The Fifth Element
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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 presented in full 4K resolution, experience this dynamic action favorite like never before.
Ancient curses, all-powerful monsters, shape-changing assassins, scantily-clad stewardesses, laser battles, huge explosions, a perfect woman, a malcontent hero--what more can you ask of a big-budget science fiction movie? Luc Besson's high-octane film incorporates presidents, rock stars, and cab drivers into its peculiar plot, traversing worlds and encountering some pretty wild aliens. Bruce Willis stars as a down-and-out cabbie who must win the love of Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) to save Earth from destruction by Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) and a dark, unearthly force that makes Darth Vader look like an Ewok. --Geoff Riley
- Newly enhanced picture and sound featuring AVC encoding Dolby True HD and Linear PCM
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In 2015, it was released under sony's new "Remastered in 4K" series in 2 different formats: A Blu-Ray only version and a "Supreme Cinema" series which includes a book. Both versions include the SAME disc.. the supreme cinema series only includes a book alongside it.
Owning several versions of The Fifth Element on VHS, DVD, Superbit DVD, UMD, Digital download and all 3 Blu-Rays.. I definitely prefer the current Blu-Ray.
Video-wise, I found it to be a slight upgrade over the earlier blu-rays (it's a bit more vibrant, but other than that it's not too noticeable)
Audio-wise, it now includes a 7.1 Dolby Atmos soundtrack which was amazing (and sounded like an upgrade even on a non-atmos setup compared to the 2011 release)
Extras-wise, it includes all of the features available from the DVD that never made it to blu-ray (on the downside, they're not in HD).
In the end, is it worth it?
I hear the Supreme Cinema book has its issues, but the standalone release comes in a nice slipcover and normal blu-ray case, looks better, sounds better, has a bunch of extras and is definitely affordable.
You won't see the same upgrade as in other titles like Leon (regular blu ray vs. re-release) but for a fan, I'm not disappointed. I find it to be the best version of the film so far.
Pretty dang perfect experience. Something this good doesn't age quickly -- and it helps that it has all future settings with advanced sci-fi tech, so that won't age for a long time, eh?
Meanwhile, all the actors are so young now. Hard to believe the years have passed.
I bought it.
7-5-17 6th viewing a mere few weeks later.....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, I can't get enough of this film. I so deserve to be sued. I just indulge in this one. And even now I saw things I never noticed before. Really quite the amazing artwork in all the categories. So many of the "moments" imprint my mind. The cab diving down across traffic, Zorg's forehead blood, LeeLoo's first costume, LeeLoo talking to Bruce in the cab, the Diva's singing, the long scream under the pool table, and on and on. If you have never seen this film -- don't ever have an opinion about it around a water cooler -- you can't imagine this from there -- see it.
Everyone knows the original blu-ray release of this movie was not even HD.
Then they released an HD version and I was looking forward to being impressed, but it was just...fine.
Now with the newly remastered in 4K version, I finally feel like I'm seeing this movie on blu-ray for the first time. It is gorgeous.
So, is it worth buying if you already have an older blu-ray? At it's current price of about $15, ABSOLUTELY!
The picture quality on this release is spectacular. Super crisp, excellent detail, the color pops.
I'm only using a sound bar and sub woofer so I can't say how much the sound is improved. It sounds great on what I have.
The package/case is cool, it has a book binding with a plexiglass cover. The problem is the glue holding the plexiglass to the book binding isn't properly glued. My front cover is completely loose and came off on the back is coming apart. I plan on gluing the covers back into the binding. So this is a disappointment.
All the extras from the DVD ultimate edition are now on Blu Ray for the first time. Nothing new for this release that I've found.
My final thoughts. I'm glad to see The Fifth Element finally get a release it deserves with amazing picture quality & sound and all the extras finally together in one release. I'm a bit disappointed in the the packaging but it's not a deal breaker for me. A little glue will fix the loose covers.
The case is cool, but a bit wonky. I don't like that the disc slides into the back of the booklet via a sideways pocket. It lends itself to easy scratching and fingerprints. I ended up transferring the disc to another case for easier access.
If you love the movie, this remastered version is a must have!