Luc Besson's Sci-fi Film THE FIFTH ELEMENT is Getting a 4K Theatrical Re-Release

Art by  Nick Runge

Art by Nick Runge

In celebration on of the 20th anniversary of Luc Besson's classic sci-fi film The Fifth Element, there's going to a be a 4K restoration theatrical re-release of the film! I was completely blown away by this film when I first saw it in theaters in 1997. It was such a wild and crazy movie going experience and it's one of those films that I still enjoy watching on a regular basis. So, the fact that I'll get to see it on the big screen again is pretty awesome!

The re-release is being presented by Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and it will screen in over 400 theaters across the country. It will be screen only two days, which include Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on each day. 

The screening will also include an exclusive preview of Besson's new sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which I'm ridiculously excited about. The announcement says:

As an added bonus, the theatrical presentation will also offer audiences a brand-new, exclusive look at Besson’s upcoming film, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which opens in theaters nationwide July 21, 2017. This new film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as special operatives who must protect the astonishing city of Alpha from a marauding menace that threatens not just the city but the future of the universe. Besson both directed and wrote “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” as he did the enormously influential “The Fifth Element.”

You can purchase tickets for The Fifth Element 20th Anniversary screenings at FathomEvents or at participating theater box offices. The Fifth Element will debut on home video in 4K Ultra HD on July 11, 2017.

From its opening scenes in 1914 Egypt to its towering views of 23rd Century New York City, and its mind-expanding journey to the faraway world of Fhloston Paradise, “The Fifth Element” follows cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) as he discovers that the fate of the world is contained within the mysterious Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), who literally drops from the sky and into his life. To save humanity, he must protect her from the evil industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman), who is embroiled in an intergalactic war between the Mondoshawans and the Mangalores.
The spectacular odyssey across space and time also stars Ian Holm as the mysterious Vito Cornelius, Chris Tucker as hyperactive radio host Ruby Rhod, and Luke Perry as Billy Masterson. Conceived and written by Besson when he was just 16, “The Fifth Element” became a passion project and took more than 20 years to bring to the screen. “The Fifth Element” was nominated for eight César Awards, France’s top cinematic honor, and received three awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
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