HIGH DEFINITION: Bond goes Blu next Week

James Bond on Blu-ray

I’m such a freaking sucker for Bond that I’ve purchased almost all of MGM’s triple dip set of Bond films – I have three versions of all 21 movies. There was the regular non-restored collection, then the ultimate restored collection, then the super dooper ooper special edition collection and like a moron get suckered in, I refuse to buy into the hype on this new Blu-ray set, but this one looks so tasty…. But no, I’m going to turn away this time.  But wait, for a change MGM is going to send me a set for review, so I don’t have to shell out my own dollars. But still…. This set is packed to the gills with features – all of the ones from the S.D.O.S.E. set from two years ago and some Blu-ray exclusives.  The initial set includes Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and Die Another Day. Not bad at all (except the unwatchable Thunderball).  I wish MGM would release these things in chronological order though. I understand their need to do a sampling of all the Bonds – but where’s poor Timothy Dalton? As an added bonus you get a free ticket to the new Bond flick. This set hits the street next week for $89.98. Which isn’t bad, that’s less than $20 a flick and considering the individual retail price is $35 dollars, it’s obvious you get the set.  But really, what Bond fan doesn’t already own one of the previous sets? You can read the full press release after the break.

BLU-RAY WAS MADE FOR BOND.

MGM AND FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT SIX BOND FILMS ON BLU-RAY DISC OCTOBER 21


Includes the Fully Restored Original Bond Film DR. NO and FIVE More
Action-Packed, Must-Own 007 Titles Available For The First Time Ever in High Definition

Includes QUANTUM OF SOLACE Movie Ticket*

LOS ANGELES, CA

– The world’s most well known secret agent is even hotter in high definition when six, must-have, electrifying James Bond films debut on Blu-ray Disc from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Recently restored and re-mastered for the highest quality picture and sound quality via the state-of-the-art Lowry process digital frame-by-frame restoration and featuring special features galore, Bond is primed for Blu-ray Disc with a selection of 007 adventures spanning the storied career of cinema’s most recognizable spy.  Bond titles arriving on Blu-ray Disc, timed to the highly anticipated worldwide theatrical premiere of the 22nd James Bond mission QUANTUM OF SOLACE this November include
DR. NO, DIE ANOTHER DAY, LIVE AND LET DIE, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL.
One of the world’s most successful film franchise, Bond… James Bond has generated more than four billion in global box office gross and boasts an astounding 98% global consumer awareness. CASINO ROYALE, the most recent James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, debuted on BD March 2007, and continues to rank as one of the best selling Blu-ray Disc releases to-date.

Each James Bond Blu-ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.98 U.S. / $46.98 TBD Canada and will be packaged with a movie ticket for the all-new Bond adventure QUANTUM OF SOLACE.  Additionally the films will be available in two 3-pack Blu-ray Disc collections with two movie tickets – VOLUME ONE: DIE ANOTHER DAY, LIVE AND LET DIE and DR. NO; VOLUME TWO: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL – and will be available for a suggested retail price of $89.98 U.S. / $119.98 Canada.  Prebook is September 24.
Disc Specific Special Features:

Dr. No
M   “The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier” – Audio Commentary Featuring Director Terence Young and Members of the Cast and Crew
M   “Top Level Access 007”: License to Restore – Featurette Detailing the Bond Ultimate Edition Film Restoration Process
M  “Declassified: MI6 Vault” – The Guns of James Bond
M  Premiere Bond
SEARCH CONTENT EXPANDED “007 Mission Control” Interactive Guide Into the World of Dr. NoREFINISHED IN HD Exotic Locations Featurette
M  “Mission Dossier”
o      REFINISHED IN HD Inside Dr. No
o      REFINISHED IN HD Terence Young: Bond Vivant
o      Dr. No 1963 Featurette
M  “Ministry of Propaganda” – Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

Die Another Day
M   “The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier” – Audio Commentary Featuring Director Lee Tamahori and Producer Michael G. Wilson
M  Audio Commentary Featuring Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
M   “Declassified: MI6 Vault”
o      From Script to Screen
o      Shaken and Stirred on Ice
o      Just Another Day
o      The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London
o      On Location With Peter Lamont
SEARCH CONTENT EXPANDED “007 Mission Control” Interactive Guide Into the World of Die Another Day – REFINISHED IN HD Exotic Locations Featurette
M  MI6 DataStream
M   “Ministry of Propaganda” Photo gallery
Disc Specific Special Features (cont’d):

Live and Let Die
M  Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore
M  “The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier” – Audio Commentary Featuring Guy Hamilton
M  Audio Commentary Featuring Tom Mankiewicz
M  “Declassified: MI6 Vault”
o      Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary
o      Roger Moore as James Bond, Circa 1964
o      Live and Let Die Conceptual Art
SEARCH CONTENT EXPANDED “007 Mission Control” Interactive Guide Into the World of Live and Let DieREFINISHED IN HD Exotic Locations Featurette
M  “Mission Dossier”
o      REFINISHED IN HD Inside Live and Let Die
o      On Set With Roger Moore
M  “Ministry of Propaganda” – Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

For Your Eyes Only
M  Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore
M  “The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier” – Audio Commentary Featuring John Glen and Actors
M  Audio Commentary Featuring Michael G Wilson and Crew
M   “Declassified: MI6 Vault”
o      Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles
o      Bond in Greece, Bond in Cortina
o      Neptune’s Journey
SEARCH CONTENT EXPANDED “007 Mission Control” Interactive Guide Into the World of For Your Eyes OnlyREFINISHED IN HD Exotic Locations Featurette
M  “Mission Dossier”
o      REFINISHED IN HD Inside For Your Eyes Only
o      Animated Storyboard Sequences
M  Sheena Easton’s “For Your Eyes Only” Music Video
M  “Ministry of Propaganda” – Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications

From Russia With Love
M   “The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier” – Audio Commentary Featuring Director Terence Young and Members of the Cast and Crew
M   “Declassified: MI6 Vault”
o      Ian Fleming: The CBC Interview
o      Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler
o      Ian Fleming on Desert Island Discs
o      Animated Storyboard Sequence
SEARCH CONTENT EXPANDED “007 Mission Control” Interactive Guide Into the World of From Russia With LoveREFINISHED IN HD Exotic Locations Featurette
M  “Mission Dossier”
o      REFINISHED IN HD Inside From Russia With Love
o      REFINISHED IN HD Harry Saltzman: Showman
M  “Ministry of Propaganda” – Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications
Disc Specific Special Features (cont’d):

Thunderball
M   “The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier” – Audio Commentary Featuring Terence Young and Others
M  Audio Commentary Featuring Peter Hunt, John Hopkins and Others
M  “Declassified: MI6 Vault”
o      The Incredible World of James Bond – Original 1965 NBC Television Special
o      A Child’s Guide to Blowing Up a Motor Car – 1965 Ford Promotional Film On Location With Ken Adam
o      Bill Suitor: The Rocket Man Movies
o      Thunderball Boat Show Reel
o      Selling Bonds – Original 1965 Television Advertisements
SEARCH CONTENT EXPANDED “007 Mission Control” Interactive Guide Into the World of ThunderballREFINISHED IN HD Exotic Locations Featurette
M  “Mission Dossier”
REFINISHED IN HD The Making of Thunderball
REFINISHED IN HD The Thunderball Phenomenon
REFINISHED IN HD The Secret History of Thunderball
M  “Ministry of Propaganda” – Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications