Leon: Superbit Edition DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton Feb 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Leon: Superbit Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £19.95


    This 2.35:1 anamorphic superbit transfer is something of a mixed bag to be honest. Although colours are natural and well saturated and detail on the most part is good, there is quite an unacceptable amount of edge enhancement for my liking. There are also problems present with grain and digital artefacts in the darker scenes, something which I'm surprised to see on a high bit rate transfer. The image is what I would describe as adequate and falls short of the R3 version we reviewed elsewhere on this site.
    Leon: Superbit Edition Picture


    The Dolby Digital sound mix is joined on this superbit outing by a DTS (768kbps) track. For some reason both mixes appear to be overly compressed in their presentation and do not exhibit the enveloping sound field found on the R2 and R3 editions. It appears that a different source has been used for this Columbia release and it is very noticeable. Both the DTS and Dolby tracks are strongly focussed on the front channels and the thunderous LFE present on other region versions has disappeared here sounding very flat.
    Leon: Superbit Edition Sound


    Nothing here it's a superbit.
    Leon: Superbit Edition Extras


    This is arguably Besson's finest movie to date and the presentation on this R1 superbit is below par when compared to the R2 and R3 versions reviewed elsewhere on this site. My advice if you don't already own this superb movie then go track down the R2 or even better the R3 directors cut.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.95

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