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From Russia With Love [Blu-ray] [1963]

Sean Connery , Daniela Bianchi , Terence Young    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendáriz, Lotte Lenya, Bernard Lee
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4Y0HRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed with consummate skill by Terence Young, the second James Bond spy thriller is considered by many fans to be the best of them all. Certainly Sean Connery was never better as the dashing Agent 007, whose latest mission takes him to Istanbul to retrieve a top-secret Russian decoding machine. His efforts are thwarted when he gets romantically distracted by a sexy Russian double agent (Daniela Bianchi), and is tracked by a lovely assassin (Lotte Lenya) with switchblade shoes, and by a crazed killer (Robert Shaw), who clashes with Bond during the film's dazzling climax aboard the Orient Express. From Russia with Love is classic James Bond, before the gadgets, pyrotechnics and Roger Moore steered the movies away from the more realistic tone of the books by Ian Fleming. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Sean Connery returns as Secret Service agent James Bond in the second of the series, once again saving the world from the terrorist threats of the SPECTRE organisation. Bond is sent to Istanbul to steal a Russian coding machine, but comes up against two fearsome opponents also interested in the device: East German spy Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), who hides a deadly switchblade in her shoe; and Red Grant (Robert Shaw), an assassin posing as a fellow British agent.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond movie, from the golden era 24 July 2007
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The second in the Bond movie canon, and a satisfying balance is achieved in this, Sean Connery's favourite of the series. The plot is satisfyingly spy-like, with decoding machines, double crosses and foreign venues...
Cold war politics are not emphasised here, but instead Spectre, a fictional terrorist and extortion organisation, is invented for 1960 political correctness sake. However, with Terence Young once again in the director's chair we get a real cold war style spy thriller, as well as an element of the exotic we associate with Bond.
So what do you get for twice the money as Dr. No..? A then stellar cast, including the famous German cabaret star Lotte Lenya, playing Rosa Klebb, the villain who inspires the Connery quip `She's had her kicks', Daniella Bianchi who had just come runner up in Miss Universe, as well as two more beauty pageant contestants, who play the fighting gypsy girls. Robert Shaw plays one of the more convincing and genually menacing villains, and of course Q makes his debut.
The action scenes are varied, and satisfyingly interspersed with a real story, not so far removed from Fleming's original. Most famously of course, is the 6 minute fist fight between Connery and Shaw on the Orient Express, a scene which some producers at the time were worried was just too violent. Mostly, it is Peter Hunt's fantastic editing that makes the scene, and indeed adds a sense of style to the entire movie. Train fight aside, there are also set pieces including a gunfight in a gypsy camp, and a `money-shot' with exploding petrol canisters in a boat chase in a loch.
As for the remastering, the film is now spotless, although there is no one place one can say the restoration has made a startling impact.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it was filmed yesterday 23 Jan 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Despite the fact that I knew of the major restoration of the Bond catalogue for the Ultimate Edition DVD releases, I avoided buying them since I knew that HD was around the corner in one form or another.

Now that they're here on BD, I can honestly say that this represents the best clean-up of an 'old' title that I've seen. It simply comes alive with rich, vibrant colour, rock-steady image stabilisation and not a single blemish. Details that were not apparent before, such as the cut of Bond's suits or the make-up of his leading lady, are now revealed in stunning clarity. As has been remarked elsewhere, it does indeed look like a period spy thriller filmed in 2009.

The sound has also had a makeover, and although a new mix of DTS HD Master Audio from the original mono makes you think that surround effects will be introduced for their own sake, they're not. Instead are subtle improvements that provide a crystal clear dialogue track and leave the wider soundstage for the musical score.

The special features are copious, with (as far as I'm aware) all the featurettes and documentaries from the previous releases being ported over.

Although it's still early days for my Blu-ray collection, if this is the standard for all the 007 films in the format, then I am in for a treat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bond film in HD. 8 Jun 2010
Format:Blu-ray
From Russia With Love is my favorite of all the Bond films. While I could delve into explaining that I will mostly focus on this Blu-Ray edition.

I own most of the Bond, single disc DVD edition. As such I made a side-by-side comparison between them. The difference is huge. To start with the picture is clearer, with a crisp definition and lively colour. Overall it feels more alive and natural. The sound is also improved, especially the music has a larger dynamic range.

The extras are the same, but as I mentioned in my review of Dr. No I don't wish anything more. They are of such high standard that it doesn't matter to me. This is also the only one where Connery makes and appearance in there.

Overall it is a great step-up from the DVD when it comes to audio/visuals and as such I highly recommend to every Bond-fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Package and one of the best bonds 19 Jan 2009
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is the Bond film that gets the balance right between being a proper spy thriller and a few nice girls and one 'gadget'. The opening pre-credits sequence is one of the best ever made. Robert Shaw plays Red Grant a psychotic killer who is put to the test and kills Bond before the film starts.

If the film doesn't quite maintain this standard for the rest of the film it never falls far short. When Grant and Bond do meet for real nearer the end of the film its one of the best climaxes to any Bond film. Contrary to a previous reviewer I believe the sequence in the boat with Bond examining the 8mm film is included in this release.

The Bourne films forced Bond filmmakers to go back to making tougher more realistic spy thrillers. If the contempary filmmakers had watched this they would known where they were going wrong much earlier.

Amazingly, baring in mind this film was made in 1963, there is a directors commentary. Its a shame that Sean Connery hasn't contributed but you can't have everything. Overall a very good release now available at a good price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Bond Blu-Ray 13 Feb 2009
Format:Blu-ray
In my opinion, the quality of the image for From Russia With Love is not quite as good as Dr.No, but then again what is? This film's image quality is still top drawer though, and makes a lot of more modern releases look flat and bland. Even the titles are a treat, with their beautiful vibrant colours, and the shadowy dancers are now clearly defined with some startling detail revealed occasionally by the lighting.

The soundtrack is also a little off par with Dr.No, without that films weight and punch. It still has superb clarity, and subtle effects steering and surround use, which is in keeping with it's mono roots. Generally, it still sounds like an old film though, whereas Dr.No could have been made yesterday. Still, as I have already said, the first film set the bar extremely high, and maybe one of the best Blu-Ray transfers out there.

I believe the extras are identical to the Ultimate Edition DVD, which is fine as they are very exhaustive. A lot of the docs have been bumped to HD as well which is nice. I only have one note of concern, and that is with the length of time it takes to load the disk (at least, with my Sony player), it always looks like it's going to fail and spit it out, you just have to have patience, it does get there in the end (although I've read elsewhere that some early players have genuine problems).
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Dvd Info.
Region 2.
Ratio 16.9-1.66:1.
Running time 110 minutes.
Ultimate edition frame by frame restoration.

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