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Die Another Day - Special Edition [DVD] [2002]

Pierce Brosnan|Halle Berry|Rosamund Pike , Lee Tamahori    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan|Halle Berry|Rosamund Pike
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMGI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Die Another Day - Special Edition [DVD] [2002] [DVD] (2003); Lee Tamahori

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Die Another Day was surprisingly impressive considering its terrible reputation first time round but doesn't hold up well to a second viewing for a number of reasons. The pre-title sequence is particularly strong, and the film is plot-led with a good premise that it explores far more effectively than License to Kill - Bond screws up, gets captured and finds his license to kill revoked and has to go it alone. But to many wrong choices are made in the casting of those both in front of and behind the cameras to do it full justice.

Brosnan is certainly a major problem here, getting lazier in the role far sooner than his predecessors. He takes too much for granted and doesn't seem to be putting much effort into it in the assumption that he's got it down pat, when in reality he's starting to go to seed - certainly he must be the only man to come out of 14 months of torture in a Korean prison chubbier than when he went in, something his tendency to spend much of the opening of the film with his shirt off and hidden under a bushy Monty Python castaway beard only exacerbates.

He's not helped much by his co-stars either: Halle Berry, who seems to become a worse actress with each successive film, really can't handle sass or wisecracks, which is a shame since that's almost all her part consists of, and their initial meeting exchange of innuendoes seems more like eavesdropping a married man picking up a hooker to prove he's still got it than anything else. Rosamund Pike's other fatale femme fares a little better purely on he grounds that, while an extremely one-dimensional performer, to least her limited abilities fit the part. Toby Stephens' villain is a bigger problem.
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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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