WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fifth Element, The
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker & Luke Perry

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 82406
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 137
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Luc Besson
(Screenplay/Written By): Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen
(Story): Luc Besson
(Music): Eric Serra
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dan Weil
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Sylvie Landra
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Iain Smith
(Producers): Patrice Ledoux

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bruce Willis stars in The Fifth Element as Korben Dallas, a 23rd century airborne cabbie who finds himself in a fight to save the world. It has been prophesied that, at this time, only the alignment of the four elements—earth, fire, air, water—plus a fifth element, will have the ability to stop the forces of evil. When a mysterious woman (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into Dallas’ cab, he learns of the prophecy, that she is the fifth element—and he must help her save the world.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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