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Goldfinger [Blu-ray] [1964]
Goldfinger [Blu-ray] [1964]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £5.80

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 29 May 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.66:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Czech
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English for the hearing impaired

Extra subtitle only available for the feature film:
Czech

Verdict:
This third film of the collection is as always fantastic, Lowry Company is used to make such a fantastic restoration and we can clearly see it: a tremendous picture with a superb English soundtrack.

Dubbing:
As always, one of the actors has to be dubbed even he or she speaks a good English. This time, it was necessary to dub the German actor Gert Fröbe playing Goldfinger as his English skills were very very little. He was dubbed by Michael Collins.
Therefore, to be able to hear his real voice, you will have to watch the film either in German or in French as speaking both languages fluently, he dubbed himself for both versions.


From Russia With Love [Blu-ray] [1963]
From Russia With Love [Blu-ray] [1963]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 29 May 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.66:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech
Dolby 2.0: 1 commentary

Subtitles for all the videos:
German, French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English for the hearing impaired

Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
Czech and Chinese

Verdict:
As usual, this second film is as well restored as the first one of the collection: an outstanding picture and sound !
We are able to see every details of Istanbul, a such beautiful city.
Although the wire to detonate the helicopter was digitally removed at the end, we can see more clearly the dummy aboard just before the detonation.
We also learn all the shot without actually seeing the face of Pedro Armendáriz are preformed by a stunt-double, the hair colour are not quite the same.

Dubbing:
And of course, what would be a James Bond Girl without her being dubbed, despite Daniela Bianchi working hard on her English skill and therefore being able to speak English, she was as well dubbed by this time Barbara Jefford.
The French and German dialogues are both original dubbing made in the 60s and of very good quality.

Another good restoration -> A feast for our eyes !


The World Is Not Enough [Blu-ray] [1999]
The World Is Not Enough [Blu-ray] [1999]
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £5.75

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 24 May 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Czech
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
German, French, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
An excellent picture and sound quality, once more the Lowry Company did an great job. Even whether it is a recent film, there is not any flaw and the CGI is very subtle or should I say unnoticeable!! On the other hand, we can see the stunt-double standing for Pierce Brosnan very often.
For instance:
- he does drive the boat only for the close-up, therefore for all the other shoots you can notice the stuntmen as well as the helmet wore by one of them when the boat is turning upside down.
- Another example of that, the first shoot when Bond is hanging the rope fixed to the balloon, it is Pierce Borsnan but the second shoot, it is not.

There are countless examples of doubles.
Overall, thanks to the Blu-Ray, you can see all the qualities as well as the great sceneries and the stunt-doubles!!!
Enjoy it!


Live And Let Die [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]
Live And Let Die [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Roger Moore
Price: £9.16

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 22 May 2011
Blu-Ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.78:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 3 commentaries including Sir Roger Moore himself!

Subtitles for all the videos:
Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
An outstanding picture and sound quality, the Lowry Company in charge of this restoration did an excellent job, compare to the first DVD edition or the VHS where the picture was colorless or dull, this new transfer is absolutely remarkable with a fantastic picture. It is a real pleasure to watch such a film in such fantastic conditions.
If you watch carefully, you should notice the spoons stuck to the watch thanks to a hook and at the end, the "shark" bullet supposedly attracted by the magnet-watch but in fact being pulled out by a fishing line.


Never Say Never Again: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
Never Say Never Again: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Back in Action !, 17 May 2011
Original Recording for the best of the unofficial James Bond Films

Number of tracks -> 26
Running Time -> 62.1 minutes

The good news is every piece of music heard in the film are on this CD including the songs with some extras unused in the film.

While the film opens with Lani Hall singing you-know-what, the CD starts with what was supposed to be the music for the Gun Barrel sequence.
As you know, the producers were not allowed to use any note of the Bond theme or 007 theme but thought they could use the Gun Barrel without the Bond theme and Michel Legrand started to compose the score for the opening sequence but they were told later on they could not use the Gun Barrel either.
Still Mr Legrand composed it and it is the first track on the CD -> Bond Back in Action.

While the jazz style predominates in this soundtrack, you will notice it was recording in analog and somehow, the sound quality is not 100% perfect. A few parts have what could be interpreted as the sound of an old audio tape, nothing dramatic as it is very discrete.
But the jazz style and the "magnetic effect" combined definitely gives an 80's feeling to Mr. Legrand composition.

The only missing track is the first-ever title song Never Say Never Again performed by Phyllis Hyman before Michel Legrand was appointed composer.
When he started, he contractually had the rights to the title song, therefore he composed his own title song, the one eventually used for the film.
For the fans who would like to hear the alternate song, you will find it very easily on the web.


