|James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 4 (Dr. No / You Only Live Twice / Octopussy / Tomorrow Never Dies / Moonraker)
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James Bond investigates the disappearance of a British agent in Jamaica, works with the Japanese secret service to stop space hijackings, looks into the disappearance of a space shuttle, investigates the connection behind a murdered agent and a Faberge egg, and tries to stop a media mastermind from starting a third world war.g, and tries to stop a media mastermind from starting a third world war.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 6-NOV-2007
Media Type: DVD
Dr. No: Released in 1962, this first James Bond movie remains one of the best, and serves as an entertaining reminder that the Bond series began (in keeping with Ian Fleming's novels) with a surprising lack of gadgetry and big-budget fireworks. Sean Connery was just 32 years old when he won the role of Agent 007. In his first adventure James Bond is called to Jamaica where a colleague and secretary have been mysteriously killed. With an American CIA agent (Jack Lord, pre-Hawaii Five-O), they discover that the nefarious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) is scheming to blackmail the U.S. government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying U.S. rockets launched from Cape Canaveral. Of course, Bond takes time off from his exploits to enjoy the company of a few gorgeous women, including the bikini-clad Ursula Andress. She gloriously kicks off the long-standing tradition of Bond women who know how to please their favorite secret agent. A sexist anachronism? Maybe, but this is Bond at his purest, kicking off a series of movies that shows no sign of slowing down. --Jeff Shannon
You Only Live Twice: The film boasts the best of the Bond title songs (this one sung on a dreamy track by Nancy Sinatra), but the movie itself is one of the weaker ones of the Sean Connery phase of the 007 franchise. The story concerns an effort by the evil organization SPECTRE to start a world war, but the not-so-super villain behind the plot is the awfully civilized Donald Pleasence. The thin script is by Roald Dahl (shouldn't we have expected a better Bond nemesis from the creator of mad genius Willy Wonka?), and direction is by British veteran Lewis Gilbert (Alfie). But the movie can't hold a candle to Dr. No, From Russia with Love, or Goldfinger. --Tom Keogh Octopussy: Roger Moore was nearing the end of his reign as James Bond when he made Octopussy, and he looks a little worn out. But the movie itself infuses some new blood into the old franchise, with a frisky pace and a pair of sturdy villains. Maud Adams--who'd also been in the Bond outing The Man with the Golden Gun--plays the improbably named Octopussy, while old smoothie Louis Jourdan is her crafty partner in crime. There's an island populated only by women, plus a fantastic sequence with a hand-to-hand fight that happens on a plane--and on top of a plane. The film even has an extra emotional punch, since this time out 007 is not only following the orders of Her Majesty's Secret Service, but he is also exacting a personal revenge: a fellow double-0 agent has been killed. Two Bond films were actually released in 1983 within a few months of each other, as Octopussy was followed by Sean Connery's comeback in Never Say Never Again. The success of both pictures proved that there was still plenty of mileage left in the old license to kill, though Moore had one more workout--A View to a Kill--before hanging it up. And that title? The franchise had already used up the titles to Ian Fleming's novels, so Octopussy was taken from a lesser-known Fleming short story. -- Robert Horton
Tomorrow Never Dies: Pierce Brosnan returns for his second stint as James Bond (after GoldenEye), and he's doing it in high style with an invigorating cast of costars. It's only appropriate that a Bond film from 1997 would find Agent 007 pitted against a media mogul (Jonathan Pryce) who's going to start a global war (beginning with stolen nuclear missiles aimed at China) to create attention-grabbing headlines for his latest multimedia news channel. It's the information age run amok, and Bond must team up with a lovely and lethal agent from the Chinese External Security Force (played by Honk Kong action star Michelle Yeoh) to foil the madman's plot of global domination. Luckily for Bond, the villain's wife (Teri Hatcher) is one of his former lovers, and at the behest of his superior M (Judi Dench), 007 finds ample opportunity to exploit the connection. Armed with the usual array of gadgets (including a remote-controlled BMW), Brosnan settles into his role with acceptable flair, and the dynamic Yeoh provides a perfect balance to the sexism that once threatened to turn Bond into a politically incorrect anachronism. He's still Bond, to be sure, but he's saving the world with a bit more sophisticated finesse. --Jeff Shannon Moonraker: This was the first James Bond adventure produced after the success of Star Wars, so it jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon by combining the suave appeal of Agent 007 (once again played by Roger Moore) with enough high-tech hardware and special effects to make Luke Skywalker want to join Her Majesty's Secret Service. After the razzle-dazzle of The Spy Who Loved Me, this attempt to latch onto a trend proved to be