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The Fifth Element (Superbit Collection) (1997)

Bruce Willis , Milla Jovovich , Luc Besson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,208 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Producers: Iain Smith, John A. Amicarella, Patrice Ledoux
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NRNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fifth Element (Superbit Collection)" on IMDb

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The Superbit titles utilize a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. These titles have been produced by a team of Sony Pictures Digital Studios video, sound and mastering engineers and comes housed in a special package complete with a 4 page booklet that contains technical information on the Superbit process. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format.

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363 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie finally remastered July 2, 2007
Format:Blu-ray
This is a really fun, fun movie. It's not the beat all of science fiction as it was hyped when it was released, but it certainly is a good combination high adventure, situation comedy, cyberpunk, and Bruce Willis gun fighting action. Doesn't make sense? Don't worry. I'll explain.

High adventure comes from the plot: save the earth from evil by finding some mystic items and a perfect human before the appointed zero hour. That much is obvious. Cyberpunk explains in a way the setting of the futuristic urban scenes, which are fantastically portrayed in this movie. All of the settings and technology were impressive as well as stylish. The special effects were well above average and in many scenes very impressive, but a situation comedy? You got it. I won't get into the details. I will say there are quite a few scenes that involve the kind of subplots you find in sitcoms. This is a good thing by the way. A lesser movie would mess this up. Director Luc Besson made all of these elements (no pun intended) fit seamlessly.

Acting is great. Despite popular opinion of models not being very good actors the models that acted in this film did a good job of being campy in an entertaining way without hamming it up. I can go on an on about each of the reas actors and how they succeeded in pulling off whatever character, but I will digress to two ends of the spectrum. Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod is priceless and worth the price of admission alone. One exception I would have to say is Tommy "Tiny" Lister as the President. Up until the final scenes his acting was pretty dry. I also have to criticize whoever decided to hype up the fact the movie has Luke Perry in it, who played Billy. Billy did nothing to carry the plot and only had a cameo role in the beginning. Ugh... Hollywood.
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392 of 412 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"how can you tell the difference between the old and new packaging?" It's a good question because outside of a few minor visual clues there's nothing obvious that really separates the discs from one another, at least not until you know what to look for. First off the new disc has a TrueHD logo on the back, the original obviously didn't. The security tape across the top of the disc case reads "FIFTH ELEMENT, THE RMSTD BD" on the new version, the catalog number on the spine of the re-master is 21520, the originals catalog number was 15018 and lastly the bottom border (front cover) area that contains the "Experience High Definition" slogan is set against a silver/foil background on the re-master versus a flat gray border on the original.
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332 of 356 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Giddy Space Opera... November 16, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The story goes that director Luc Besson began writing THE FIFTH ELEMENT in his teens, incorporating all the Sci-Fi elements he loved into one over-the-top, grand space opera...sort of an "E.E. 'Doc' Smith 'Skylark' Meets Flash Gordon and Barbarella" hybrid with sex, intergalactic action, and even some pseudo-religious overtones tossed in...in other words, a teenage daydream come true! Critics panned the end result for this very reason, sneering at Bruce Willis' Earth-saving (yet again!) Korben Dallas, and Besson's then-girlfriend, clothing-optional Milla Jovovich, as the innocent demigod, Leeloo.

The critics were wrong!

THE FIFTH ELEMENT is, in the best sense of the word, a classic 'B' movie, a space opera where a prologue vaguely similar to STARGATE leads to a future Earth where traffic jams occur thirty stories above the ground, humanity is ruled by beefy 'Tiny' Lister Jr., and where the Ultimate Evil is served by everyone's favorite villain, Gary Oldman, sporting a Southern accent! If this DOESN'T convince you that this is a 'popcorn' flick, not to be taken too seriously, there is Chris Tucker, sporting a blond hairdo, as the Galaxy's favorite media personality, promoting himself as he hits on his adoring female fans; Ian Holm, as the monk who knows 'the Secret', forced, despite himself, to become an active participant in the adventure; and some of the most ... ugly alien mercenaries you'll ever see, terrorizing a space resort, until they meet their match in Bruce Willis' 'DIE HARD in Space' protagonist! Yippee-Ki-Yay, indeed!

