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I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the American re-make of LA FEMME NIKITA that was called POINT OF NO RETURN and starred Bridgett Fonda. However, you will find LA FEMME NIKITA ($25) to be a superior film in every way and well worth acquiring on DVD.

LA FEMME NIKITA is a very entertaining and stylish French thriller from director Luc Besson. LA FEMME NIKITA stars Anne Parillaud (INNOCENT BLOOD) as Nikita, a teenage street junkie, who faces a life sentence for murder. Nikita’s future appears bleak until a government organization offers her another option. Nikita takes the option and finds herself in a training program for government assassins. After several years, she is released from the training facility. With a new identity, Nikita attempts to build a life for herself while she waits for the government to activate her. Like any young woman, Nikita meets a man and falls in love. For a while her life is quite good. That is until she’s given a number of assignments by the government that place her two worlds on a collision course. The cast of LA FEMME NIKITA features Jean-Hugues Anglade and Tchéky Karyo.

Pioneer Entertainment offers LA FEMME NIKITA in very good Letterboxed transfer that restores most of the film’s 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The transfer is sharp, detailed and the colors appear fresh and nicely saturated. Digital compression artifacts were seldom bothersome on the DVD.

The French language Dolby Digital soundtrack appears to offer the pre-matrixed four channel (left, right, center and monaural surround) master tracks in a discrete mix. The mix is quite good and has a number of pleasing directional effects. Other soundtrack options include an English dubbed matrixed Dolby Surround track. Subtitles are available in English.

The interactive menus offer standard scene and language selection options.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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