80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
This compilation is an excellent value for the money. With the purchase of both volumes you get all six of the Sean Connery Bond films (the best in my humble opinion). Each film comes with another disc of bonus material such as documentaries, trailers, interviews, etc. If this wasn't enough, each film features commentary tracks as well. Each film is remastered and the picture quality is extraordinary and very impressive especially when played on a blu-ray player and hdtv. If, like me, Connery is your favorite Bond and you've been looking for a set of his movies at a great price along with all this bonus material; then look no further.
92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
As a kid growing up I always looked forward to the marathon weekends featuring 007. To me Sean Connery and James Bond are synonomis with one another. I thought about purcahsing the entire Bond collection, but when you get right down to it, Sean Connery's movies are simply the best. There are six discs total including an extra feature disc for each movie. I guess the extra stuff is cool to a point, but it generally doesn't make a difference to me if it's included or not.
As for the discs themselves.....Volume two contains Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and my personal favorite Diamonds are Forever. The video and audio digital remaster of these movies is really well done in 5.1 dts. Watching on Blue Ray only enhances the quality. If you're a bond fan you will want these for your collection.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
Volume 2 contains: Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds are Forever. Thunderball is often considered the peak of the series although the fact that half the movie is underwater makes the film sort of disorienting. You Only Live Twice is the 1st full appearnace of Blofeld. It's good but the part where James Bond "becomes Japanese" is bizarre to say the least. After that, Sean Connery took a break from the series and George Lazenby starred in the spectacular (and overlooked) "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". You will have to buy that one separately and you undoubtedly should. George Lazenby was offered a 7 picture but decided instead to commit career suicide and declined the offer. This brought Sean Connery back in "Diamonds are Forever." This is definitely the worst of the Sean Connery Bond films but is still worth watching. The plot is confusing and the 1970s aesthetic of big sideburns, floral patterns, ruffled suits and muscle cars doesn't hold a candle to the mid-60s sophistication and style; it is jarring. This collection is worth picking up but it is inferior to the volume 1. Pick up volume 1 first. If you like what you see, buy this one too. As for the Roger Moore films, only purchase "Live and Let Die," "Spy Who loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only".
37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
I bought the 6 disk version of the Sean Connery 007 Collection Volume 1 about a year ago. It is great. 3 great quality movies and 3 bonus disks. Ultimate Edition Contents. I wanted to get Volume 2 but they ran out and the prices started to skyrocket.
This month the collection is back- MAYBE. It LOOKS ALMOST the same, but has three disks not six. It SAYS Ultimate Edition on the outside but makes no mention of Special Features. Is this a JUST the 3 movies or are the disks double sided so all the special features are included? If the Special Features are not in there this borders on deceptive advertising.
The 2011 has Sean's full face. The 2012 1/2 his face- for 1/2 the disks perhaps? Unless you have a real good memory this is not obvious unless the 2 versions are side by side.
I have searched the web, I tried to call the Fox customer service number (It was busy) and have sent an email.
At this point, the point I am making is that shouldn't it be made clear what is in this package? Maybe I am being stupid about this but I have tried my best to get some info, but there does not seem to be any.
I suppose this is not really a review but cry for help. Anyone know what's in the box?
**UPDATE A FEW DAYS LATER ***
I got an email from Fox:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your email and interest in Fox products! The Sean Connery Volumes only include the feature films. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
I will probably not purchase the 2012 Collection. A pity, since the 2011 Collection was so nice. I am afraid I must reduce my rating to one star for what appears to be deliberately vague, and possibly deceptive packaging.
Sincere thanks to Kevin Mahan for sharing his experience with this product.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
I don't usually review DVD sets, but thought I'd mention a few things. First off, yes, you're getting the 2-disc Ultimate Edition version of each movie, which is great. The arrangement is a little strange though, with the first and last discs snapped to the front and back of the case (respectively) and the rest in a hinged flipper thing in the middle. I find that to fully reattach the first and last discs, I have to press on the outside of the case, which tends to leave a mark on the outer sleeve. Finally, there's no booklet included, so you won't know what the chapters are or what's on each disc until you pop them in.
Don't let this dissuade you from buying these sets. This is the first (possibly only) time you'll be able to get the Connery Bond movies by themselves, in attractive packaging to boot. And the transfers are amazing!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
THUNDERBALL is a very Nostalgic and Endearing early Bond Film. This film somehow sums up a feeling of nostalgia and endearment for the way it engulfed audiences, myself included, into the wonderful world of James Bond. Sean Connery did it with such effortless and natural charm and aplomb like no other. He's a tough and resourceful blunt instrument with a level of intelligence sophistication still impressive to this day. The world of THUNDERBALL is elegant where the villains live an opulent style of life which is a veneer for their sinister plans. In a bit of irony James Bond lives in that same world and he is up to the challenge to foil whatever mayhem they concoct. After a one-film hiatus SPECTRE returns. So has Sean Connery as he was finally groomed to perfection as the definitive screen incarnation of James Bond in GOLDFINGER. Terence Young is also back as director. However, he seems to have been influenced over the fine-tuning that Guy Hamilton brought to the main character and overall tone of GOLDFINGER. Due to that film's success Young seems to be floundering here being diverted from his vision of the character that he helped bring to the screen. Young is 180 degrees from being the auteur he envisioned himself to be.
