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Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008]
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136 of 157 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2009
Let's be honest, everyone has an opinion on what a Bond film should be like. In terms of 'I would have done it this way' or 'they shouldn't have done it like that' a Bond film ranks up there with how the country should be run or the management of the national football team where everyone is an expert. Too much sex, not enough glamour, ridiculous gadgets, not enough gadgets, the stunts are too far fetched, it's too realistic....and so on; whatever combination the producers put in their films they'd be criticised for any of the above.

Quantum of Solace is no different, whilst still hugely successful Marc Forster's film has split audiences and critics alike. The storyline sees Bond pursuing the organisation he holds responsible for the death of his love Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. It turns out that this organisation, Quantum, is unknown to MI6 yet is highly powerful and internationally connected and Bond stumbles on its plot to control Bolivia's water supply. Like M, we are never quite sure if Bond is on the mission or pursuing his personal agenda, as he gives little away whilst displaying his resourcefulness in following various leads around the world.

Quantum of Solace starts half an hour after Casino Royale and immediately you are into the film. An exhilarating car chase by Lake Garda is followed by an innovative title sequence and then we have a bit of exposition from M before another chase ensues, this time by foot and before you notice twenty minutes have passed and you haven't breathed. The plot proceeds more like a sequence of events as opposed to a structured build-up as Bond, hopping countries, goes from one chase (land, sea and air) or fight to the next, with just enough dialogue in between to balance the tempo. Following the predictably explosive third act the film's final scene lets the audience take stock and breathe out.

The reoccurring criticism levied at Quantum of Solace is its lack of build-up and depth, with Bond too solemn throughout. For me this misses the point, as producers were at pains to point out that this is a direct sequel to Casino Royale. I would go a step further and add that it's actually Act Two of one big film; where Casino Royale is the prelude and Quantum of Solace the finale where Bond, angry, lets loose. Viewing it this way will give you a different perspective.

There are a few downsides. The premise of a secret organisation whose evil aim is to up the price of water is, if not far fetched for today's audience, hardly blood-curdling stuff. And insisting on an explosive denouement is one thing, but to achieve it by having the enemies clash in a hotel powered by ultra flammable pressurised gas is, to say the least, a bit contrived.

The upsides though are many. The action is superb (if a little Bourne-juddery at times) as are the several fight sequences. You actually believe Bond is a highly trained killer and your expectancy doesn't let you blink when he gets into a clash (do you remember watching the Roger Moore fights slightly embarrassed?). The cinematography may not fully capture the pseudo glamour of the Bond countries of old, but you really feel you are in these places with Bond, sharing his claustrophobic world. And I loved the odd retro touch the film endows such as where Bond, all stealth and dressed like Steve McQueen, sneaks around a seedy Bolivian town in the dead of night and actually uses a public telephone.

The characters are mostly all well played too. The highlights being Gemma Arterton's breath of fresh air as Miss Fields and Jeffrey Wright's brooding Felix Leiter. But the plaudits have to go to Judy Dench and Daniel Craig who are both class acts. Whilst deadly serious, Craig delivers his witticisms with perfect timing and reassuring arrogance with a healthy disregard for authority. And the chemistry he shares with Dench's maternal, eternally reproachful M can't be faked.

All said and done Quantum of Solace is a hugely enjoyable film. It might not have the suave assuredness of the Connery films, nor the glamour of the some of the Moore's but what it has is Daniel Craig who, and this is coming from a lifelong Connery fan, is hands-down the best Bond of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
This commentary is about the UK version with outter paper and conventional plastic sleeve.
Thought it doesn't show it in the outter sleeve or the back of the Blu-Ray box, it contains the following soundtracks and subtitles:
* English DTS-HD MasterHD 5.1
* Español 5.1 DTS
* Italiano 5.1 DTS
* Deutsch 5.1 DTS
* English Descriptive Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital

SUB: English for the deaf and hard of hearing; Deutsch; Castellano; Italiano; Dansk; SOumi; Norsk; Svenska

Top visual and sound quality throughout the movie. Awesome.

