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5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty......., 24 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962] (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:

Book 1

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

Book 2

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012 12:01:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Sep 2012 12:02:35 BDT
Ciaran Flynn says:
have it thanks, bought it day of release, its excellent. I'm a complete Beatles/McCartney fanatic and have everything, multiple times. Got the Beatles remasters on day of release too, fantastic quality. Love the Bealtes Anthology DVDs too. Have every Macca album on CD too. Also got the George Harrison blu-ray documentary. Have been a fan since 1978, have the Beatles LPs, CDs and now remasters. I think im single handily keeping the Beatles going financially

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012 13:40:54 BDT
IOWBOY says:
Wow!

That is quite a collection my friend.

I can't compete with that, I doubt many can to be honest (!), I have most of McCartneys stuuf, and a fair bit of Beatles; my favourite McCartney album is Flaming Pie, I play it all the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012 14:15:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Sep 2012 14:15:31 BDT
Ciaran Flynn says:
Flaming Pie is great, was a return to form at the time and probably his most Beatlesque album, hardly a bad track on it. Ringo played drums somewhere on it too and the title track comes from a John Lennon quote to boot in the Beatles

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012 22:55:24 BDT
illmaticaddy says:
Thanks for your review - its very informative!!! I bought this one from Amazon for £78 including shipping where in my country- India it is being sold at £262!!! Well I am yet to recieve -cant wait to have them!!!

Thank you...

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 22:21:50 BDT
Big A says:
Good, thorough review. I'm tempted and trying to justify getting it when I already have the Remastered version box set plus the 2 Daniel Craig films. But the price is a real bargain...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 23:40:41 BDT
IOWBOY says:
illmaticAddy - You're very welcome, thats a good price you got it for, the crazy thing is though that even at £262 (!) it still represents pretty good value, with each Blu-ray coming inb at just under 12 pounds, that shows what great value the set is being sold at!

Big A - Thanks for the kind words. Trust me it is totally worth it, the difference between the Blu-ray versions and the remastered DVD's is night and day; its a genuine bargain, probably the best film set bargain I've seen (outside of the sales) and I wouldn't have thought the book-type packaging will be available long-term so if you fancy it I wouldn't wait round to long.

Go on, you know you want to!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 15:55:51 BDT
Stu says:
Cheers for saying i have a cool name, just a question on the extras disc - is it worth an extra disc or do you think they could have squeezed it all on the Quantum disc to fill it up?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 17:27:03 BDT
IOWBOY says:
To be honest with you I'd say that the 'Bonus disc' is probably the weakest part of the set.

I'm not saying its bad, the 'Skyfall'videoblogs are quite interesting and give you a little insight to the new production, but the 'Being Bond' and 'Designing 007' segments are disappointingly short at under five minutes each with no new footage.

The 'World of Bond' segment is much better, I really liked the way you could watch all the intro sequences, either individually or as one long show!

Overall though the extras could have easily fitted on one of the other discs, so it is a bit of an unnecessary gimmick at the end of the day.

However, this in no way detracts from the excellence of the overall package, it is still incredible and there is more than enough bonus material spread across the other discs.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 11:26:38 BDT
I have checked out the torture scene on CR as I am currently working my way through this magnificent set, the torture scene appears to be uncut! as per my review I have checked this with the previous release and it is longer and has scenes I do not remember seeing before, I hope this helps you out.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 11:53:41 BDT
Ciaran Flynn says:
It truly is a thing of beauty. I bought it on Friday on a day off from work and i have to say its fantastic. The quality of the movies is amazing, especially the old ones. Dr No is so good its like you are on the set with them, how did they get it so clear, its 50 years old for gods sake. A lot of people complained about the packaging (most before they bought it). Its perfect, sturdy, its thinner than i expected, thought it was twice as thick, the two books are great, no way discs can get damaged unless you are very rough with them. I have only watched Dr No in full and tipped in and out of a few, the special features are fine to be fair, there should be enough to keep everyone happy. All in all Im delighted with it. Many nights of viewing ahead