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La Femme Nikita [Import]

4.1 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière, Laura Chéron
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Claude Besson, Mario Cecchi Gori, Patrice Ledoux, Vittorio Cecchi Gori
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Vidmark / Trimark
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 1997
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304615477
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Format: Blu-ray
A drugged out. almost brain-dead punk full of attitude and anger, Nikita is caught after helping rob a drug store, leaving several cops dead. She’s given a choice. Accept a quiet death penalty, or agree to be trained to be a secret government assassin. A good part of the film (and arguably the most interesting) is her training itself, as Nikita’s rebellious nature keeps getting her pushed to the edge of getting kicked out (and hence executed), while her strange sullen sexiness begins to seduce her Henry Higgins, an agent assigned to oversee her who finds himself getting more than a bit obsessed. Meanwhile, the always wonderful Jeanne Moreau tries to teach this nihilistic punk how to come off as a woman of the world, the better to be able to get close to her targets.

This is often argued to be a film of style over substance, and in the big picture that’s probably fair. And it didn't hold up quite as well on a recent 2nd viewing 20+ years later as I hoped. But still, this spends more time on human interaction and emotion, and less on blowing stuff up than almost any of its contemporary counterparts, Not art, but for a popcorn movie smart, inventive and fun.
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Format: DVD
The movie gets five stars, but this new special edition disc gets one. I own the previous MGM release of this movie which was widely known to have many picture and subtitle problems. I loved the movie enough to purchase this new version. With my fingers crossed, I popped the disc in...
...zut alors! The anamorphic widescreen picture quality is still lousy. Grainy, occasionally pixelized. Look at patterns in the background during the movie and the problems are quite evident. For example, in one scene when Nikita is in training and chatting with her trainer Bob in her room, a grill on a piece of furniture on the left side of the screen creates a hugely distracting pattern that always diverts my eye.

But we get some special features with this special edition, right? Only with the most liberal definition of "special." These empty chats and documentaries are considered standard features for most other DVDs, so I'm not sure what we're supposed to think is special. There's even an easter egg, though it's not hidden, so I guess it's just an egg. But since it's just a short set of film clips, not all that exciting, I guess it's a rotten egg.
There are a few improvements. The English subtitles are better less distracting to those of you who speak French. The 5.1 soundtrack is still solid, though not noticeably better than the one on the original MGM disc. I'm not sure if it was remixed. If you don't own a copy of this movie, by all means buy the special edition. If you own the previous version, learn from my mistake and either keep you original version or sell it and buy a used copy of the special edition. Or lobby MGM for a real "special" edition.
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Format: VHS Tape
I normally don't watch violent or gory movies, but caught this after being recommended to watch the professional by Luc Besson. fell in love with tcheky Karyo and already liked Jean Reno,(first saw him in French Kiss.) Ann is perfect for the part, the american series of Nikita can't even touch this movie! Taunt action, shocking scenes, great stunt work, and shootings and death with a message, what more can you ask for? made me wish I understood more french, so I wouldn't have to rely on subtitles. don't go dubbed EVER!! you must hear these peoples actual voices, it makes the movie even more powerful if that is possible. Not for everyone, but if you like a realistic action-packed story with good parts developement, especially Ann,and Tcheky with everything in its place, check out this movie. If you are like me, you will need to watch it several times to get really into all the details. each time I watch it I find something new to think over afterwards. (Same with the Professional.) Luc Besson gets slammed alot over here in the U.S. but I think he is alot better than most of our viewing public is aware. (we are used to to much american [movies].)
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Format: DVD
This is a succesful French film that was remade as an American film with Bridgette Fonda in the lead role.
The French film is starker and grimer and it is more elegant.
The opening of the film shows some hopeless junkies commiting a mindless and violent jukie crime. A press report of the incident is released saying that all of the criminals involved have been killed. However one has not, that being Nikita. She has been taken into custody by the security services. They want to train her as an killer. As she is legally dead they have considerable control over her life.
The film is a sort of My Fair Lady as the hopeless junkie is trained not only in how to use weapons but in make up and deportment. The idea is that she has been chosen because of her looks and sex appeal.
The plot of the moview involves her development as a killer and her attempts to regain some form of normal life.
When it was released the film was fresh and based on an original idea. The film is very French in that the main is gorgous, the dressing is elegant and the film is gripping and well done. A classic of the genre.
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