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Leon: Director's Cut [DVD] [1994]

Gary Oldman , Jean Reno , Luc Besson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Eric Challier, Luc Bernard
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) made his American directorial debut with this stylised thriller about a French hit man (Jean Reno) who takes in an American girl (Natalie Portman) being pursued by a corrupt killer cop (Gary Oldman). Oldman is a little more unhinged than he should be, but there is something genuinely irresistible about the story line and the relationship between Reno and Portman. Rather than cave in to the cookie-cutter look and feel of American action pictures, Besson brings a bit of his glossy style from French hits La Femme Nikita and Subway to the production of The Professional, and the results are refreshing even if the bullets and explosions are awfully familiar.--Tom Keogh

Product Description

Léon (Jean Reno, Da Vinci Code, Ronin) is a deadly and elusive killer. He lives a routine life, alone in New York with just his plant for company, until the day twelve year-old Mathilde (Nathalie Portman, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, V for Vendetta) rings his doorbell in desperation and so becomes part of his life. Mathilde has just narrowly escaped being murdered along with her parents and baby brother by ruthless, corrupt cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman, Harry Potter, The Dark Night) and his colleagues. Léon reluctantly takes Mathilde under his wing, and the two go on the run. But Mathilde wants revenge, and as she soon discovers, Léon can teach her how to exact it… Also starring Danny Aiello, this is the first UK release of the Director’s Cut on standard def.


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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon - brilliant - one of Besson's best!! 8 Dec 2002
By Zebedee
Format:VHS Tape
Leon is amongst my favourite films (incl. Dernier Combat, Subway and Big Blue). Film follows the story of an 11-year old girl (Nathalie Portman) and hit man (Jean Reno) who takes Portman under his wing after her family is killed by corrupt cop (Gary Oldman).
Oldman delivers a superb performance in his portrayal of a psychotic, drug snorting, truly unpleasant villian (listens to Beethoven's symphony to inspire him before a killing - both comic and chilling; somehow this and True Romance's pimp roles seem made for Oldman)!
Besson's talent is evident in his portrayal of the relationship between Reno and Portman. He deals with delicate themes such as Portman being the adult at times - she's a mother to her brother, wanting to appear mature as she smokes her cigarette when she first meets Leon vs. Leon playing the father figure/professional hitman role yet being a child himself, is moving; the sexual chemistry between the characters is warm and natural without being sordid. Superb film - not to be missed.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My "Desert Island" film. 23 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'm a great film buff with diverse tastes and I often wonder which film I'd want with me if I were stranded on that mythical desert island. Time and again though I come up with the same answer: Leon.
I can't fault this film. Luc Besson is a true artist (I've thoroughly enjoyed his work on every occasion) and this is surely his finest achievement. The casting is truly inspired. I cannot imagine another actor bettering Jean Reno's portrayal of the hitman with a heart.
That said though, the thing that stunned me on first viewing, and on each subsequent viewing, is Natalie Portman's performance as Mathilda. I think I'm correct in saying that she was thirteen years old when Leon was filmed and I cannot understand how someone so young could demonstrate such maturity. She is an absolute 'natural', and perfectly cast.
Finally, I was very impressed by the way Besson dealt with the sensitive subject of their 'relationship'. He manages to convey the warmth without making the viewer feel uncomfortable about the (20 year?) age difference. This becomes more important in the 'director's cut' which contains an extra 20 mins of film which explores their relationship in greater depth; Mathilda has 'designs' on Leon, but he keeps things platonic. Beautifully handled.
If you haven't seen this film you owe it to yourself to give it a viewing. A pity there are only 5 stars available!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ,GREAT MOVIE 15 Sep 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Leon is a film that on the outside looks like a film about a hitman that avenges a little girls grief by going after those that killed her family,fair enough if thats what you saw,in truth it is a deeper movie than that,a movie that shows the meaning of love and what one will do to show it and spare another.

The film is great and gary oldman stars as a cop that is as evil as those he puts away and when one of his drug sellers takes some himself the outcome aint pretty.The character of leon who is supposed to be the good guy isnt much better,he is a cold killer,who is paid to kill without need for question or thought and in the middle of these two is natalie portmans character,a 12 year old girl chased by one protected by the other.

The film explores the relationship between man and child and how a child can soften the heart and maybe even the senses when you truly care for them.There is blood here,there is drama,chases and more more,this is a great film,if you havent seen this then you really should.
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162 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'EVERYONE!!!' 16 Aug 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Back in the day when Luc Besson had standards and Natalie Portman could act this action film gave a fresh lease of life to the words 'overblown', 'intense', and that now hackneyed, abused and bedraggled word, 'passionate' (in its old meaning of intense feelings that controlled your every action, not ones that led to your part-time hobby, or doing your job ok).

The three leads, Reno, Portman and Oldman are possessed, driving the story to an amazing climax. And Besson fills the screen with meaning and purpose, delivering the kind of scenes that Hollywood includes in schmaltzy tributes to the magic of the cinema. The film is a genre unto itself - popcorn art-house. The continental style of Besson, the focus on Little Italy, presents New York with a fresh perspective even now.

The main story sounds controversial, the developing love between a hitman in his 40s and a 12 year old girl arguably more emotionally mature than him, and it is. Some people see Leon as only a father figure for the girl, Mathilda, but no, while it is love it is not familial love. However, Reno plays Leon in such an intelligent and sensitive way that the film never becomes distasteful nor illegal and the purity of the love remains, even if it hints at a future.

Gary Oldman is supremely talented in all of his films, an excellent Beethoven, subsumed entirely into Mason Verger, and magically metamorphosised into a human pair of slippers as Commissioner Gordon, but rewatching Leon now makes you realise that any role in which he doesn't play an out and out villain is a tragic art crime. He was born to play the kind of evil lunatic he is in Leon (and as good as Heath was, I would have loved to have seen Oldman as the Joker).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical timeless entertainment
Thoroughly enjoyed this Movie– What must be a classic, I missed it when it came out – (due to life being so busy) but thought the movie was amazing with characters being totally... Read more
Published 16 days ago by T. R. Wantling
4.0 out of 5 stars Gallic vengeance
Natalie Portman’s professional acting debut is the darkly emotive tale of the relationship struck between a (particularly) reclusive hit man and a 12 year old orphan. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film
this film is very good its in perfect condition and is really good and i will watch this severel times
Published 24 days ago by steve pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Superb service.
This is a brilliant film which I haven't seen in years. The service I have received from the seller was fantastic. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Rob Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars I can never get sick of this
This film has been one of my favourite films of all time for a long time now. I can never get sick of this film. Tempted to watch it now after writing up this review.
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding, even today, and probably forever.
This classic had gained a cult status almost immediately upon its release, and it remains that away for pretty obvious reasons. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RIJU GANGULY
1.0 out of 5 stars Morally dubious
Well played but with a relationship at its core that stinks. There is certainly a lot of corruption swilling around in this film!
Published 1 month ago by R. Fildes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film
I love this film and finally it is available on blu ray.

It is a modern classic and i hadn't seen it for a few years.

Fantastic picture quality.
Published 1 month ago by MR L J HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Absolutely love this film. Saw it when it first came out. Had to add it to my collection as a classic.
Published 1 month ago by happyshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm old enough. I need time to grow up"
Leon is a film which is always beautiful. Even at its most ugly, with scenes of death and violence splattered across the screen, there is a poetry to each movement and syllable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosemarie
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