Léon: The Professional [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray] [1994]

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  • Release Date: 10/27/2015
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (780 out of 793)

Special Features


  • Cast and crew look back
  • Fact track (extended version)
  • Includes both theatrical and extended versions of the film
  • Jean Reno: the road to Léon
  • Natalie Portman: starting young
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis


The Professional
As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this thriller directed by Luc Besson concerns Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a 12-year-old girl living in New York City who has been exposed to the sordid side of life from an early age: her family lives in a slum and her abusive father works for drug dealers, cutting and storing dope. Mathilda doesn't much care for her parents, but she has a close bond with her four-year-old brother. One day, she returns from running an errand to discover that most of her family, including her brother, have been killed in a raid by corrupt DEA agents, led by the psychotic Stansfield (Gary Oldman). Mathilda takes refuge in the apartment of her secretive neighbor, Leon (Jean Reno), who takes her in with a certain reluctance. She discovers that Leon is a professional assassin, working for Tony (Danny Aiello), a mob kingpin based in Little Italy. Wanting to avenge the death of her brother, Mathilda makes a deal with Leon to become his protégée in exchange for work as a domestic servant, hoping to learn the hitman's trade and take out the men who took her brother's life. However, an affection develops between Leon and Mathilda that changes his outlook on his life and career. Besson's first American film boasted a strong performance from Jean Reno, a striking debut by Natalie Portman, and a love-it-or-hate-it, over-the-top turn by Gary Oldman. Léon was originally released in the U.S. in 1994 as The Professional, with 26 minutes cut in response to audience preview tests. Those 26 minutes were restored in the director's preferred cut, released in 1996 in France as Léon: Version Intégrale and in the U.S. on DVD as Léon: The Professional in 2000. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jean Reno
    Jean Reno - Leon
  • Natalie Portman
    Natalie Portman - Mathilda
  • Gary Oldman
    Gary Oldman - Stansfield
  • Danny Aiello
    Danny Aiello - Tony
  • Peter Appel
    Peter Appel - Malky



Customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony? Bring me Everything. EV-RY-THIN-GUH!

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    TheLaughingMann
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    How much better can Leon get beyond what we've been given in the Extended Cut and the Steelbook for it? A 4K scan with a digital copy, of course. This movie is one of a few that have seen 4K remasters and digital copies with extras added in (I cite the Oldman 4K Trilogy: Dracula, Fifth Element, and this). If you haven't owned the movie yet on Blu-Ray, this is a good place to invest into it. It has the same extras as the previous release, in the same quality. The only benefit is it has a digital copy packed in, much better audio, and the video is a little bit better (granted it'll be a difference on a 4K display). While Fifth Element got a swath of added content for its 4K release, and Dracula also has a lot of added content thrown in (but the content in that is in 1080p while Fifth was lucky to get extra content at SD, let alone HD), Leon retains the same quality content as the prior release. With a movie like Leon, we're surely at the spot where we've gotten the greatest amount of content for it, to date. The only thing better this movie can use is perhaps a 25h Anniversary release in 2019, and get a reunion of Jean Reno (Leon), Natalie Portman (Matilda) and Gary Oldman (Stansfield) for interviews...even Danny Aiello if he's still around. Overall, I think anyone who has yet to get the movie should look to this one. It's the best one of the lot I've found. If price is an issue, wait for a sale on it. But some movies are worth their initial asking price. This is one of them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great presentation for a great film

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    joeytino
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    Sony is trying to tap into the Criterion audience with their Supreme Cinema Series and the Leon: The Professional is part of the first wave ( Along with Bram's Stoker's Dracula and The Fifth Element) that has the film rescanned at 4K resolution and converted to HD and the transfer blows away previous transfers. Also Dolby Atmos for tor improved surround sound for those that have the proper decoder. The few extra features were ported over from the previous edition and if there was a bummer here it's the lack of anything new to add. Sadly Luc Besson is not one for deleted scenes or audio commentaries as that would have been interesting to listen to. All of the SCS titles also come in unique lucite cases with leather binding with bullet holes embossed in it. They look awesome, but you need to be careful as they are easily scratched and I have been careful to not open them too wide. This transfer is also available in a non SCS edition in a standard blu-ray case, but this is really the best and if picked up on sale as I did, worth the price.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real 4K restoration to show off your system

