CTHV Press Release: THE LUC BESSON COLLECTION

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE LUC BESSON COLLECTION
    COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALUTES ACCLAIMED
    DIRECTOR LUC BESSON WITH A BEAUTIFULLY PACKAGED DVD SIX-PACK
    CONTAINING "THE BIG BLUE," "THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN
    OF ARC," "LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL," "SUBWAY," "THE FIFTH ELEMENT"
    AND "LA FEMME NIKITA"
    AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 6, 2001 FOR ONLY $175.95
    Culver City, CA (8/29/01) - On November 6, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home
    Entertainment, will release a DVD six-pack containing the following hit
    movies
    from director Luc Besson:
    THE BIG BLUE - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
    * Photo Gallery: International Ad Campaign
    * Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    * Isolated Music Score
    * Animated Menus
    * Production Notes
    * Filmographies (Luc Besson, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette and Jean-Marc
    Barr)
    Experience the peril and intensity of the world's most dangerous sport
    in THE
    BIG BLUE. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr, Breaking the Waves) and his friendly
    rival
    Enzo (Jean Reno) are considered masters of free-diving and have made a
    career
    out of this one-of-a-kind competition. Jacques' life-long obsession
    with diving
    comes from his unusual bond with the sea, while Enzo thrives on the
    challenges
    of its inherent danger. In his travels, Jacques meet Johanna (Rosanna
    Arquette), who is attracted to his innocent qualities and follows him
    across
    Europe to share his adventures, triumphs and ultimately tragic bond with
    Enzo.
    With breathtaking underwater photography and matching musical support
    from
    Eric Serra (The Fifth Element), THE BIG BLUE immerses you in a life and
    death
    adventure you'll never forget.
    Rated PG
    Color
    Closed-Captioned
    168 Minutes
    Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2-Channel Dolby Surround
    Format: Widescreen
    Approximate Length: 168 Minutes
    Languages: English and French
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
    Trailers: "The Big Blue," "The Professional" and "The Messenger"
    THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC
    * "The Messenger: The Search for the Real Joan of Arc" HBO First Look
    * Isolated Music Score
    * Filmographies (Luc Besson, Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye
    Dunaway
    and Dustin Hoffman)
    In 1429, a 16-year-old girl from a remote village stood before the world
    and
    announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her
    country.
    It began as a small voice in the heart of a simple girl. but as the
    voice grew
    stronger, rulers were drawn to listen, armies were empowered to fight
    and her
    countrymen were inspired to believe. From Columbia Pictures and
    internationally
    acclaimed director Luc Besson comes the story of Joan of Arc (Milla
    Jovovich),
    the woman who followed her own path and changed the course of history.
    Rated 18A
    Color
    Extended International Feature Length: 158 Minutes
    Closed-Captioned
    Format: Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 TVs)
    Trailers: "The Messenger' Teaser, "The Messenger" Trailer, "Run Lola
    Run,"
    "Orlando" and "The Professional"
    Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2-Channel
    Languages: English
    Subtitles: English
    LEON THE PROFESSIONAL: UNCUT INTERNATIONAL VERSION
    * Director's Cut Includes an Additional 24 Minutes of Footage
    * International Ad Campaign
    * Isolated Music Score
    * Filmographies (Director Luc Besson, Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and
    Gary
    Oldman)
    Mathilda (Natalie Portman, The Phantom Menace), a twelve-year-old New
    York
    girl, is living an undesirable life with her family. Her father stores
    drugs for two-
    faced cop Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman, The Contender). One day,
    Stansfield and his team kill the whole family as revenge on her father
    for
    stretching the drugs a little. Only Mathilda, who was out shopping,
    survives by
    hiding out in L'on's (Jean Reno, Godzilla) apartment. She discovers Leon
    is an
    assassin and begs him to help her avenge her little brother's death.
    L'on does
    his best to keep Mathilda out of trouble - unsuccessfully. Now, the
    conflict
    between a killer and a corrupt police officer rises to immeasurable
    proportions; all
    for the sake of a twelve-year-old girl, who has nearly nothing to lose.
    Rated 18A
    Closed-Captioned
    Color
    Sound: Dolby 2-Channel Surround and Newly Created Dolby Digital 5.1
    Format: Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 TVs)
    Approximate Length: 133 Minutes
    Trailers: "The Professional," "The Big Blue" and "The Messenger: The
    Story of
    Joan of Arc"
    Languages: English
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese
    SUBWAY
    * Digital Mastered Audio and Video
    * Production Notes
    * Interactive Menus
    * Theatrical Trailers
    * Scene Selections
    Fred (Christopher Lambert), a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the
    Paris Metro
    after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he
    has
    just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and
    conduits of
    the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society of eccentric
    characters and
    petty criminals. Despite being pursued by the henchmen, Fred finds the
    time to
    flirt with Helena (Isabelle Adjani), blow a safe, rob a train, evade the
    hapless
    Metro police and start a rock band
    Rated 14A
    Minutes
    Closed-Captioned
    Sound: 2-Channel Dolby Surround
    Format: Widescreen
    Languages: English and French
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
    THE FIFTH ELEMENT
    Action superstar Bruce Willis ("The Sixth Sense") stars in this
    futuristic, sci-fi
    thriller about a man who must find the mysterious "fifth element" in
    order to save
    the world from destruction. Also stars Milla Jovovich ("Dazed and
    Confused"),
    Gary Oldman ("Air Force One"), Ian Holm ("Big Night") and comedian Chris
    Tucker ("Rush Hour") and features outrageous costumes designed by famed
    fashion designer Jean-Paul Gautier.
    Rated PG-13
    126 Minutes
    Color
    Closed-Captioned
    Sound: 2-Channel Dolby Surround and Dolby Digital 5.1
    Format: Full Screen and Widescreen
    Languages: English and Spanish
    Subtitles: English and Spanish
    LA FEMME NIKITA
    * Digital Mastered Audio and Video
    * Original Theatrical Trailer
    * Collectible Booklet
    * Scene Selections
    Wildly violent, borderline psychopathic Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is a
    street punk
    who'll do anything for a fix, even murder a cop at point blank. But
    Nikita is given
    a second chance.at killing! Confined to a clandestine government
    training
    center for assassins, Nikita is transformed into a calculating bombshell
    with a
    license to kill. But when the reinvented operative is finally unleashed
    into the real
    world, her hardened exterior is penetrated by a man with whom she falls
    deeply
    in love. Now Nikita must choose between the deceitful, complicated
    maneuverings of her dual identity, or the life threatening mission that
    will shape
    her destiny forever.
    Rating TBD
    119 Minutes
    Color
    Closed-Captioned
    Sound: 2-Channel Dolby surround and Dolby Digital 5.1
    Format: Widescreen
    Trailers: "La Femme Nikita"
    Languages: English and French
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
    SIX PACK SPECS
    DVD #04930
    UPC Code: 0-43396-04930-7
    Price: $175.95 SLP
    TRADE INFORMATION
    Order Date: October 9, 2001
    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE) is a Sony Pictures
    Entertainment
    Company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a division of Sony
    Corporation
    of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's
    global
    operations encompass motion picture production and distribution,
    television
    production and distribution, worldwide channel investments, home video
    acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities,
    development of new
    entertainment products, services and technologies, and distribution of
    filmed
    entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found
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    Worldwide Web .
     
