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La Femme Nikita (Widescreen Special Edition) (1990)

Anne Parillaud , Marc Duret , Luc Besson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) broke the commercial taboo against female-driven action movies with this seminal, seductively slick film about a violent street punk (Anne Parillaud) trained to become a smooth, stylish assassin. Though it amounts, in the end, to little more than disposable pop, the film has a cohesiveness in style and tone--akin to the early James Bond films--that gives it a sense of integrity. Parillaud is compelling both as a wild child and chic-but-lethal pro (trained in good manners by none other than Jeanne Moreau). Tchéky Karyo is also good as the cop mentor who develops feelings for her. --Tom Keogh


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars no downside to this flick June 9 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Feb. 2 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 'DIGITAL DELINQUENT DISTRESSED DAMSEL' Jan. 29 2002
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Format:DVD
That's our Anne - not quite an orphan, but very much submitted to the "hard knock life" until an unfortunate mishap [along the lines of her twin's {Alex} - "Clockwork Orange"] "incident" with the Cat Lady. She accidentally off's a cop during a botched drug-induced punk robbery, ends up in jail, on death row, executed? No, ........not quite yet...!
"Miss" ends up in a sort of Charm School [an ultra covert assination bureau for the misbegotten] - is given two choices, "Shape Up" or it's crematorium time - something like that. Under the expert guidance of her mentors, Heartthrob Tcheky Kayro [not quite a Professor Higgins - he is more concerned about her marksmanship], and Jeanne Moreau as the Charm School Mistress, she buds into rather an exotic bird
AND, along the lines of Eliza's ball in "Fair Lady" makes her spectacular debut at a rather elegant restaurant, complete with what she thinks is a Graduation Gift - and what a Gift!
It's a very contemporary and unsettling climate.
There are numerous tests, twists and turns, she even gains an understandably bemused and befuddled lover, a slightly clueless "guy next door". Yes, there is some redemption to this violent little tale!
It's NOT for the kiddies, too - too violent, especially the brilliant Jean Reno as the "cleaning guy" with a penchant for acid baths.....a moment not to be forgotten, expecially the coup de grace "shot"!
Talented director Luc Besson subsequently brought us "The Professional" also with Reno, and the glowing "Fifth Element" - very worthwhile.
A companion? "Clockwork Orange". Also the USA remake with Bridget Fonda, virtually a shot by shot recreation ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Action Packed
One of my favorite French Films of all time. Lovely story of a girl who is taken from a bad place and put into a difficult position of being an assassin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosemary Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
I originally watched this film on pirate satellite in Central America with English subtitles. Loved every moment of it and simply a joy to see again after almost 20 years.
Published 3 months ago by Shawn Brisbin
4.0 out of 5 stars Art? No, but a smart and fun action film.
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars La Femme Nikita
Good picture quality but the voice sound is ovewhelmed by the background music. I would not recommend this product to a friend.
Published on Dec 28 2011 by Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but American version is better.
I hate to disagree with so many well written reviews, but as much as I love Le Femme Nikita, I prefer Point Of No Return. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2006 by Paul Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikita
After a bloody shootout at a pharmacy where all of her gang memeber friends are killed, Nikita (Parillaud), high on drugs, kills a policeman in cold blood and is captured and... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by Rodrigo Llamozas
5.0 out of 5 stars sensitive and dangerous
Sensitive, sophisticated, violent, and exquisite are some of the adjectives that could best describe this tour de force movie by Luc Besson. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Lloyd Greg
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot better
The "Nikita" hardcore can celebrate MGM's rerelease of the French action film, a single-disc affair that should erase memories of the studio's botched first DVD, from... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by Flipper Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The original is still the best
After years of remakes and cable shows, I see this film today and there is a combined sense of romance and danger that can't be recreated by anyone but Besson. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by B. Pytlinski
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie--smart and sexy!
This is yet another wonderful Luc Besson film. I only wish I hadn't seen "Point of No Return" before seeing Nikita--the American version was not very good and took away from my... Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by cj_prof
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