For opiniones about the movie, IMDB. In my humble opinion, a truly credible Bond. Lots of action as always, but the heart of the movie are deep psychological and social portraits. Great.
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`Quantum of Solace' is pretty much your typical James Bond film. Bad guy has fiendish plot to control a world resource, Bond foils the aforementioned plan whilst kicking bad guy's butt and bedding the beautiful girl. All formulaic stuff but beloved by generations of Bond fans. `QoS' has these elements parcelled up in a modern day action movie wrapping and the car chases and parkour roof top running scenes make impressive viewing. Craig makes for an macho Bond and there is a gruff hardness to him, rather than the suave sophistication other actors (Connery or Brosnan for example) brought to the role. This film sadly lacks the multitude of gadgets, or even the usual Q segment where they are all introduced. Dench is great as M and the other supporting roles add the right levels of sexiness (from the Bond girls) or sneering evil (from the villains). This is best viewed as the second part to `Casino Royale' and where that film provides the set up, this film provides the release. Both aren't too great in their own rights, but together they make one very good Bond film. This is worth a look at some point and a worthy addition to the Bond franchise. Lets just hope the next instalment can stand up on it's own two feet and win some of the doubters back.

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131 of 159 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2009
Let's be honest, everyone has an opinion on what a Bond film should be like. In terms of 'I would have done it this way' or 'they shouldn't have done it like that' a Bond film ranks up there with how the country should be run or the management of the national football team where everyone is an expert. Too much sex, not enough glamour, ridiculous gadgets, not enough gadgets, the stunts are too far fetched, it's too realistic....and so on; whatever combination the producers put in their films they'd be criticised for any of the above.

Quantum of Solace is no different, whilst still hugely successful Marc Forster's film has split audiences and critics alike. The storyline sees Bond pursuing the organisation he holds responsible for the death of his love Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. It turns out that this organisation, Quantum, is unknown to MI6 yet is highly powerful and internationally connected and Bond stumbles on its plot to control Bolivia's water supply. Like M, we are never quite sure if Bond is on the mission or pursuing his personal agenda, as he gives little away whilst displaying his resourcefulness in following various leads around the world.

Quantum of Solace starts half an hour after Casino Royale and immediately you are into the film. A exhilarating car chase by Lake Garda is followed by an innovative title sequence and then we have a bit of exposition from M before another chase ensues, this time by foot and before you notice twenty minutes have passed and you haven't breathed. The plot proceeds more like a sequence of events as opposed to a structured build-up as Bond, hopping countries, goes from one chase (land, sea and air) or fight to the next, with just enough dialogue in between to balance the tempo. Following the predictably explosive third act the film's final scene lets the audience take stock and breathe out.

The reoccurring criticism levied at Quantum of Solace is its lack of build-up and depth, with Bond too solemn throughout. For me this misses the point, as producers were at pains to point out that this is a direct sequel to Casino Royale. I would go a step further and add that it's actually Act Two of one big film; where Casino Royale is the prelude and Quantum of Solace the finale where Bond, angry, lets loose. Viewing it this way will give you a different perspective.

There are a few downsides. The premise of a secret organisation whose evil aim is to up the price of water is, if not far fetched for today's audience, hardly blood-curdling stuff. And insisting on an explosive denouement is one thing, but to achieve it by having the enemies clash in a hotel powered by ultra flammable pressurised gas is, to say the least, a bit contrived.

The upsides though are many. The action is superb (if a little Bourne-juddery at times) as are the several fight sequences. You actually believe Bond is a highly trained killer and your expectancy doesn't let you blink when he gets into a clash (do you remember watching the Roger Moore fights slightly embarrassed?). The cinematography may not fully capture the pseudo glamour of the Bond countries of old, but you really feel you are in these places with Bond, sharing his claustrophobic world. And I loved the odd retro touch the film endows such as where Bond, all stealth and dressed like Steve McQueen, sneaks around a seedy Bolivian town in the dead of night and actually uses a public telephone.

The characters are mostly all well played too. The highlights being Gemma Arterton's breath of fresh air as Miss Fields and Jeffrey Wright's brooding Felix Leiter. But the plaudits have to go to Judy Dench and Daniel Craig who are both class acts. Whilst deadly serious, Craig delivers his witticisms with perfect timing and reassuring arrogance with a healthy disregard for authority. And the chemistry he shares with Dench's maternal, eternally reproachful M can't be faked.

