Bond on Blu-Ray?

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Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby Double O Semen on Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:44 pm

Since my two sets won't arrive til friday...I was just wondering if anyone can tell me how these look and sound?

Harry reviewed the films, but not the video and audio quality, and I'm dying to know. I cant wait for the rest of these to come out!
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:47 pm

I hear the picture and sound quality is great, and that you can really see every detail of the president of Sony rolling around in money and his cackle comes through in full surround sound.
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby theunforgettablefire on Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:18 pm

I can't afford to keep buying these movies every time they re-release them/switch formats.
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby TheButcher on Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:42 am

From THR:
CES 2012: James Bond Films Coming to Blu-Ray
Carolyn Giardina wrote:LAS VEGAS--Bond girls and directors of the 007 films appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, as part of an announcement that all 22 James Bond films will be released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on Blu-ray this year. The boxed set will include more than 130 hours of bonus material.

Marking the 50th anniversary of MGM's James Bond, Fox host a panel discussion with directors John Glen (five Bond films including For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough). Bond girls Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) were also on hand for the event, held in the Panasonic booth.

The directors discussion included a look at such clips as the iconic skiing scene from For Your Eyes Only, as well as recollections of getting involved with the franchise.

Admitted Apted: “My experience is more in documentary work and more realistic stuff. … I was petrified.”

All three directors said that while ideally they still prefer to see movies in the cinema, they are impressed with the quality with which Blu-ray reproduces films.

Recalled Glen, “I remember with early Bond movies there was a resistance to showing them on TV at all (because there would be loss of quality). TVs have improved, now we have Blu-ray. … You are seeing it in its full glory.”
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby TheButcher on Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:43 am

From Variety:
Fox stirs interest in Bond 50th anni - 007 films to be released on Blu-ray for the first time
Marc Graser wrote:LAS VEGAS - Even James Bond made it to CES -- at least three of the directors that gave him orders did as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment used the tech confab to promote the release of all of the 007 films on Blu-ray for the first time.

The Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to kick off Fox's planned festivities, the studio brought Martin Campbell, John Glen and Michael Apted to Las Vegas to discuss their work on the series. Altogether, the trio have helmed eight of the 22 films.

Fox is releasing the films on homevid this fall for Sony and MGM as part of a longterm distribution deal.

Bond girls Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace") and Caterina Murino ("Casino Royale") introduced the directors at the Panasonic booth on Tuesday.

Each helmer touched on their experiences directing a Bond actioner for the first time after clips from their films were shown on Panasonic's massive wall of screens.

"It was easier for me in a sense because I was an editor and second unit director" on previous Bond pics before making his debut on "For Your Eyes Only," said Glen ("Octopussy, "A View to a Kill," "The Living Daylights," "License to Kill"). "I was eased into it. I knew Bond pretty well."

Glen also had his own ideas of what he wanted to do with his first film -- to show an edgier side of Bond, even though "there is a formula to them."

With "Casino Royale," Campbell also brought back a tougher Bond with Daniel Craig.

"It's not the Bond we all knew and loved," he said. "It's a prequel and based on the books, so tonally it had to be more real."

The parkour-based chase sequence from the beginning of "Casino Royale" was screened to show "Bond as clumsy and thinking from his heart, not his head," said Campbell, who also launched Pierce Brosnan as 007 in "GoldenEye." "It was a sequence that set Bond up to have all of these raw elements that make him great."

Apted was surprised to land the offer for "The World is Not Enough," after establishing himself with dramas and documentaries.

"For me it was scary as hell," he said. "I thought it was a joke. I had never done anything like this." As for helming one, "it's exciting to know there are a lot of people who are waiting for your film but scary because there a lot of people ready to rip it apart."

After an action sequence from "World," where Bond's BMW Z8 is cut in half, "I got a chance to rip up a Bond car," Apted said. "It doesn't happen very often." The scene was designed as a way to deliver what fans expect.

"I just knew certain things had to be delivered -- the girls, the one liners, the action," Apted said. "I was very much aware of the heightened expectations. You ignore those things at your own peril."

The now famous mini-jet sequence from "Octopussy" wasn't in the original script, Glen admitted.

"It had nothing to do with the rest of the movie," he said, "and was something I created as a second feature (within the film). It's a tradition we kept up."

The discussion follows last year's directors panel from Fox that featured Baz Luhrman, Oliver Stone and Michael Mann discussing their views of Blu-ray and how technology and entertainment are intertwined.
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby so sorry on Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:51 am

I hope they gone balls to the wall for these BluRays...best film restoration, commontaries, behind the scenes etc. Its time to get excited about Bond again, and a GOOD BluRay release might do it. I know I'd get a couple for sure.
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:41 am

They have always put huge effort into getting the best technical quality for the presentation of the Bond films. The last round of DVD box sets all looked and sounded great.

The last round of DVDs had extensive special features and while some of them were interesting, there was a lot of PR quality control at work. Rarely would anybody say anything the least bit critical of any film or even acknowledge that certain Bond films are much less loved than others. I think Lazenby spoke a bit about his difficulty accepting the backlash against being the first non-Connery Bond that lead him to break the contract and leave the series, but that's about it.

Brosnan was still bitter about how they fired him (he found out he had been replaced by Craig by reading the papers like everybody else), so that explains why there were no new contributions from him. Moore was the most eager to help in providing new content and insight and so you got lots of commentary tracks and new interviews with him.

It would be nice to hear the insiders comment on these films more candidly. Most of us Bond enthusiasts already know most of the gossip and dirty laundry anyway, so it would just be interesting to hear the perspective of the people involved. I would like to hear more about their frustrations and regrets and ideas they had but didn't use. I would like to hear the various actors' opinions on each other's portrayals of Bond and also more from the women. But I doubt we'll get that. We'll probably just get more of the cast and crew of each film patting themselves on the back.
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Re: Bond on Blu-Ray?

Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:29 am

I got this bluray box set as a gift from one of my admirerers. The set is packaged as a set of two coffeetable books in a box. You flip through the pages and the discs are contained in cardboard sleeves. The films are organized chronologically and there is an empty slot for the SKYFALL disc they assume you will buy.

From what I understand, the extras on each disc are the same as the last round of DVDs. There is one bonus disc that has special features that are mostly just montages of all the Bond girls or all the villains etc. However there is one cool feature I look forward to enjoying: being able to watch all the title sequences backtoback.

I've been really busy lately and so I haven't had time to watch any of the films in their entirety, but I put a few of my favourites in to check out the picture and sound quality and they looked really good. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE is my favourite of the series and I watched a couple scenes from it and it looked absolutely fantastic. GOLDENEYE also looked and sounded very good.
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