(aka "La Femme Nikita" )

directed by Luc Besson
France 1990

Here is a version of the "Pygmalion" legend for our own violent times - the story of a young woman who is transformed from a killer in the streets to a government assassin.

"La Femme Nikita" is a smart, hard-edged, psycho-romantic thriller by the young French director Luc Besson ("Subway"), who follows a condemned woman as she exchanges one doom for another.

The woman is played by Anne Parillaud, who projects a feral hostility in the opening scenes, as she joins a crowd of drug-addled friends in holding up a drugstore. Cornered by the police, she takes advantage of a cop's momentary lapse of attention to grab his gun and shoot him point-blank in the face.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 21, 1990 (France)

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Runtime 1:57:08 1:57:13 1:57:13
Video

2.38:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080p MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1

Average Bitrate: 32.33 Mbps

Blu-ray Feature 28.42, Dual-layered

Disc Size: 30,521,644,949 bytes

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Audio French Dolby Digital 4.0, English dubbed Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround French Dolby Digital 5.1, English dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1

Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1348 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1348 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)

DUB: Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1342 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1342 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)

Subtitles English, English for the hard of hearing English, French, Spanish English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Trimark

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.38:1

Edition Details:
• Barebones

DVD Release Date: September 16, 1997
Amaray

Chapters 20
 

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• The Sound of Nikita
• Revealed: The Making OF La Femme Nikita
• Programming Nikita
• Poster Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer
• Other Great MGM Releases

 

DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
Amaray

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio: - 2.35:1

1080p MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1

Average Bitrate: 32.33 Mbps

Blu-ray Feature 28.42, Dual-layered

Disc Size: 30,521,644,949 bytes

 

Edition Details:
• none

 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 2nd, 2008
Standard
Blu-ray case

Chapters 32

 

Comments ADDITION: Sony Blu-ray - November 08': NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Well, as expected - it is a noticeable improvement, but the, almost 20-year film, doesn't really show the most prominent advantages of high-definition. As we expected - colors and detail show themselves to a higher degree and everything is much tighter. Nikita probably looks about as good as it can at present with a dual-layered transfer taking up almost 30 Gig with a soaring bitrate.

Strongly improved is the track with bumps to TrueHD. There are quite a few aggressive moments in the film and the Surround get a decent workout. I think this is a good mix for the original French language.  The English seems problematic though and a poor DUB - which we suggest avoiding. There are subtitle offered in English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or Korean.

Surprisingly for such a fine film - there are no extras - not even a trailer. This is a bit of a slap in the face to fans - but, I must admit seeing it looking and sounding so much better than ever before was a definite treat. I'd forgotten how enjoyable a thriller this is. My enjoyment encourages me to recommend. Enjoy! 

*****

 

ON THE SD-DVDs: While looking at the pictures I must say that MGM did it again. Ones more they cropped a lot information from all sites. Other examples for this behavior are the Special Editions for RoboCop or Species. The Trimark has for my taste a much better color representation over the MGM. But then MGM throws in an anamorphic transfer. I give it a tie.

On the audio site the MGM is the clear winner as it comes with remastered tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 in French and English. Something very odd you can find with the subtitles while listening to the English dub. It seams that on both releases the subs are direct translation for the French language, as the spoken word is mostly different to the written word in the subs.

As for extras the MGM beats the Trimark hands down which wasn't hard anyway, the Trimark has no extras.

 - Enrico

 


Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

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The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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