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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Bernard Grenet, Claude Besson, John Garland, Patrice Ledoux
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 17 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NPHP8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,814 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) made his American directorial debut with Leon, a stylised thriller about a French hit man (Jean Reno) who takes in an American girl (Natalie Portman) being pursued by a corrupt killer cop (Gary Oldman). Oldman is a little more unhinged than he should be, but there is something genuinely irresistible about the story line and the relationship between Reno and Portman. Rather than cave in to the cookie-cutter look and feel of American action pictures, Besson brings a bit of his glossy style from French hits La Femme Nikita and Subway to the production of The Professional, and the results are refreshing even if the bullets and explosions are awfully familiar.--Tom Keogh

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16 2004
Format: DVD
I don't usually like to watch movies about hit men or cops and robbers. I remember I got interested in this movie because of two things: Luc Besson's movie the Fifth Element, which was so wildly different and fascinating that I wanted to see what else this French director had done; and secondly, seeing Natalie Portman for the first time in the Star Wars: Phantom Menace movie.
Behind all of the dense make up and bad script and horribly non-existent directing from George Lucas in Phantom Menace, I sensed in Natalie Portman one heck of a terrific young actress struggling to come up with a meaningful performance. In "Leon - The Professional", working with a superb director, her acting talent is on full display.
When one thinks of modern day child actors, Anna Paquin comes to mind, in "The Piano", because she aced out some terrific adult actresses in 1993 to win the Oscar. Well, Natalie Portman, at age 12, had Anna Paquin beat by a mile in this movie, since her character takes up about half of the movie. If not for the truly unusual and off-beat story line of this movie, Portman would have gotten a lot more attention for her role in this movie, I think.
If you just focus on Portman's facial expressions and the way she carries herself in this movie, she goes through an amazing acting range in this movie, from hurt, terrified, bored, stuck up, cool and calculating, manipulative, sweet, child-like, and pubescent sexual allure.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the uncut version restores scenes that basically give a harder edge to Natalie Portman's character. The additional scenes of her assassin training with Leon and her efforts to attract and get closer to Leon definitely put her character in a harsher light. I remember from my first viewing of the cut U.S.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Welt on July 6 2004
Format: DVD
There's hardly anything I can say that will do justice to the splendor of 'Leon - The Professional'. The insanity of both the action sequences and Gary Oldman's performance... the touching love story of 2 lonely outcasts... the fantastic cinematography... the heart-breaking tragedy... the pulsing score... the violent life of a shy, milk-drinking, plant-loving hitman... the soul of an innocent little girl... the blistering, chaotic, blood-drenched fury that lives in all 3 of these characters...
...Wow...
...It's just a vortex of beautiful destruction. All these things crammed into one amazing film. A remarkable cast giving remarkable performances, and a very visual director shoving this seething powerhouse of a film right in our faces...
Like I said, there's nothing I can say. So, just believe me when I tell you that this is a very great film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug the Pilot on Oct. 26 2008
Format: DVD
This is literature on celluloid. The music is top notch too. I recommend only the so-called "International" (deluxe) version, or as Besson calls it, the "long" version. Far too much character development was removed from the American release, making that version just another action flick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Léon: The Professional [1994] [20th Anniversary Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] NO WOMEN! NO KIDS! THAT’S THE RULE!

The first English language thriller ‘LEON’ from Luc Besson, the director of 'Nikita'. Gary Oldman plays Norman Stansfield, a psychotic government official whose actions provide the catalyst for murder on the New York streets. When a young girl named Mathilda [Natalie Portman] witnesses her family being gunned down by Gary Oldman's team of corrupt cops, she teams up with lone hit man Leon [Jean Reno] to take revenge. Natalie Portman made her film debut with this film.

FILM FACT: Léon: The Professional was nominated for 7 César Awards in 1995, and Norman Stansfield has since been named by several publications as one of cinema's greatest villains.

Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Peter Appel, Willi One Blood, Don Creech, Adam Busch, Samy Naceri, Keith A. Glascoe, Randolph Scott, George Martin, Elizabeth Regen, Carl J. Matusovich, Frank Senger, Lucius Wyatt and Maïwenn

Director: Luc Besson

Producer: Patrice Ledoux

Screenwriter: Luc Besson

Composer: Éric Serra

Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.
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Format: Blu-ray
Determinedly odd, over the top and a lot of fun., This strangely sentimental, wonderfully photographed, very violent black comedy is like
some demented marriage of a sincere Disney film about a 12 year old girl looking for a father (or, in an intentionally disquieting French
twist, a lover), with the over the top darkness of David Lynch, or Kubrick in his "Dr. Strangelove" mode, and some John Woo action
thrown in for good measure.

Sound weird? Well, it is, and there are some huge logic jumps and gaping plot holes. But the film disarms those potential problems by
never pretending to be the world as we know it, but creating a heightened, strange, through- the-looking-glass reality where hit men
are sweet softies at heart, and New York cops are not only corrupt but openly bat-sh@t insane, gunning down whomever gets in their
way with gleeful abandon.

Gary Oldman goes way, way over the top as the baddie, and is a blast in the process. Jean Reno creates some real pathos in his sad faced,
killer, who is so alone that he's almost child-like in his having to learn to relate to another human, and Natalie Portman gives a shockingly
complex performance for an actress so young, playing so tricky a role. A film I could understand someone hating if they didn't get into
Besson's decidedly off-beat vibe, but if you go with it, it's that rarest of film creatures, something unique.

The blu-ray looks great provides both the theatrical and extended director's cut and has some solid bonus features besides.
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