Leon - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

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Leon - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

Leon - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

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It was commercially successful in Japan, being certified gold for 100,000 copies shipped in December 1999. Mathilda goes to Tony and tries to convince him to hire her, but Tony flatly refuses to hire a twelve-year-old and tells Mathilda that Léon told him to give his money to her if anything happened to him. An extended cut, retitled 'Leon: version integrale' was released in French cinemas on June 26, 1996. Little girls with guns is a oft-repeated trope in anime, and in the years since Leon came out, I have seen shows like Gunslinger Girl, and Phantom Requiem for the Phantom, which I now realise cribbed liberally from Leon when it comes to imagery and character.

The plot centers on Léon (Reno), a professional hitman who reluctantly takes in twelve-year-old Mathilda Lando (Portman) after her family are murdered by corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration agent Norman Stansfield (Oldman). That’s because Leon is a hitman, and getting on the authorities’ radar, even crooked authorities isn’t in his interest. When Léon was eighteen in Italy, he fell in love with a girl from a wealthy family, but Léon's family was poor. Unquestionably, Leon is an absolute masterpiece with some jaw-dropping performances from Natalie Portman, Jean Reno, and a turned-up-to-11 Gary Oldman. It’s another memorable screen villain that goes into that elevated pantheon where characters like Trainspotting’s Begbie and Die Hard’s Hans Gruber reside.Leon is presented as the Director’s Cut in this release, running to 132:45, but you can also play the Theatrical Version from the main menu which lasts 110:09. There is an extended version of the film, referred to as "international version", " version longue", or " version intégrale". Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the hitman's trade. Léon is a hitman (or "cleaner", as he refers to himself) working for a mafioso named "Old Tony" in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City. It seems absolutely crazy to think that Luc Besson’s Leon is now celebrating 25 years since its initial release, but it is indeed 25 years and counting since this iconic movie was first released in 1994.

When Léon is out on a job, Mathilda fills a bag with guns from Léon's collection and sets out to kill Stansfield.He picks up a 12 year old girl after she is orphaned in a brutal fashion, takes her in, and starts to teach her his trade, how to kill, even taking her on jobs. format in the audio menu, but the rest of the extras are conventionally in the extras menu, and it looks like they are taken from previous releases.

The New York Times ' Janet Maslin wrote, " The Professional is much too sentimental to sound shockingly amoral in the least. At the time of the accusations, Natalie Portman discussed her "complicated feelings" about the film and her associated Lolita-like sexualization as a child. While most of the interior footage was shot in France, the rest of the film was shot on location in New York City.In New York City, 12-year-old Mathilda (Portman) witnesses her family being gunned down by psychotic government official Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) and his team of corrupt cops. It’s the character of Stansfield that poses a far greater threat, the corrupt DEA agent that is responsible for the deaths of Mathilda’s family. Unhappy at Besson's departure, Gaumont Film Company "has held The Professional rights close to the vest – and will not budge". To celebrate this landmark, Studiocanal has put together a new 4K release of the director’s cut of Leon.

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