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Firstly, those interested in the Blu-ray version over the DVD will be keen to know that all of the extras are in high definition, with the exception of the "Bond Girls" and "Chris Cornell music video" extras which are DVD resolution. Obviously there are some shots within the other extras that aren't full HD quality.Read more ›
This is a superb Blu-ray release in all aspects apart from one: it is cut in the torture scene. Most of us would agree that the film itself is an exciting modern incarnation of Bond, and the quality of this release certainly does it justice. Picture and audio quality are sublime, and the extras are first rate.
If you can live with the cut, this is the Blu-ray for you. If you can't, buy the deluxe edition from amazon.fr. It is uncut, region B (same as UK) and features the same high quality transfer and extras. The English audio is still presented in TrueHD, and the menus even load up in English. The box for the French Blu-ray doesn't have the swish cover, and it costs you a little more to import it, but the delivery service from amazon.fr is exemplary, and it's more than worth the trouble.
If you are a purist like me who hates cuts and wants to watch the film as the director intended, this is the Blu-ray for you. Casino Royale might have moved to Montenegro in this film adaptation of the book, but if you want the real Casino Royale, France is still the place to look.
DVD Info. Format: Widescreen, PAL Language: English Subtitles: English, Hindi Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English Audio Description: English Region 2 Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1 Number of discs: 1 Classification: 12 Running Time: 138 minutes
Cast. Daniel Craig as James Bond -007 Eva Green as Vesper Lynd Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre Judi Dench as M Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter Giancarlo Giannini as René Mathis Simon Abkarian as Alex Dimitrios Caterina Murino as Solange Dimitrios Ivana Miličević as Valenka Isaac de Bankolé as Steven Obanno Jesper Christensen as Mr. White Sébastien Foucan as Mollaka Tsai Chin as Madame Wu Tobias Menzies as Villiers Ludger Pistor as Mendel Claudio Santamaria as Carlos Richard Sammel as Gettler Clemens Schick as Kratt Joseph Millson as Carter Ben Cooke as Williams Darwin Shaw as Fisher
Box Office. Budget $150 million Box office $599,045,960
Trivia. 1)The three-piece suit worn by James Bond at the end of the film is a navy version of the gray suit worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger (1964). 2)Daniel Craig actually rejected the part of James Bond a year before as he had felt that the series had settled into a standard formula, He changed his mind when he read the finished script. 3)In one afternoon's shooting, three Aston Martin DBS cars valued at $300,000 each were destroyed for the car roll sequence. 4)The opening parkour chase took 6 weeks to film. 5)The way Bond orders his first vodka martini is lifted directly from the Ian Fleming novels.Read more ›
When Pierce Brosnan stepped down due to issues regarding his age it was unclear who would take his place. Then Craig won the role and the producers and writers decided to take the series in a whole new direction. And so they returned to the very first Fleming novel and gave it new life. The first thing that is immediately noticeable is the gritty, realistic style of direction and the more serious, but still at times humorous, nature of the script. Craig steps into Brosnan's shoes admirably and he is, in my opinion, the best Bond there ever has been and most likely will be. His acting style combines all that is needed for a good Bond and he delivers a brilliant performance, bringing a sense of realism to the role and making Bond a flawed character. But its the script that gives Craig so much to work with and the dialogue is sharp, witty and extremely well written. The Bond girl, Eva Green, is beautiful and sexy and she too delivers a great performance. Other cast members, Judi Dench and Mads Mikkelsen as M and the villian Le Chiffe also deserve praise. As for the plot, its full of great action set pieces, an awesome opening chase and fight scene and many more after that. But the main stoyline is Bond who must play a complex game of poker that will allow the villian (Mads) to fund the terrorists he works for. The style of direction is slick, fast paced and stylish and there is never a dull moment. The exotic scenery and locations are used to full effect and the initial chase and fight scene is one of the best Bond moments ever filmed. As usual the cars are stunning, but not used, as previously, as gimmiks (invisible car: die another day) and the gadgets, whilst still present are not used to the point that they are silly and unbelievable.Read more ›
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