Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection (22 film set)

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  1. buck135

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    Just preordered this from Amazon.uk for $121.80. Added "Dracula: Prince of Darkness as well and the total with shipping came to $151.57. Outstanding.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Amazon in the US has it for $149 (free shipping), for anyone who hasn't jumped in yet.
     
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    Hey all. The British box is region-free with the exception of QoS. So you can still save almost $30 if you're not concerned about QoS. Scroll down to post # 193.

    http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hd-talk/587251-james-bond-update-8.html

    I'm so glad I saw this. Once Amazon dropped the U.S. price to $149.99 I was tempted to cancel my UK pre-order.
     
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    Thanks Shape, I didn't see that QOS was region locked. Good thing I went region free.
     
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    I know I´m gonna get this anyway but I´m still not over the fact that a collection celebrating 50 years of a franchise of this magnitude can simply pass on some of the extras of previous editions... at least the UK is confirmed to be Uncut all the way.

    UK set review...
    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews57/bond_50_blu-ray.htm

    And how about that content useless bonus disc?
     
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    ^^I'm looking forward to watching all of the titles sequences without swapping discs. That seems like a cool feature.

    So does this confirm that Casino Royale still doesn't have trailers? If so, does anyone know why? I am genuinely saddened by this.
     
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    Wow, so glad I read that review. I was gonna pick this up to get the exclusive bonus disc, but all it has are montages of footage from the films (title sequences, gadgets, etc.) and new featurettes that only last 20 minutes combined. Saved myself 150 bucks.
     
  8. Katatonia

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    Ugh, I think I'm just gonna wait on this. I may just pick up those store exclusives on the remaining unreleased titles...I just wish they had the same coverart style as the old ones!!
     
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    I'm hearing the transfer of GoldenEye is "slathered in DNR". If true, this is very disappointing. :(

    EDIT: Found a couple of links...

    A clip from GoldenEye. DNR is definitely evident. Such a shame. Ugh.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwVsLyot2Qg

    GoldenEye screenshot comparison. DNR vs No DNR... here.
     
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    Good thing I don't care for GoldenEye very much!

    As long as On Her Majesty's Secret Service and The Spy Who Loved Me get good treatment, I'm happy. Everything after that is gravy.
     
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    Goldeneye is my favorite. I always expected it to be one of the worst looking but that is a travesty. So where did they get the "Without DNR" screenshot?

    If Casino Royale is missing the trailer and Goldeneye and OHMSS look like shit I will be skipping on this set in favor of picking up just a couple of singles.
     
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    I had the same question. According to the person who posted it at blu-ray.com's forum...

     
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    ^^ I expected to hear that it was from an HDTV Broadcast. That explanation is infuriating.
     
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    Talking about a quality restoration... on this franchise, who the fuck leaves things to a software and leaves it at that... even if it was the software´s fault, insn´t there any quality control?
     
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    Amen Paff! And here's good news. The Spy Who Loved Me is supposed to look and sound absolutely spectacular. Everyone who has the set says it's by far the best of the new-to-Blu releases. Unfortunately the OHMSS Ultimate Edition DVD transfer issues are reportedly still there. Word is that the 5.1 track still has major balancing issues, the same poorly replaced sound effects, and a musical glitch in the safe-cracking sequence. And the color timing issues in the opening beach sequence and the raid on Piz Gloria are supposedly still there too. But the overall transfer is supposed to be solid.

    Goldeneye, The Living Daylights, and Tomorrow Never Dies are supposed to be decidedly subpar.
     
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    Agreed, GoldenEye is one of my least favorite Bond films. As long as the classics aren't screwed up, it's not a huge loss.
     
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    quick question for those who don't care for Goldeneye - where would you place it in terms of Brosnan's entire Bond output? Personally, I really like it, and consider it to be leaps and bounds ahead of his other 3 films. If you don't like it, no problem. But if anybody considers TWINE, TND, or DAD better than it, I'd really like to hear why!
     
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    It's been quite awhile since I've seen any of them, but I remember liking "Goldeneye" the most out of Brosnan's other films. The N64 game probably has a lot to do with that. :)
     
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    Sure, I'd love to explain. Especially since I initiated the GoldenEye hate to begin with.

