Leon: Korean Special Edition DVD Review
PictureStarting with the director's cut and the anamorphic 2.35:1 image is very good. Colours are rich and well saturated with plenty of detail on show and no signs of bleed or blooming. Grain however is a problem especially during darker scenes and the print also exhibits signs of dirt and scratches here and there. Moving to the theatrical version and they look identical in quality. Apart from the problems mentioned both versions do offer the best possible quality from the given source and are surprisingly better than the recent superbit edition which exhibited copious amounts of edge enhancement which is thankfully almost absent on these prints, which appear to be sourced from Besson's own production company and not the Columbia vault like the superbit and the R1 director's cut.
SoundThe Dolby Digital sound mix is also an improvement over the R1 superbit which may surprise many. We are treated to a dynamic performance which takes full advantage of the LFe channels and surrounds are active where required. Eric Serra's beautiful score is also captured in all it's glory both in the 5.1 mix and also in the isolated score feature. Dialogue is rich and detailed and easy to follow throughout. The superbit version even though it has a halfbit rate sound mix failed to live up to this R3 edition and as I mentioned before this is most likely due to a different master source being used.
ExtrasEven though this is a two disc edition the extras are surprisingly light, with an isolated score, Poster gallery, trailer Cast and crew bios and a rather interesting music video are all we get. Ah well never mind, at least the audio and visuals are top drawer then.
VerdictThis is arguably Besson's finest movie to date and the presentation on this R3 edition is far superior to the recent R1 directors cut disc as well as the superbit which was used for comparison and reviewed elsewhere on this site. Recommended if you don't already own a copy of the movie.
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