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Leon The Professional (1994/Sony Supreme Cinema Series Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: A- Extras: B Film: A

There is no other film like Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional (released in America in 1994 as simply The Professional in a shorter version). Hot off his other hit action film, La Femme Nikita, Besson masterfully crafts a time about revenge, death, love, and compassion with an exceptional cast including Jean Reno, Natalie Portman (in the role that made her famous), and the sinister Gary Oldman in one of his best roles ever.

Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12-years-old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Leon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). To say that Leon is good at what he does, is an understatement. He is a disciplined and trained individual with not much room in his life for friendships or relationships. When Mathilda's family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Leon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths. More happens then either expects, giving the audience one of the best third acts ever put on film.

If you haven't seen this amazing film before, (or in a while) then this release will definitely be a good way to experience it as it has never looked or sounded this good. I've seen this film on various formats over the years and saw and heard things this time I never had before. Mastered in 4K high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and an intense Dolby Atmos track that is exclusive to this release, of which we were able to access from a solid, lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track, both of which push the original Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (aka SDDS) 7.1 soundmaster to the limit for the Blu-ray format. This is now the best version to get if you're serious about the film.

Special Features include both the theatrical and extended version of the film, Cast and Crew Look Back, Jean Reno: The Road To Leon, Natalie Portman starting young, Fact Track (Extended Version) and the original Theatrical Trailer. An Ultraviolet Copy is also included if you like to watch movies on the go.

A deluxe digi-book edition is also available.

Leon is the kind of movie you hope to see on the silver screen. One filled with unbelievable action, incredibly written characters that come to life with great actors, and some intense drama to boot. I highly recommend this release.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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