The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science fiction film directed, co-written, and based on a story by Luc Besson. The film stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set during the twenty-third century, the film's central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the duty of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces Major, when a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his taxicab. Upon learning about her significance, Dallas must join efforts with the girl to recover four mystical stones essential to defending Earth from an impending attack.

Besson started writing the story that would become The Fifth Element when he was 16 years old; he was 38 when the film opened in cinemas.The Fifth Element (1997). AllRovi. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Comic book writers Jean Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézières were hired for the film's production design, and costume design was done by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

The Fifth Element received mainly positive reviews, though it tended to polarize critics. It has been called both the best and worst summer blockbuster of all time. The film was a financial success, earning over $263 million at the box office on a $90 million budget. It was the most expensive European film ever made at the time of its release, and remained the most financially successful French film until the release of The Intouchables in 2011."Intouchables": Plus Gros Succés De L'histoire Pour Un Film Non-Anglohone (in French). (March 21, 2012). Retrieved on May 30, 2013.


In 1914, shortly before the outbreak of World War I, extraterrestrials known as Mondoshawans arrive at an ancient Egyptian temple to collect from a secret chamber, for safekeeping, the only weapon capable of defeating a Great Evil that appears every five thousand years. The weapon consists of four stones, representing the four classical elements, and a sarcophagus that contains a Fifth Element in the form of a human, which combines the power of the other four elements into a "Divine Light". The Mondoshawans promise their human contact, a priest, they will return with the Elements in time to stop the Great Evil, but an accident forces them to give their key to the chamber to the priest and instruct him to pass it on to future generations until they return.

Three hundred years later, in the mid 23rd century, the Great Evil appears in space in the form of a giant ball of black fire and destroys an Earth battleship. The current holder of the Mondoshawan key, priest Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm), informs President Lindberg (Tom Lister, Jr.) of the history of the Great Evil and the weapon that can stop it. As the Mondoshawans return to Earth, they are ambushed by the shapeshifting Mangalores, the remnants of an outlawed, warlike alien race hired by the industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman), who was himself hired by the Great Evil to acquire the element stones. The Mondoshawan's spacecraft is destroyed and the only thing Earth scientists recover is the hand of the Fifth Element, which they use to construct a humanoid woman, known as "Leeloo" (Milla Jovovich). Terrified of her unfamiliar surroundings, she escapes confinement and jumps off a ledge to land in the flying taxicab of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a former major in the Special Forces.

Dallas delivers Leeloo to Cornelius and his apprentice, David (Charlie Creed-Miles), whereupon Cornelius learns that the four Element stones were entrusted to Diva Plavalaguna (Maïwenn Le Besco), an opera singer. Because the Mangalores failed to obtain the stones, Zorg kills them, but their compatriots attempt to obtain the Elements for themselves. Upon learning from the Mondoshawans that Plavalaguna has the stones, General Munro (Brion James), Dallas' former superior, re-enlists Dallas and orders him to travel undercover, as a rigged radio contest winner, to meet the Diva on a luxury cruise in space. The publicity of the contest attracts the Mangalores and Zorg to the space liner. Dallas takes Leeloo with him, while Cornelius instructs David to prepare the temple and stows away aboard the vessel.

The Diva is killed when the Mangalores attack and take over the ship, but Dallas retrieves the Elements from the Diva's body. He fights the Mangalores to liberate the ship, killing their leader. Zorg searches for the Elements; he shoots and seriously wounds Leeloo, before finding a carrying case. Assuming the elements are inside, he takes the case and leaves behind a time bomb that causes the liner's occupants to evacuate. Zorg departs on his spacecraft but discovers the case to be empty, so he returns to search for the Elements. He deactivates the bomb, but a dying Mangalore activates his own bomb, destroying the ship and killing Zorg, while Dallas, Cornelius, Leeloo, and talk-show host Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) escape with the Elements aboard Zorg's spacecraft.

