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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    The Fifth Element (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    New York cab driver Korben Dallas didn’t mean to be a hero, but he just picked up the kind of fare that only comes along every five thousand years. A perfect beauty, a perfect being, a perfect weapon. Together, they must save the world.

    My Thoughts
    In all honesty, the first time I saw this movie I hated it—a lot. I didn’t connect with the over-the-top script and characters and couldn’t see why so many people loved it—especially my good friend Ralph Potts. I did own the movie on DVD because it was a demo-showpiece for video quality and I could stomach various scenes in order to show off the prowess of my system. Now I’ve watched it twice in less than two years all the way through and enjoy the hell out of it.

    I guess it took me a long time to get used to the narrative, but I now love the over-the-top performances, especially Chris Tucker, and Willis is great in the lead too. Consider me a convert!

    This UHD release is quite good, but with the added resolution, there’s more grain in the picture that’s masked in the 1080p Signature Series Blu-ray release. All told though, it looks great and the expanded color palette adds a little pop to the image and the HDR treatment looks great. As for the audio, it’s the same Atmos track from the last Blu-ray release


    Video 9.5/10

    Audio 9.5/10 (Dolby Atmos—True HD 7.1 core)


    Special Features:
    · The Director’s Nots: An All-New Interview with Director Luc Besson
    · The Visual Element
    · The Digital Element
    · The Star Element
    · The Alien Element
    · The Fashion Element
    · The Diva
    · Imagining The Fifth Element
    · The Elements of Style
    · Blu-ray + UV Digital Copy





    Conclusion
    The past Blu-ray release was made with UHD in mind due to the new 4K scan. While this isn’t the demo showpiece that it was back in the day on DVD, it still looks great for a 20-year-old film and I’m sure it will be a big seller on the new format. Recommended for fans.
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    David, I remember when surround sound was being introduced, when laser discs were considered high tech and when we had a lot of audio stores getting into video. They all had "Top Gun" on display. To the point I was getting sick of it. Twenty years later these stores all played "Fifth Element." Frankly, I like the first third, tolerated the second third, but it lost me at the opera.
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    Barry,

    For the longest time, I felt the exact same way, but it has grown on me for some reason. I blame Ralph Potts influence
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    Ralph certainly is a Fifth Element fanboy.

    I bought the Superbit DVD solely because of the demo-worthy video. I too never really like the movie.

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    glad u like this now Dave! This has always been one of my favorites. Fifth element was guardians of the galaxy before guardians of the galaxy (film version anyway). there is no doubt that GOTG has influenced u as well.

    cant wait for Valerian.

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    Senior Member Lefisc's Avatar
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    Shouldn't we up to aleast the sixth or seventh element by now?
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