All said and done Quantum of Solace is a hugely enjoyable film. It might not have the suave assuredness of the Connery films, nor the glamour of the some of the Moore's but what it has is Daniel Craig who, and this is coming from a lifelong Connery fan, is hands-down the best Bond of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2013
Not quite the indestructible force of previous characters, QofS continues the theme of making the OO7 character a little more accessible and reasonable to his 21st Century followers. Expect the usual high-budget production and a smattering of stars in the cast but not the most intellectually demanding of story lines to lead you through endless and shameless product placements ....well, what did you expect from the James Bond franchise?
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on 4 January 2015
Loved it, I have watched Bond since my mother took me to see Thunderball. Someone expressed an opinion that this is the weakest of the Daniel Craig films so far and that person is quite right. However it is somewhat akin to saying that it is the smallest of 3 large diamonds. It is this a diamond! Personally I liked the fact that it follows on only half an hour from where CR finished, loads of action the opening car chase is absolutely brilliant. The weakest of the three yes, but still a very good movie.

PS: I noticed one person complained that the 'gun barrel' only appeared at the end of the movie and this made it a bad Bond film. Really? this is how you judge a Bond film? Does a film have to follow the same formulae every time, bit dull that. And had you given thought that as this is CR part 2 maybe they thought it didn't need a 'proper' start. Just saying.......
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
Having deliberately missed this at the cinema, I first watched it on DVD a while ago, and only recently picked up the BD.

All I can say is that the film is great, It could've earnt itself a fifth star buy simply slowing down a little and giving the viewer time to digest what's actually happening in the action sequences. Daniel Craig is yet again captivating as Bond, and after the farce that was Brosnans Bond continues to prove he's just what the franchise needs to restore an ounce of credibility. This film viewed alone would seem awfully out of place, however given the death of Vesper at the end of Casino Royale it was clear that Bond would be about to go on the rampage, killing or hurting anyone in his path as he seeks to uncover exactly what was behind the tragic events at the end of the previous films. I've tried to make sense of where this film sits in developing storyline and have decided to look upon it not as a sequal to Casino Royale, more a brief inturlude of violence and vengeance that falls between Casino Royale and whatever might follow next for Bond, we've been teased with a little more information about the membership, agenda and even the name of the organisation behind the events of Casino Royale, yet it's not been defeated by a long stretch, Mr White is still assumed alive and at large and there are plenty of Quantum members featured in the Opera house for Bond to dispand in the next movie.

Transfer to Blu-Ray is brilliant, picture quality is superb on my 100" Front projection setup @720p, hopefully when I bother to go 1080p in my cinema room I'll be able to bring out all that this fantastic film has to offer, I can't comment on the sound as my 5.1 setup is still somewhat lacking but picture quality is 9/10.

Overall this film would get a well earned 4.5/5 from me, if I could give it the extra half, all it would take would be a little less haste with the action sequences, and maybe losing the frankly daft multicoloured on screen text whenever the location changes (It looks like my first powerpoint presentations as a young child, armed with Wordart and a natural childlike obsession with coloured writing and stupid fonts.) But as a film to fill the void between Casino Royale and the inevitable third outing for Craigs bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2013
Got this film at a great price to add to my collection. Happy at £3.99 would not pay more as the film is pretty forgettable all round, just a link film really.
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on 2 December 2014
Film was better than I expected. DVD arrived promptly and good price. Unfortunately there was a fault with the disc itself as the film jumped and froze a few times. When I looked, there were imperfections on the surface of the disc. We have seen the film through now so no point in returning it and it didn't spoil our enjoyment - just an irritation.
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on 27 November 2014
Love Daniel Craig in the Bond films. I was getting really bored of the silly action and cheesy jokes that became the trademark of recent 007 films. Then came Daniel. All action with gritty humour and that undefinable quality that makes it a Bond film as opposed to just another action movie. Not the best Daniel Craig film but well worth a watch.
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