Luc Besson’s incredibly stylistic, enduringly popular science fiction opus "The Fifth Element" has long been overdue for a high definition upgrade. After all, let’s face it, what other sci-fi film can combine bright, lavish visuals, Jean-Paul Gaultier outfits, a star-making turn from Milla Jovovich and one of the most divisive performances of recent decades, courtesy of Mr Chris Tucker?
It’d be fair to say that "The Fifth Element" wasn’t a film to everyone’s tastes, but those it does appeal to, your reviewer included, rate it highly. It’s an explosion of ideas, headlined by Bruce Willis, and arguably Luc Besson’s most ambitious American movie.
It looks, as you’d hope, ravishing in high definition. "The Fifth Element" benefits enormously from a 1080p picture upgrade, and the audio work to match it. Fortunately, there’s no skimping on the extra features too, and the end result is a Blu-ray that genuinely does a distinctive film real justice. It might not win "The Fifth Element" a legion of fresh fans, but it doesn’t shortchange those who have been long waiting the arrival of one of Luc Besson’s best in high definition. Well worth checking out. --"Jon Foster"