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    Fiddle
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    First introduced in the US as The Professional an excellent Luc Besson action movie regarding a hit man or "cleaner" who befriended a young Natalie Portman. The violence was fine for American audiences but the producers did not feel we were ready for any romantic inferences. Later the uncut version LEON was put out on blu-ray. Then the movie received a 4K restoration and was re-issued on blu-ray. Finally a real 4K UltraHD disc was released and is it a stunner. While the subject matter may not be for everyone, those who have it in their collection may want to upgrade to this version. Both theatrical and the unrated versions are on the 4K disc.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the most unique stories, love the actors

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    ipsofacto
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    No Ten Stars.... This is a favorate of mine, I first saw it in 1994 in the theater. It's a bit of a qurky story, but I love the NY settings, and all the actors do a bang up job. I think Gary Oldman really stands out as a bad guy, a corrupt NY detective on a murder spree. So it flips the good guy, bad guy story upside down. With the mob hitman being decent guy who takes care of a wafe after the bad guys kill off her family. Natalie Portman is excellent as the young wafe, and Jen Reno plays "Leon, The Professional". The director Luc Bresson does a fine job telling this story. So what are you waiting for, go out an get this movie, plus it looks greater than ever in this 4K version! I own all the previous versions but this looks and sound the best.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommend

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    Kamahama3x
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    One of my all time favorite movies, the extended version makes this movie even MORE enjoyable. It also fills in a few of the blanks that I always wondered about, especially the relationship between Leon and Mathilda. The extended version takes over where the theatrical version leaves off and helps to define and articulate that relationship in ways I had only guessed at. At such a young age, Natalie Portman's acting was simply amazing, as was Jean Reno's. Of course, Reno is a highly acclaimed actor giving a performance that one would expect from him. But Portman? I never would have guessed that at 13-years old, she was such a great actress. Simply astounding.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    enzso
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    This is really a must see movie. The quality of the blu-ray is what one would expect and I felt they did a great job with the picture and sound. The story of The Professional is one that is very moving. Without providing any spoilers, I will say that at the heart of the movie is the interactions of a professional hit man and a young girl. Their interactions are both funny and serious. In my opinion, this is one of Natalie Portman's best works. It's amazing that she performed the acting at such a young age. This is not a violence-centered movie, although there is some violence. This movie is about relationships when you get down to it. And the relationship between Leon and Matilda is reminiscent of an older brother and his younger sister. Leon the Professional is a great movie, it's a classic!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great action movie

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    mad10jen
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    This is a great movie. Jean Reno plays a great assasin. Gary Oldman plays the crooked drug dealing DEA agent it is one of his best acting jobs in any film. I was glad to see this movie brought to blu-ray it is awesome. The story is great and the acting is good too. This is one of my all time favorite movies I watch it 3 to 4 times a year. It has everything you could want action, comedy, and tons of shoot outs. Natalie Portman was a relative unknown at the time and even at a young age she played her part very well. The movie, action, and story will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It has a great ending. Leon is one bad dude is all I'll say. It will get watched over and over again pick up your copy today.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Professional

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    OneDub79
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    The Professional is about a notorious hitman, Leon, who befriends his next-door neighbor, who is a girl, named Mathilda, whose parents are murdered. She vows revenge and aids Leon's help to do. Leon has a very awkward personality because he is a loner. Meanwhile, Mathilda is like the typical 12-year old girl. Despite the movie being a drama, there are some very funny moments, between the two. The movie has good acting, a great story and a fantastic ending. Considering the movie is 24-years old, it shows, quite impressive in 4K resolution.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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