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Dr No [DVD] [1962]

Sean Connery , Ursula Andress , Terence Young    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Writers: Terence Young, Berkely Mather, Ian Fleming, Johanna Harwood, Richard Maibaum
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SH4S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,860 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 US government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying US 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 favourite 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
Edition details
  • Inside Dr. No (PG)
  • Terence Young: Bond Vivant
  • Audio commentary featuring director Terence Young and members of the cast and crew
  • 1963 Dr No "featurette"
  • Dr. No gallery of pictures
  • Radio advertising
  • Trailers for Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger
  • Goldfinger and Dr. No TV advertising
On the DVD: "He was James Bond," remarks several interviewees of the late Terence Young, the suave, globetrotting, hard-living director who played a major role in defining the look, humour and tailoring of the Bond movies, making the extras on this DVD something of a cinematic festschrift to his talents. Since this was the first film in the franchise, the "making of" featurette goes into some detail about the Ian Fleming novels and how Sean Connery came to be cast, and made-over, by Young. The featurette also has excerpts from one Young's last interviews, spliced together with observations from his daughter, Ursula Andress (Honey Rider) and many of the other actors, production-designer Ken Adam, composer Monty Norman and host of other talents who took part in the making of the film. Many of their quotes are integrated into the commentary track. Also included is an amusing black and white doc from 1963 narrated by a podgy guy with specs who appears to be cousin of Harry Enfield's Mr. Cholmondley-Warner. --Leslie Felperin

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I have had to make do with watching the "old-style" Bond movies (pre Casino Royale) on ITV and ITV2 for quite a few years now. And after all these years it slowly became apparent that this is what the Bond films seemed to have been relegated to - the "nothing else is on TV so I might as well" genre. Indeed, when Casino Royale came out it just seem to compound this feeling of the old films being nearly B-grade in terms of picture quality and farcical in action sequences.

However, this Blu Ray release of Dr. No seems to have breathed new life into the actual quality of the film. It was fantastic. It felt like Bond belonged on the big screen again. The range, saturation and vividity of the colours really stood out as did how clean and sharp the image was. Video bitrate was consistently between 30-35Mbps. Motion was also smooth which always helps iron out the creases in dated action sequences. A look at the 10 min special feature of how they created a 4K restoration of the film demonstrates well the care they put into improving the quality of this film.

One of the guys who worked on the restoration puts it well "the film now [nearly] looks like it was set in the sixties rather than made in it"

Having only rented it from Lovefilm for now, if the other Bond Blu rays appear this good, it might soon be time to finally permanently add Mr. Bond to the home film collection. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Watching At Cinema 2 Mar 2009
By father2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am not old enough to have seen Dr No at the pictures when it was released way back in 1962, but this blu-ray transfer makes me realise what it must have felt like to see it when first released.

The Blu-ray picture is very impressive, sharpe and vivid. The colours are great and there is little of the noise which has blighted earlier releases.

Personally I first saw Dr No when broadcast on ITV and then on VHS. Both of these were 4:3 and left me feeling less than impressed. Then came the DVD release but again this wasn't up to scratch. But the Blu-ray release has at long last proved satisfying, very satisfying!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filmed now set in the 60's 12 Jan 2009
Format:Blu-ray
That is how much improved the picture is on BLU RAY...You would think it was filmed yesterday...It is that good...

I'm sure if you are on here then you are a fan of the films so i won't spend to much time on the movie itself..
It is the first Bond film..No one knew what was to come so things that are established in future movies are in part missing here if you now what i mean but i think it is a better film for it..
To me the best Bond films are the ones that either stick closley to the original novel(this,FRWL,OHMSS) or indeed try to keep the character as close to how Fleming intended..Connery in his first 4 films did this..Lazenby,Dalton and Craig also keep true to how the character was written..
Connery nails Bond from the very first attempt and in part this is down to the director Terence Young for the stly and pace of the film...Connery's Bond is indeed a killer..he has that air about hi,..that danger element that sadly disappers as each film rolls on..

