"Through the power of a breakthrough digital process, we can now present the best sound and picture quality ever on DVD", so you will be relentlessly told at the beginning of each DVD of this collector edition.
Granted, the remastering performed by Lowry Digital has revived the old movies of this famous serie and brought them close to today's digital standards. It is a real pleasure to watch.
Unfortunately this achievement is partly stifled by two very annoying issues in this particular edition. The first one is the poor quality of the media, why spend so much effort in remastering movies when they are to be pressed on cheap, unbalanced DVD's? So despite the "best sound and quality ever", you will have to endure the vibrations and throbbing of the player - at least in one disc out of four in my case. Shaken, not stirred.
The second point where this edition really fails is the presentation. On the whole, the menu animations are completely off, and mainly consist of naked girls wiggling ad nauseam in a quickly-done synthetic background. "Bad taste" is the best euphemism I could come up with regarding the presentation of the films and bonus features. The fact that the same remastering advertisment clip is imposed on the customer at the beginning of every single DVD doesn't really improve the overall feeling that a good product has been X-ploited and sold as quickly as possible.
The bonus features are interesting to watch and provide a lot of information on different topics related to the hero and his author Ian Fleming. Fortunately, this obviously came from already existing material and wasn't subject to the marketing pressure and nonsense mentioned above.
While the content proper is quite good and enjoyable, this edition suggests customers should wait for the next one in the hope it will be more competently put together.