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    DVD Video - Reviews [The Fifth Element]


    Title: THE   FIFTH   ELEMENT
    Studio: Columbia TriStar
    Release Date: 12/9/97

    Video: Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio (16x9)     Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
    Time: 126 minutes     Rating: PG-13     Year: 1997

    Director: Luc Besson
    Producers: Patrice Ledoux
    Starring: 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 entertaining.

    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.


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