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The Professional (1981/Lionsgate DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C



Jean-Paul Belmondo was still a big star and big name when he made Georges Lautnerís The Professional (1981, not to be confused with the Luc Besson film) as an assassin/spy who has been betrayed by his government and is in prison for attempted assassination.Of course, he will soon escape to get revenge and stet things straight, or the like.


Unfortunately, the film is very formulaic and though this has some good actors and locations, it was never that good and does not hold up particularly well.However, it was a big hit (especially in the year of For Your Eyes Only and Raiders Of The Lost Ark) in France and is likely to be a favorite film of someones.At least it has some energy and a few amusing moments.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.66 X 1 image has a pretty good print and color is good, but the age of the source shows and this can be softer than expected throughout.However, Director of Photography Henri Decae (Night Of The Generals, Le Circle Rouge, The Boys From Brazil) makes this look good.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono has a score by no less than Ennio Morricone, which also helps the film along, but too bad the film was not remixed for stereo if they could have found stereophonic copies of that music.The only extra is a trailer.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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