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Casino Royale
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Whilst I love this movie for all its quirkiness the quality of this Blu Ray version is no better than my standard DVD version I have had for a number of years. There appears to be no remastering undertaken other than the menu details.

Save yourself money and get the standard DVD version at a cheaper price.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2009
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
If you are searching for a dvd copy of the Barry Nelson/Climax Theater 1954 tv presentation DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION. I'm VERY UPSET that Amazon used a review of the 2002 dvd release as a review for the 2008 Collectors/40th Anniversary Edition because I purchased this POS movie solely for that special feature. I guess I should read the reviews a bit more closely!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
First off ignore the other reviews that are based on the dvd edition. Surprisingly the dvd edition is far superior! This Blu-Ray edition DOES NOT contain Barry Nelson's 1954 version and has no menu screen it goes straight to the film. you have to use the pop up menu for features. Very disappointing now I have to repurchase the dvd version to have the 1954 CBS tv version.
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on May 6, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Now going into this, I knew the movie had an episodic plot, had multiple famous people acting as James Bond, had five directors, was a comedy and was short of unfinished then reworked to be a complete film. That should have detered me from viewing it, to bad I didn't listen.

This movie is a mess. Sure some scenes are funny, but it's very stupid at the same time. I usually call Will Ferrel humor stupid but I laugh almost as much as I go "Come on that's....", here the laughter to come on ratio is like 1 to 10. The plot to this movie just randomly happens thanks to trying to work at least three different scripts into one movie, and it doesn't even seem to try and give an overall story except for total caous.

Every male James Bond portayal seems stupid, Woody Allen is a blumbering idiot (yes that's what his character is supposed to be but, I can't stand it in this case), Peter Sellers preformence really made me not like him when he's actually brillent and David Nieven just was a complete jerk. He makes Berry Nelson look like a gentalmen as Nieven's attitude is "I'm more concerned with what I want, woman and beautiful flowers not the country I served and continue to serve for x years. Screw you all."

Now the girls Vasper, Moneypenny and Nieven's daughter I liked but, most of their purpose is to be in hot outfits, seduce everyone they met, talk to Nieven and for Vasper to (SPOILER ALERT SO SKIP THIS NEXT BIT) kill Peter Sellers, thank you.

Also it was extremely hard to view this movie, I checked the clock every five minutes for the first hour, and then every two and half for the next.

Honestly, this movie for ME sucked. Good thing Austin Powers came along and made this properly.
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on December 23, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The scene where David Niven is ogling his daughter as she does some kind of traditional Thai dance, which can be interpreted as erotic, leaves a very uncomfortable feeling considering the fact that Woody Allen was involved, and apparently has has domestic issues regarding adopted daughters.

But, to the film; it looks fantastic on blue ray on a high def TV, but the film is still an abysmal mess. There's just nothing funny here. There some impressive photography, but the script, story, plot and characters are so mish-mashed and twisted, and given a real poor B-grade effort at humor (if you can call it that), it's a wonder if this thing go made at all.

I don't like it. I wish I hadn't purchased it. But I'm glad I got a cheap used copy just to see if seeing a clear "original" picture added anything to a screwed up piece of garbage film. It doesn't.

Don't waste your time and money on this thing. And you SHOULD feel uncomfortable with that dance scene.
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on November 16, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The DVD will not play. Second one. Sometimes it will start to play, but then it stops. Both Blu-rays acted this way. This is the only Blu-ray I have ever had problems with. Don't know what the problem is.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Originally the James Bond franchise was intended to have David Niven play the title character, but Sean Connery ended up playing him instead. Finally David Niven does get to play Bond. Unfortunately it had to be in such a disasterpiece as this. A harsh feud did develop between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles during filming, but the movie is such a mess it wouldn't have made a difference if everybody was working in perfect harmony.

The story is that "M" is killed, and James Bond is forced out of retirement to solve the case. His solution-to have everybody and his brother play James Bond in order to confuse the enemy. It ends up confusing the audience as well. The movie has a plethora of major stars, including Woody Allen-yes, Woody Allen-as the villain. Evidently the producers got the idea that the greater the silliness, the greater the comedy. It didn't work. Exaggeration is not funny in itself.
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on February 22, 2015
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
I never saw it.It never came on my computer so I thought you cancelled it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
it is the worst James Bond spoof ever. It has great people in it but they were a waste. Hate ut
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Format: DVD
Surely you can think of more interesting things to do with your time than to watch this movie - like rearranging your sock drawer, or watching paint dry, or getting your teeth cleaned.
I can't remember ever spending so much time waiting for something - anything - interesting to happen, as I just did watching this trite, vapid farce.
I even got out my magnifying glass to try to read who the director was - thinking that surely it was Woody Allen - because it holds your interest almost exactly the way everything does that he ever had anything to do with - which is to say, not at all - but to my complete astonishment, it was directed by John Huston!
I think he must have been hypnotized by Woody Allen, because if I were him, I would disavow any knowledge that I had any input whatsoever into this joke - and a very bad joke, at that.

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I just noticed that there was another movie included with this - another "Casino Royale," in black and white, a TV show from the fifties.
I watched this, and it was an attempt to make a serious drama - not a comedy - and it was incredibly lame. Just as bad as I remember many programs being from the fifties - I actually felt like the clock had been turned back 60 years.
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