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A corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration boss and his thugs murder Mathilda’s family in a drug deal gone awry. Orphaned by the massacre, Mathilda is forced to take shelter in the apartment of a neighbor, Léon, whom she knows only slightly. He’s a loner and first generation immigrant, who also happens to be a professional hitman. He’s never had reason to care about anybody and she has no one else to turn to. Together they form a makeshift bond that will forever change both their lives.

leonprofessional4kbluStudio: Sony Pictures
Year: 2017
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Run time: 133 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD/Digital Copy
Region: A

The performances are uniformly excellent. Jean Reno plays the tough guy role to a tee, and gives Leon extra depth and sensitivity. In limited screen time Gary Oldman is also excellent as the insane villain. But young Natalie Portman makes this movie. She brings a lively performance and has excellent chemistry with Reno. Despite her age, I believe she deserved a nomination at the Oscars for this. On the dialog front, ‘The Professional’ also succeeds. There are entertaining one-liners, and all of the characters (especially Oldman’s role) are well written.

The film is more about character interaction than plot. The movie sets up its premise in the opening act, but for a time is plot less, focusing entirely on its characters. It returns to a plot driven narrative about 3/5 of the way through. I always prefer plot-based stories, but ‘The Professional’ plot is still well executed. The movie makes no attempt at realism, and despite being set in contemporary New York, feels like it is set in a completely new environment. Director Luc Benson establishes a unique atmosphere, and brings the characters to life nicely.
Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Leon: The Professional’ encompasses the gritty atmosphere in content as it does on print. Sony did a fantastic job with this 20 year old catalog title bringing some real life to the print. I found colors to be strong throughout the entire presentation. Colors have a slight softness to them, yet they never seem to detract. The color yellow and browns do take center stage. Blacks are deep, especially in the darker looking scenes. Fleshtones have a natural look and feel to them. Details are excellent throughout holding a very strong look and feel. There is no print damage either which is fantastic.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio mix is presented in Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. ‘Leon: The Professional’ has a nice mix between actions and dialogue driven scenes throughout. When there is transition from dialogue to actions scenes it is a seamless transition fitting so well. This is a nice sound mix as one would expect during the action sequences. I felt several times that I was in the middle of some of the action in my living room that the sound was that good. Dialogue is centered properly through the center channel providing a nice deep clarity.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 10 Year Retrospective: Cast and Crew Look Back
  • Jean Reno: The Road to ‘Léon’
  • Natalie Portman: Starting Young
  • Fact Track – A fact track

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

This movie is the perfect action with a unique love story and unforgettable characters and emotionally charged scenes! Everybody needs to see this movie!
Overall Rating: 9/10