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Daniel Craig stars as the latest incarnation of James Bond in the 21st instalment of the franchise. Based on one of the original Ian Fleming novels, the story follows a young Bond at the beginning of his career having just received his double-0 status. For his latest mission, 007 travels to Montenegro to investigate the highly exclusive Casino Royale where Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a money man for an international terrorist group, is raising funds for their misdeeds through high-stakes gambling. The rookie MI6 agent, aided by British Treasury agent Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), is tasked with infiltrating the group and ultimately defeating the rogue player, both on and off the tables.
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The clarity in this version is truly amazing and, yes, it really does add even more to what was already a great and gritty film. If anything I think that the blue ray version emphasises and lays bare all that is good and bad in Bond himself and the world that he occupies.
I found that in this viewing I was much more able to enter his world and see and feel the emotions much more clearly. This is quite a 'raw' bond who as Vesper suggests is perfect for M16 as they like 'dysfunctional' types. I think at times he is like that, brutally untrusting, wrestling with emotions that, when in doubt, he tries to drown completely (and fails).
There are some powerful scenes including the frightening fight scene in the stairway of the Casino where afterwards we see Bond wiping away the blood and shakily drowning a very large scotch. This is a brave version of Bond and much truer to Ian Fleming's original concept - warts and all. It's just that on blue ray you can see the good and bad much more vividly. Top marks - a great production.
Picture quality on this Bluray is simply outstanding. Maybe not quite the polish of the more recent Skyfall disc (which had the advantage of being filmed digitally), but pretty damn close. Audio quality is good as well, although a handful of lines of dialogue sounded slightly muffled and indistinct at times.
Well worth the money, especially now that it is uncut!
I assume that everyone reading this knows what a great film this is - arguably better than Skyfall, and MILES better than the (dire) Quantum Of Solace. Fantastic performances throughout, and a much better storyline than either of the films that bookend it within the series.
The extras here are many, as one would expect with three discs. They're all very well shot and very interesting, especially the "For Real" and "Death In Venice" featurettes. For this reason alone it's worth buying this boxset. Get this while you can, you won't regret it.
In that I think DC plays the role very well.
What did surprise me was that some of the film displayed poor image quality. The part that springs to mind is the scene in the embassy courtyard. The camera switches from Bond to his persuers and back and forth again.
The change in definition quality changes dramaticaly between one and the other camera shot. I thought I must have a fault but a friend at work had noticed the same thing. Strange for a recent film to have this problem.
Probably a case that the two camera angles were shot at completely different times/location with different equipment and one was inferior to the other.
Still, a great Bond film.