83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
I worked at a cinema when this film was released. In between work I would sneak into the auditorium to catch snippets. It was an eagerly awaited blockbuster after all. But on each occasion I was repelled by what I saw: futuristic cars that looked like something you'd see at a fair; bright red hair; orange vests; Gary Oldman made to look ridiculous; low-budget-looking...
Published on 4 Feb 2004 by abbaabba
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Multi-PASS
What the other reviewers failed to do is review the actual blu-ray. Whilst the film may be great, the blu-ray transfer does not look especially crisp or clean, especially the opening few minutes of the movie. The sound mix is great though.
All in all, a wasted opportunity seeing as this film is perfect for HD. I should have stuck with the DVD :(
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by karmacar
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars,
This review is from: The Fifth Element Special Edition  [DVD] (DVD)I worked at a cinema when this film was released. In between work I would sneak into the auditorium to catch snippets. It was an eagerly awaited blockbuster after all. But on each occasion I was repelled by what I saw: futuristic cars that looked like something you'd see at a fair; bright red hair; orange vests; Gary Oldman made to look ridiculous; low-budget-looking monsters. It all seemed wrong.
When the film came out on video I watched it one evening and was engrossed. It worked. Today I own the DVD and I can confidently say that this is one of my top 5 films of all time. I love it. It brings together elements of other well known sci-fi films but goes beyond with a positivity so fresh I can't imagine it ever dating or ceasing to please.
There is a curious mixture about this film of intense effort (it was a long time coming for Luc Besson before the likes of Leon, and after a couple of viewings it is apparent to be a clever and intricate conception) and an almost throwaway modern kitsch (for example the Jean-Paul Gaultier design that I now consider inextricable from the film's attraction) The overall effect of the film is that it not only works but sparkles. It all makes sense and yet makes you giddy. It's like sherbert on the tongue but it still leaves a pleasant after-taste.
Bruce Willis is a true hero, Gary Oldman a true villain, and Milla the most perfect and lovable girl I think I have ever seen on screen. It is not designed to scare or shock, it is not crammed with nerdy effects to wow the computer kids, it is human, funny, emotional and spectacular.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High octane space opera.,
Also appearing are Gary Oldman as crooked, evil boss Zorg, Ian Holm as Cornelius,a priest and Chris Tucker, the latter providing comic relief as larger-than-life Ruby Rhod, a manic and neurotic D.J. who ends up accompanying the heroes on their quest.
Luc Besson has created a visually stunning piece of work. The cinematography is vibrant and colourful and the costumes (designed by Jean Paul Gaultier) have to be seen to be believed; the special effects are of the quality you would expect and add to the whole experience. This is a fast paced movie that grabs you and doesn’t let go from start to finish, a real roller coaster ride of a movie that is well worth seeing. Turn up the volume and enjoy the ride.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luc Besson's 'The Fifth Element' re-remaster on Blu Ray,
This review is from: The Fifth Element [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)The Fifth Element [Blu-ray] 
Going to leave a short-ish review, hopefully putting any fans of the movie at ease.
Wow for starters....I'm very impressed and very relieved. Let it be known I've done my fair share of research before purchasing this product. I've heard the rumours of the disappointing 1st Blu Ray release and the remastered the following year round 2006-07. I was very anxious hoping not to buy the faulty one or be disappointed in the so called "remastered". However I finally stumbled across some news and found out another Blu Ray version was re-re-released only last summer 2011. A sort of "re-remaster". Anyways after taking the plunge as i was 'desperate' to own this movie, i'm delighted. Apart from the obvious dated CGI SFX, the Blu Ray transfer is AMAZING, and could easily be disguised as a movie released yesterday in cinemas...obviously ignoring Bruce Willis has hair and such films as Avatar.
Overall Picture Quality 5/5 Sound Quality 4.5/5 Movie itself of course 5/5
Hope this review helps, don't be discouraged by some random negative reviews, 9x out of the 10 you will realise they are reviewing a different product or version yet in the same review table. I'm reviewing the apparent 6th June 2011 re-re-release of "The Fifth Element" on Blu Ray. It's BEAUTIFUL!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The old good versus evil genre revamped,
The plot, as many people have said, is a weak point in this film, but I feel it's a break away from the normal sci-fi movies of late with their predictable storylines and unbelievable "bad guys". The Fifth Element re-writes the sci-fi genre with an air of fantasy and unpredictability.
The costumes help this films believability with the help of French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier who's often strange tastes slot perfectly into this film.
