The Fifth Element
Columbia / 1997 / 123 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
Okay, Luc Besson said he has had this story in his mind since he was a kid and now it's eventuated, The Fifth Element. Now while that this isn't the best sci-fi movie ever made, it's still entertaining. The story goes as such. It's 300 years in the future, the world is overpopulated and polluted and Bruce Willis is an ex-government agent who has a crappy life as a hover cab driver with 10 points on his license and to top things off he misses his wife. Now every 5000 years a force of complete evil arrives in the solar system to destroy everything it sees, and earth is next. The only thing that that can stop it is the convergence of five elements, but there is a snag, they have been stolen by Gary Oldman and is evil sidekicks, darn. Did I mention Gary Oldman is great in this movie? Oh well I just did! So now Bruce must travel the stars and beyond to save the planet Earth from certain destruction. Along the way he will fight hordes of ugly aliens, cops and really strange radio presenters, which by the way is a great performance by Chris Tucker. To see what happens you will have to watch.
VIDEO
The best there is video wise, there is not on obvious glitch in the print at all, the colors were rich, shadow detail excellent, a general all round super duper classic transfer. One other thing to mention is the fact that the movie has French titles and end credits, but as this was a French flick it didn't bother me too much, besides the titles were still easy to figure out.

The Fifth Element is Framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO
WOW! the sound in this flick is so aggressive, the center, surround, front and .1 channels were all used to the max in this one. The speech was always easy to hear and it really sounded like you were there. The sound formats used were English DD5.1, English Dolby Surround, French DD5.1, French Dolby Surround & Spanish Dolby Surround. And you know what, when you switch it over to French, Bruce's voice sound really seedy, you know, like porno seedy. Quite funny actually.
EXTRAS
Oh my god what a letdown, Theatrical posters and cast & production notes. What a letdown.

Subtitles include: English, French, Spanish & Dutch.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Fun movie and the best DVD visually and aurally. It's a pity the extra's are so limited. Great job Tri-Star keep it up with your next releases.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 14:23:24 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 123 minutes
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 15/12/98
Catalog Number: D25275
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 18
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: CTHV France
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:


English
French
Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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