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You Only Live Twice [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W9CE
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You Only Live Twice (Special Ed

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This is going to be to be a difficult one to review because the 8 year old me who saw this in 1967 would say that not only was this was the best Bond film but also the best film ever. Today I know it's not but It's still one of my favourites and it's a great film to watch just for pleasure and to take me back to the stalls in the Odeon in 1967.

After the massive hit of Thunderball the producers were going to make On Her Majesty's Secret Service which was Fleming's second story in what's known as the Blofeld Trilogy but due to location problems, lack of snow etc they decided to film You Only Live Twice, the third book of that trilogy instead. Bond was big in Japan at that time and the American space programme was big news so the producers combined both popular elements and added the prospect of WW3 and the revealing of Ernst Stavro Blofeld into one big action packed film. The aerial view of the fight at Kobe docks, Little Nellie's battle with SPECTRE's helicopters and the Ninja assault on the crater still look great 49 years later and not a bit of CGI in sight (looking at you Die Another Day !!)

One of John Barry's best scores, a script by Roald Dahl (who ignored his old friend Ian Fleming's plot) and directed by Lewis Gilbert (after Michael Winner turned the gig down) gave us a film better paced and more exciting than Thunderball but still inferior to Goldfinger. It's a great Bank Holiday treat of a film to sit and watch with the kids and one I highly recommend.
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James Bond goes to Japan to stop the evil SPECTRE from starting World War 3 and finally meets their evil leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. One of the very best Bond films, this sees Sean Connery on excellent form even if there is a slightly cringable Bond turns Japanese plot to get him to blend in to fool SPECTRE. The films are glowing in confidence now and there is also an excellent performance from Donald Pleasance as Blofeld, one of the very best Bond villains finally seen in full for the first time after just appearing in the shadows in previous films. The action is excellent and there is also an appearance from Charles Grey who would later play Blofeld himself in Diamonds Are Forever. Connery was beginning to tire of playing Bond now, his 5th film and does not return for the next film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and if he didn't make a comeback for Diamonds Are Forever then this would have been a fitting final film allowing him to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. The films have looked stunning on bluray. With the return of SPECTRE due it's fitting to look back on these early Bond films now.
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You Only Live Twice is directed by Lewis Gilbert and written by Roald Dahl. It stars Sean Connery, Tetsuro Tamba, Teru Shimada, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Karin Dor and Donald Pleasence. Music is scored by John Barry and cinematography by Freddie Young.

Bond 5 and Connery once again tackles the role of 007. With American and Soviet space craft mysteriously vanishing from space, both nations are laying the blame at the other's door. Sensing a nuclear war could break out, M assigns Bond to Japan to investigate if there might be a third party stirring the hornets nest. Teaming up with the Japanese secret service, Bond uncovers evidence that SPECTRE is behind the plot to pitch the East and the West against each other.

This organisation does not tolerate failure.

Thunderball had broke box office records for Bond, gadgetry, outlandish stunts and a quip on the tongue had proved most profitable. It was planned originally that On Her Majesty's Secret Service would be number 5 in the series, but a change of tack to go for You Only Live Twice as the story gave producers Broccoli & Saltzman the scope for a giganticus enormous production. However, it may be set in Japan and feature a Bond/Blofeld conflict, but Roald Dahl's script bares little resemblance to Ian Fleming's source novel. Although a massive financial success with a Worldwide gross of over $111 million, Bond 5 took $30 million less than Thunderball. Strange since this is a better film. Can we attribute the drop to it being a space age saga? Maybe, the rebirth of sci-fi was a few years away, and of course Bond had lost some fans who had grown tired, like Connery, of 007 relying on gadgets instead of brains and brawn to complete his missions.
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A very good film as seen many times by me some thing you can make up a collection of
for cold wet evenings " when no think is worth watching on TV
You can never get fed up watching James Bond = Sean Connery
Who has been in 23 such films... fantastic
Five Gold Stars from me for such a good film not to be missed
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Format: Blu-ray
Sean Connery is my favorite James Bond by far and although I'd rate this film below 'Dr.No', 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger', it is still a very enjoyable Bond film and holds up very well despite it's age. The big climatic end sequence is a little cheesy and some of the special effects are, ahem, a bit dated. Having said that, I watched Roger Moore in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' directly after this and the special effects in that were not much better that this one. Still, Connery's presence and magnetism holds the whole film together well and I loved the Japanese settings.
On the bluray itself, the picture quality is very good for such an older film. About 3/4 of the way thru tho some intermittent vertical scratches or lines appear on the screen and appear randomly over a period of about 5 mins. This film had a restoration so I don't know if they missed this or didn't have the technology to fix it. Not a huge deal but still a bit surprising.
I imported this from the US as the US discs have a significant advantage for purists over the UK release. In addition to having the new lossless dts-HD audio, the US disc includes the original Mono audio. I recently read a review with some of the sound engineers who worked on the earlier Bond films and they were all quite shocked and disappointed that the UK disc omit these as they felt the original audio, be it a simple Mono (or Dolby Surround track on 'The Spy Who Loved Me'), are more suited to the films. I toggled back and forth during the film and indeed, I felt some of the artificially added sound effects (on the dts-HD track), particularly in the rear channels, were not so subtle.
The US disc (this disc is from the US Bond 50 boxset that includes all 23 films including 'Skyfall') plays perfectly on UK region 'B' bluray machines.
All in all, apart from the slight glitch with the scratches in the video, I am absolutely delighted with this disc.
No one has matched Sean Connery in my opinion.
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