a case of overkill, even though it brought back the steel-toothed villain Jaws (Richard Kiel) and scored a major hit at the box office. This time Bond is up against a criminal industrialist named Drax (Michel Lonsdale) who wants to control the world from his orbiting space station. In keeping with his well-groomed style, Bond thwarts this maniacal Neo-Hitler's scheme with the help of a beautiful, sleek-figured scientist (played by Lois Chiles with all the vitality of a department-store mannequin). Despite Moore's passive performance (which Pauline Kael described as "like an office manager who is turning into dead wood but hanging on to collect his pension"), Moonraker had no problem attracting an appreciative audience, and there are even a few renegade Bond-philes who consider it one of their favorites. --Sean Axmaker
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Another awesome collection of classic Bond movies with all the special features you could possibly want!...more info
- James Bond Ultimate Edition Vol. 4
This box set is completely amazing. They come with booklets that show original movie posters, information on the actors careers, talk about the original books the movies are based on much more. This is my favorite of the bond sets. Even though the books were written in the 1960s cold war of spies, the writer had the for sight to create such stories such as the movie Moonraker is based on with its space station villian and the return of one of my favorite Bond villians Jaws with his metal teeth that can bite through anything. Jaws orignally appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me who I wish was also included in this set. The set also includes Dr. No the first James Bond Movie, Octopussy who also has great villian who use a Yo Yo saw of doom and dozens of beautiful women to look at, Tomorrow Never Dies (one of the best Pierce Bronson Bond Movies) and You Only Live Twice which is one of the few movies where it looks like Bond is actually killed. ...more info
- Pretty darn awesome
The special features are great. The movies even better. You can't go wrong with Bond. ...more info
- The Silver Collection
James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 4 (Dr. No / You Only Live Twice / Octopussy / Tomorrow Never Dies / Moonraker) are the movies in this collection. As a whole, the collection is wonderful mostly because of the bonus features. You get behind the scenes, interviews, tributes to various Bond family, documentaries, audio commentary from directors, cast and sometimes Bond (Roger Moore), music videos and much more!!
This collection doesn't excite me....its just there or okay. Dr. No is the very first Bond film and will end up being better than some of the latter Bond films. You Only Live Twice was exotic but pale in comparison to Sean's other Bond films. Octopussy is pretty good with Roger Moore as the lead. Tomorrow Never Dies is okay, but not memorable. Moonraker is the stupidest Bond of all time.
Get this volume if you want the first Bond film, or see Bond turn Japanese, or watch Bond fight and have sex in outerspace. If you're like me, get this volume only to add to your Bond collection!...more info
- Offbeat Collection of Bond Titles, Superbly Remastered...
The brilliantly remastered library of James Bond films continues with "James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 4", a collection of titles that may have you scratching your head about the choices, but will dazzle with their pristine beauty, nonetheless!
"Dr. No" (1962), was, of course, the first 007 film, and a huge gamble for both Broccoli/Saltzman's Eon Productions, and United Artists. With a tiny budget, a little-known leading man (Sean Connery), and a daring concept for a more conservative era (missions of a ruthless hero whose job was murder, and hobby, copious amounts of sex), the film succeeded because of tongue-in-cheek humor, explosive action, breathtaking women (personified by Ursula Andress), and Connery's charismatic presence. Until Daniel Craig's debut, this was as close to author Ian Fleming's vision of Bond as you could find, and what the film lacks in polish, it makes up for in intensity. (4 stars out of 5)
"You Only Live Twice" (1967), has, over time, earned the ire of many Bond fans as the film Broccoli decided to do as Connery's first swan song, instead of the vastly superior "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (Japan offered a very lucrative production deal). As worldwide Bond mania subsided, this strange entry has a bored Connery machine-gunned, resurrected, piloting a toy helicopter, pretending to be Japanese, and often playing second-fiddle to Ninjas, while facing his LEAST threatening villain, Donald Pleasence. Even a beautiful theme song and breathtaking volcano finale can't save this entry. (2 stars out of 5)
"Octopussy" (1983), is best-known as Roger Moore's entry in the year of competing Bond films (as Sean Connery's "Never Say Never Again" was also released). While both actors were 'long-in-the-tooth' as 007 (Moore was 55, Connery, 53), the Moore film offered Eon's customary opulence, a leading lady who could act (Maud Adams), and the unintentional humor of villain Louis Jourdan lisping "Octopussy". Great action scenes and beautiful locations (much of the story is set in India) were marred by the campiness that was, sadly, a trademark of the Moore films. (2 1/2 stars out of 5).
"Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), Pierce Brosnan's second outing as 007, finds him far more at ease and mature in the role than in "GoldenEye", and offers one of the best Bond leading ladies, Michelle Yeoh, as his Chinese counterpart. Jonathan Pryce, as a nerdy 'Ted Turner'-type media mogul, provides a wry spin on the traditional Bond villain. On the down side, Teri Hatcher's performance as a Bond ex-lover is amateurish, and the derivativeness that would plague all of Brosnan's films gives it a "been there, done that" feel. (3 1/2 stars out of 5)
"Moonraker" (1979), one of the dumbest ideas for a 007 film, ever ("James Bond in Space!"), is, basically, a reworking of the vastly superior "The Spy Who Loved Me", moving the venue from the sea to Earth orbit. Silliness abounds, from Jaws and his blond nymphet girlfriend, to a gondola on wheels cruising the streets of Venice, to the ray-gun space battle climax. Michael Lonsdale looks more bored than villainous, and even a fabulous free-fall opening sequence can't save this Roger Moore entry. (1 1/2 stars out of 5)
While only "Dr. No" qualifies as a Bond 'classic', these remastered films are all still worth a new viewing, if you haven't seen them, lately; the loving restoration work makes each look as fresh as the day they were released!
- Great set
This is a great set, at this price a bond fan gets 10 discs, 5 movies & 5 special features,with 3 different Bonds, beautifully restored,a collectors item,at $5.10 a movie not to be missed I.M.J. ...more info
- James Bond
The other three sets were given to us during the holidays and the cheapest I could find the final box set was Amazon. We are very satisfied with our purchase....more info
- Bond as Usual !!!!!!!!!
These are some of the best of bond as long as you also have the first three boxes of this set-they are all GREAT!!!!!!!!!...more info
- The Ultimate Sets are the way to go! Dump the Special Editions when you can!
After waiting for a very long time to acquire the Bond Ultimate Edition sets at a reasonable price, I finally ditched my Special Editions in favor of the new ones. I, perhaps like many others, was always reluctant to give up my Special Editions because frankly I spent a lot of time and money putting the original, Special Edition set together.
After watching the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of "Dr.No", I finally realized how "ultimate" the new discs are. Gone are the film scratches, imperfections and faded colors that plagued most of the Bond early films such as the Connery & some of the Moore films. The new Dolby & DTS 5.1 surround sound are fantastic! The 1962 "Dr. No" looks like it was filmed yesterday. The special features on "Dr. No" includes a segment on the outstanding work put into the frame by frame restoration. A truly tremendous effort and much appreciated!
I like the slim-line cases for the new sets. My entire Bond collection now only takes up less than half the space on my shelves than it did before. Although I tend to agree with other reviewers that it's kind of cheesy how the booklets for each film are stored in the box and not the individual cases, the overall quality of the DVD's negate any negatives. I spend more time watching the films than browsing the booklets. Forget buying any of the Ultimate Editions individually which are single discs because the DVD's in the Ultimate Edition box sets are double-disc sets. One disc for the feature film for optimized quality and one disc for the special features.
I'm not bothered in the fact that all films in all four volumes are not packaged chronologically, since I went through the same process when I purchased the Special Edition box sets. I understand the studio's logic for "mixing it up", since a chronological DVD order would mean more popular sales for the Connery sets and lower sales for the Moore/Dalton sets. I'm a fan of all the Bond films as I appreciate all of the different actors from Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Bronson to Craig and for what each one of them has contributed to the Bond Legacy. Many thanks to Daniel Craig for resurrecting this franchise with his outstanding debut in "Casino Royale". Looking forward to "Quantum of Solace" later this year.
VOLUME 4; This is my third favorite volume, but "Dr. No" (the Bond & Connery debut film) is a classic containing one of the most, iconic moments in Bond film history. Ursalla Andress in the white bikini walking in the beach from the ocean. Somehow I never get tired of that scene? Connery's other effort "You Only Live Twice" features some exotic Japan locations. Love that volcano base set! "Moonraker" is one of the most campiest Bond films for Moore, but having Jaws in it entertains. "Octupussy" should have been Moore's last film and I think it would have been a great send off film for Moore because it was quite good. "Tomorrow Never Dies" is a decent effort for Bronson featuring the acrobatic, martial arts, superstar Michelle Yeoh. ...more info
- The best bond vol. of all times
Yes I loved the movies plus the documentaries were just fasinating.