The four return to the weapon chamber at the Egyptian temple as the Great Evil approaches. The group arranges the stones; but Leeloo has become disenchanted with humanity after having come to witness the brutality of war and violence and refuses to release the Divine Light. Dallas confesses his love for Leeloo and kisses her. In response, Leeloo combines the power of the stones and releases the Divine Light, causing the Great Evil to become dormant as a new moon in Earth's orbit.

Earth scientists assure President Lindberg that the Great Evil is dead. Korben and Leeloo are brought in by scientists and placed together in a healing tank to recuperate. When the President arrives and demands to see them one of the scientists informs him that "they need ... five more minutes", as Korben and Leeloo have begun consummating their love.


Footballer Fitz Hall appears at the beginning of the film as one of the boys greeting the water-carrier.Bryant, Tom. "Has a journalist ever won an international cap?", The Guardian, 24 October 2007. Retrieved on 12 May 2013. 


In an interview Besson stated The Fifth Element was not a "big theme movie", though the film's theme was an important one. He wanted viewers to reach the point where Leeloo states "What's the use of saving life when you see what you do with it?", and agree with her. One review stated the film relied on the broad themes of "human fallibility and perfection, evil, and the all-conquering power of love."The Fifth Element. Letterboxd (March 5, 2013). Retrieved on June 20, 2013. The film has also been credited with exploring the theme of political corruption.Telotte, J. P (Cambridge University Press). Science Fiction Film. 2001. ISBN 978-0-52159-647-3. Retrieved on 20 jUNE 2013. 


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Besson envisioned the entire world of The Fifth Element as a teenager to escape boredom. He states he was waiting to build a reputation for himself as a filmmaker before he commenced production of the film, so that he would be able to make it with creative control.Filmmaker Luc Besson explains how a childhood fantasy became a hit sci-fi epic.. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

Besson met Bruce Willis a few years before production started and talked about the project, though he later decided to instead search for a relatively unknown young actor for the role of Korben, so as to spend less on actors and more on sets, costumes and special effects. Willis approached Besson expressing he was still interested in the film, and after Besson explained the issue, Willis responded "You know, Luc, if I like it, we will find a way." Willis made a deal with the production team for the role, a move which greatly pleased Besson. A casting call of 8,000 went out for the character Leeloo, and Besson chose Milla Jovovich from the 200–300 applicants he met in person.

"Milla has this physical thing, she can be from the past or the future. She can be an Egyptian or a Roman. She can be Nefertiti and she can be from outer space. That was one thing I liked physically about her."
―Luc Besson

Besson was in a relationship with Maïwenn Le Besco, who played the role of Diva Plavalaguna, for 6 years when filming commenced; however, he left her for Jovovich during filming.Film Critic: Maïwenn's "Polisse". (5 May 2012). Retrieved on 19 May 2013. Jovovich and Besson were later married though they divorced in 1999.

Besson chose to hire Gary Oldman, who had starred in his previous film, Léon: The Professional, for the role of Zorg, describing Oldman as "one of the top five actors in the world".

The film was a French production,Drazin, Charles (2011). The Faber Book of French Cinema. Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-21849-3. Retrieved on 12 May 2013.  and was the most expensive European film ever made at the time of its release.LaPlante, Alice (1999). Playing for Profit: How Digital Entertainment is Making Big Business Out of Child's Play. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-29614-0. Retrieved on 15 May 2013.  Investors were reportedly uninterested in financing the film when pre-production first commenced in the early 90s. Investor interest only came after Besson made the successful 1994 film, Léon: The Professional, having suspended pre-production of The Fifth Element to make the film.The Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition. Retrieved on 15 May 2013.

