After a corrupt cop (Gary Oldman) eliminates the family residing next door due to a drug transaction gone wrong, Leon (Jean Reno) finds himself the guardian of young Mathilda (Natalie Portman in her screen debut). Taking Mathilda under his helm, Leon teaches her the art of the "cleaner". However, danger lurks around every corner, and Leon must protect Mathilda from the same cops who killed her family.
In this (UNcut "International") version, most of the 24 minutes that were left out in the film's 1994 release in the U.S. mainly involves both Leon and Mathilda going on "cleaning sweeps" where she gets first hand training in the art of assassination. The other half of these minutes focuses on Mathilda's attraction to Leon. Her persistent attempts to be intimate with Leon all fail, but we finally understand why Leon remains a loner when it comes to affairs of the heart. Some might be uncomfortable about the idea of Mathilda and Leon sharing a bed together, but Besson paints this scene as one involving platonic love and not sex.
Actors: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel
Director: Luc Besson
Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Region: Region 1 encoding (Region-Free after ripping, of course)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
Run Time: 133 minutes
Digitally Remastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
Audio: English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround)
Newly Created English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
International Ad Campaign
Isolated Musical Score
Subtitles" English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Source: Personal Retail NTSC DVD-9 > DVD Decrypter (ISO read mode) > ISO + MDS [Burn Tested with IMGBurn]
Includes Scans @ 300dpi
Parts 1 & 2 of an interview with Natalie Portman about starring in the film at the young age of 11. Interesting.