It got me into watching the movies more ,and more. And the quality of the picture, and sound that it made them like seeing them for the frist time in years.. I cannot wait to buy the other volumes .. ...more info
- Best Purchase Ever
I own all 4 volumes, and this is the ultimate collection for Bond Fans and a must have collection. This collection is chock full of extra goodies. The only movie missing is "Never Say Never Again" with Sean Connery and Kim Basinger as this was not part of the " official" Bond series and was put out by a different studio, the same year as " Octopussy". Each Volume contains 5 movies in their own individual case.(2 DVDs each 1 with the movie and one with extras). Each movie also has a little booklet with information on the actors and the filming of the movie, with makes for some interesting reading. These are high quality DVDs in both video and sound and for the advertised price for all four volumes, is a steal in my opinion. I have always been satisfied with Criterion releases for their quality and the extras and this series has definately not disappointed me. This was money well spent. Charlie S....more info
- A great set for Collectors of James Bond
The question to ask yourself is this: are these sets worth the money?
The answer really depends on what kind of fan you are. These sets seem to be aimed at the fans of the James Bond series as a whole (not toward any specific actor or decade). If you've never purchased a James Bond DVD before and are a fan of most of the films, this is an easy purchase.
If you already own some or all of the previous releases, does this release necessitate a purchase? This depends on what you are looking for in a DVD release of this series. If you are looking for more extras, you may want to think twice. This new release contains most of the same extras as the original release. The new extras are nice, but if the most informative stuff (commentaries and documentaries) are exactly the same as the previous release.
If you are looking for upgraded picture and sound quality, then buy these sets now. The upgrades are extremely impressive, with each film looking like it was filmed yesterday. The sound improvements aren't quite as impressive, but are still an upgrade to some of the mono tracks for the older films.
What about a HD version coming in the future? Well that all depends on how what you think the fate of the HD format will be. If you think it's going to stick around for a good long time, then skip this set and wait for an HD version. If you think that HD will be the Laserdisc of it's time and will replaced all too quickly by direct downloads to your TV, than go ahead and indulge in this set now.
The packaging is also a plus for collectors. The slimpack packaging takes up less room and the boxes are fairly attractive. I'm not too crazy about the new cover art (I wish they had used the old poster art), but it's a minor thing. The menus are interesting, but I think I enjoyed the old DVD menus more.
With that said, I purchased all four sets. For the picture and sound upgrade and that fact that I can get all 20 films for a good price makes it an easy purchase. Sure I have my favorite films of the bunch, but I enjoy the documentaries and commentaries on all the movies. Besides what makes a "good" Bond film is really subjective.
That said... here are my opinions of the films included in Set 4.
It's difficult to judge the first Bond movie without comparing it to the films that followed it. The visuals are great, especially the sets by Ken Adam, and the location work in Jamaica. Some of visual effects are less than spectacular, but they are good for the time. The music is interesting in that the main James Bond theme is introduced, but overused. The rest of the score is OK, but lacking the intensity that John Barry would add later. The real story here is Sean Connery's debut as 007. He's great in the part and plays it as a real man caught in a dangerous spot. Ursula Andress makes a very sexy Honey Rider. Joseph Wiseman makes an excellent villain. He gives Dr. No a sense of style and cruelty that matches Bond's hero very well. Director Terrance Young moves things at a slower pace, but keeps the film interesting. When all is said and done this is a good action adventure film. Compared to the other Bond films, it might be a little slow or simplistic, but on its own terms its a good evenings entertainment. 3 out of 5 stars.
You Only Live Twice:
The follow-up to "Thunderball" was bigger in every way. Unfortunately, bigger isn't always better. The sets (especially the volcano base) are awe inspiring. The location shooting in Japan is exotic and intriguing. John Barry turns in one of his best scores for the Bond series, mixing the Asian flavor with classic Bond style. The main theme sung by Nancy Sinatra is one of the best of the 60's. However things start going a little bad in the acting. Sean Connery just isn't into the part by this point. His confidence has shifted into boredom, and while it doesn't match his ultra-relaxed/bored performance in "Diamonds Are Forever" its pretty weak. Luckily Donald Pleasance is suitably creepy as Bloefeld and you've got two sexy Japanese ladies to pick from (Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi). Also of note is Tetsuro Tamba as Tiger Tanaka, Bond's contact in Japan. This was director Lewis Gilbert's first Bond film, and it isn't a bad outing. The script (by Roald Dahl of all people) is weak and over the top. Lewis makes the best of it, but like many bond films, the movie feels too long. An entertaining film, but not one of the better ones. 3 out of 5 stars.
