Leon - The Professional (Uncut International Version)
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The mysterious Léon (Jean Reno) is New York's top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Léon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). But Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge. From the electrifying opening to the fatal finale, THE PROFESSIONAL is a nonstop crescendo of action and suspense. UHD Release 2017 The mysterious Léon (Jean Reno) is New York’s top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Léon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family’s sole survivor – 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). But Mathilda doesn’t just want protection; she wants revenge. From the electrifying opening to the fatal finale, Léon: The Professional is a nonstop crescendo of action and suspense. Experience both the theatrical and extended versions of this beloved action masterpiece, now presented in full 4K resolution.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #94629 in DVD
- Brand: Leon
- Published on: 2012-09-18
- Released on: 2000-10-03
- Rating: R (Restricted)
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Formats: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Original language: English
- Subtitled in: English, Spanish, French
- Dubbed in: French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Number of discs: 1
- Dimensions: .53" h x 5.50" w x 7.50" l, .25 pounds
- Running time: 133 minutes
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Leon - The Professional; a great film
This 1994 intelligent action movie kind of snuck up on me, but it is very well done, because of the script, the great directing by Luc Besson, and because of the excellent acting by Jean Reno, Natalie Portman (11 years old at the time), and Gary Oldman. The story is, of course, about a 12-year old girl Mathilda (Portman) whose family is killed by a rogue DEA agent (Oldman) and who is subsequently taken in by a Mafia hitman Leon (Reno). Mathilda convinces (manipulates?) Leon to train her as a 'cleaner,' and the rest of the story is about their short time together while she learns and he does his work.
Be aware that there are at least two versions of this movie floating around. You should try to get the 133 minute US Deluxe Edition DVD released by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment in 2005 (also known as the international version) or the US Blu-Ray version, as those versions include the extra scenes that help fill out the story and a few special features including interviews of Jean Reno and Natalie Portman.
The Deluxe Edition's additional 25 minutes of film is found in the film's second act, and it shows more of the personal relationship and interactions between Léon and Mathilda. The extra scenes also show Mathilda when she accompanies Léon on several of his hits and how those trips help train her as a contract killer.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
I had my doubts about the Sony Supreme Cinema Series 4K Restoration. Wondering if it would make much of an improvement on a standard 1080p Blu-Ray. Well I'm happy to say, the improvement is HUGE. I was amazed how good this 1994 film looked, and sounded.
I can't say how much better it will look on a TV, but projected on a 120" (2.35:1) screen, the upgrade was a worthwhile purchase.
As far as the film...a Masterpiece!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
By Mr. Big
One of my all time favorite movies, the extended version makes this movie even MORE enjoyable. It also fills in a few of the blanks that I always wondered about, especially the relationship between Leon and Mathilda. The extended version takes over where the theatrical version leaves off and helps to define and articulate that relationship in ways I had only guessed at. At such a young age, Natalie Portman's acting was simply amazing, as was Jean Reno's. Of course, Reno is a highly acclaimed actor giving a performance that one would expect from him. But Portman? I never would have guessed that at 13-years old, she was such a great actress. Simply astounding.
Gary Oldman is another GREAT actor that turned in a truly mesmerizing performance as the drug-crazed DEA agent without a conscience. I've seen him in quite a few movies; JFK, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Immortal Beloved, The Fifth Element, etc., and each one of his performances leaves me breathless at his acting ability. Together and taken as a whole, the cast, the script, the setting, the 'Professional' manner in which this movie was filmed and carried out makes it one of the most entertaining, exciting, dramatic and heartbreaking movies I've ever seen.
If you haven't seen this movie, you owe it to yourself to purchase and watch it. It WILL leave you breathless. HIGHLY recommended!