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A thing of beauty.......,
This review is from: James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
Well my boxset arrived this morning and it really is a thing of beauty.
I had managed to pick it up for a fantastic £74.00 from a well known supermarket, so this means each of the 22 Blu-ray films cost me just £3.36, simply astonishing value.
I'll start with the packaging, it appears to have divided opinion judging by other reviews on Amazon, it certainly is different but I think it adds a touch of class to the collection.
Firstly there is an outer-sleeve, it is solidly manufactured of a very thick and strong glossy cardboard, the dimensions are 280mm x 180mm and 45mm thick. It is simply illustrated with 'Bond 50' lettering adorning the front, and little else.
Inside are two individual books, these once again are produced from a high quality glossy cardboard with a nice strong binding and are more or less the same dimensions as the outer-sleeve, although they are both 20mm thick.
Each book contains 6 pages, and each page has 2 disc holders; the pages are once more made of sturdy stuff, 2mm thick, and I like the disc holders. Doubtless some will say that they don't offer much protection, but I disagree; the discs are held firmly in place when the 'books' are closed and then surrounded by the outer-sleeve, I personally think the discs are better protected than in normal packaging!
The pages within each book are illustrated with scenes from the accompanying films, and next to each disc holder there is lettering showing the year of the films release with a picture of one of the beautiful 'Bond girls' from said film.
The contents of each book are:
Page 1 - Dr No & From Russia with Love
Page 2 - Goldfinger & Thunderball
Page 3 - You Only Live Twice & On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Page 4 - Diamond are Forever & Live and Let Die
Page 5 - The Man with the Golden Gun & The Spy Who Loved Me
Page 6 - Moonraker & For Your Eyes Only
Page 1 - Octopussy & A View to a Kill
Page 2 - The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill
Page 3 - Goldeneye - Tomorrow Never Dies
Page 4 - The World is Not Enough & Die Another Die
Page 5 - Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace
Page 6 - [Empty disc holder for 'Skyfall'] & 'Bonus disc'
A minor criticism for me is that there is no information on what each disc contains alongside the feature, I don't consider this to be a big deal though as the main contents of each disc generally relate to the actual film.
The set is described as having over 120 hours of extras, here are the extra contents of each disc:
Dr No - (Over 3 hours)
Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew; 6 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
From Russia with Love - (Over 3 hours)
Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew; 2 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
Goldfinger - (Over 3 hours)
Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton; Commentary with the cast and crew; 3 Featurettes; Original Screen Tests with Theodore Bikel and Tito Vandis; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Original Publicity Featurette; Original Radio Interviews With Sean Connery; Photo Galleries.
Thunderball - (Over 6 hours)
Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew; 2 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
You Only Live Twice - (Over 4 hours)
Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew; 4 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - (Over 4 hours)
Commentary with Director Peter Hunt and cast and crew; 4 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
Diamond are Forever - (Over 4 hours)
Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton and cast and crew; 3 Featurettes; Deleted Scenes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots.
Live and Let Die - (Over 7 hours)
Commentaries with Director Guy Hamilton, Roger Moore and Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
The Man with the Golden Gun - (Over 5 hours)
Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton and the cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 2 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
The Spy who Loved Me - (Over 5 hours)
Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 3 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots.
Moonraker - (Over 5 hours)
Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 4 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; Photo Gallery.
For Your Eyes Only - (Over 7 hours)
Commentary with Director John Glen and the cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; Commentary with Producer Michael G. Wilson and crew; 4 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequences for Snowmobile Chase & Underwater; Music Video performed by Sheena Easton; Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles; Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.
Octopussy - (Over 6 hours)
Commentary with Director John Glen; Commentary with Roger Moore; 4 Featurettes;
Original Screen Tests with James Brolin; "All Time High" Music Video; Original Theatrical Trailers.
A View to a Kill - (Over 6 hours)
Commentary with Director John Glen and the cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 4 Featurettes; A View to a Kill Music Video performed by Duran Duran;
Original Theatrical Trailers and TV spots.
The Living Daylights - (Over 5 hours)
Commentary with Director John Glen and cast and crew; 3 Featurettes; Deleted scenes with introductions from Director John Glen; The Living Daylights Music Video performed by A-Ha; Original Theatrical Trailers.
Licence to Kill - (Over 6 hours)
Commentary with Director John Glen and cast; Commentary with Producer Michael G. Wilson and crew; 3 Featurettes; Licence to Kill Music Video performed by Gladys Knight; "If You Asked Me To" Music Video Performed by Patti LaBelle; Opening Titles Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailers; Photo Galleries.