The film seems loosely constructed and leisurely acted. Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo looks the part but he never seems a real threat to Bond. In fact he seems to lose every encounter with Bond whether it be at the gambling tables or engaging in idle banter on the merits of women vs. guns. Bond outdoes him in skeet shooting without even looking at the target.
What makes the film very memorable is John Barry's rich score and Lamar Boren's beautiful and colorful underwater photography. The two went hand in hand. I also thought the villains' plot to hijack a Vulcan jet was extremely well filmed and executed. This film has a very British feel to as it should have. This film has always been a favourite with diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. I met a very young couple this summer at the beach club. I happened to mention James Bond. These two half my age immediately said, "Thunderball!" Do you like "Thunderball?" I replied, "Absolutely. And by the way I see you are drinking Red Stripe Beer. Did you know that when Bond tosses Quarrel into those corrugated cartons in DR. NO those are cases of Red Stripe Beer?" And so I met some new Bond fans. But going back to John Barry's impressive and complex score for THUNDERBALL, it is here that he truly puts his inimitable stamp on the entire sound for the series during that period that were followed by his scores for YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and the lighter sounding, yet lavish DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. The scores for these four James Bond films, are richly textured, meticulously scored for each required scene and are emotionally charged.
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE contained elements of espionage, action, thrills, adventure and science fiction. Looking back it somehow worked loosely when put together yet till this day I can not determine what the cohesive element was. Looking at it closely the film is a real dichotomy of styles. The first hour is excellently filmed and works very well. We get to see James Bond the spy, working with recognition codes, breaking into safes, going under cover and the like. There is an excellently choreographed fight scene between Bond and a sumo wrestler. This is also the first time he developed a good working relationship with a fellow intelligence head, Tiger Tanaka, similar to that of Kerim Bey in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. We also see that "M" has absolute confidence in his man. "This is the big one," he tells Bond knowing that 007 is the only one capable of pulling off this assignment. There is also quite a bit of very witty dialog in the first hour of this film. In the first hour the pace is deliberate, but never boring or not entertaining. The first hour ends with Bond flying "Little Nellie," delivered by "Q," into an aerial dogfight with four helicopters. As it moves into the second hour more of the science fiction and fantasy elements start to take center stage. The film starts to look untidy and meanders along till it gets to the excellently filmed battle between Tanaka's ninjas and Blofeld's private army in his Volcano lair. It's not a bad Bond film, but it should have been a lot better. I think the culprit was the editing. Russian and American manned space capsules were being snatched out of orbit by an "intruder missile." Bond had to find the location and the identity of those responsible before World War III breaks out. The filmmakers decided not to surprise us at the end of the film, but instead show us, not Bond, that this "intruder missile" is in fact owned by SPECTRE and is being launched from Blofeld's Volcano lair in Japan. That comes a little past the hour mark. That being the case there was a good opportunity to develop suspense, as Bond has to locate the launch site. When Bond finally does find the volcano he has very little reaction to his discovery. He in fact seems to have come prepared with suction cup kneepads, which he uses to climb upside down and into the volcano. Tanaka shows up with his men, the battle ensues and Bond saves the day. It just could have been done much better considering how well the first half of the film was handled. The massive sets designed by Ken Adam were highly innovative and stylized and are probably the best of the entire series. M's office aboard the submarine, M-1, was also pretty innovative incorporating furniture and decorations from his office from the Ministry of Defense back in London. John Barry wrote a brilliant score. His music for the "Capsule in Space" was eerily ominous. He also incorporated sections of the "James Bond Theme" very effectively subsequent to Henderson's death and the fight in Osato's office. Barry's "Mountains and Sunset" went beautifully with Freddie Young's Cinematography. This and his score for ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE were the last to contain his best action pieces for the series. These were little snippets here and there written to give the action a little more punch. I thought Sean Connery gave some his best performances as James Bond in this film. Bond's scene with Henderson was very good. His repartee with Moneypenney was one of his best. Sean Connery did return as James Bond in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER but one era had already ended with ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and a new one would begin with his return.
