That really is a terrible cover.
Generally I quite like a full painted composition like that but Thomas Hodge is SO hit and miss with his poster art.
Like The Colour Out of Space was spot on and the Wolf Cop cover...is purposefully ugly? Maybe?
But you look at the one he did for Victor Frankenstein which is, weirdly, a take on the art for Young Frankenstein and it's just absolutely hideous.
He's not a hand guy. That's okay.a) he really likes creepy fingers
b) he really doesn't like Milla
The lack of extras on the new release is unforgiveable at the price charged. No purchase.
Initially I wasn't sure about this transfer, there is quite a variation in sharpness between the live action scenes and those with composited special effects. I suppose that's to be expected for a 1997 movie, but the 4K makes it more obvious, especially on a large projector screen. However the vast majority is really nice, and the bright colours show all the details of the crazy Gaultier costumes. Sound was excellent with some very directional effects. I am sure this is as good as this movie will ever look.
Now, I know some people don't care about extra features, but I love movies, and and I love this one, so I do watch them. Given the obvious craft and care put into this movie, there is so much to talk about, and having no features at all is a massive disappointment, I would have jumped at a full special edition similar to the Flash Gordon release. I think they are pretty cheeky asking full price for this. Not sure how this can get even 1 point for extras when there are none, it should be zero, unless you count that new artwork, in which case it should be -1!
I get the frustration, but who here doesn't have the old Fifth Element Blu-ray kicking around somewhere? In which case you've got them all (bar a 10 minute new addition to the US 4K). So really, it's a bit cutting off your nose to avoid this for extras you already have, when the plus side is superior DV treatment...
Ha, no way did Fifth Element have a script !
I personally don’t see anything wrong with the artwork and the fact it doesn’t have any extra’s at all, which i never watch with any disc i buy...i bought the Zavvi steelbook to watch the best version we will probably ever see of this movie...( i actually bought 2 by mistake any takers ? lol )
great review Cas, although i would give the movie a 10.