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La Femme Nikita (Special Edition) (1991)

Anne Parillaud , Marc Duret , Luc Besson  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,566 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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207 of 222 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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32 of 34 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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37 of 40 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Art? No. But a smart, fun, and occasionally even emotional action...
A drugged out. almost brain-dead punk full of attitude and anger, Nikita is caught after helping rob a drug store, leaving several cops dead. She’s given a choice. Read more
Published 5 days ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! The BEST secret agent movie like James Bond, Angelia Jolie,...
I first saw this in 1991 and now again in 2014 and it's still the BEST action/story/cinematography/music secret agent movie. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Happy r/c
5.0 out of 5 stars Luc Besson
Dark, character driven, and the director gives his audience some credit for being smart, i.e. the plot is not carefully explained, you are expected to keep up. Wonderful spy flick.
Published 10 days ago by Kugelblitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Anne Parillaud!
One word: Wonderful!

What kills me is how, in an era when putatively similar actor types (Milla Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale) can survive one dog after another and still... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Christopher McGrane
5.0 out of 5 stars screaming
What I love about this movie is that it has it's own life, it's own world, and the editing is not getting in the way. The beginning is so different than the end. Read more
Published 22 days ago by dan banda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great French film
I really enjoy this film. It is my favorite French film. It is well made, and Anne Parillaud is fantastic. It is a great film.
Published 26 days ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended (with some minor qualifications)
First off, the cinematography and sound are beautiful and memorable. For movies, this can be 3/4 of the experience already. Read more
Published 3 months ago by c. bautista
5.0 out of 5 stars NIKITA is a spell binder.
Luc Besson made a mark in films with this one!!! A must own. He helped to make foreign movies demandable again..
Published 3 months ago by david hoops
5.0 out of 5 stars The spark that ignited an explosion.
Great plot that stands the test of time. The cast couldn't be more in character. The long pauses of softness accentuate the violence and action in perfect balance.
Published 6 months ago by J. H. Magee
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT.
Loved this movie years ago and now I own the Special Edition. It is great to get all the insider perks.
Published 6 months ago by Olga E. Santana
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