COLUMBIA TRISTAR has already released two versions of “THE PROFESSIONAL”.
There was the American “cut” version, “THE PROFESSIONAL” and the uncut
“European” version, “LEON”. Now, COLUMBIA TRISTAR has remastered
“LEON” as a “SUPERBIT”.
Luc Besson’s regular, Jean Reno, stars as “Leon”, a hit man whom by
circumstance, ends up befriending a very young girl(Natalie Portman) after her
family has been killed, when the father steps on some drugs he’s been holding
for a crooked DEA agent, played by Gary Oldman, in a
ridiculously over-the-top performance. As the relationship between Leon and the girl builds, he ends up giving into her requests to teach her how to kill, so she can exact revenge upon the killers of her family.
While the film has won a huge cult following, this reviewer strongly believes there’s a lot more wrong with the film than right with it! Still, there are some great scenes, and fans of the film will love the superior transfer of this “SUPERBIT” release.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9
enhancement. While colors weren’t a problem in the previous versions,
they’re more balanced here. While there were some problems with halos on
previous versions, that problem is absent here. Unfortunately, it
still lacks the detail found on some “non” SUPERBIT releases, but there’s enough
improvement over the earlier versions to recommend this as the definitive version.
While we were eager to hear the new DTS option(Standard with SUPERBIT
releases), it was a bit disappointing. To be honest, it “and” the Dolby Digital
5.1 option offered less bass definition than did the previous version of “LEON”.