Goldeneye - (Over 5 hours)
Commentary with Director Martin Campbell and Producer Michael G. Wilson; 8 Featurettes; Deleted scenes; GoldenEye Music Video performed by Tina Turner.
Tommorow Never Dies - (Over 9 hours)
Commentary with Director Roger Spottiswoode and Dan Petrie, Jr; Commentary with Vic Armstrong and Producer Michael G. Wilson; 2 Featurettes; Interview with Composer David Arnold; Deleted and Extended Scenes with introduction from Director Roger Spottiswoode; Tomorrow Never Dies Music Video performed by Sheryl Crow; The James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version).
The World is Not Enough - (Over 6 hours)
Commentary with Director Michael Apted; Commentary with Peter Lamont, David Arnold and Vic Armstrong; 4 Featurettes; Opening Titles Sequence; The World Is Not Enough Music Video performed by Garbage; Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scene; Original Theatrical Trailer; Photo Galleries.
Die Another Day - (Over 8 hours)
Commentary with Director Lee Tamahori and Producer Michael G. Wilson; Commentary with Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike; 5 Featurettes; MI6 Datastream Trivia Track with Branching Video; Opening Titles Sequence; Photo Galleries.
Casino Royale - (Over 1 hour)
Becoming Bond; James Bond: For Real; Chris Cornell Music Video.
Quantum of Solace - (Over 1 hour)
2 Featurettes; "Another Way to Die" Music Video; Original Theatrical Trailers.
'Bonus Disc' - (Over 2 hours)
'The World of Bond' - A look at the style and attitude that is signature Bond. From the cars, to the women, to the villains and the music. The World of Bond takes the viewer through the best of five decades worth of classic James Bond in one thrilling montage. The World of Bond featurette also has a Pop-Up Trivia option to challenge even the sharpest of fans with little known facts and interesting trivia from the Bond Universe.
'Being Bond' - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig each reflect on the impact and importance of taking on such a famous role.
'Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style'
'SKYFALL Videoblogs' - behind-the-scenes look at the making of SKYFALL from the cast and crew.
The extras on the feature film discs are all the ones included on previous releases, but that is no bad thing because they are really superb and there is so much information provided.
The 'Bonus disc' does contain new material, and brings us very much up to date with some really good footage of the upcoming 'Skyfall'.
The quality of the Blu-rays is simply superb, and it is evident that a great deal of time and money has been spent on these transfers.
I have owned all the films in many formats, and for the last ten years I have been watching them predominantly on the DVD's issued in the late 90's; these were a big improvement at the time, but watching the films now in HD takes it to a new level.
I watched 'Dr No' this morning and it is so hard to believe that it is 50 years old! The detailing on the clothing, the surface textures, the lines on the faces, and the richness of the colours is a sight to behold. In fact the image has such clarity that you can see just how much make-up the actors are wearing and the blood used looks like paint!
The audio department has not been forgotten either, everything is so much clearer and the definition from the quietest sound to the largest explosion is amazing, the difference between 5.1 and stereo really is night and day.
All the films feature subtitles and audio tracks in several languages and there are also subtitles for the hearing impaired on all films, with audio description tracks on several of the features.
All the discs bar 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace' are Region Free.
Overall I am so chuffed with this set, it is beautifully produced and is a true collectors piece in every sense of the word; it is just about the most complete set of the Bond series that could have been produced.
There can be very few people who have a liking for the Bond films that don't already have many, if not all of, the films on DVD, I too have the complete set; this should not be a reason for not buying this set however, the Blu-Rays are in a different league and I would guess that the current packaging will not continue in the long term, so there is a good chance that with time these sets will become quite collectible.
Update 19th October 2012
I have now watched all the films, in order, and must say they do not disappoint!
As expected the more recent outings look the best, but for me it was the huge improvements in the older films that provided the most enjoyment.
Standouts for me were 'Goldfinger', 'Thunderball' and 'The Spy Who Loved Me', with 'Thunderball' in particular looking absolutely amazing; the film never quite did it for me previously if I'm honest, but on Blu-ray it was a completely different experience and the underwater scenes are now some the most memorable from the whole series for me.
If I'm being critical I would say that the 'Bonus disc' is slightly disappointing, the 'footage' of 'Skyfall' is lacking and offers no insight into the new film; however, when the aforementioned film is released on Blu-ray (with all its expected extras) and put in with this boxset that won't be a real issue.
