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Die Another Day [Blu-ray] [2002]

Pierce Brosnan , Halle Berry , Lee Tamahori    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, John Cleese
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4Y0HY0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pierce Brosnan's fourth outing in the 20th Bond film. 007 has spent the last 12 months in a North Korean prison - after being captured whilst on assignment by government agents - and when he is finally freed his superiors are worried that he will not be up to the job. That is until Bond discovers that one of his former captors, Zao (Rick Yune), has teamed up with the evil Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) and the pair plan to put the fate of the entire world in jeopardy. Bond must once again save the world whilst also keeping his quota of glamorous women in tow (Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike), using the gadgets provided by Q (John Cleese) and travelling the world in the most expensive cars. Madonna provides the theme tune and also has a cameo role.

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The 20th "official" 007 outing released in the 40th anniversary year of the series, Die Another Day is big, loud, spectacular, slick, predictable and as partially satisfying as most Bond movies have been for the last 30 years. Pierce Brosnan gives his best Bond performance to date, forced to suffer torture by scorpion venom administered by a North Korean dominatrix during the Madonna-warbled credits song. He traipses from Cuba to London to Iceland while feuding with a smug insomniac millionaire (Toby Stephens), who admits that he's an evil parody of Bond's own personality. There are many nods to the past: Halle Berry recreates Ursula Andress's entrance from Dr No, the gadget-packed car (which can become invisible) is a Goldfinger-style Aston Martin (albeit a brand-new model), the baddie's line in smuggled "conflict gems" and super-weapons derives from Diamonds Are Forever and the jet-pack from Thunderball can be seen in Q's lab.

It's the longest of the franchise to date (two-and-a-quarter hours) and the first to augment stunts and physical effects with major CGI, though the best fight is traditional: a polite club fencing match between Brosnan and Stephens that gets out of hand and turns into a destructive hack-and-slash fest with multiple edged weapons. Berry may be the first Bond girl with an Oscar on her shelf, but she's still stuck with a bad hairdo as well as having to endure 007's worst chat-up lines. Amazingly, most of the old things here do still work, though it's a shame that director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors) wasn't given a better script to play with.

On the DVD: Die Another Day arrives on disc in a transfer that makes some of the CGI look less dodgy than it did in cinemas. The first disc includes two separate commentaries: an interesting, enthusiastic technical one with Tamahori and producer Michael Wilson, and a blander drone from Brosnan with input from "bad girl" actress Rosamund Pike. On Disc Two the main extra is "Inside Die Another Day", a 75-minute making-of with the usual 007 DVD extra mix of boosterism and solid background how-the-hell-they-did-it info. The "Region 2 exclusive" turns out to be another making-of, a video diary effort that takes a more interesting, wry approach to the mix of enterprise and chaos that is the Bond production machine. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brosnans Bond's Last Hurrah 9 Aug 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Die-Another Day (1 Disc Ultimate Edition).

DVD Info.
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Running Time: 127 minutes

Cast.
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond 007
Halle Berry as Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson
Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves
Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost
Rick Yune as Zao
Judi Dench as M
Will Yun Lee as Colonel Moon
Kenneth Tsang as General Moon
John Cleese as Q
Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson
Ho Yi as the Hotel manager/Chinese special agent Mr. Chang
Rachel Grant as Peaceful Fountains of Desire
Emilio Echevarría as Raoul
Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
Michael Gorevoy as Vladimir Popov
Lawrence Makoare as Mr. Kil
Michael Madsen as Damian Falco

Box Office.
Budget: $142 million
Box office: $431,971,116

Trivia.
1)The book that 007 picks up from the Cuban sleeper along with a revolver, is 'A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies', written by James Bond. Ian Fleming, an avid birdwatcher, named Bond after the author.
2)Debris from a smoke grenade landed in Halle Berry's eye during filming. The actress required a 30 minute operation to remove it.
3)Roger Moore actively voiced his displeasure with the film, citing the invisible car & the weak CGI as being a low for the series.
4)A spin-off was planned, featuring Halle Berry's character Jinx as the lead. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote for two months & even a director was hired (Stephen Frears), However, after the failure of other female-character-driven action films like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) & Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), MGM pulled the plug on the project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ugh. It is hard to know where to start with this film. For the 20th big screen outing for James Bond Pierce Brosnan dons his tuxedo for the fourth and last time. The producers felt that a celebration of the previous films was required, however, this horrible mishmash seems to celebrate the worst, not the best of the series.

The script writers seem to have taken all their inspiration from Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker, undoubtedly the two worst Bond films made (until this one). Brosnan has to contend with an incomprehensible plot involving diamonds in space, Korean politics, ice palaces and invisible cars, a daft pantomime villain and some really REALLY terrible dialogue. Oh, and Madonna gets involved with both the acting and theme song, just to make things even worse. Brosnan, who was very good indeed in his first two appearances in the role, just gives up and coasts through on autopilot.

It's a pity. The film starts out really well with a great pre title sequence and hovercraft chase, followed by his capture and torture in a Korean camp. Then Madonna's `music' starts up and the whole film goes down the tubes. If it could have kept the gritty tone of the intro it would have been superb. But things go wrong almost immediately. Bond making his heart stop and feigning death is the first big mistake, it is just too silly and unbelievable. Halle Berry jinxes the whole thing with a wooden performance worthy of Thunderbirds. And as for Toby Stephens as the supervillain - oh dear oh dear oh dear. And don't get me started on the laughable invisible car or truly terrible ice palace.

As well as bad acting and script writing there is some truly awful directing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise 25 May 2003
Format:DVD
When I'd heard all the comments about the films dodgy CGI and a silly second half I wasn't anxious to see it. However in my view this is the best Bond since Licence to Kill.
It starts off wonderfully with some of the finest action in years and probably one of most powerful starts to any Bond film. By the time the credits role you get the impression that the large gap between this and the last Bond film did the filmakers a lot of good. The film feels fresh and exciting pushing the character of Bond in a bold new direction. Brosnan gives a wonderfully assured performance and Lee Tamahori's crisp direction gives the film a gritty realistic quality. The ending is a bit over the top but this film is far more exciting than the other Brosnan entries.
In ten years time I reckon that this will be the film Brosnan will be most proud of.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Subtitles 15 Dec 2009
By James
Format:Blu-ray
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries including Pierce Brosnan himself!

Subtitles for all the videos:
German, French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
A picture quality is not as perfect as we would expect especially when we take into account the age of this film. Nevertheless, it does still look very good with a fine picture. I personally do not like the dull colour used for the pre-credit sequence but it is very well depicted accurate to the cinema experience.
With this upgrade, you will see as usual a lot of stunt-doubles during the opening sequence for instance standing for Pierce Brosnan and Will Yun Lee (Colonel Moon) while chasing each other!
The bad mark is the bonuses: there are much less numerous than on the 2-DVD edition, no trailers, no video clip (for those who like Madonna's song), no special documentary only available on the zone 2 DVD, no advertisement about Nightfire.
That is slightly disappointing compare to other titles of the series which are full of documentaries.
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