Casino Royale (2 Disc Collector's Edition)  [DVD]
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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.
The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanising performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it) and Montenegro, where he is pitted against his nemesis in! a poker game, with hundreds of millions in the pot. The stakes get even higher when Bond lets down his armour by falling in love with Vesper (Eva Green), the ravishing banker's representative fronting him the money.
For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Aston Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?". There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M who, one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." A Bond film is only as good as its villain, and Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre, who weeps blood, is a sinister dandy. From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, 'makes you feel it', particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy". But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last ! line ever in any Bond film. To quote Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin, "now I know what I've been faking all these years". --Donald LiebensonSee all Product Description
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Firstly, those interested in the Blu-ray version over the DVD will be keen to know that all of the extras are in high definition, with the exception of the "Bond Girls" and "Chris Cornell music video" extras which are DVD resolution. Obviously there are some shots within the other extras that aren't full HD quality.Read more ›
If you can live with the cut, this is the Blu-ray for you. If you can't, buy the deluxe edition from amazon.fr. It is uncut, region B (same as UK) and features the same high quality transfer and extras. The English audio is still presented in TrueHD, and the menus even load up in English. The box for the French Blu-ray doesn't have the swish cover, and it costs you a little more to import it, but the delivery service from amazon.fr is exemplary, and it's more than worth the trouble.
If you are a purist like me who hates cuts and wants to watch the film as the director intended, this is the Blu-ray for you. Casino Royale might have moved to Montenegro in this film adaptation of the book, but if you want the real Casino Royale, France is still the place to look.
Audio: Czech 5.1, English 5.1, English PCM 5.1, English Audio description track 5.1, Hungarian 5.1, Polish 5.1, Russian 5.1, Turkish 5.1
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, English (Hard of hearing), English, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Turkish
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.Read more ›
A few months ago I caught the early trailer for the new movie and thought it looked quite different. I decided to part with my cash (albeit on an 'Orange Wednesday') for one last time and check out Casino Royale when it opened in November.
Having read and re-read all of the books as a youngster I can only say that this Bond, and Daniel Craig in particular, is the closest to the books yet. For me he's better even than Sean Connery. THIS is how a Bond movie should look. It's fast, it's dirty, it's edgy and it simply doesn't need the stupid gadgets and hollowed-out volcanoes. Martin Campbell has created a superb, modern Bond with Daniel Craig. We see the character develop and 'become' Bond. In fact it's not until the very last moments of the movie that the famous signature tune arrives along with those immortal words. "Who are you?" asks Mr White, "The name's Bond, James Bond".
If the next movies are as good as Casino Royale the series will continue for many more years. Daniel Craig is just great. Go and see this movie, it's BRILLIANT.
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Probably the best of the Daniel Craig films and the opening sequence is awe-inspiring. The HD transfer is superb with bright and crisp with well-saturated colours unlike later... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JMD1
I think this Bond 138 min REGION B/2 DVD is no doubt one of the best action movies I have seen. 007 in my opinion was beginning to fade a little and Daniel Craig has come along and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by JD Ch-le-St
I'd already got the standard DVD version of this film but I like this film so much, I thought it would be worth upgrading. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Matthew Tittley
good film lots of good sounds, sounds good on surround sound set up, glad i added this movie to my collectionPublished 14 days ago by john kinsella
Excellent Bond film. Nipped at the post by Skyfall but far superior to Spectre. This film's casting is spot on and all contribute to a thrilling adventure from opening credits to... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Suki