reject is just effectively a machine and has no redeeming human qualities. As the film progresses, you see that Nikita yearns for intimacy and love - it's what makes her vulnerable and it's also probably what makes her so good.
Anne Parrillaut plays an excellent Nikita - crazy, kind, warm, insane, feminine, athletic, anarchistic and maternal. Quite a walking contradiction....
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The movie gets five stars, but this new special edition disc gets one. I own the previous MGM release of this movie which was widely known to have many picture and subtitle problems. I loved the movie enough to purchase this new version. With my fingers crossed, I popped the disc in...
...zut alors! The anamorphic widescreen picture quality is still lousy. Grainy, occasionally pixelized. Look at patterns in the background during the movie and the problems are quite evident. For example, in one scene when Nikita is in training and chatting with her trainer Bob in her room, a grill on a piece of furniture on the left side of the screen creates a hugely distracting pattern that always diverts my eye.

But we get some special features with this special edition, right? Only with the most liberal definition of "special." These empty chats and documentaries are considered standard features for most other DVDs, so I'm not sure what we're supposed to think is special. There's even an easter egg, though it's not hidden, so I guess it's just an egg. But since it's just a short set of film clips, not all that exciting, I guess it's a rotten egg.
There are a few improvements. The English subtitles are better less distracting to those of you who speak French. The 5.1 soundtrack is still solid, though not noticeably better than the one on the original MGM disc. I'm not sure if it was remixed. If you don't own a copy of this movie, by all means buy the special edition. If you own the previous version, learn from my mistake and either keep you original version or sell it and buy a used copy of the special edition. Or lobby MGM for a real "special" edition.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we're talking! January 20, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to say anything about the film itself because we all know how good it is. It's Besson's best ever.

What I will say is that watching it in High Definition on Blu-Ray is a real treat. Picture and sund are truly amazing and blow away the prior DVD's, all of which had lackluster picture quality at best.

And yes, this release has the properly translated subtitle track. Some DVD releases had a word for word transcription of the terrible English dubbed track. Not so here, so no worries.

However, extras are nowhere to be found. Is it too much to ask that this film finally receives a special edition?
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot better August 23, 2003
Format:DVD
The "Nikita" hardcore can celebrate MGM's rerelease of the French action film, a single-disc affair that should erase memories of the studio's botched first DVD, from three years ago.
The initial "La Femme Nikita" DVD failed director Besson miserably, with visuals just a step up from the VHS. The new special edition looks a lot better, although some digital artifacts remain. Flesh tones seem true and the handsome French interiors get back their luster. Audio wasn't bad on the first disc, and it sounds about the same on the new DVD. The film comes widescreen only (2.35:1), with the 16x9 enhancement.
A new 20-minute featurette interviews the key actors, but not Besson. The director's music man, Eric Serra, has his say on an interesting 5-minute extra, "The Sound of 'Nikita.' " An easter egg reveals one of Besson's working methods.
Ann Parillaud, who played Nikita, looks a lot more relaxed these days. The actress recalls training with weapons and martial arts for a year before filming began. She found karate "violent, painful and scary," but became obsessed with the firearms. Jean Reno, who went on to international stardom, says he played his popular Victor the Cleaner character without reading the script -- Besson had him walk right into the film.
The DVD also includes a pointless "interactive map" that explores Nikita's habitats. A goofy trailer and a poster gallery complete the package.
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4.0 out of 5 stars violent femme
like the fifth element? like The Professional (N. Portman's first film). same maker; slick, unusual, violent. French. holds up.
Published 1 day ago by W. W. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars ... French Movie that Started two tv shows and a Poor American Remake...
The French Movie that Started two tv shows and a Poor American Remake Harvey Keitel was Allsome!!! I must say.
The Soundtrack is Great in this movie to. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nicholas A. Santos
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
A. Disappointment. I have both tv series the one with Maggie Q is the best. All the reviewers said they were not as good as the movie so I got the movie. For me it was a waste
Published 25 days ago by penny lord
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best !!!
This Nikita is the original and the best. The French language version is also the best one and I speak very little French. Anne Parillaud does a fabulous job in the role of Nikita. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kangg
5.0 out of 5 stars I love anything with Jean Reno
I love anything with Jean Reno
Published 1 month ago by Joe
2.0 out of 5 stars Try again
Another plot reinvention. Duplicated many times in the US.
Published 1 month ago by J. D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cool movie
Published 1 month ago by rene m.
4.0 out of 5 stars "..CLASSIC ACTION THRILLER.."
A classic Luc Besson movie, like Leon which he later directed its about an assassin, a female assassin rescued from death row to be trained for years as a professional killer,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Drury
1.0 out of 5 stars Come on people.
Such a sad depressing movie. I didn't bother watching more than 5 minutes of this.
Published 2 months ago by Valerie Trahanovsky
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the Movie ONLY 1 star for the jacked up revision of the...
This release of "La Femme Nikita" does not include the original subtitles. They have been redone by a Los Angeles based firm, and VERY POORLY. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OV
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