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The production design for the film was developed by French comics creators Jean GiraudR.I.P. Moebius, comics legend and Métal Hurlant co-founder. The A.V. Club (10 March 2012). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. and Jean-Claude Mézières.Luc Besson adapting classic time-travel comic created by Fifth Element concept artist. io9 (1 July 2012). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Mézières wrote the book The Circles of Power, which features a character named S'Traks, who drives a flying taxicab through the congested air traffic of the vast metropolis on the planet Rubanis. Besson read the book and was inspired to change the Dallas character to a taxicab driver who flies through a futuristic New York City. The costume design was created by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.FLIRTING with change. The Tribune (8 July 2011). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

The original name of the character Ruby Rhod was Loc Rhod. The name appears in both the original script and in the novelization of the film.The 404 Yuletide Mini-sode: Where The 404 is the Fifth Element. CNET (28 December 2009). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

The "Divine Language" spoken in the film is a fictional language with only 400 words, invented by Besson and Jovovich.Milla Jovovich- Biography. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 19 May 2013. Jovovich stated that she and Besson wrote letters to each other in the Divine Language as practice.Interview included in the bonus feature "The Adventure and Discovery of a Film: The Story of the Fifth Element" on the DVD release of The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition).


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The films score was composed by Éric Serra. Released as an album under Virgin Records, it peaked at No. 99 on the Billboard 200.The Fifth Element [Virgin – Awards]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 19 May 2013. The music used for the taxicab chase scene, titled "Alech Taadi" by Algerian performer Khaled,Cornea, Christine (2007). Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-4173-0. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.  is excluded from the film soundtrack, but it is available on Khaled's album N'ssi N'ssi.

The Diva Dance opera performance featured music from Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: "Il dolce suono",Gemini Sun Records is Proud to Announce Vitas. Press release. Gemini Sun Records. Retrieved on 19 May 2013. the mad scene of Act III, Scene 2, and was sung by Albanian soprano Inva Mula,The Fifth Element [Virgin]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 19 May 2013. while the role of Plavalaguna was played by French actress Maïwenn Le Besco. Part One (titled Lucia di Lammermoor) and Part Two (titled The Diva Dance) of this piece are included as separate tracks on The Fifth Element soundtrack, but are sequenced to create the effect of the entire performance seen in the film. The end of Part One blends into the beginning of Part Two, creating a smooth transition between the two tracks.

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No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Little Light of Love"    4:50
2. "Mondoshawan"    4:01
3. "Timecrash"    1:49
4. "Korben Dallas"    1:43
5. "Koolen"    1:55
6. "Akta"    1:51
7. "Leeloo"    4:56
8. "Five Millenia Later"    3:13
9. "Plavalaguna"    1:47
10. "Ruby Rap" (Lyrics performed by Chris Tucker and Bruce Wilis)Éric Serra (music) Luc Besson and Robert Kamen (Lyrics) 1:55
11. "Heat"  Éric Serra and Sebastien Cortella 2:54
12. "Badaboom"    1:12
13. "Mangalores"    1:06
14. "Lucia di Lammermoor" (Performed by Inva Mula and the London Symphony Orchestra)Gaetano Donizetti and Salvadore Cammarano 3:10
15. "The Diva Dance"    1:31
16. "Leeloominai"    1:41
17. "A Bomb in the Hotel"    2:14
18. "Mina Hinoo"    0:54
20. "Radiowaves"    2:32
21. "Human Nature"    2:03
23. "Lakta Ligunai"    4:14
24. "Protect Life"  Éric Serra and Sebastien Cortella 2:33
25. "Little Light of Love (end titles version)" (Performed by RXRA)  3:29
26. "Aknot! Wot?" (Bonus track)Éric Serra (Music) Luc Besson and Robert Kamen (Lyrics) 3:35


Initial screeningEdit

The film premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, where it was selected as the opening film.Festival de Cannes: The Fifth Element. Retrieved on 27 September 2009. Gaumont built an area for the screening that was over 100,000 square feet. Guests were given a "Fifth Element" Swatch, which was used as their ticket for entry. The event featured a futuristic ballet, a fashion show by Jean-Paul Gaultier, and fireworks. Gaumont spent between $1 million and $3 million on the event, a record cost at the time.Cannes parties are legendary, but sometimes the shindig can outperform the pic. Variety (magazine) (13 May 2013). Retrieved on 15 May 2013.

