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3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray is not enough!!!, 31 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: The World Is Not Enough [Blu-ray] [1999] (Blu-ray)
'The World Is Not Enough' is arguably the best of the Brosnan era movies. Whereas 'Goldeneye' took an age to get going with limited action, and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' was a full on action assault, this film was a more balanced movie with plenty of action, lots of drama, good performances and complex storyline with a half decent twist.
By now Brosnan was in cruise control as Bond, having made the role his own, some critics going as far to say that he was the best. His performance here is beautifully understated as Bond struggles to keep his emotions and professionalism separate. The performances from the female cast are also a revelation as Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards and Judi Dench get much more material to play with and see plenty of action.
The movie moves along at a smooth pace and the action is evenly spread. The photography is also excellent. The whole picture oozes class.
Unfortunately the Blu Ray transfer doesn't do the film any justice at all. The ski chase sequence looks good, but that's about it. I expected the pre titles sequence to blow me away, but it's no better than the DVD in my opinion, which is a travesty. It's hard to explain, when you consider the DVD transfer of the first three Bond films, especially 'Golfinger' which looks and sounds fantastic. That a newer film like this looks and sounds so inferior is a real mystery.
I would seriously advise anyone thinking of 'upgrading' 'The World Is Not Enough' to Blu Ray to save their money and stick with the original DVD. I seriously think that some people are trying to con movie lovers and Blu Ray owners by giving us 'placebo effect' discs, that actually haven't been upgraded at all.
What a damn shame.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2010 15:56:54 GMT
I agree with your comments reference blu ray. I have been disappointed with some blu ray transfers and felt that the DVDs present cleaner pictures, especially on older movies. Blu ray seems to pick out the imperfections of the picture that you wouldn't see on DVD. Perhaps they've not remastered the film before putting them on blu ray. No doubt it's a ploy to get us to part with our money again for our favourite films.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2011 21:56:30 BDT
Picard says:
According to some sources, Lowry Digital restored the Brosnan films (Goldeneye onwards) from a 2K scan, in comparison to all the previous Bond films that had been scanned at 4K, and that is why the films appear softer. I've no idea why this is the case, but my only guess is that because the film elements are newer and in far better condition, they didn't want to splash out on more expensive scans when little or no restoration work was needed. The compromise of this is that they haven't captured the film frames at their optimal resolution.
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