Ah, Moonraker. Often called the worst Bond film of all time. Well, that title isn't earned. Visually this is an excellent film. More great sets by Ken Adam, and beautiful location shooting in Brazil, Italy and France. The visual effects are also pretty good for the time. The main theme is typical, but John Barry's score is very good. Roger Moore does a solid job playing the role in the same vein as the previous film "The Spy Who Loved Me". Lois Chiles is only OK as Holly Goodhead, she comes across a bit flat (but very attractive). Villain duties are split between Richard Kael (still huge, but less threatening) and Michel Lonsdale as Hugo Drax (urbane and cruel in the Dr. No fashion). It's the script and the direction that makes this film fall apart. "Comedy" is increased to jokey puns and stupid sight gags. Roger plays off most of them in his impeccable manner, but that doesn't keep the audience from groaning. Director Lewis Gilbert gives the film little urgency, and Kael's character is only in the film for laughs instead of thrills. In fact the movie is pretty thrill-less. However it has enough good things going for it, to make it entertaining, but really a silly adventure, none the less. 3 out of 5 stars.
After the wonderful "For Your Eyes Only" it was time to return to the old fashioned 007 adventure. Only if old fashioned means lots of questionable "comedy" and a script that needed some more work. Again, visuals are not a problem, with the film taking place in India and Germany, there's plenty of great location shooting and authentic sets by Peter Lamont. The movie has some great stunt work as well. Roger is back in a more comfortable mode as 007. The hard edge of the previous movie is gone, replaced by an overly confident character. Moore isn't quite as bored as Connery, but he's going through the motions. The rest of the cast is OK. Maud Adams is attractive and alluring as Octopussy, but when the characters calls for anything else she can't quite manage it. Louis Jourdan is better as Kamal Khan; all smoothness and cruelty. The rest of the cast ranges from adequate to over the top. John Glen keeps the pace rolling, and does a great job with the action scenes. The major failing is the script. It feels thrown together, and only serves as padding around the action set pieces. There is a focus on humor, but the jokes are stale, lame, or just plain stupid. As a result the movie drags from action scene to action scene. It's not the weakest effort with Roger Moore, but it struggles to keep my interest. 2 out of 5 stars.
Tomorrow Never Dies:
Pierce Brosnan's second outing promised to be a good one. It had a great cast, and audiences were ready for more James Bond. Things don't quite fall together. Bond finds himself in Germany, Vietnam and the China sea. Location shooting and work on sets blends perfectly. The visual effects are great, and the stunt work is also good. David Arnold gives us his first Bond score, and its very good (but relies on the Bond theme a little too heavily). The theme by k.d. lang is wonderful, but is relegated to the end credits. Sheryl Crow's theme is lacking something. Brosnan is even better in this film, and plays the role with confidence. Michelle Yeoh is also excellent, matching Bond with her skills and creating a believable partner. Teri Hatcher isn't in the film much, but does a good job. Jonathan Pryce goes over the top and makes his character humorous instead of threatening. The script is weak. Its not very polished and has the feel of action scenes in search of a plot. Director Roger Spottiswoode makes most of the scenes in the first half work great, but once the action shifts to Asia, the movie derails. The action scenes are huge and explosive, but seem to go on forever. There is little threat, only loud explosions. The result is a movie that starts out great, but fizzles by the end. 2 out of 5 stars....more info
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- Not as great as the others
Welcome to the fourth and final set in this stellar collection!
Sadly, for this set, the selection of movies is not great. Oh, "You Only Live Twice" is fine, I suppose. But the others are a real let down.
You can get these movies seperately in single-disc form, or you can do what I did and buy this collection! Not only do you get all the movies in pristine new transfers, along with 5.1 surround, but you also get a second disc for each movie loaded with more extras than you can imagine. Behind-the-scenes stuff, rare outtakes, radio ads, trailers, etc. It's pretty comprehensive for each movie.