  2. Joel C

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    Why is this so expensive? Several of those discs are much less than $29+. Fifth Elements retails for $19.99. Messenger will soon be dropped to $15. You could put this set together individually for about $80.
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    Plus you can get Fifth Elements Super bits DTS
    But Subway is being released seperatly by the end of the year. I'm definatly picking this one up!
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    I wonder if La Femme Nikita is the same MGM "dubtitles" one or has it been fixed?
     
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    Umm....I don't get it. There has to be at least $50 dollars of material that isn't listed since actual retail price on all of those equals around $120. You can actually find them for around $90-$100.
    I don't get it. What's missing??
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  7. Barry_B_B

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    Best Buy has dropped the Fifth Element to $14.99
     
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    Maybe they'll fix the bad english subtitles on Nikita? I never picked up the MGM remaster because I heard that they only included English-dub subtitles rather than the translated French to English subs.
     
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    Hard to call it a collection without "Atlantis"
     
  10. PatrickM

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    I love Luc Besson movies but it doesn't appear that the collection is any different than the discs I already own except for the yet to be released Subway.
    Anyone know if there is a difference in these DVD's to justify the big price?
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  11. Matt_Stevens

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    Exactly. This makes no sense whatsoever.
    #1. Why so expensive?
    #2. Is NIKITA the MGM f**k-up with the dubtitles?
    #3. Is SUBWAY 16x9?
    #3. Will SUBWAY be available separately?
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    Also, where is Le Dernier Combat? I don't understand the pricing, though I assume they'll do the packaging like the Wolfgang Petersen collection.
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  13. ChristopherM

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    Thanks for the heads-up, Ron, but although I'm a huge Besson fan I can't see any reason to go for this myself.
    Messenger, Big Blue & Leon - These look to be the same as my current US editions. Besides, the magazine "Les Annees Lasers" has reported that a new DTS-ES SE of Leon is planned in France.
    Nikita - My France R2 edition has properly translated subtitles, instead of dubtitles. The R1 edition would have to be corrected before I'd consider looking to see if the sound and picture offered an improvement.
    Subway - I'll stick with my France R2 edition, thanks, unless anyone on the Regional DVD forum reports back that the sound is better on the US re-release.
    Fifth Element - I'm intending to upgrade my current copy later this year with France's 2-Disc DTS-ES SE.
    Dernier Combat - Missing from the set, but I'm already very happy with my France R2 version (and I see an R1 has just been released).
    Atlantis - Also missing from the set, and anyway the new DTS edition is already winging it's way to me from Germany
    So, no, two years ago I would have preordered this set, but now I'm afraid that it's too little, too late.
    (edited because I forgot to mention Subway, and I've now checked the quote on the planned Leon SE)
    [Edited last by ChristopherM on August 31, 2001 at 09:21 AM]
     
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    Yup, this set is way overpriced. $60 max is what it's worth for what you get. Just who is Columbia trying to kid here? I honestly think this must be a big bad joke.
    All I can say is SUBWAY better be available by itself.
    Still waiting for MGM to release ROCKY III by itself, the pr**ks.
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  15. Jodee

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    I thought Subway was already announced as a 11/6/01 release?
    I don't recall where I read that, but I entered that title in my pre-order want list.
     

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