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Old 06-18-08, 09:32 AM
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The Official Bond on Blu-ray Thread

Fox Home Entertainment in conjunction with MGM Home Entertainment have announced that they will bring six classic James Bond films to Blu-ray this fall. All six title - 'Dr. No', 'Die Another Day', 'Live and Let Die', 'Four Your Eyes Only', 'From Russia with Love', and 'Thunderball' - are currently planned to hit store shelves on October 21st (October 20th internationally).

Each title has been received frame-by-frame restoration by famed film restoration gurus Lowery Digital Images.

Eric Doctorow, General Manager Worldwide, MGM Home Entertainment commented, "With 'Quantum of Solace' on the horizon, Bond fever is building once again and there is no better time to re-introduce these beloved films featuring the best picture and sound quality available today to the 60 million+ HD-capable households worldwide"

No technical specs or supplemental features have been announced at this time, but we expect more information to be released in the coming weeks.

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MGM Home Entertainment has announced the technical specs and special features for the upcoming Blu-ray releases of the James Bond films 'Dr. No', 'Die Another Day', 'Live and Let Die', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'From Russia With Love', and 'Thunderball', due to hit store shelves on October 21st. Video will be presented via 1080p AVC accompanied by a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.

Each title, which has recently been restored and re-mastered via Lowry's digital frame-by-frame restoration, will include a movie ticket to the upcoming Bond flick 'Quantum of Solace'. They will also be packaged in sets of three, with Volume 1 featuring 'Dr. No', 'Die Another Day', and 'Live and Let Die' while Volume 2 will feature 'For Your Eyes Only', 'From Russia With Love', and 'Thunderball'. These three-packs will feature two movie tickets.

Extras for these releases are as follows:

Dr. No
"The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring Director Terence Young and Members of the Cast and Crew
"Top Level Access 007: License to Restore" – Featurette Detailing the Bond Ultimate Edition Film Restoration Process
"Declassified: M16 Vault" - The Guns of James Bond
Premiere Bond
"007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of Dr. No
Inside Dr. No
Terence Young: Bond Vivant
Dr. No 1963 Featurette
"Ministry of Propaganda" - Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

Die Another Day
"The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring Director Lee Tamahori and Producer Michael G. Wilson
Audio Commentary Featuring Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
"Declassified: M16 Vault" - From Script to Screen
Shaken and Stirred on Ice
Just Another Day
The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London
On Location With Peter Lamont
007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of Die Another Day
MI6 DataStream
Additional DVD-ROM Features Available!
Madonna's "Die Another Day" Music Video
"Ministry of Propaganda" Photo gallery

Live and Let Die
Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore
"The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring Guy Hamilton
Audio Commentary Featuring Tom Mankiewicz
"Declassified: M16 Vault" - Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary
Roger Moore as James Bond, Circa 1964
Live and Let Die Conceptual Art
"007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of Live and Let Die
Inside Live and Let Die
On Set With Roger Moore
"Ministry of Propaganda" - Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

For Your Eyes Only
Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore
The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring John Glen and Actors
Audio Commentary Featuring Michael G Wilson and Crew
"Declassified: M16 Vault" Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles
Bond in Greece, Bond in Cortina
Neptune's Journey
"007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of For Your Eyes Only
Inside For Your Eyes Only
Animated Storyboard Sequences
Sheena Easton's “For Your Eyes Only” Music Video
"Ministry of Propaganda" - Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

From Russia With Love
"The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring Director Terence Young and Members of the Cast and Crew
"Declassified: M16 Vault" Ian Fleming: The CBC Interview
Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler
Ian Fleming on Desert Island Discs
Animated Storyboard Sequence
"007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of From Russia With Love
Inside From Russia With Love
Harry Saltzman: Showman
"Ministry of Propaganda" - Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

Thunderball
"The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring Terence Young and Others
Audio Commentary Featuring Peter Hunt, John Hopkins and Others
"Declassified: M16 Vault" The Incredible World of James Bond - Original 1965 NBC Television Special
A Child's Guide to Blowing Up a Motor Car - 1965 Ford Promotional Film On Location With Ken Adam
Bill Suitor: The Rocket Man Movies
Thunderball Boat Show Reel
Selling Bonds - Original 1965 Television Advertisements
"007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of Thunderball
The Making of Thunderball
The Thunderball Phenomenon
The Secret History of Thunderball
"Ministry of Propaganda" - Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communication

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Old 06-18-08, 09:40 AM
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I thought the latest Special Edition dvds looked pretty damn good. I cannot wait to see these in full HD. I'm sure we'll get another batch when Solace arrives on BD. Hopefully they'll just release the rest when it comes out and not a select few.

Being from Fox, all will have Dts HD Master Audio.
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Never seen a single Bond film...so looks like I'll be blind buying this.

Are these in chronological order?
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I'm no expert, but since Die Another Day is a Brosnan Bond flick, I'm going to go out on a limb and say 'NO'. I'll be picking these up, been meaning to get the dvd sets and never got around to it.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Never seen a single Bond film...so looks like I'll be blind buying this.

Are these in chronological order?
No, they're not. Just like previous incarnations of the bond films, these are a random mix from the Bond canon.