So the BLU RAY...well what can i say..Wonderful...The casino scene at the start i almost felt like i was sitting at the table with them...the smoke almost fills my room when Bond has a cigarette..you can tell that Sean had his nails done as they are clean as a button...
This is really what it must have been like watching it when it was first released back in 1962..
Roll on the next batch of films on blu ray....
5 stars...excellent.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Easy, let's not get too carried away! If you already own the Ultimate Edition DVD of Dr No & have watched it upscaled to 1080p, then IMHO you'll not notice much improvement in this Blu-ray disc (BD) version.

Indeed, the often quoted, "The film now looks like it was set in the '60s rather than made in it...", is actually taken from a promo documentary for the remastered 007 Ultimate Edition DVD series (2006); the 007 BDs are sourced from the same restored master tapes.

Compared to the Ultimate Edition DVD, the Dr No BD has slightly richer colours; a bit more detail in faces, clothing material etc; & slightly more depth of field. Also, those with surround sound will be disappointed that the majority of the soundtrack still emanates from the centre speaker. And it's a shame that the car chases & fight scenes are still sped up.

However, if your existing version is the DVD prior to the Ultimate Edition - then you WILL notice a big difference.

If you do want to see/hear a marked improvement from DVD to BD, may I suggest that you checkout the Matrix, Blade Runner or even Casino Royale?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Dr. No is directed by Terence Young and co-adapted to screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood & Berkely Mather from the novel of the same name written by Ian Fleming. It stars Sean Connery, Joseph Wiseman, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord & John Kitzmiller. Music is by Monty Norman and cinematography by Ted Moore.

And so it all began here, what was until Harry Potter arrived on the scene, the most successful film franchise in history. James Bond, a name that would become synonymous with suave spies, deranged villains, beautiful women, exotic locations, gadgets, cars and sex. Ian Fleming's James Bond novels were big come the end of 1961, yet producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman met some resistance from studios. It was never plain sailing, even after release the film garnered mixed reviews, but word of mouth and condemnation by the Vatican and the Kremlin propelled it to being one of the surprise hits of 62/63. At the box office it made 60 million Worldwide, this after being made on a budget of only 1 million.

Plot basically sees Connery's Bond flying out to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of agent Strangways (Timothy Moxon). Once there he finds a case of murder is to be investigated and evidence points to the mysterious Dr. No (Wiseman), who resides on Crab Quay island, a place feared by the superstitious locals. Bond must keep his wits about him as he gets closer to the truth, for there are many obstacles in his way and not everyone can be trusted. Cue the suave and athletic Mr. Bond getting involved with lovely ladies, dicing with death, making friends, making enemies and just generally being an all round awesome anti-hero.

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I have bought this DVD to go into my collection. Being a Bond fan I needed this to complete my set!
Published 9 days ago by stella taylor
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The first entry in the James Bond film series is definitely not a disappointment. Sean Connery is perfectly swarve as as the 00 agent assigned with bringing the devious Dr No. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality DVD
Even though this is a very old James Bond film, the quality of the DVD is very good and value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big "YES" to "Dr NO"!
The very first Bond movie - slips away into the "unimpressive" category when compared with the later Bond movies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. S. Narayanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Extra
Since many have already commented on the film itself I'm writing this review solely to comment on the extras, in particular the documentary "Inside Dr. No". Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. F. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking Jamaican adventure
Dr No, the first and one of the very best James Bond movies was released in 1962, and was filmed in London and in Jamaica. Read more
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A lot of the reviews for Bond's first ever outing, aka `Dr No' give it the full five out of five stars. And I can see why. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I am a huge 007 fan. and it is very good to see it in such a good quality, with great sound.GREAT!!
Published 7 months ago by Eduardo Valverde Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOND FILM
Myhusband has read all the bond books and seen all the films, and is very select about the ones he wants on DV|D.This is the best, he said.I love all the bonds and all the films.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. G. M. Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. No DVD
A grreat bond film, I would recommend it to anyone, Sean Connery at his best.
This DVD was delivered within time and as described/
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