I also found the 'Quantum of Solace' disc a little bit of a let down, it is clearly the original release and as such the menu screens are different from EVERY other disc; however, I would say that the film was better than I remember (having only watched it at the cinema and then a couple of times on DVD over eighteen months a go), it looks fantastic in HD and the film is definitely not the disappointment that some would have you believe.
This boxset is simply stunning.
With a price of just over £4.00 a Blu-ray I think it is undoubtedly the best value Blu-Ray boxset on the market, just about every film is good at the very least (apart from the awful 'Die Another Day', I'm afraid all the HD in the world won't save it, thus proving the old adage that you can't polish a ****!) and there are so many memories for just about everyone who has an interest in films!
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2012 23:01:02 BDT
Calum A. Robertson says:
Cheers for the review! I was debating whether or not to get this set for my brother's birthday but you have sold it to me...any clue which "well known supermarket" you got it from for £15 less than anywhere else?
Posted on 25 Sep 2012 00:10:01 BDT
M. D. Wilson says:
Great review - but please put us out of our misery and tell us where you bought the box set for such a great price! I can't find it online anywhere - was it an instore offer?
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 00:29:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Sep 2012 00:31:02 BDT
Hello there C. Robertson and M. D. Wilson!
Firstly thanks for your kind comments on the review, it took me ages but I was inspired by the boxset!
Ok I'll put you both out of your misery, the shop was Tescos, BUT I'm afraid the offer is no longer available.
I actually had the Bond boxset preordered on Amazon (and had done since it was announced near the start of the year), then at the end of August I was doing my monthly online grocery shop with Tescos and I noticed a promotional code for 15% for preorders on a selection of Bluray boxsets.
I thought I'd have a look and there it was............the Bond set, I couldn't believe it!
On top of the price the delivery was free and it was guaranteed for the day of release; and as promised it arrived by courier this morning (the day of release).
I am a loyal Amazon shopper and buy just about everything on here, but just occasionally another site will beat them on price.
Sorry to disappoint you, but I would say that even without the discount it is still fantastic value at about £4.00 a film!
Could I ask that if you have found my review helpful you vote for it?!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 09:11:46 BDT
I saw this in HMV and it looks a lot smaller then the websites online make it look, they make the box look massive
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 10:19:34 BDT
Greetings Bringer Of Funerals (cool name by the way).
I too found it smaller than expected, I've put the dimensions in my review, but on reflection I think this actually adds to it.
It is nicely compact and is much easier to fit with my collection, if it was much bigger it would be impractical IMO.
I also think it definitely is a case of less is more with respects to quality.
I think if it had been any bigger either the quality of the casing would have reduced, or the overall price would have been higher.
Trust me it is well worth buying!
Posted on 25 Sep 2012 11:41:14 BDT
Great review, 99% authoritative. One question from me: what sound option is on Casino Royale? DTS HD or Dolby?
Posted on 25 Sep 2012 11:43:16 BDT
Carsten Groll says:
Thanks for the nice review! Could you by any chance check if there is german dubbing on Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun, License to Kill and Casino Royale? Amazon lists them as movies without the dubbing, but at least on Goldfinger I would be rather surpirsed as the stand alone already had it.
Thanks in advance :)
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 12:30:19 BDT
Hello oliraceking and Carsten Groll!
Thanks for your kind words (and hopefully your votes?!), I have just checked for you and here are your answers:
Oliraceking the sound is 5.1 DTS HD on the English audio track for Casion Royale.
Carsten Groll the dubbing provided is:
Goldfinger - German
The Man with the Golden Gun - German
License to Kill - German
Casino Royale - 7 audio channels, but NO German!
Not sure why this is the case, sorry.
Hope this information helps you, any more questions just ask!
Posted on 25 Sep 2012 12:31:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Sep 2012 12:34:33 BDT
Ciaran Flynn says:
IOW. Fantastic review by the way, I have duly liked as they say. Can you tell me have they left a space for Skyfall, somebody somewhere said they did but im not sure. Would be nice if they did. Its a bit pricer over here in Ireland, converts to 120€ but still works out at 5.20€ per disc, great value. Delighted to hear the quality is excellent as that makes it even sweeter to buy. Can't wait to receive it
Just noticed you answered my question in your review, must have missed it early. Happy days so. Cheers C
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 13:02:12 BDT
Greetings to you Ciaran over in the Emerald Isle!
Thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated.
The good thing is that alongside the extra disc holder for 'Skyfall' there is the option of replacing the 'Bonus Disc' with a further film still!
I'm sorry its more expensive for you to buy, I don't see how thats fair personally, but as you said it still works out at just over 5€ per Blu-ray, outstanding value.