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The Fifth Element Blu-ray

United States
Remastered Sony Pictures | 1997 | 126 min | Rated PG-13 | Jul 17, 2007

The Fifth Element (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.88 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin (Traditional), Thai

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

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 1.4 of 51.4
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Thriller60%
Epic33%
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The Fifth Element

 (1997)

The Fifth Element Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Set in the 23rd century, New York cab driver Korben Dallas didn't mean to be a hero, but he just picked up the kind of fare that only comes along every five thousand years: A perfect beauty, a perfect being, a perfect weapon. Now, together, they must save the world.

For more about The Fifth Element and the The Fifth Element Blu-ray release, see the The Fifth Element Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry
Director: Luc Besson

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The Fifth Element Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The big question regarding this newly remastered release of The Fifth Elementremains: is the picture quality an improvement over the previous, substandard release? Indeed it is; every problem present in the previous release has been corrected; the disc delivers a pristine image that pops off of the screen with amazing depth and stunning imagery. From start to finish, video quality remains consistent while featuring rock-solid black levels, outstanding fine detail and color fidelity that is lush and warm while still highlighting the film's unique visual style. Grain inherent in the theatrical presentation has been expertly reproduced, giving the movie a truly film-like image. From the opening scenes within an Egyptian tomb to the space battles and urban cityscapes, this transfer's meticulous attention to detail renders every scene flawlessly.

In The Fifth Element's opening scenes, scores of hieroglyphics are depicted in great detail on the walls of an ancient temple; fine edges in the engravings are clearly defined, without relying on artificial edge enhancement. The early space scenes also offer a glimpse into the improvements found throughout this disc; black levels are noticeably deeper and never wander into the blue-gray levels of the previous version. While this new transfer uses the AVC compression codec over the Mpeg-2 compression of its predecessor, the quality of the master is what has brought the greatest improvement to this release. All studios currently producing high definition material should look to this latest release of The Fifth Element as the primary example of the importance of mastering to Blu-ray from a pristine source. The Fifth Element is finally the demo disc that videophiles have been waiting for.


The Fifth Element Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

The audio side of The Fifth Element has also undergone a number of slight changes with this release. In addition to the stellar PCM track contained on the previous version, listeners have been given the option of utilizing a new Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Both tracks are presented in 5.1 and feature 16-bit encodes. In theory, these tracks should sound the same, but the reality of the situation is somewhat different. For whatever reason, I found the PCM track to be much more robust and natural. There is a slight variance in volume between the two tracks, with the TrueHD track being slightly softer. Once volume corrections have been made, the PCM track was still superior in many ways to Dolby's new audio format. In addition to the aforementioned richness and intensity of the PCM track, I also found dialog to be a bit more crisp and the entire soundstage more enveloping with PCM. I have no idea why this might be the case, and it remains to be seen on future releases whether this disparity shows up again.

In the case of The Fifth Element, I maintain that sticking with PCM will render the best audio results. It should also be noted that Dolby's notorious Dialog Normalization is not active on Sony Blu-ray releases, so this would not account for the slight differences in the two soundtracks. Both tracks do provide amazing low frequency effects and a visceral improvement over standard Dolby Digital. The Fifth Element comes highly recommended.


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