I don't think I'd call Die Another Day a "classic James Bond film" but overall that's a pretty good set of titles. Three of my all-time favorite Bond movies are represented so I can't complain too much.
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I probably won't upgrade all 20 of them, but my #1 Bond, For Your Eyes Only, is on that list, so I'm stoked

My for sure ones:

For Your Eyes Only
Goldeneye
The Spy Who Loved Me
Octopussy
Moonraker
A View To A Kill
The Living Daylights

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I'll definitely get FYEO and probably Thunderball. Didn't like Live and Let Die at all, and can't remember if I liked From Russia With Love (which means it didn't make much of an impression on me).

I'm one of those weirdos who actually likes the Dalton Bond films the best, so I'll be most excited to get Living Daylights and Licence To Kill (featuring a younger Benicio Del Toro!). I also have a soft spot for View To A Kill.
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Oh no.

Crap!

OK I'm there.

I wonder if these will be in a box set, or individual?
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Originally Posted by stingermck
Oh no.

Crap!

OK I'm there.

I wonder if these will be in a box set, or individual?
with Fox's pricing a box set would retail for $300 for 6 films
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Sweet! Hopefully there will be some boxset discount for all of them.
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Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon
with Fox's pricing a box set would retail for $300 for 6 films
Sounds about right. I forgot that MGM = Fox. Hopefully they put these out at a decent price.
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This is excellent news to finally get an official announcement about Bond on Blu-ray. I think I'll probably just be upgrading a few of my favorites so hopefully they are available individually. When I upgraded the SE Bonds to the Ultimate Editions I didn't get one of the boxes that had mostly ones I didn't need to see again - I expect to upgrade even fewer this time.
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You can almost guess people's ages by their Bond film preferences.
I'm old so to me the only classic Bond films are Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger.
But they definately show their age so I can see why they might not appeal to the younger crowd.
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I got all of the DVDs in the first wave and will more than likely not get all of them again (I say that now... but who knows).

Anyways, I'll be picking up Thunderball and FYEO on the first day.

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So now does FOX own all the older films and Sony owns Casino Royale onward? I'd be happier if Sony was in charge of more of these titles. I guess I bought these on DVD over 10 years ago so it may be worth the upgrade. Then again, I haven't watched any of them recently either...
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I'm sure the pricing will suck, but at least we'll be getting something from MGM.

They have so many films I want in HD.
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So now does FOX own all the older films and Sony owns Casino Royale onward?
The last re-release of the Bond titles was under a brief period that Sony had complete control of their minority interest in MGM's back catalog (IIRC the work had long been done on the re-releases at MGM proper). Not long after, the other 75% or so ownership of MGM moved home entertainment distribution to Fox.

Theatrical Bonds should still be controlled jointly by MGM and Sony and I would assume any additional future home video rights are... complicated, but likely still with Sony.

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Not planning on upgrading all 20 titles but I'll most likely pick up Dr. No and From Russia.
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Originally Posted by matome

My for sure ones:

For Your Eyes Only
Goldeneye
The Spy Who Loved Me
Octopussy
Moonraker
A View To A Kill
The Living Daylights
No Goldfinger? Come on, what kind of Bond fan are you?
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If the price is decent I'll pick some of them up. I got the recent releases around $8 each and they look good, so I'll be more select when they're surely $20 a pop.

I just hope Fox doesn't F with the picture on these.
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Originally Posted by Goldberg74
I got all of the DVDs in the first wave and will more than likely not get all of them again (I say that now... but who knows).

Anyways, I'll be picking up Thunderball and FYEO on the first day.
Same here. There are only 6 titles total I want to re-buy anytime soon. these are two. Of the others, TSWLM needs a whole new transfer/master. That frame by frame restoration jazz was BS in the case of that title. I'll be genuinely excited if go back to the original elements and do a 4K scan. It's so bad now though, they may be pushing this back to the last wave if it is getting worked on.

FYEO also lacked a 4K scan the last time around so I may just wait to see what the word is on it first. Unless it undergoes some new DNR, Thunderball should be good.

The rest will suffice for me on sd.
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From Russia With Love is the best Bond film ever. For Her Thighs Only is my favorite Moore flick. And Dr. No and Thunderball are both solid entries.

Overall, a good selection by Fox/MGM, although Die Another Day and Live and Let Die are horrendous.

They better port over all the DVD extras as well as the mono tracks for the older films!
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They better port over all the DVD extras as well as the mono tracks for the older films!
Then some other studio should buy the rights from Fox then
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Originally Posted by Adboy151
The last re-release of the Bond titles was under a brief period that Sony had complete control of their minority interest in MGM's back catalog
Actually, the most recent DVD releases came after the transition to Fox. Even though they held control of the catalog for a time, the only Bond film that Sony released was Casino Royale.

Theatrical Bonds should still be controlled jointly by MGM and Sony and I would assume any additional future home video rights are... complicated, but likely still with Sony.
Sony co-produced Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (hence the absurd amount of Sony product placement in the former), and has all distribution rights to those titles. The older catalog titles that Sony didn't explicitly produce (i.e. everything before Casino Royale) are with Fox now.
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No Timothy Dalton, No Sale!

Just kidding...I'm all over these come October.
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I'm not falling for the Bond mix and match release pattern again. They'll eventually have some kickass set of all the films with a cool case.

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