Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Octopussy, 2006 double disc Ultimate Edition - A strong, yet underrated entry in the Bond series, 6 Sep 2010
By 
This review is from: James Bond - Octopussy (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
I must admit to a bit of affection for this, the thirteenth big screen outing for superspy James Bond. It was the first Bond film I saw in the cinema and as such I still get a little buzz of nostalgia when I see it.

Trying to be objective, I feel this is one of the stronger entries in the Bond series, and of the Moore years in particular. It is a decent tale that reflects the time in which it was made very well. The cold war was coming to an end, yet there were still people on both sides who felt that this was a bad thing. This film has at its heart quite a disturbing suggestion - what if one mad man with enough power decided peace was a sell out and conquest and victory, by any means, were his right? Built around this is a very entertaining tale as Roger Moore sets off to India on the trail of some forged Romanov jewellery that ultimately leads him to the plot to start world war 3. Along the way he encounters a deadly circus, an acrobatic troupe of beautiful women, is made the subject of a big game hunt and generally has a lot of fun whilst saving the world.

On the down side, Moore was starting to look a little too old for the part by this time, but he still acquits himself very well and largely carries the film with his usual charm and style. Steven Berkoff is perfectly cast as the mad Russian general, and Louis Jordan is a decent creepy Indian prince, providing a good set of villains for Bond. Maud Adams, who also appeared in `The man With The Golden Gun' as Scaramanger's girlfriend, plays Octopussy, a beautiful international criminal mixed up in the evil schemes, and out for personal revenge against Bond. It's a good role, and provides us with one of the more complex Bond girls who is able to stand up for herself. For a change.

Again. It's a fun tale, with just the right mix of good plot, laughs, big stunts and action. It comes together into a very pleasing whole which always entertains.

This ultimate edition really is the best version of the film I have owned. The picture has been lovingly restored and cleaned up, and looks amazing. Really, I am not just saying that. It looks superb. The sound has been similarly treated and there is an option to listen to it in 5.1 DTS surround, which is truly exceptional.

As well as the superb presentation of the film, there is also a host of extras, original trailers, informative audio commentaries and the such. These are exhaustive and some of them quite interesting. But these really a garnish for the main course, which is the film itself.

This is an excellent release, and does the film justice. This series of `Ultimate editions' really sets the standard for film releases. It really does not get any better.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer

Victor
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)   

Location: Hull, England

Top Reviewer Ranking: 35