24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2006
In 1995, when GOLDENEYE first came out, there had been no Bond films for six years, partly due to legal wrangles, and partly due to Timothy Dalton jumping ship after LICENCE TO KILL (1989), only his second film as Bond. When the waiting action fans were finally treated to GOLDENEYE, they really got what they hoped for, as GOLDENEYE is not only a brilliant entry into the series, but also a great way to introduce Pierce Brosnan to the role of the screen's favourite super-spy. Pierce was a great choice for the role, combining the best parts of Sean Connery with the ability to quip like Roger Moore did so well, and just generally looking the part.
James Bond a.k.a. 007 seems fuelled by revenge after fellow agent 006 a.k.a. Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean, SHARPE) is killed during a mission, and just may get the chance to avenge this death when M (Dame Judi Dench, MRS BROWN, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS) instructs him to go to Russia to find a space weapon nicknamed Goldeneye, which has the potential to cause major global meltdown through its power being used to render redundant anything electrical, including all computer systems. He teams up with the survivor of the destruction of a space station control centre, Natalya Simonova (Polish actress Izabella Scorupco), who is a bit of a whiz on computers herself. However, James has yet to realise that the real danger will give him the shock of his life, not to mention an enemy who could be his match in more ways than one -- and that's if the evil Xenia Onatopp (Dutch actress Famke Janssen, X-MEN, I SPY) doesn't crush him to death with her lethal legs first!
Notice that on the front of the box is the word 'UNCUT' just under the title? Previously released on video and DVD before, in a 12-rated cut version, here, for the first time ever in the UK, we are treated to this 15-rated uncut version ('Contains strong violence') after the BBFC approved it under their policies on different versions at different categories, agreeing to waive their previous cuts for violence (including several head-butts and restoring the fight sounds to their original, louder volume).
The bonus disc contains quite a few extras, including deleted scenes (including a foreword from the director as to why he decided upon their exclusion from the final film), location scouts and various documentaries and TV spots.
Great film in its own right, and a worthy inclusion in the Bond franchise!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2006
The film dos'nt need describing as everyones seen it, except to say that this is the original uncut edition which is more violent as it has for example headcuts in the fight scenes that were orginally left on the cutting room floor. The improved picture and the sound quality especially are incredible.
The extras on the second disc are also excellent. there are various featurettes, everything from the pre-production press conference with a nervous looking Pierce Brosnan to behind the scenes of the tank chase and a look at Derek Medding's amazing minatures. Theres also some deleted scenes not all of which are good but worth a look.
I'm one of the Bond fans who had most of the films on the previous DVDs but decided to splash out for this one mainly because I wanted to see the 'uncut' version of the film and because the special features on the previous disc were weaker than on the other Bond films. I can safely say that Goldeneye at least is a worthy investment if you like the film as there is loads on here not on the previous DVD. Top sound and picture quality, great extras and fantastic presentation all round. If your thinking of getting some of the new Ultimate Edition Bond DVDs then this is a good one to start with.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2005
If there is one Bond film that strictly follows the Bond cliches then this is it. Spectacular pre-credit sequence, great theme song, amazing stunts, beautiful women, a decent plot, memorable villains, Bond gets captured, escapes in style, etc etc. But for once, it doesn't feel tired, and this film is as fresh and as exciting as the first entry in the series, Dr. No.
It helps having Pierce Brosnan in the role, a fresh face in an old part. His seriousness, coupled with cheeky humour plays dividends for the film and makes the character more human than ever before. He realistically plays Bond, never once going into caricature, and brings the "misogynist, cold war relic," into the Nineties.
And for once, Goldeneye has a decent plot. MI6 agent, 006 (played brilliantly by Sean Bean) goes rogue, and aims to become rich with the Goldeneye EMP satellite. It's up to Bond to stop him. The film is paired into two distinct halves - an interesting, plot setting up first half, and an action blow out second half.
The whole film is memorable, but most spectacularly, are the incredible dam jump opening, the street destroying tank chase, and the ending show down.
Gadgets, vehicles and girls are all correct and present. It may follow the Bond formula strictly, but that is a good thing - you know what to expect, and can just sit back and enjoy.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2006
In India, it is very difficult for us to find the original DVDs of bond movies even though I searched for it high and low. However, I made up my mind on acquiring the ultimate editions when I heard the description and the features and I must admit that I am more than happy with my purchase, even though it cost me a bomb to import these from the UK.
As in case of other bonds, Pierce brings to the table the customary humour, good looks, good acting and above all an impression of a smart and scheming spy ... something which I felt the other bonds lacked. Pierce pulls off those scenes with amazing ease.
The audio and visual quality is par excellence and I intend to get all the bond movies in ultimate edition. Till now, I have bought about ten movies and wish to complete the entire set. Thanks MGM and SOny for this visual treat.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another decade, another actor in the role of James Bond. Pierce Brosnan stepped up to the plate in this, the seventeenth big screen outing for the superspy, and became the Bond of the Nineties.
