4K December 2018 - The Fifth Element

Luc Besson’s wild ride of a space epic now lands in Australia on 4K Ultra HD. Ah, but how does it shape up on the format? Should adding it to your collection be an element-ary choice, or should you give it a big (Multi) pass?

The story: In 1997, Luc Besson dropped a crazy sci-fi bombshell, featuring all the fun of Star Wars, with the action, accessibility and snappy humour ramped up to 11. It was (and still is) the future-based tale of the driver of a flying taxi and a mysterious fare that pretty much literally falls into his lap. This enigmatic passenger, Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat – or, for sanity’s sake, “Leeloo” –  just so happens to hold the key to Earth’s survival – as well as a Multi Pass.

“Me fifth element, supreme being. Me protect you.”

The 4K disc: We’re just going to come right out and say it: this disc is a stunner. Only the biggest nitpicker would find fault with this native 4K presentation of The Fifth Element. They might say that there’s the odd effects shot that looks a little dated, or that there’s the very occasional tiny fleck that fleetingly pops up, but such minor things are outweighed entirely by just how stunning this presentation looks otherwise. The vision is highly detailed and simply beautiful to stare at – helped immensely by the HDR treatment, which just makes every bright thing pop, and gives unseen before depth to darker parts of the film’s vision.

Audio-wise, we just keep on winning. A Dolby Atmos track is the order of the day, and it’s almost as playful as the movie script when it comes to utilising those added height speakers. This is truly demo quality stuff, immersing viewers in a captivating bubble of sound. Coupled with the superb vision, this release now sits right near the top of our pile of 4K movies to show off our systems with.

Extras on the 4K disc are minimal, with a ~10 minute Luc Besson interview, character bios and four character “moments”. Pop in the enclosed standard Blu-ray, however, and a feast of extras is at your disposal, including a “making of”, featurettes and a trailer.

Release date: December 5, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman

Buy now at JB Hi-Fi

Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.