Box officeEdit

The film debuted at No. 1 in the US, earning $17 million on its opening weekend. It went on to become a box office success, grossing over US$263 million, almost three times its budget of US$90 million. 76% of the receipts for The Fifth Element were from markets outside of the United States. It was the 9th highest-grossing film of the year worldwide. In Germany the film was awarded the Goldene Leinwand, a sales certification award for selling more than 3 million tickets at the box office,Das fünfte Element (in German). Retrieved on 15 May 2013. and also a Bogey Award in Silver, which certifies 2 million people viewing a film within twenty days.Le cinquième élément (1997). Retrieved on 19 May 2013. It went on to become the most financially successful French film ever made, a record it held for 16 years until the release of The Intouchables in 2011. As of 2011 it was still considered to be France's most successful exported film.Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 978-0-8195-6827-4. Retrieved on 15 May 2013. 

Critical reaction and legacyEdit

The Fifth Element holds a "fresh" 71% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews, with the consensus, "Visually inventive and gleefully over the top, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is a fantastic piece of pop sci-fi that never takes itself too seriously."The Fifth Element Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. It has a weighted score of 52/100 at Metacritic based on 22 professional reviews.The Fifth Element. Metacritic. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

The Fifth Element polarized critics on release. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times described the film as an "elaborate, even campy sci-fi extravaganza, which is nearly as hard to follow as last year's Mission: Impossible." He concluded that The Fifth Element was "a lot warmer, more fun and boasts some of the most sophisticated, witty production and costume design you could ever hope to see."'Element': A Voyage as Fun, Stylish as It Is Confusing. Los Angeles Times (9 May 1997). Retrieved on 12 May 2013. On film review show At the Movies, both Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave the film a 'thumbs up';Template:Cite episode in his own review for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of 4, calling it "One of the great goofy movies", and concluding, "I would not have missed seeing this film, and I recommend it for its richness of imagery. But at 127 minutes, which seems a reasonable length, it plays long."Ebert review. Retrieved on 31 May 2011. The film was, however, subject to a number of harsh reviews which expressed disapproval of its overblown style. Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote, "A largely misfired European attempt to make an American-style sci-fi spectacular, The Fifth Element consists of a hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce."Review: "The Fifth Element". Variety (magazine) (7 May 1997). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. David Edelstein of Slate was even more critical, saying, "It may or may not be the worst movie ever made, but it is one of the most unhinged."Edelstein, David (11 May 1997). Slate magazine review. Retrieved on 6 May 2012. Chris Tucker's performance as Ruby Rhod also polarized critics.Motor Mouth Man. The Daily Beast (7 September 1997). Archived from the original on 30 Jun 2013. Retrieved on 14 May 2013. He was praised in the Los Angeles TimesIn His Element. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 14 May 2013. and in Time, who called him "the summer's most outrageous special effect",Citation. though Josh Winning of Total Film singled out his performance as the low point of the film, ranking it as No. 20 on his 2011 list, "50 Performances That Ruined Movies".50 Performances That Ruined Movies. Total Film (2 November 2011). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

