“Leon: The Professional” is the sum of every home video iteration to this point. I don’t remember it having a Superbit equivalent. Those older Home Theater enthusiasts will remember the last time that SONY tried such an endeavor with the Superbit DVDs. While Superbit produced amazing releases with maxed out bitrates, transfers and some of the best DTS tracks on DVD…they often omitted all of the special features. Luckily, SONY learned from the past and we get a fully maxed out Blu-Ray with stunning A/V Quality and full special features.
Whether it’s HBO, SONY or other studios, there seems to be an effort to go after the A/V obsessed with these maxed out releases. While many don’t have Dolby Atmos capable receivers, their units can downplay the mix into Dolby TrueHD 7.1 master audio tracks. Leon has many gunfights and quick bouts of violence that help the film sing in this new audio design. However, the stunning 1080p transfer and Atmos channels come into sheer reference quality perfection after Gary Oldman sends “EVERYONE”. These Supreme Cinema releases are what Blu-Ray could and should be for the public.
This is normally where I talk about the film, but who here hasn’t seen the film already? If you’re reading this, you want to know if it’s worth the upgrade or finally buying it on Blu-Ray. Honestly, the special features are continued ports, so that’s not the reason to grab it. If you want a reason why Digital HD sucks, why watching movies on your iPad sucks and you want to go big…this is the reason. Stunning 1080p transfer, one of the best Dolby TrueHD 7.1 tracks of the year and a generally impressive package. I’d recommend a purchase.
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