I always rated Brosnan quite highly as Bond, though he was let down badly in his later films by poor scripting and directing. He had the style and panache of Moore, but mixed it with the hard edge and grittiness of Connery and Dalton. However, in this film actors, script and director come together to make a highly enjoyable romp.
The film recognises the very changed world situation, with the fall of the Soviet Union. Bond is pitted against a renegade double O agent in the form of Sean Bean, who has a complicated scheme involving a stolen Russian superweapon `Goldeneye' to make himself a very rich renegade indeed.
The smart script, crackling with energy (especially the scenes between Bond and new Moneypenny Samantha Bond and M Judi Dench). Packed with big stunts and plenty of thrills and spills it also has time to explore main the character of both Bond and Trevellyan, the main villain. Sean Bean puts in a great performance, Bond's equal in training and skills, and poses a real threat. Bean squeezes as much out of the character as possible, making him a believable construct for whom you almost feel sympathy and empathy. A very entertaining villain indeed.
Added into this was the last great and memorable theme tune in the series, penned by Bono and the Edge, and sung by Tina Turner doing her best Shirley Bassey impression. It's an all round entertaining
It's a highly entertaining film, end definitely one of the better entries in the series.
The picture has been restored and 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.
As well as the superb presentation of the film, there is also a host of extras, original trailers, informative audio commentaries and the such. These are exhaustive and some of them quite interesting. But these really a garnish for the main course, which is the film itself.
This is an excellent release, and does the film justice. This series of `Ultimate editions' really sets the standard for film releases. It really does not get any better.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This was Bond back as fun, not serious - and a successful transition it turned out to be. It is hardly the reimagining it seemed back then, more of a return to the tongue in cheek of Roger Moore - except this time with an actor who could pull it off.
There's lots to like - Famke Jensen is one of the most deliciously over the top hench(wo)man in decades, Sean Bean plays 006 with great style, and there are surprising cameos - Robbie Coltrane, Minnie Driver, for example. Eric Serra's synth-rich score works pretty well, with enough of the classic themes coming through at moments you want them to - like the start of the glorious tank chase. And let's not forget two of Goldeneye's key successes - Judi Dench as M was certainly surprising casting, but it turned out to add a hugely successful character foil to Bond's `misogynist dinosaur'. Aside from Judi Dench bringing the role of women in Bond movies into the modern world, Isabella Scorupco plays a fine traditional Bond girl, with added sassiness. And then there is that whole self aware aspect - Bond is recognised for being a `relic of the cold war', and there is even a few half heartedly psychological moments where Gasp! We are encouraged to understand the character a little better.
Locations are the best in some time for a Bond movie, with St Petersburg appearing in person... surely the ultimate sign the cold war has ended, when a Russian city appears in a Bond movie without Prague or some other Eastern European city standing in for it...
Negative points if you want to quibble... there's something about Bond with a machine gun that's just not right. Bond is supposed to be pinpoint and precise, and it's a shame the Brosnan movies got away from that to have him spraying bullets all over the place. And a few of the characters are just a bit too cartoonish, drawing one out from an otherwise well paced and well plotted movie.
All in all though, there's no doubt that Pierce Brosnan's first stab at the Bond role made it his own for a decade. Goldeneye is one of those perennially entertaining and rewatchable movies that made the Bond franchise so durable.
As usual, the ultimate edition has every extra imaginable, significantly more than the previous Special Edition. Sadly however, we do not have the making of documentary that accompanied all of the previous movies. It's a shame that for this ultimate edition they could not have put together some sort of retrospective documentary with interviews as they had for the previous movies, and merely put together all the pre-existing material they could find.
Picture and sound are immaculate.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2006
I would defintely recommend this new 2 disc Ultimate Edition to anyone who really likes this film. Unlike some of the other Bond DVDs, Sony have put together an excellent package of documentaries and deleted scenes as well as importing the extras over from the old release, which together amounts to a great deal of fascinating behind the scenes footage and interviews that movie buffs will lap up.
However, if you only want to get it for the improvement in picture quality, I honestly wouldn't bother, as this edition looks nigh on identical to the previous special edition, bar the removal of a few of the more distracting picture blemishes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2004
STARRING: Pierce Brosnan as 007, Dame Judi Dench as M & Sean Bean as 006. TITLE SONG BY: Tina Turner.
"Goldeneye" is a classic Bond and probably one of the best. It started a new era of Bond films, re-emerging after a 6 year gap. In the new style, Brosnan takes on the suave role of James Bond. Dame Judi Dench is introduced as the first female 'M' and Samantha Bond (fitting surname) is the new Moneypenny, a little less like the traditional damsel in distress. Bond is struggling to cope after the death of 006 (Sean Bean) and the changes at the top! So he is keen to gain revenge on General Ourumov (006's executioner) when he steals a key Russian missile. However his employer Janus has a big secret that will make Bond think again about his friendships! As Goldeneye is set to fire on London, only Bond and his Bond girl Natalya Simonova can prevent Janus from carrying out his evil revenge plan!
NOTE: Felix Lighter was half-eaten in "Licence to Kill" so the new CIA Agent is Jack Wade (Joe Don Baker)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2012
James Bond is sent to post-communist Russia to investigate the aftermath of a mysterious nuclear explosion in Siberia. While there he discovers a massive plot to de-stabilise the world's financial institutions.
