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
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I have always loved this movie since the first time I saw it in the theater this movie will not disappoint it shows what a great actor Natalie Portman is even from a young age and Jean Reno is amazing!!
This movie has it all! Including Gary Oldman classic Gary Oldman this movie rocks!!!!
This movie tells an intriguing, if not controversial, tale of an assassin and his protegee. The extended version in 4K is a must see if you loved the original. It comes with a 4K digital code, but make sure you redeem it on Movies Anywhere because that is the only place you will get 4K digital redemptions of both versions.
I ordered the 4K steelbook edition of Leon the Professional online through bestbuy.com. The product arrived in a timely manner and was in perfect condition. The steelbook itself was dent / scratch free, which to a collector of steelbooks like myself is very important. The artwork for this steelbook is very well done, with the colors being vibrant. This item includes both the 4K version of the film as well as the bluray feature film on a separate disc. In addition, both discs include the theatrical release of the movie as well as the extended edition!
One of the greatest movies ever made and this 4K Ultra is amazing , though i am not into steelbook dvd/Blu-Ray/ 4K Ultra disks i don't believe there is any other way to get the film on 4K Ultra without it in North America .
The movie is a classic, hands down. Watching again as an adult, it brings back fond memories. The soundtrack during the film is suspenseful, same composer for “The Fifth Element”?
*Now to a big problem: this item clearly states “
Léon: The Professional [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray] ” yet there’s no digital copy code. After chatting with BB rep, their solution was to take it to the store and exchange it. Problem is that it’s not available in any store within 250 miles. Unless I wanna fork over $25 for the 4K version. I’m going to return this to the store and re-order another to confirm.