The FX are astonishing, the comedy, broad and sly, the heroics, macho, and as Leeloo, sent to save Earth, Jovovich manages to be both naive and sexy, with broken English and a gymnast's grace.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST picture and sound on ANY DVD!!! October 31, 2001
Format:DVD
FIfth Element is a raucous sci-fi journey that plays like a 2 hour MTV music video. Strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride.
The plot...the personification of all that is EVIL in this world is on a crash course with earth. Corbin Dallas(Bruce Willis) is an unknowing hero sucked into the chaos that unravels in this non-stop action movie. He must unite the 4 elements(wind, earth, fire, water) with a mysterious 5th element before the EVIL destroys Earth.
Other than Bruce Willis' straight man role, virtually every other performance is WAY over the top. Opitimized by Chris Tucker in his debut role as a Futuristic Radio DJ of the #1 Galatic Show. And in this case, Over-the-Top is good. For it marries perfectly with Luc Besson's directorial style. You feel like Bruce Willis' character being swept into a whirl-wind world that is glitz, glam, grunge, techno to the MAX.
The most enjoyable parts of the movie are the Music Montages. There are several with which Luc Besson shows off his roots(directing music videos) in a brilliant array of MUSIC, ACTION and tremendously fast-paced cut scenes.
The DVD is absolutely stunning. If you are into featurettes, cast/director commentary, dvd-rom, and other ancillary items...this DVD is not going to please your palette. The 4 menu items are: Play Movie, Audio Set Up, Subtitles, Scene Selection. Basically the barebones of DVD features. But do NOT be turned of by this. Because if you are an audio/video-phile looking for the BEST image quality and the BEST sound quality...this dish will feed your hunger. This DVD is one of the first 5 SUPERBIT encoded DVD's ever. Basically, the information on your DVD is bits of digital information. Your DVD player will get information from the DVD in bits/sec.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest sci-fi films ever made
This is one of my favorites. Elements of Star Wars, Blade Runner, and even a little Die Hard wrapped up in a science fiction epic thats all over the board with action, adventure,... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Rob
1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Turd Fest
Looks great, story is OK, but whoever decided this movie needed a slapstick element just blew the whole thing. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by R. Lambeth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This was one of my favorite movies, got it on DVD so I can watch all over don't have a Blue Ray in RV.
Published 1 day ago by Edwin
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME
This has to be the greatest movie I have ever seen. I love this movie with a passion! The action, sci-fi, explosions, romance, comedy... Read more
Published 4 days ago by AJay_89
2.0 out of 5 stars ????????/
moivie was stupid. the worst part was when chris tucker came on, he was so annoying. the movie was terrible.
Published 9 days ago by Jennifer Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing
I watched the Widescreen side first - thank goodness there was that option - because when I tried to play the Full Screen side, I discovered that it is unplayable through the first... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Zsuzsika
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!!!
No words truly describe my love for this movie. Silly I know but hey I know what I like and had to replace it for my collection since my boys were not sure where my copy was!
Published 13 days ago by Loretta L. Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great, authentic movie. Came well packaged without a single scratch. I remember watching this as a child and it's still as amazing as I remember.
Published 14 days ago by Ashlee Shults
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic!
able to watch it through high speed dsl or more. thank you.
this movie is a classic.
it may be a little out-dated by now but it will not let you down ..
Published 17 days ago by Roi'ikka-Ta G.
5.0 out of 5 stars B movie classic
Absolutely a must see classic sci-fi film. Out of dvd, HD stream, and blu ray the latter is the only way to watch it.
Published 17 days ago by Spicy Chips
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how do I do amazon's price guarantee?
How can you not offer a price adjustment when you change the price next day? I'll return the item instead which will end up costing you a more to process the return than to adjust the price and you end up with a mad customer as well.
Dec 11, 2009 by Waves |  See all 10 posts
Remastered version or the regular one
Chris Tucker is the best part imo.
Feb 25, 2013 by Shawn Johansan |  See all 3 posts
Anyone have sound problems with DVD?
Hi W,

I had the same problem at first with no sound! As you have probably figured out by now, you need to go to 'set up' and choose 5.1. Evidently, the Ultimate Edition is only set up for that. If your disk is like mine, you should then be fine.
Dec 2, 2008 by Larkenfield |  See all 2 posts
wtf wasn't this movie just 14.99???
yeah, they always fluctuate the pricing. right now, it's back to 14.95. bought a LCD TV after watching it for about a month, and the price just kept going up and down. i finally pulled the trigger and a week later it went down another 170+ bucks. fortunately, Amazon has a 30 day post-purchase... Read more
Apr 20, 2008 by toddo |  See all 3 posts
special features?
No.
May 12, 2008 by M. Titho |  See all 6 posts
Audio glitch with remastered BD. Be the first to reply
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