||DVD Video - Reviews [The Fifth Element]
ORIGINAL FULL DVD REVIEW
THE FIFTH ELEMENT |
Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio (16x9)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Milla Jovovich
Reviewer: Joel Van Hooser [Staff]
I am going to admit up front that I might be a little biased about the
review of this DVD because it is one of my favorite movies. I use this most
of the time as a reference disc, and to show off the picture and sound
quality strengths of DVD.
Like I said earlier, the picture quality is top notch, and flat out amazing.
It is anamorphically enhanced so if you are a lucky enough of an
individual that has a 16x9 TV, you are in for a real treat. The disc has
the Pan and Scan version on one side and the 2.35:1 widescreen on the other.
I strongly (I repeat) strongly recommend that you watch the widescreen
only, because Pan and Scan is crap, and on this movie you loose a huge
amount of the picture in some of the awesome shots. The picture is very
clear, with very accurate colors, and only on two very short parts did I
notice any artifacting.
The DD5.1 soundtrack is this movies strongest point. The first time I heard
this on a good setup, my jaw was on the floor. The separation between the
different channels is near perfect, it is not underly or overly used. On
some parts there are bullets whizzing by from almost every direction, and I
swear you can tell which direction each individual one is going (I love
that!). The bass (LFE) on it can really knock your socks off. There is
also quite a bit of great music in this movie, which really adds to the mood
and style of the movie.
This is the only real downer about this DVD. Besides the English and
Spanish subtitles (if you can even really call those extras) the disc has
none. There have been rumors floating around for quite a while that there
is supposedly a special edition of the Fifth Element coming out, but even if
there is, it will probably be quite a while away.
This DVD comes in the Amaray Keep Case. The insert is a three leafed
foldout, and contains basically the same pictures as the cover, but in a
slightly different arrangement, with some longer quotes from some different
movie critics, and a chapter listing.
This movie has a very different and almost campy sci-fi feel to it. But
what's so different about this movie is that it really grows on people, even
ones who can't stand sci-fi flicks. All four of the main four actors in this
movie (Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker) really show
off their acting abilities. I personally don't have anything against Bruce
Willis, but most movies I have seen him in, were not exactly (let me put
this in a somewhat polite way) Oscar winning quality. I'm not saying he did
that good of a job in the Fifth Element, but I do feel this is by far his
best job on acting.
Milla Jovovich is not as well known as Bruce Willis, but I could not think
of a better actress to play the part of the Fifth Element. She really shows
off her talent, and even though she doesn't speak in English for most of the
movie, you gotta love the language she speaks in. The only complaint I have
heard about this movie is some people do not like listening to Chris Tucker
scream in a incredibly high pitched voice in a few parts. Personally it
didn't bother me. (You can always turn down the volume for a second, if it's
too high of a pitch for you) I though it was funny, like it was intended to
be, and adds a little bit more of the off beat humor that I thought was so
So even if you are not into sci-fi movies, or a big Bruce Willis fan (like
me), if you are in the mood for a fun and kind of off beat action movie, you
will not be disappointed.
Ratings Based on Scale of 1 - 10 (10 being Best)