    I rank Brosnan's Bonds as:
    1. Tomorrow Never Dies
    2. The World is Not Enough
    3. GoldenEye
    4. Die Another Day

    I really like Tomorrow Never Dies. First off, in the name of disclosure, a lot of it is because I'm a huge fan of 80s/90s Hong Kong martial arts films, and a big fan of Michelle Yeoh. So the kung-fu aspect of TND is a major positive to me (about the only negative is that Wai-Lin seems smarter and stronger than Bond!).

    And I LOVE Jonathan Pryce as the villain, and I know I'm in the minority there. I thought he was one of the most plausible villains (after Robert Davi in License to Kill) in the entire series. Clearly designed after Rupert Murdoch, I wonder if the reason people don't like Elliot Carver is because it hits too close to home. The idea that to control the world, you have to control the information is a great modern plot in a Bond movie, something you rarely see in any of the films.

    Finally, you have great action scenes with the opening fight on the airfield, the BWM chase, and Brosnan and Yeoh on the motorcycle. Brosnan's best, hands down.

    The World is Not Enough is unfairly maligned. Granted, theres a lot to dislike: the horribly miscast Denise Richards, and the ludicrous concept of a villain who feels no pain. Also throw in that the idea of hijacking a nuclear bomb and holding the world hostage had already been parodied in the Austin Powers films by this time! The fact that they would re-tread that threat was a major downer.

    But you know what? I still like it. Opening chase is fantastic, and for the first time in ANY of the films, you have a vulnerable Bond (the arm injury). In Fleming's novels, Bond was nowhere near the superman you have in the movies, and this was one of the few movies to show Bond's physcial limits.

    Finally, you have to view TWINE as the last Bond film before 9/11, and a lot of the concepts in the movie you wouldn't do nowadays (in fact, one of my previous favorite Bond films was The Living Daylights, and that has definitely fallen several pegs due to Bond helping out the Afghanis who would eventually form the Taliban). This movie has grown on me in some of the recent viewings. I suggest everyone re-visit it.

    Now we get to #3, GoldenEye. This movie just annoys me. I thought it was a really lame way to update the Bond character into the 90s, in regards to things like safe sex and sexual harrassment. It really seemed to be blatantly trying to be politically correct, which never works in a Bond film.

    Now, there's been some dumb names for women in the Bond series. Pussy Galore, Plenty O'toole, Tiffany Case. Xenia Onatopp is right up there, practically as dumb as Alotta Fagina.

    But here's where GoldenEye loses it for me: The bad guys are Russian, and the main villain has a doomsday device to bring the Soviets back into power. C'mon. The Cold War was OVER. Trying to make Russians the villains again just doesn't work anymore. Especially since in several previous Bonds (For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights) the cooperation of East and West was apparent. GoldenEye seems stuck in the 60s, and not in the good sense.
    And doomsday device?? Didn't we see this in Diamonds Are Forever and The Man With the Golden Gun? Almost the exact same device, too!!

    Overall, I just felt GoldenEye was a weak effort. I did like the car chase at the beginning though. Nice to see James driving an Aston Martin again.

    Die Another Day just sucked. Totally.
     
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    i always find that kind of thing interesting. the world just seems to work that way - the people who used to be your friends become your mortal enemies. or vice-versa. like the japanese, the russians, or the germans. or even the british, if you want to go back far enough. you must hate Rambo III, then...:rolleyes:

    i appreciate the reply. in anticipation of Skyfall, I'm rewatching all 22 films (maybe even 23, if i decide to include Never Say Never Again...which isn't that likely, now that i think of it. a more likely addition would be the B&W television version of Casino Royale). Unlike previous bond marathons, i'm purposefully doing them in a random order, watching whatever i feel like on a given day. i'll have to pay close attention to the Brosnan films. the only one of his that i actively dislike is Die Another Day, which I would consider the worst film of the series. The middle two always seemed entertaining but somewhat lackluster to me. Perhaps my opinions will change...
     

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