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5.0 out of 5 stars Do I look Like I Give a Damn? You Should - Casino Royale DeLuxe Edition, 20 Oct 2008
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This review is from: Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Right, unless you've lived on Mars for the past two years you will already know what an excellent film we have here, so there should be no need to go through the plot details, instead onto a review of the DVD itself.
I have to say this really is the DVD version we should have had two years ago. Presented in a cracking thick cardboard slipcase, and opening out with into a tryptich digipak, disc one on the left, two and three on the right and in the middle a glossy booklet in a slip pocket. Each outside surface features a cracking picture, Bond, Vesper and Bond & Vesper, all beautifully reproduced in a lovely matt finish. Excellent packaging.
First off, the menus. Thankfully they have been re-done as the original release had possibly the worst menus ever seen (almost! - well, certainly to grace Bond DVDs), these now feature a deck of cards tumbling toward the viewer, with the Casino Royale logo on back, (following the style of Daniel Klienman's most excellent titles, probably the best of the whole series) I think it is a shame they didn't follow the format of the Ultimate Edition DVDs but a welcome update anyway.
Disc One, is as previous issue - except for two commentaries - the first features director Martin Campbell and co-producer Michael Wilson, the second by the crew.
Disc Two is a straight lift from the previous release, featuring, Becoming Bond, James Bond for Real, Bond Girls Forever and Chris Cornelle's video for 'You Know My Name' - a theme tune that is definitely a grower.
Disc Three - this is where it gets interesting! A shed-load of features and featurettes, dealing with Casino Royale, from book to small screen, to big screen spoof and onto the excellent film we have here. It's all kicked off with a half-dozen or so deleted scenes, the best being the post-torture rush to hospital and recovery, but a nice collection all together.
There are featurettes on Ian Fleming and his incredible creation, Paradise Island which has a long history with both Fleming and James Bond, there are explorations into the filmmaking process, showcasing the Venice finale, the Freerun chase and the Miami airport thrill ride! Profiles and storyboards. All-in-all an exhaustive collection covering just about everything you would want to know about the 21st James Bond film.
If you don't own Casino Royale, buy this version, if you do own Casino Royale, drop it into your local charity shop and buy this version.
And once you gone through the excellent extras, slip in Disc One and reacquaint yourself with this excellent and, dare I say, classic piece of Bond that this film is. The series was due for a re-boot after the dire Die Another Day and what better way to do it - back to the beginning!
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2008 03:02:27 BDT
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Posted on 24 Oct 2008 01:27:32 BDT
J. J. HALL says:
Shame it is still a cut version of the film... ah well, there is always the region 3 or 4 DVDs to go for... nice review tho' and the extras are mighty tempting!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2008 03:49:15 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2008 15:48:38 BDT
Lee Thomas says:
cut??

which part is this!

By the way have you noticed how this comes out right when the new film hits the cinema.... what a coincidence eh??, lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2008 13:33:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2008 13:33:50 BDT
Siamese says:
Where is it cut? Was it to trim certain scenes of bloody violence, or Bond being hit in his genitals with a rope by Le Chiffre?
Thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2008 03:20:40 GMT
One 5 second shot is cut out. Le Chiffre drapes the rope over Bond's shoulder and says "such a waste". Cut out for sexual connotations I believe, but I have run this scene, stairwell fight and the opening (all of which had cuts in the US) against a copy of the R3 uncut version and everything seems to be in tact aside from that shot.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2008 15:55:35 GMT
Siamese says:
Thank you so much for your info, Mr. Gross. If that's the only cut, then it won't be much of a 'waste' (lol), I'd dare mention! Thank you once again, you were most helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2008 14:42:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2008 14:43:50 GMT
From BBFC site: This film was originally seen by the BBFC in an unfinished version, for advice as to the film's suitability at '12A'. The BBFC advised the company that the torture scene placed too much emphasis on both the infliction of pain and the sadism of the villain for the requested '12A' category. When the completed version of the film was submitted for classification, reductions to the torture sequence had been made, including the removal of lingering shots of the rope, close shots of Bond's facial reaction and the substitution of a more distant shot of the beating compared to the original version. This re-edited version of the scene was considered acceptable at '12A', where the Guidelines permit violence provided there is no dwelling on detail or emphasis on injuries.

So, in a nutshell, the film was only cut to get the 12A the distributor asked for...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2008 17:52:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2008 23:14:30 GMT
"So, in a nutshell, the film was only cut to get the 12A the distributor asked for..."

As is the case most of the time. However, Martin Campbell's expert testimony on MI6.co.uk:

"For the British censors I had to take one cut out in the torture scene, where he puts the rope over his shoulders. They thought it was a little too sexual but the violence they didn't cut. Now in America , no problem with the torture scene which I was amazed about and I had to reduce the violence and strangling and get to the death quicker. I found that very ironic and I think it proves that nobody really knows anything."

The BBFC site is usually out of date in my experience...

As far as sound and picture - exactly the same as the last release. I think they could have been improved (since they changed the menus and added commentary tracks) and the cut(s) waived. Anyway, there will probably be another release sometime in the future. Sony have dollar signs in their eyes with the Bond franchise and won't hesitate to re-release the entire set again and again as they have done already this year.

Still, the packaging is incredible, a hard, matted cardboard looking every bit as elegant and sophisticated as Bond himself on the cover, with a glossy booklet (haven't read it yet, could be all filler, but I don't care it looks gorgeous) and new artwork on the discs themselves. The special features look good as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 12:14:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2012 12:42:16 BDT
P. Stark says:
You can probably try:

http://www.amazon.es/Casino-Royale-Ed-Esp-Caterina-Murino/dp/B0053CA1LI/ref=sr_1_5?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1339240110&sr=1-5

This appears to be the same as my uncut Australian DVD (R2 & R4 Disc 1).
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