Laputa Soundtrack
Laputa Soundtrack
Offered by TOMMY's STORE
Price: £42.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony Verdict, 6 May 2011
This review is from: Laputa Soundtrack (Audio CD)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky

1. The Girl who Fell from the Sky (Main Theme) / 2:28
2. The Levitation Crystal - Morning in the Mining Village - Pazu's Fanfare / 3:04
3. A Fun Brawl - Pursuit / 4:28
4. Floating with The Crystal - Memories of Gondoa - Pazu knocked down (CD version) / 2:47
5. Disheartened Pazu / 1:47
6. Robot Soldiers - Resurrection - Rescue / 2:34
7. Carrying You (performed by Suginami Children's Choir) / 2:03
8. Determination of Sheeta / 2:05
9. No more Potato-peeling - Dora & The Pirates / 2:32
10. Signs of Destruction - the Dragon's Lair / 2:18
11. Confession in the Moonlight / 2:33
12. The Castle in the Sky / 4:37
13. The Collapse of Laputa (performed by Suginami Children's Choir) / 2:00
14. Carrying You (performed by Azumi Inoue) / 4:08

Running Time: 39.3 minutes

NB: on this disc, you will find the original orchestration that we can hear on the Japanese dubbing.

Even if not all of the music heard in the film is on this CD, it still is a fantastic composition by Joe Hisaishi.
This orchestration unlike the american one has this 80's feeling and goes very well with the film.
It brings a childish touch, the opposite of the american version which being symphonic loses this touch contributing so well to the film.

Nevertheless, the adepts of the american recording of 1998 will be able to find the CD on amazon.com.
This new orchestration ordered by Disney to the anglophone audience was composed by Joe Hisaishi himself and approved by Hayao Miyasaki.


Where Eagles Dare [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]
Where Eagles Dare [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Richard Burton
Price: £7.99

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Quality Verdict, 3 May 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
- DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
- Dolby 2.0: French, German, Castilian Spanish, Italian
- Dolby 1.0: Latin Spanish

Subtitles for all the videos:
- French, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
An average picture which not seems to have been fully restored, what a pity for such a good film. The English soundtrack is good except the surround channels which are not used enough like on the DVD soundtrack. Overall, the transfer used for the DVD seems to have been used for this Blu-Ray but with too few enhancements.
The picture is still better than the DVD but nothing exceptional especially when you compare it to the James Bond collection for instance which is outstanding.
The only advantage of this edition is that it looks dated which can be interpreted as good due to the fact the story takes place you-know-when.
Still, with the high definition, you will be able to notice:
* the special effect of the 60s, for instance, the army barrack added in post-production when Major Smith looks at them with his binoculars.
* the stunt double of Mr Eastwood and Mr Burton on the roof of the cable-car.
* or at the very end, when Major Smith who is at the front of the red bus after having finished to shoot at the soldiers, he starts running to catch the plane, we can see another stuntman standing for Mr Burton.
* and the best, how to knock over a german "jeep", if you are taking a good look at the jeep just before to be overturned, you will notice some cables which are being pulled to make the vehicle overturned plus the dummies inside, you will see this at the airport for the 2 vehicles and for the other vehicles.
* the first "green screen technology" which was called the "front projection effect" at that time used a couple of times is more unostentatious but still visible.

Nevertheless, enjoy this great classic and its great scenery of the Austrian Alps.

Bonus in standard definition:
* the theatrical trailer (no subtitle)
* Vintage Featurette On location (the original making-of, length: 12 min)


Notting Hill [Blu-ray]
Notting Hill [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Julia Roberts
Price: £5.69

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Quality Verdict, 3 May 2011
This review is from: Notting Hill [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
- DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
- DTS 5.1: French, German, Castilian Spanish, Italian

Subtitles for all the videos:
- Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Traditional Mandarin, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Cantonese and English for the hearing impaired

1 other subtitle available only for the feature film:
Icelandic

Verdict:
An outstanding movie and I must say it looks great on Blu-Ray, a clear picture with a fantastic soundtrack, what else can we ask?

Bonus:
* Spotlight on location
* 2 music videos
* Hugh Grant's movie tips
* Seasonal walk on Portobello Road
* Some deleted scenes for which we wonder why they are not in the film as they are quite funny.
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New Disguised Book Key Safe Home Security Money Box UK
New Disguised Book Key Safe Home Security Money Box UK
Offered by HCL Transport Ltd
Price: £9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Gadget, 11 Jan. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Quite a good gadget and a good way to hide your belongings.
This book is not that big, just a little bit bigger than a paperback but quite more thick to compensate with the inner steel cover.
The false pages are made of plastic unfortunately but still well imitated.
The actual cover is good as it is a real cover from what is a normal book -> New English Dictionary

The lock is according to me useless as the thief would steal the book and open it later in a safer place !

Overall, an excellent hiding place where nobody would think to look for something valuable.


Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] [2006] [2008] [Region Free]
Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] [2006] [2008] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 11 Jan. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.40:1

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby True HD 5.1: English
- Dolby 5.1: English Audio Descriptive Service
- Dolby 2.0: 2 Commentaries

Subtitles of the feature film:
- Hindi, English and English for the hearing impaired

Subtitles only available for the extras (on Disc 2):
- French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Thai and English

Verdict:
A very good picture and a clear sound, the film starts unusually with a black and white video clip without the famous gun barrel (unfortunately), this black and white video clip which is nicely noisy does not interfere with the experience of watching the longest James Bond film (144 min), only preceded by On Her Majesty's Secret Service (138 min). You should notice the stunt-doubles of Daniel Craig during the free-run chase just after the credits, for instance, when he jumps of the crane and miss his landing. Overall, the best way to see James Bond in action !!!


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