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The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition)
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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.
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
- 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
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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.
TITLE: The Fifth Element (1997) • PG-13 • 2:05:54
Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm
Luc Besson (Director)
NOTE: This product is a fine example of why I include disc FORMAT, UPC (Universal Product Code) and date RELEASED information at the beginning of ALL of the DVD and blu-ray reviews that I write for Amazon. Because, unfortunately, Amazon has the nasty habit of lumping together ALL reviews of a movie, regardless of its format (e.g.—Amazon Video, Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS Tape, etc.), under EVERY product version of that movie. This, coupled with the fact that most people ONLY write about the movie's plot (which is probably why Amazon does what it does), is why I try to provide substantially more information about the audio and video quality of the movie's transfer to disc, as well as, information to indicate WHICH disc that I'm writing about. Anyway, to be clear, this is a review of the "re-mastered" 2007 blu-ray release of "The Fifth Element", which was NOT sourced from Sony's new 4K video transfer of the movie, and which does NOT have the Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
As for the movie "The Fifth Element", it is another fine example of the exceedingly entertaining visions that spring from the fertile mind of writer/director Luc Besson (an action, adventure, comedy, sci-fi, space opera with camels and opera singing space aliens — oh my). See the other reviews for more detail and/or other opinions regarding the plot of the movie.
VIDEO: 2.40:1 • Color • 1080p • MPEG-4 AVC (27.9 Mbps)
Mostly, the images in this movie are fairly sharp, with very good shadow detail; and, they possess a vibrant color-palette that works very well with the tone of the source material. However, the entire film appeared ever-so-slightly soft, and lacking in fine detail — as was evident in many of the close-ups of faces and clothing (it was as though someone was a little too vigorous in the use of the "sharpness" control when transferring the film). Otherwise, there were no other major picture anomalies (such as: specks, hair-lines, white dots, color fluctuations, etc.) to mar the image. Overall, this movie's picture quality, while very good, is another example of the learning curve that was encountered by those who transferred movies to blu-ray in the early days of the format: that is, usually more than adequate, but could be better (nothing that a remastering using current techniques and technology couldn't fix, which this later version of "The Fifth Element" supposedly has).
AUDIO: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48KHz, 16-bit) • LPCM 5.1 (48KHz, 16-bit)
I listened to the 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track all the way through, and compared several short sections of the 5.1 LPCM track to the Dolby TrueHD track. The midrange and high-end sections of the Dolby TrueHD track (particularly with human voices and music) were slightly more life-like and had somewhat greater detail than the LPCM track. However, the LPCM track seemed to have ever-so-slightly more prominent, and somewhat deeper, bass than the Dolby TrueHD track — though, neither featured very deep bass in my opinion. The surround channels were fairly active and somewhat directional, dialog was cleanly recorded and well-placed, and ambient sounds (which were used to convey the location of the on-screen setting) were effectively integrated into the soundtrack. While this is NOT a Dolby Atmos presentation, it is still a very good (though not great) soundtrack, which should satisfy the vast majority of listeners.
EXTRAS: Trivia Track
None of the extras were reviewed.
Well, first I was going to list all the horrible films that are on 4k Blu-ray while this one isn’t. Turns out however those actual movies on the new format are few and far between. Then I saw it, The Fifth Element was coming out on the format in July to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Yay. Truly everything about this film is fun. Even the stuff you really didn’t like the first few viewings (I’m looking your way Chris Tucker) seems to grow on you.
The only strange thing that somehow still works but is jarring every viewing is the ridiculous over the top product placement for McDonalds. I swear The Founder had less golden arches. Some might also object to the rampant sexism, Tiny Lister’s acting, Luke Perry’s acting, and the general way the plot sometimes seems to play out.
The Fifth Element has many layers that are not apparent at first. As an example, the good guy and the bad guy not just never meet in the film but are completely unaware of each other’s existence. Here is the kicker. I have watched the movie multiple times and only realized this because I read the trivia section of IMDB. The movie has a lot of depth for such a silly film and holds up extremely well. Definitely worth the watch a true classic.
If you're a fan of 5th Element, this is the disc to buy, at the discounted price its well worth owning. I've seen 5E on streams, HDTV, DVD and VHS, and by far, this is the best version for quality and remastering.
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