» 2 Discs
» Léon(movie) (Theatrical Cut)
» 10 Year Retrospective (25m 08s)
» Jean Reno : The Road To Leon (12m 24s)
» Natalie Portman : Starting Young (13m 49s)
» Shape of the Heart (music video)
» Behind The Scenes
» Theatrical Trailer
» DVD, R3, NTSC
» 2.35:1 Anamorphic
» English DD 5.1
» English DD 2.0 surround
» English, Korean (movie only)
» Léon (movie) (Director's Cut)
» DVD, R3, NTSC
» 2.35:1 Anamorphic
» English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1
» English, Korean
» The Professional
» Luc Besson
» Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman
This korean digipack dvd was released by Spectrum who also did a previous two-disc release. If I were to compare this case with their previous digipack I'm not really sure who would be the clear winner. The design is very clean here and I must say that this is a very big plus. The cover is just black, with the title-logo in big red letters. It's such a treat to get a cover that's not smeared with comments by critics and ravings about how good the movie is. I must say that this one just has a very simple and glorious look to it.
The backside look pretty much the same as the front, but done in "reverse" (hm, the red being black, the black being red... I don't know what I meant by "reverse". Go figure). Opening it up we get a great shot taken from the director's cut with Mathilda holding a gun during one of their "training" moments. Everything runs very stylish and slick without a lot of annoying scribble or advertising.
The case is very well made. It's not glossy, as one would hope, but it's still well glued and I'm stunned by the fact that the both the back and the front cover have also been extended into the inside of the slipcase (all the way to the far end of it)... and not only that. The logo has actually been reprinted on the inside as well (!). It's not a big deal for the look of it as you can hardly see this at all except for when you're staring into the empty cover (and I personally never do that to often, at least not for entertainment purposes). There's no embossing or other details to take note off here. It's just a matt, black/red case with some creative artwork on it. A clean case for a classic film. Maybe not the most groundbraking case ever made but I think the cleaner himself would enjoy this design.
I really enjoyed the menu-style of the previous Spectrum release and for some reason I find the menus on this set kind of dull. I don't know what to say. It's not that there ugly, they're just... plain (even though they've tried to make them look good, it might be the music and the animation that doesn't sit right with me). But menu's aren't all that important as long as they're in English (AND THEY ARE!) and you also get a good batch of extras. So let's see what we have.
When the R1-market got the so called "Ultimate Edition" of this film there was much anticipation. The extras on this set are pretty much the same but we (unfortunately) loose the "fact track" of the R1. Instead, this set boosts the following line-up. First off we get both cut's of the film. The theatrical cut (entitled "The Professional") comes on disc one, along with all the extras. This cut has DD 5.1 whilst the director's cut on disc 2 also comes with a DTS-track.
As far as featurettes go the timespan here is somewhere around 1 hour aprox. That sounds ok when I check the timing but at first look the list of extras does seem a bit slim. "10 Year Retrospective: Cast And Crew Look Back" is up first. This is a sort of anti-reunion experience as a bunch of key-people of the cast and crew are interviewed separetely (all over the world) and talk about the film. This runs for 25 min and it's all very interesting to watch. My only concern on this little piece is that one of the frenchman (was he french?) only speaks french and has been dubbed over by an englishman. I would have liked it better if they'de just subtitled that segment but I guess it's fine. "Jean Reno: The Road To Leon" focuses on Jean Reno and how Leon came to affect his life. It's mainly interview footage but it's mixed with other clips as well. I found the interviews to be very well done in general and it feels very heart-warming to hear Jean talk about the effect of this role and how he got the part and all that. It's about 12 and a half minutes worth of info but it's a good 12 and a half minutes. After that comes as simular feature called "Natalie Portman: Starting Young", obviously focusing on Natalie Portman and her experience. This one runs for about one minut more than Reno's and even though it feels short it's very informative and well made.
There's also a so called music video for the song "Shape of My Heart". This is not really a music video per say but rather a montage of movie-footage combined with the music. I don't know how good this is as I don't really like this kind of bonus, but I guess it's nice to get anyway.
Wrapping it all up is the theatrical trailer and something they just call "Behind The Scenes". Now the reason I note this featurette specifically is because it seems to be exclusive to this edition but also ecause it's a bit strange (I can't put it any other way actually). It's not too long and is based purely on a bunch of behind the sceens footage. The odd side of it is that (apart from the short timespan) there's just not any info here (!). The whole featurette is played to somewhat action-packed music without any dialogue or original sound left behind. The footage is very nice but it's very fast and cut together in a way that you really don't have to much clue as to what's going on. I think this would have been a great featurette if we could have gotten a commentary track for it, and some original dialogue. Because the stuff looks very entertainging â€“ It's just sad that we seem to be kept out of the loop here.
To summarise this so called Anniversary Edition I'd just like to say the folllowing. In comparison to other regions, this one seems to be at the top of the line (though it all depends what you value I guess). The extras feel a bit short for such a classic and important film but they still feel very well done and they really do make the most of there time. I give it a seven mainly because the featurette's feel a bit lacking in terms of variaty. Still, it's one of the best editions of Leon to date.