Luc Besson’s classic thriller “Leon” (aka The Professional) is getting a 4K Director’s Cut Steelbook in October

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On October 28th, Zavvi are bringing us this new 4K steelbook of the Director’s Cut of Leon.

Pre-orders are due to go live on Saturday 28th September.

They will be live around 12 noon UK time for Red Carpet subscribers (though possibly earlier, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed, just in case…), and around 6pm for everyone else. Don’t worry if the link below doesn’t work for now – it’ll be accessible soon before launch time.

Pre-order: Zavvi

One of Luc Besson’s most incredible movies, Leon, has been restored to stunning 4K and is being released in this 25th anniversary limited edition. Visually stylish and graphically violent, this intensely emotional film contains career defining performances and stands up as one of the top action- thrillers of all time whilst offering great depth and substance to the tragic multi-layered heroes. Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Leon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family’s deaths.

Blu-ray Features:

  • Léon – A Ten Year Retrospective
  • Jean Reno – The Road to Léon
  • Natalie Portman – Starting Young
  • Interview with Jean Reno
  • Interview with Eric Serra

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21 Responses

  1. Another Overpriced re-release

    • Stuart Robinson well it’s new to 4k so not a re-release…

    • Steelbook Blu Ray News, zavvi seem to be concentrating on releasing everything already released onto 4k, i cannot believe that a movie that is over 20 years old can be as good in 4k as a latest movie made in 4k, i have a 4k TV and cannot tell the difference regarding picture quality, people are just to gullible

    • Steve Hill Steve Hill says:

      I already have it on 4K; would have waited had I known a steelbook was coming. So, a re-release yes.

    • Steve Hill, i only collect steelbooks but because they are a fancy bit of metal they are double the price then that of the plastic cases, and is 4k really worth the asking price, im not so sure

    • Bob Ferreira Bob Ferreira says:

      Stuart Robinson The movie was shot on 35mm, which scans to ~6k resolution. It would look just as good cleaned up as a movie shot in 4K right now.

      It’s not about gullibility. There is a massive discernible difference in picture quality between 1080p and 4K UHD. It comes down to a lot of factors, including your eyesight, settings on your TV, how big your TV is, etc. Did you get a 4K TV that is under 65″? Do you sit more than 5 feet from it?

      There is absolutely a difference in PQ between the 2. Just because you cannot see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

    • Bob Ferreira, thank you for your input, much appreciated mate, i have a 56″ LG TV and my viewing Distance is around 8 ft from the TV, and yes i am short sighted which maybe the problem, On the plus side, the sound is excellent

    • Philip Noon Philip Noon says:

      Bob Ferreira Also to include a lot of movies are not produced in 4k but upscaled from 2k DI. Practically any movie which includes CGI. That is why older movies which were shot on film look the best in 4K as film holds far more detail than digital.

    • a couple of other points…

      while most new movies may be SHOT in 4K (and sometimes higher), most are still post-produced in 2K, then upscaled back to 4K. Even films finished in 4K usually have their VFX at 2K. They still do look superb – sharp, crisp images, colours that pop, etc, but they’re not truly 4K

      On the other hand, as stated above, 35mm film is higher ‘resolution’ than 4K, so a 4K scan can show much more detail.

      Finally, it also depends on your definition of ‘better’, and comparing it with ACCURATE. A modern movie, even one upscaled from 2K to 4K will almost always look great.

    • Steelbook Blu Ray News, please explain why the need to be dearer in price

    • Stuart Robinson I’m not a studio, so i couldn’t say for sure how they decide their prices.

      And do you mean steelbooks or 4K?

      When it comes to steelbooks, they have almost always been more expensive than standard releases. There’s the packaging itself – steelbook cases cost more than plastic. £1-£2 each depending on the print run size, if I remember correctly. They will often have new, custom art, so the artist needs paying as well. So there are additional costs that they need to recover. These are passed on to the retailers, and they would be stupid to sell at a loss, so obviously they add their margin on as well.

      In terms of 4K – new technology has always been more expensive. I remember paying around £20 for DVDs when they first launched, and Blu-rays were regularly £20 ish when they first came out as well. Over time they have come down in price, and I expect 4K to as well.

      No great mysteries I’m afraid 🙂

    • Steelbook Blu Ray News, Thanks for the info, it seems that 4k is the latest rage and for those who can afford it that’s fine, im on a limited budget at the moment so i find it a little frustrating, im sure in time the price Will drop, I just wish my favourite movie of all time Howard The Duck can be released on 4k steelbook, that would be great ?

    • Stuart Robinson yeah, new tech can be an expensive hobby. your best bet is to keep an eye out for offers – you can get some real bargains.

      For example, Zoom right now have a 4K player and 5-movie bundle for £160 –

      and they’ve also got an offer on 3 x 4K movies for £30 –

      Might be worth checking those out

    • Steelbook Blu Ray News, i have recently purchased a 56″ 4K LG TV/Blu-Ray player and very happy, i do find it a little hard to tell the difference when watching a movie in 4k due to the fact i am short sighted but the sound is Excellent, i only collect Steelbooks on Blu-Ray and have to save up if there is a particular movie on steelbook im after, thanks for your info ??

    • I run a 55 inch TV and while the improvements from 1080p to 4k are marginal in appearnace (regarding resolution) on some movies on other it is significantly noticable. It isn’t just about the resolution though. The colour depth and resulting contrast on 4k discs is much better than standard bluray. Space movies that have a lot of extreme contrast scenes for instance, like intersteller, look much cleaner in 4k. You get less of the banding you see on a blueray.

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