When I first saw DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER I left the theatre slightly shaken and definitely stirred. That was in December 1971. I remember getting the soundtrack album for Christmas. The soundtrack album: that was about the only thing I thought was good about this film, but even that wasn't much consolation for my unsettling reaction to this Bond movie. It just didn't sit quite well with me. Something about DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER seemed very wrong. As I had sat watching the film I kept thinking why is this film going out of its way to be funny? Why were all the villains acting so hokey? It was as if I walked into a Matt Helm movie. Looking back, it was if the filmmakers were making a parody of their own series. The first six Bond films were played straight. If there was any comedy at all it was delivered in a very subtle and sophisticated manner. It was never diverting or done at the expense of the story line. It was always peripheral to the scene and meant to enhance the scene, not be the focus of it. In fact all the humor of the first six Bond films usually emanated from James Bond himself. He frequently threw off paradoxical droll commentaries to accentuate the scene at hand, but always took his job seriously and was dedicated to the bitter end of each assignment. The villains in first six Bond films always played their parts with deadly seriousness lacking any humor from within with the exception of the "bad girls," Pussy Galore, Fiona Volpe and Helga Brandt. Honor Blackman, Luciana Paluzzi and Karin Dor, respectively, played their roles as the female counterpart to the mystique of Connery's Bond. They were never silly as they exuded their cool sexuality with wry aplomb. Given the right time they each would have given Bond his comeuppance without batting an eyelash. Male or female, the villains in first six Bond films were all dangerous and a threat to James Bond not to be taken lightly. The villians in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER with the exception of Joe Robinson as Peter Franks, never present any real threat. They seem to be there for the sole purpose of getting some chuckles like performers in a vaudeville act. Bruce Glover as Mister Wint and Putter Smith as Mister Kidd, Blofeld's henchmen, are not even pale shadows to Robert Shaw's Red Grant, Harold Sakata's Oddjob, Philip Locke's Vargas or Yuri Borienko's Gruenther. Blofeld's "front man" Burt Saxby, played by veteran actor Bruce Cabot, comes to his end in a most ridiculous scene, again just for laughs after he gives a credible performance. Other earlier "front men" such as Guy Doleman as Count Lippe and Teru Shimada as Osato were portrayed believably and disposed of just as believably in THUNDERBALL and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. The preeminent mouthpiece for Blofeld was Ilse Steppat as Irma Bunt in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. She ultimately and tragically murdered James Bond's bride. Blofeld's scientists also can't seem to retain credibility for the entirety of the film. Joseph Furst performance as professor Metz falls completely apart in the final act like some misguided schoolboy. David Healy as the Vandenburg Launch Director is just ludicrous. It's all just supposed to be so very funny. When you think back to DR. NO and the likes of Professor Dent (Anthony Dawson), Mr. Jones - the chauffeur from the airport (Reggie Carter), the "freelance" photographer for the Daily Gleaner (Margaret Le Wars), Miss Taro (Zena Marshall), Sister Rose (Michele Mok) and Sister Lily (Yvonne Shima) the odds were definitely against James Bond. In DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER the villains are a no-show. Almost every scene in this film is either played with a comic slant or is directed as pure hokum. One scene that is played straight is when Bond slaps Tiffany Case across the cheek demanding the identity of her contact after finding the body of Plenty O'Toole in the swimming pool. The fight scene in the elevator between Bond and Peter Franks is also played straightforward until Tiffany Case enters the scene. That's about it. The plot is very confusing and it really doesn't matter because the film does not take itself serious. Many Bond enthusiasts were not pleased with Charles Gray's performance as Blofeld. He was not the same Blofeld we saw, or didn't see in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THUNDERBALL or YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. He was a bit of a dandy and infinitely much more sophisticated than Telly Savalas in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. Given the tone of this film Gray's performance was on target. The continuity of the Blofeld character in this series, which showed signs of crumbling, disintegrated completely in this film. I have never understood why so many critics through the years have stated that this was Sean Connery's best performance as Bond. It looks like he had fun making it, but again he was just going through the motions and delivered a good self-parody of his previous performances of the character. John Barry's score was much more lightweight, not in substance, but in sound. He appropriately reflected the tone of the film. The string and percussion sections are much more prominent here than in earlier Bond films. Actually, it is one of his better Bond scores. It is much lighter than his previous Bond scores, but it is very rich and textured just the same and it is pure James Bond. Ken Adam's designs for the Willard Whyte penthouse and Blofeld's cavernous mud bath lair were familiar and welcome additions from the man who helped set the visual style for the series. The Whyte penthouse is actually among the best set designs from the series. It is pure Bond. This film is what changed the entire coarse of the series and was actually the vanguard for the Roger Moore's Bond and in a similar way George Lazenby and ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE made way for other actors to portray James Bond all the way up to Daniel Craig and beyond.