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Product Description

New York cab driver Korben Dallas didn't mean to be a hero, but he just picked up the kind of fare that only comes along every five thousand years: A perfect beauty, a perfect being, a perfect weapon. Together, they must save the world. Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman star in acclaimed director Luc Besson's outrageous sci-fi adventure, an extravagantly styled tale of good against evil set in an unbelievable twenty-third century world. Now fully remastered in 4K, experience this dynamic action favorite like never before.

Additional Features

Because of its striking vision and slam-bang sci-fi action, The Fifth Element has long been a prime show-off disc for home-theater owners. The third DVD release, the two-disc Ultimate Edition, is the best one yet. It's essentially a Superbit Deluxe DVD, reserving the first disc for the film in a high bit-rate picture and DTS sound borrowed from the earlier Superbit DVD (a tiny Superbit logo is displayed on the back cover) and an interesting though barely legible subtitled trivia track (text only so it doesn't take much disc space). From the greater detail to the more natural colors, it's a better viewing experience overall. The second disc contains two hours of featurettes, produced in 2004 and new to DVD. In fact, it's the first Fifth Element DVD to have supplemental features of any kind. Topics covered include visual effects, how the aliens were created, Milla Jovovich's screen tests (you can watch four of them), and the French artists whose comic books provided the initial inspiration and earned them an invitation to work with the design team. Jovovich, Bruce Willis, and everyone else involved in the picture seems to make an appearance, except director Luc Besson. --David Horiuchi


Special Features

  • Over 120 minutes of never-before-seen exclusive featurettes: The Digital Element, The Visual Element, The Star Element, The Fashion Element, The Diva
  • Feature-length trivia fact track
  • Camera, costume, and set tests and more

Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Patrice Ledoux
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai
  • Dubbed: German, Swedish
  • 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: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,090 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVJE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition)" on IMDb

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395 of 414 people found the following review helpful By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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447 of 476 people found the following review helpful By A. Spohn on August 7, 2007
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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364 of 392 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J Burgraff VINE VOICE on November 16, 2003
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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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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Foley on July 31, 2007
Format: Blu-ray
This is a review for the remastered Bly Ray disc.

The difference between the Superbits standard DVD and this new Blu Ray disc are obvious. They are extreme. If you love this quirky Science Fiction film and have a Blu Ray player and the right equipment, just buy it! Be sure to order the remastered version since they had some resolution problems with the first Bly Ray release. The Supebit version is very nice, but this new Blu Ray version is an absolute revelation!

It is SO sharp and the uncompressed sound is SO good, that it leaves the other version far behind. Every red hair on Milla is seen in extreme clarity. Her performance, as fine as it is, is actually enhanced in close up clarity. Chris Tucker just explodes on the screen in a performance which is part Prince and part I'm not sure just what. The colors are just great and again, the sound is beyond an improvement over both the Dolby Digital as well as the DTS mix on the older Superbit version.

If you love this quirky science fiction film, as I do (one of the very best Science Fiction films ever made), then you will LOVE this version. You'll never look at your television in quite the same way again. There isn't a single speck on the transfer. It is just a remarkable job. It is just as perfect as we're likely to get today. It looks and sounds far better than even in the theatre when I first saw it.

This should sell many of the new Sony 300 series machines. MANY! Just who, with the proper equipment wouldn't want to have THIS!? I also have a Toshiba HD-1 HD DVD player and as fine as it is, this new machine from Sony definitely has the edge. Everything seems to be moving in the direction of Blu Ray and I really don't care who ultimately wins the HD wars, so long as we get to watch dream stuff like this movie in our homes. Amazing beyond belief!
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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
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special features?
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