Mixed opinion of the film continues to date. It has been described in various publications as a science fiction cult classic,Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion's wild child. CBS News (22 January 2012). Retrieved on 11 May 2013..Milla Jovovich on Resident Evil And Her Ultraviolet Beef. Rotten Tomatoes (13 August 2007). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.Luc Besson's next film is "The Fifth Element to the power of ten". io9 (14 October 2010). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. however, it has also been regarded as one of the genre's worst films.50 essential sci-fi films – part two. Time Out (magazine). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Film critic Mark Kermode reported that The Fifth Element was one of the most divisive films among his readers, being regarded as one of the best and worst summer blockbusters of all time. Kermode recalled his own experience, "I remember very clearly being in Cannes when The Fifth Element was first played, and it really divided the audience."Summer Blockbusters – Your Best and Worst. BBC (28 August 2012). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Stephen Cass of Discover ranked the film the third-best science fiction movie on subscription service Hulu, writing, "People seem to either like or loathe The Fifth Element... Lavish visuals and entertaining performances from Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman make this movie worth watching."5 Best Science Fiction Movies on Hulu: #3, The Fifth Element. Discover (magazine) (24 December 2008). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. In some circles the film has gained a "so-bad-it's-good" status; Meredith Woerner of io9 listed The Fifth Element as one of "The 20 Best Worst Science Fiction Movies of All Time".The 20 Best Worst Science Fiction Movies of All Time. io9 (18 September 2008). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. The Visual Effects Society voted The Fifth Element among the 50 most influential visual effects films of all time.The Visual Effects Society Unveils "50 Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time". Visual Effects Society (10 May 2007). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jean Giraud sued Luc Besson after the film was released, claiming The Fifth Element had plagiarized their comic The Incal. Giraud sued for 13.1 million euros for unfair competition, 9 million euros in damages and interest and for 2–5% of the net operating revenues of the film. Jodorowsky sued for 700,000 euros. The case was dismissed in 2004 on the grounds that only "tiny fragments" of Giraud's artwork had been usedMoebius perd son procès contre Besson (in French). (28 May 2004). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. and also due to the fact that Giraud had been hired by Besson to work on the film before the allegations were made.

Rumors after the film's release reported a sequel, tentatively titled Mr. Shadow, in development. In 2011 Besson stated a sequel was never planned, and he has no desire to make one.Luc Besson Reflects on His Female Leads and Explains Why a 'Fifth Element' Sequel Will Never Happen. Moviefone (26 August 2011). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.


The Fifth Element was nominated for Best Sound Editing at the 70th Academy Awards,Nominees & Winners for the 70th Academy Awards. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. and for Best Sound Editing at the 1998 Golden Reel Awards, but lost to Titanic in both cases. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects,Achievement in Special Visual Effects in 1998. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. and the Prix Lumière award for Best Director.The Fifth Element:Awards & Nominations. MSN. Retrieved on 15 May 2013. It was nominated for seven César awardsThe Fifth Element → Awards. Retrieved on 14 May 2013. and won three for Best Director,'Chanson' big winner at top French kudos show. Variety (magazine) (1 March 1998). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Best Cinematography,Awards. Retrieved on 20 June 2013. and Best Production Design.The Fifth Element (1997). The New York Times. Retrieved on 15 May 2013. It was nominated for Film of the Year at the 1997 European Film Awards.1997. European Film Awards. Retrieved on 15 May 2013. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation,1998 Hugo Awards. Hugo Awards. Retrieved on 14 May 2013. and for the Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects.1998. Retrieved on 14 May 2013. Thierry Arbogast was awarded the Technical Grand Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for his work on both The Fifth Element and She's So Lovely. The film received four Saturn Award nominations: Best Science Fiction Film,The Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Best Costume,Jean Paul Gaultier. The New York Times. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Best Special Effects,VFX Awards. Retrieved on 15 May 2013. and Best Supporting Actress for Milla Jovovich.Milla Jovovich Blasts Summit Entertainment for Ignoring 'Three Musketeers'. The Christian Post (21 October 2011). Retrieved on 14 May 2013. Jovovich's fight against the Mangalores was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight,1998 MTV Movie Awards. MTV. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. Note: Click on the 'Winners' tab. and she was also nominated for Best Actress – Newcomer at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. (17 January 1998) 1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Nominees Announced. Retrieved on 15 May 2013. 

Conversely, Jovovich received a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress, and Chris Tucker was nominated for Worst New Star for both The Fifth Element and Money Talks.1997 Archive. Golden Raspberry Award (23 August 2000). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

