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On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 2006 double disc Ultimate Edition - An unusually emotionally charged Bond film,
This review is from: James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
For superspy James Bond's sixth big screen outing, and the first not to star Sean Connery in the lead role, we were served up with a rather different style of film, which ranks up there with `From Russia With Love' as my favourite in the series.
There are several things that make this film stand out in the series. Firstly, for me, is the score. There are grand, stirring action themes full of sweeping horns and strings, but there is also a series of gentle romantic themes, the best of which is Louis Armstrong's contribution. Then there is the attitude of the film - there is still the emphasis on action and big set pieces, but there for the first time since Dr No some attempt is made to develop Bond's character, and show his compassionate side. There is also a slightly different attitude to women. Usually there as objects for Bond to fall into bed with, with little or no emotional attachment, for the first time we see him falling in love and behaving in a totally different manner.
George Lazenby acquits himself well as Bond. Many people have described him as wooden, but I just don't see it. In the final scene after Blofeld's devastating revenge he portrays Bond's grief and inability to cope to a tee. That scene always brings a lump to the throat. Telly Savalas does a grand job as Blofeld. Not quite as creepy as Donald Pleasance in the previous film, but with an air of ruthless evil and great intelligence. Finally I must mention Diana Rigg, who plays the most memorable Bond girl of all time. She is one of the few Bond girl's who is required to do more than hang around and look pretty. She shows the various aspects of Tracy's character and makes her a totally believable construct. And she looks pretty as well...
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 this classic film justice. This series of `Ultimate editions' really sets the standard for film releases. It really does not get any better.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2014 19:15:44 BDT
Phil Milsom says:
Its nice to listen in 5.1 DTS surround but I found that the added sound effects overpowers the excellent film score. I find myself watching in the original MONO how it was originally released. You still get the stunning picture. I select LANGUAGE DECRYPTION from the MENU then AUDIO and select ENGLISH MONO . Try it.
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