The ensemble cast (who you would never expect to appear in the same film together) do the script and vision of Luc Besson justice. The beautiful Milla Jovovich plays the innocent "supreme being" perfectly. Bruce Willis plays the same tough guy rolls he has been for years as the hero ex-military cab driver but still does well as you would expect of him. Gary Oldman, once again, plays a great "bad guy" as Zorg.
I tend to find sometimes that a lot of special effects can spoil a film, but the CGI in the Fifth Element is necessary and pulls the film together without you really knowing it's there. Sit back and enjoy a futuristic sci-fi fantasy than will keep you enthralled throughout with the occasional laugh.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting a Bit Complicated...,
This review is from: The Fifth Element [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)The Region B-locked BD release of 6 June 2011 (B004KKX9AY) has better picture *and* audio quality than the remastered/improved 2007 Region A-locked Columbia/Tristar edition (UPC 043396215207), which itself replaced the initial (defective) 2006 release (at least here in the US)...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Willis heads for the Stars,
What Bruce isn't aware of is that there is an unstoppable great ball of Evil heading towards Earth in order to destroy all life. After a harrowing chase with the cops, (in full three dimensions) Bruce takes his unwanted passenger to the nearest priest. This just happened to be Ian Holm, the leader of an ancient cult who had been awaiting the arrival of the Perfect Being to oppose the Ultimate Evil.
The plot gets ever less important as we continue, but it is never a vitally important part of the film as the visuals are the real focus. In addition, there is a lot of slapstick comedy as the various factions involved (Earth Government, Gary Oldman acting for Ultimate Evil and Ian Holm's cult as well as Bruce Willis) all jockey for position and though the levels of violence are more reminiscent of the Die Hard films, there is an echo of Willis's days in Moonlighting in the interactions of Willis and Holmes and Willis and Leelo, the Perfect Being. Holm turns in an inspired performance as the priest willing to do almost anything for the success of his mission.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Element,
This review is from: The Fifth Element [VHS]  (VHS Tape)I first saw this movie as an example of an exceptional film soundtrack, while The Fifth Element does have this it also has a lot more.
The atmosphere of this film is amazing, you really do feel like you are there, it creates a very colourful, living world which still manages to appear highly realistic. This film definately won't age, the world is its own, the style doesn't appear even slightly dated some 8 years on.
The acting is superb throughout, Milla Jovovich is extremely convincing and you feel that all the 'alien' language spoken by the characters is not artificial. Willis is at his best here and the supporting cast never lets the side down.
Even though on its own the story is reasonably believable as a part of the world, it is never meant to be taken seriously, there is a strong comic element (npi) which makes it even more enjoyable. There are many, many laugh out loud moments which would put movies billed as comedies to shame!
One of my favorite films of all time, any film or Willis fan would be very likely to enjoy this movie.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must be seen cinematic marvel!,
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Special effects are as you'd expect superb, action sequences are glued-to-your-seat enthralling and the plot, despite getting a little too sentimental towards the end is predictable but highly entertaining.
What sets this film apart from all other sci-fi movies is it's totally unique (and often bizarre) comic book appearence. Colors are brash and gaudy, clothes are skimpy, weird and typically Jean Paul Gaultier and every detail of everyday living has been played around with in an almost surreal manner.
A film that can be watched ad infinitum without ever becoming boring, a definite one to buy!!
Star wars, star Trek and their ilk all take themselves far too seriously, Fifth Element never lets you stop smiling, even when the bullets, flames, nuclear warheads, scrapnel and other assorted bombs are flying! The future has never looked so bright!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did he learn to negotiate like that?,
For some reason this movie can grow on you and you find yourself anticipating the next move. Then you see things that you did not see the first time. Then you start to mouth the words. Soon this turns into a five star movie with a plot, good guys, bad guys, and good bad guys. Soon you start looking in your auto-wash to see if you left anything in there.
An ancient thereat of dome looms over the earth. An ancient religion keeps the secret of the doom and the secret of the defense (the fifth element.) Prophecy turns into reality and it is up to Major Koeben Dallas (Bruce Willis) to find the fifth element and save the earth.
Will he be able to do this and at what emotional expense?
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long?,
I'd avoided it because I'd enjoyed Besson's 'Leon' so much that I thought anything else would be a disappointment. What an idiot! I really enjoyed this film - it's pure entertainment from start to finish, and I find myself digging it out when I need a lift.
Bruce Willis is looking for his perfect woman in the film, and he finds her in Milla Jovavich. Well I'm with you there Mr Willis - I fall in love with her every time I watch the damn film. It's getting very boring........ Definitely 5*'s.
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The Fifth Element [VHS]  by Luc Besson (VHS Tape - 1999)