Year Event Award Nominee Result
1998 Academy Awards Best Sound Editing The Fifth Element Nominated
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Best Actress – Newcomer Milla Jovovich Nominated
1997 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects Mark A. Mangini Won
1997 Cannes Film Festival Technical Grand Prize Thierry Arbogast Won
1998 César Award Best Cinematography Thierry Arbogast Won
Best Director Luc Besson Won
Best Production Design Dan Weil Won
Best Costume Design Jean-Paul Gaultier Nominated
Best Editing Sylvie Landra Nominated
Best Film Luc Besson Nominated
Best Music Written for a Film Eric Serra Nominated
Best Sound Daniel Brisseau Nominated
1997 European Film Awards Film of the Year Patrice Ledoux Nominated
1998 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Milla Jovovich Nominated
Worst New Star Chris Tucker Nominated
1998 Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing Sound editing team Nominated
1998 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Fifth Element Nominated
1998 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Milla Jovovich vs. Aliens Nominated
1997 Prix Lumière Best Director Luc Besson Won
1998 Satellite Award Best Visual Effects Mark Stetson Nominated
1998 Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film The Fifth Element Nominated
Best Costumes Jean-Paul Gaultier Nominated
Best Special Effects Special effects team Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Milla Jovovich Nominated

Home media Edit

The original home video release of The Fifth Element took place in North America on 10 December 1997, on VHS, LaserDisc, and DVD.The Fifth Element (1997). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. The original DVD was in its original 2.39:1 anamorphic widescreen format, had English and Spanish audio and subtitling, and carried no special features.

The film was released in Sony's Superbit formatFifth Element (Superbit), The. IGN (11 October 2001). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. on 9 October 2001. In their review, IGN gave the DVD release 9 out of 10, but noting the enhanced quality of the Superbit format, awarded the Superbit version a perfect score. The Superbit release was presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 format, used a higher data rate for a better picture, and featured subtitling in six languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Thai) but only English audioThe Fifth Element: Superbit. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. and no special features.

An "Ultimate Edition" DVD was released on 11 January 2005. The edition contained two discs. The first contained the Superbit quality version of the film along with subtitles in the same six languages. The only difference between the Superbit version and the Ultimate Edition disc one is the addition of a "fact track", which when turned on displays trivia about the film, cast and crew as the film plays. The second disc provides various special features, focusing on visual production, special effects, fashion in the film, featurettes and interviews with Willis, Jovovich and Tucker, featurettes on the four different alien races in the film, and a featurette on Diva Plavalaguna. The Ultimate Edition was praised for its special features.The Fifth Element – Ultimate Edition. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.

The first Blu-ray Disc release of the film occurred on 20 June 2006. It was criticized as having poor picture quality by Blu-ray standards, and was also criticized for its lack of special features.Williams, Ben (5 August 2007). The Fifth Element Blu-ray. Retrieved on 24 August 2009. In what has been called an "an extremely rare move", Sony responded to complaints by making a remastered Blu-ray version available, released on 17 July 2007, and also offered a replacement exchange program for customers unhappy with the original Blu-ray release.Sony Offers New 'Fifth Element' Blu-ray Remaster and "Replacement Exchange Program". (18 June 2007). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. stated the remastered version "absolutely" made up for the lacklustre initial release, praising its high video and audio quality, yet still criticising its lack of special features.

Related mediaEdit

A novel adaptation by Terry Bisson was published by HarperPrism in 1997.The fifth element : a novel. WorldCat. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.Bisson, Terry (1997). The Fifth Element: A Novel. HarperPrism. ISBN 978-0-06-105838-7. 

A video game adaptation of the same name was created by Activision for the PlayStation game console and PC in 1998. It was generally met with negative reviews.The Fifth Element (Value Series) Review. GameSpot (21 October 1998). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. One reviewer commented "Take Tomb Raider, add in Leeloo Multipass and boring puzzles, and you've got Fifth Element."Fifth Element. IGN (1 October 1998). Retrieved on 11 May 2013. A racing game based on the film, New York Race, was released in 2001.NY Race Review. Eurogamer (15 November 2001). Retrieved on 11 May 2013.




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  • Bizony, Piers. (2001) Digital Domain: The Leading Edge of Visual Effects, London: Aurum. ISBN 1-85410-707-0
  • Hanson, Matt. (2005) "The Fifth Element", in Building Sci-Fi Moviescapes: The Science Behind the Fiction, Burlington, Massachusetts: Focal Press, pp. 60–66. ISBN 0-240-80772-3.

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