Goldeneye is one of the crunch movies in the whole Bond cannon; not only introducing a new Bond in Pierce Brosnan, but relaunching the whole franchise after a six-year hiatus caused by litigation.
The pressure on everyone involved must have been enormous. After the failure of `Licence to Kill' in 1989 many people thought Ian Fleming's super-spy was a spent force; tired, dated and blown away by the high-tech action extravaganzas tailored for Schwarzenegger and Willis.
Central to getting the show back on the road was the casting of Bond himself. To be honest, it was probably never a problem; Brosnan was the obvious choice, head and shoulders above anyone else around. Still, there was a certain anxiety among some Bond devotees, many of whom thought - given his Remington Steele background - that he might be little more than a throwback to the Roger Moore school of lightweight fluff. Indeed, in the early sequences this comes perilously close to being the case, as both the actor and the film-makers are clearly feeling their way.
After an excellent but slightly enigmatic pre-credit appearance, we don't get properly introduced to Brosnan until a car-chase sequence in Monte-Carlo, where he is being `assessed' by a beautiful redhead. With his silk cravat, double-entendre's, glib smile and rampant lack of political correctness we are, undoubtedly, back in Roger Moore territory and you do wonder if the producers have learned anything over the last six years or are intent on committing career suicide. Indeed, its not until the introduction of Judi Dench's M that the film suddenly sparks into life and assures us that it has, after all, got modernising ambitions.
This first scene between Bond and his new female boss is one of the best written and acted in the entire series. In its own way, it crackles with the same tension as the Connery-Shaw confrontation in `From Russia with Love' many years earlier. M's crack at Bond being a cold-war dinosaur is a clear goodbye to the attitudes of old, and Brosnan's cold, steely response finally shows us that his Bond will have authority and toughness underneath the polish.
From here on the film hardly puts a foot wrong. Martin Campbell's action sequences are superbly staged, with the deft camera work and incisive editing the series has badly needed for many years; the tank chase through St Petersburg is a modern action classic as good as anything done in Hollywood. The stunts and effects work are cranked up a notch from the stale explosions and somersaulting bodies that had weakened the series for some years, and the whole enterprise has a welcome feel of expenditure and ambition. At last, Bond movies aren't just going through formulaic motions; they realise that they need to win audiences over again, not just take them for granted.
The supporting cast is superb, charismatic and credible. Sean Bean's renegade double-00 agent could have been a believable Bond himself (the casting is actually a huge vote of confidence in Brosnan), and Izabella Scorupco's leading lady - all shabby cardigans and wild hair - is light years away from the powderpuff clothes horses of past adventures. Best of all is Famke Jansen's psychotic Russian hit-woman. She may be a comic-book character of the old Bond school but she does it with such panache that it is no surprise that she has gone on to such a fine A-list career post-Bond.
Also a word for the much-maligned electronic score by Eric Serra. Most Bond purists hate it and the series quickly returned to Barry-esque tributes, but I personally think it is excellent, atmospheric and a welcome change from the usual orchestral bombast.
Goldeneye was an immediate hit with audiences and an absolute assurance that the Bond formula could still work provided it shook itself out of its in-house lethargy and delivered the goods. And in Brosnan it introduces the best and most intriguing Bond since Connery.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Goldeneye (G.E for review purposes) is by far the best Bond film since The Spy Who Loved me of the 1970's, which say's alot for the transition over commercial and social issues over the period. With the rather placid and soulless outings of Timothy Dalton, making 2 better stand-alone films rather than 007 ones, the franchise needed a revival. Enter G.E!
Brosnan, in my eyes, brought home some of the best qualities of Bond which in many cases hadn't been present since Connery's departure, and for some, never even present before. Brosnan gave 007 a troubled soul, polished over with simple wit and believable attractions to loving the job he does (he actually admitted off stage he always aspired to the role). The result is the real 007 - a serious, professional individual who can be cold or warm depending on the situation in question. The balance between his immaturity with women and maturity of handling situations is also perfected - something Roger Moore didn't perfect.
G.E itself is based around the fall of Russian communism, and the cold nature of such themes perfectly reflects the new role of Bond. Yet somehow, action sequences, love scenes, and intricately timed tricks are still present, knitted into the story. The topic of Gadgets is an ideal example of the perfect balances of this movie - they are both believable and futuristic, such as Bonds Omega watch that also has a Laser built in.
Many critics rued the soundtrack, which is understandable - their is heavy use of synthesizers. But on a thematic argument, you must break away from 'traditions' and understand just how well these sounds have been created to give sequences cold, mechanical, and grey images. Unlike any Bond film before or after this, the soundtrack is the most unique of the lot - I would go as far as saying it's of it's time.
G.E is definitely Brosnans best outing, and arguably one of the best Bond films of the whole franchise, for it riskily broke free of the many traditions previously.
This DVD does not have the 'cuts' that previous VHS/DVD's had, removed by BBFC so it could be tuned down to a '12'. This is full '15' rated version.