And as for the movies? Ugh. Well, "You Only Live Twice" is the only really good one in the bunch. "Octopussy" is ok. "Dr No" is worth seeing for the novelty of it, but "Moonraker" is flat terrible and "Tomorrow Never Dies" is pretty forgettable (though it is the first Bond movie I saw).
Sadly, I can only really award this set two stars for the films, but the usual five stars for the extras. A decent boxed set, but not great....more info
- HERE'S ONE FOR YOU... :)
Upon trying to play the behind the scenes feature, on the special features disc, in the Octopussy 2 disc set, I discovered that even though the disc had the right graphic, it also had the movie on it, so instead of a movie and a special feature disc, I had 2 movie discs, just with different disc cover art.
So everyone might want to check this out if, you haven't already....more info
- Watch out if you order whole series
I ordered all 4 of these box sets recently from Amazon during one of their sales. There's nothing wrong with these discs if you get a good copy. But two of my sets were tainted with a defective disc - movie disc (haven't watched any of the bonus discs). I guess I should have done "20 Days of 007" like TBS used to do years back when there was only 14 or so movies. Bottom line is that if you order these, watch them quickly to be sure you don't have any defective discs and miss Amazon's short no-charge return window. I'm giving Amazon 3 stars, not the movies. I'd give the movies 5 stars....more info
- very good
This was a Christmas gift for my son. He is collecting the whole series of James Bond movies. The selections in each group covered each of the James Bond actors so that made it fun to watch. ...more info
- I Was VERY Skeptical Of This Collection But...
Before buying this collection, I was very skeptical. Being a long time James Bond fan, I invested plenty of money in the best VHS version of all these films. When DVD came out, I re-bought about half of the collection again. I must admit that the DVD releases of these films are some of the most disappointing DVDs in my collection.
My major complaints about the ORIGINAL DVD RELEASES were:
1.) Audio Mix -- The first release of the Bond DVDs featured only the original 2 channel audio mixes. The result was a disaster. The spoken dialog was BURIED under the soundtrack... resulting in me having to dive for the remote every five minutes. On top of the poor dialog / score mixing, the audio lacked definition and served as a constant distraction from watching the movie. There were no distinct lows, or distinct highs, just a lot of bland sounding audio.
2.) Picture Quality -- I suppose I couldn't complain too too much about this one. Given the age of many of these movies, I accepted the washed-out, often grainy image as nothing more than a symptom of the era the movie was made.
All in all, poor audio and poor picture makes for a pretty crappy experience. After having been disappointed by the first couple Bond DVDs I bought, I gave up on the collection. It was with this in mind that the announcement of the newly remastered series left me very skeptical.
The major criticism of this DVD set is that it is another ploy by MGM/UA to drain more money from every Bond fan's wallet. In the past, I had avoided these pathetic attempts at getting me to constantly upgrade versions of things I already owned.
However, let me tell you, this collection DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. The talk about the upgraded audio and video is NOT hype. Painstaking efforts were taken to re-scan the original prints of each film frame-by-frame. Once scanned, the image was digitally enhanced from the original prints. I was amazed at the richness and depth of color this process produced. During most parts, these movies look like they could have been filmed last year. Different color pigments are more noticeable, skin color and tone looks more lifelike, and the special effects look sharper. All in all, one couldn't ask for anything more from the picture quality of these versions. I have yet to a scene where I felt it could have been retouched better.
If the image quality isn't enough to make this collection worth buying, the new 5.1 DTS mixes seal the deal. Gone are the days of me fidgeting with volume during every other scene! The balance between dialog, ambient sounds, and score is perfect. I never would have imagined that movies made in the 60's and 70's could sound so good. Unlike the previous DVDs, these Ultimate Edition DVDs utilize my home theater to its maximum potential. Explosions rumble through my sub and the dialog comes clearly through my center channel; every word is audible. I own other DVDs from films made over the last couple of years that wish they could sound this good! Utilizing the DTS is a MUST!
Finally, while I consider myself fairly discriminating when it comes to audio and video clarity, I am by no means an audio or videophile. So, I don't think you need a $25,000 home theater setup to enjoy the enhancements these DVDs offer. I wrote this review based off of the following hardware:
32" Winbook 720p LCD HDTV
Up-converting Samsung DVD Player (connected via DVI)
Sony 7.1 (7x100w) Surround Receiver
Matching 5.1 MTX Surround Sound Speaker System
Hopefully, this will help clear up some confusion or doubt as to the value this collection offers....more info
- Picked up whole collection in one pack - great deal
Great deal for the hardcore Bond fan....more info