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Léon Blu-ray

United Kingdom
The Professional Optimum Home Entertainment | 1994 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 133 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Sep 14, 2009

Léon (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
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Léon

 (1994)

Léon Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

A corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration boss and his thugs murder Mathilda's family in a drug deal gone awry. Orphaned by the massacre, Mathilda is forced to take shelter in the apartment of a neighbor, Léon, whom she knows only slightly. He's a loner and first generation immigrant, who also happens to be a professional hitman. He's never had reason to care about anybody and she has no one else to turn to. Together they form a makeshift bond that will forever change both their lives.

For more about Léon and the Léon Blu-ray release, see Léon Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Michael Badalucco
Director: Luc Besson

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Léon Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Luc Besson's Léon arrives on Blu-ray in the United Kingdom courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment.

This British release might have been sourced from the same elements used for the French release, courtesy of Gaumont, but it certainly looks different.

In terms of clarity and detail, the British release appears rather similar to the French one. The daylight scenes tend to be a tad too sharp for my taste, but for the most part, they are manageable. The overwhelming majority of the close-ups look good, but, as it was the case with the French release, the age of the film certainly shows. The contrast boosting I spotted on the French and German releases of Léon is still noticeable on the British release, but unlike what has been said about it, I don't find it to be overly disturbing. The mild-edge enhancement is still present.

Here's what separates the British release from the French one – hues and grain. Generally speaking, the hues on the British release are a lot gentler than those of the French release (those of you with larger screens should be able to tell most easily). Additionally, the British release shows more film grain – some of it actually mixed with a bit of digital noise – which I find to be a lot more appealing. During the second half of the film, and especially once the shootouts begin, it is very easy to tell where and how the British release looks different from the French one. For the record, the same minor flecks I spotted on the French release are also present on the British release.

This Blu-ray disc contains the International and Theatrical versions of Léon. The Theatrical version of the film is accessible through the special features section of the disc (the pop-up menu option is not activated when you watch it). I compared a few selected scenes from it with the French release (its theatrical version) and I could not quite tell whether or not there are notable differences between the two. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Léon Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English LPCM 2.0 Stereo. I opted for the French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the French LPCM 2.0 track for the purpose of this review.

First of all, in the audio department, the British release is not identical to the French release either. The French release had the following audio options English DTS-HD HR 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0. As revealed above, the British disc has English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks for the International and Theatrical versions of the film.

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track sounds very good. On the International version, the bass is loud and potent, the rear channels very effective and the high frequencies not overdone. To be honest, folks, I don't know what SONY would do with their upcoming Blu-ray release of Léon, but I doubt they would be able to improve the audio. Also, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, or hissings to report in this review. For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they split the image frame and the black bar below it.


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