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Dr. No (Ultimate Edition) (Two-Disc Set) [DVD] [1962]

Sean Connery , Ursula Andress , Terence Young    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Greek, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish, Hindi
  • 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 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIKU7K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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His name is Bond, James Bond. And here, in his explosive film debut, Ian Fleming’s immortal action hero blazes through one of his most spectacular adventures. Sean Connery embodies the suave yet lethal cool of Agent 007 as he battles the mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Look for Bond 29 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I have the MGM 'Special Edition' release of Dr No, and now the Sony 'Ultimate Edition' too. So what's the difference?

A nice new box, an extra disc packed with special features and stylish menus.

As for the movie itself, the new version loses many of the visible scratches and film grain giving it a much fresher look. The light and dark scenes are fine and there are vibrant colours especially when out of doors.

The biggest improvement over the old 'Special Edition' for me is the sound. While I do not own a flashy surround system, I can report that the sound on the 'Ultimate Edition' is crisp and clear, unlike the 'Special Edition' which appears to have a serious fault, where background noises and even speech struggle to get through some kind of noise compression system. In fact my worn out old VHS recording of Dr No from ITV back in the 1980's has sharper sound than the MGM DVD!

Purists will say that an original mono soundtrack should be included with any new release that boasts an updated 5.1 mix. I quite agree, and because this new 'Ultimate Edition' fails to do so, I am knocking one star off my review.

To any prospective purchaser who does not as yet have Dr No on DVD and might be sitting on the fence, 'The Ultimate Edition' will ultimately not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like it was filmed yesterday 10 Aug 2006
By Andrew
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had deliberately held off buying most of the early Bond films waiting for a cleaned up version of the films and improved sound. Of all the films I thought this one would struggle the most having the updated treatment being 44 years old and with a dated soundtrack by Monty Norman. However I had forgotten how much of an impact John Barry's take on the James Bond theme had on the film and being a timeless classic that wouldn't be out of place in a film today, it really carries the film along. The picture is blemish free and I zoomed in a few times which just brought out more and more detail. It looks like it was filmed yesterday and just set in 1962. The sound (DTS) was very rich and crisp and I didn't think they had overdone the surround effects which were handled very well with the right echo effects where necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to watching the other films in due course.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The James Bond series of films has been such a huge part of the last 50 years that it is hard to imagine the time before they existed. Dr No is the first of the films which introduced Sean Connery to the world as the suave yet ruthless secret agent. Look at other films from the same era, and you will see what a change this was, signalling a very new type of British thriller.

Connery here presents us with a Bond much closer to the Ian Fleming's creation than any of his later incarnations. A cold, ruthless machine most of the time, with an eye for danger, a talent for self preservation. He uses cutting one liners and a taste for beautiful ladies as a mask to hide his true self, but every now and then someone breaks through, and he can be a man of compassion. Connery imbues the character with a huge amount of charm and grace, qualities which have made Bond endure for such a long time.

In this first film Bond is sent to the Carribean to investigate some mysterious disappearances, and soon finds himself enmeshed in a plot from a new criminal organisation called SPECTRE to hold the world to ransom. It's thrilling stuff, as we watch him slowly tease at the threads of the mystery, leading up to the thrilling denouement as Bond, aided by the stunning Ursula Andress, confronts the mysterious Dr No in his secret lair.

This ultimate edition really is the best version of the film I have owned. The picture has been lovingly restored and cleaned up, and looks amazing. Really, I am not just saying that. It looks superb. The sound has been similarly treated and there is an option to listen to it in 5.1 DTS surround, which is truly exceptional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Bond... James Bond" 12 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hard to believe now, but on its first release the film that started it all was sold as much on the scenery as anything else. In the days before foreign package holidays really took off, the glamorous locations gave the low-budget film an exotic look that helps hide some of its limitations.

Terence Young, Cubby Broccoli and co-writer Richard Maibaum had all previously worked together on the Alan Ladd starrer The Red Beret - indeed, many of the Bond regulars had worked on Broccoli's fairly undistinguished British pictures - and at times the initial uncertainty of tone is noticeable, with the film occasionally threatening to turn into a predictable British `quota quickie' at times. Young's direction of some of the early scenes is, it must be said, rather ham-handed - indeed, turn down the colour and you could be watching an early episode of The Saint. You can even see the arc lights reflected on the paintwork of the getaway car at (something that would become one of the series less recognised trademarks in the Connery years!).

Its attitude to the black characters is also rather less than enlightened - not just Bond treating Quarrel like a houseboy ("Fetch me my slippers, Quarrel.") but also the way John Kitzmiller is required to turn into Stepinfetchit in the `dragon' scene. Considering British films' strong record on tackling racial issues in the 50s and 60s up to the sixties, this may possibly be attributable to the fact that the Bond films, while British, were always produced by an American and a Canadian: certainly Hollywood was somewhat lagging behind British cinema on the race relations front at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment value
My 14 year old grandson is James Bond daft and thoroughly enjoys all his films, and it doesn't't matter who plays James Bond, he loves them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Bond
Just thought Connery was a real Commander Bond ex Royal Navy , so i wanted these early issues for my shelf.
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This 1962 movie based on Ian Fleming's book contains the first or our favorite charters, including Sean Connery as James Bond, Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, and Lois Maxwell as... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr No - A Review
As a huge Bond fan here is my review for the very first official Bond film, Dr No. It is better in it's bits such as Bond giving his legendary introduction and Honey Rider coming... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2007 by Brooky
4.0 out of 5 stars A dated classic brought back to life
It was the first one - a low budget spy thriller based on a popular novel of the time. It has a spectacularly charismatic performance from a young and arguably the most believable... Read more
Published on 17 July 2007 by Mr. Stephen Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars vintage bond in every sense
I suppose the early Bond films made it hard for those that followed. They had a young and credible Sean Connery as Bond, better than anyone who came later (though Daniel Craig in... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2007 by Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bond...James Bond."
The first James Bond screen adventure, and the right balance of sardonic humour, exciting action sequnces, gorgeous girls, exotic locations and Sean Connery as 007 show why James... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2006 by Mr. C. Gelderd
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING GREAT
Like most Bond fans I already have all 20 films on DVD and so when I saw that they were being re-released in the Ultinmate collection what I wanted to know was not is this a great... Read more
Published on 19 July 2006 by G. Heron
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