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Die Another Day [Blu-ray]
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The remaining special features are divided into three groups. Declassified: MI6 Vault collects about two hours of behind-the-scenes material, presented in widescreen standard definition and covering the opening surfing sequence; the scenes set in North Korea and Cuba (including Halle Berry's bikini tribute to Ursula Andress); the ice palace; post-production elements such as computer graphics, editing, and music; the car battle (finding strong ice was the key safety issue); and the passing of the "Q" torch from Desmond Llewellyn to John Cleese: "From Script to Screen" (51:40), "Shaken and Stirred on Ice" (23:35), "Just Another Day" (22:39, covers a day of shooting the parachute landing in London), and "The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London" (3:32), "On Location with Production Designer Peter Lamont" (13:51, production designer shooting frozen scenes in Iceland and Alaska, Cuba). 007 Mission Control jumps to clips from the film for Bond (including signature lines), girls, allies, and villains, the action sequences, and the gadgets, plus a location featurette. Mission Combat Manual jumps to action sequences, and "Q Branch" to the gadgets, but "Exotic Locations" is a three-minute overview of locations narrated by Samantha Bonney. The image database collects cast portraits, special photo shoots, sets & locations, stunts & special effects, and vehicles & gadgets. --David Horiuchi
- Audio commentary with actors Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
- Audio commentary with director Lee Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson
- MI6 Datastream Trivia Track
- From script to screen
- Shaken and Stirred on Ice featurette
- Just Another Day featurette
- The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London featurette
- On location with production designer Peter Lamont featurette
- 007 Mission Control interactive guide into the world of Die Another Day
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Nearly every previous Bond classic is represented here: there is, of course, the acknowledged nod of the head to Dr. No and the famous bikini sequence. But you don't have to look very hard to see many other references. There are depressuring fights on a plane ("Goldfinger"), a great car chase on ice sequence ("The Living Daylights"), Bond leaving the service as a rogue ("License to Kill"), diamond weapon in the sky ("Diamonds are Forever"), the list goes on and on (I would even venture to say there is a tribute of sorts to the foolishness that went on during Roger Moore's Bond days; the unbelievable wind surfing stunt Bond pulls about halfway through is exactly the sort of silliness that Moore did all the time).
Cynics might say this is true of any Bond film nowadays; they are so derivative they resort to stealing from themselves. But I don't think that's the case here. It's pretty clear the writers knew what they were doing when John Cleese even quotes some of the great "Q" lines from the past in his excellent sequence where he provides Bond his new Aston Martin (and now we've come full circle there as well, returning to the car that made Bond famous).
I'm not a big Halle Berry fan, but she's very good here. More to the point are the villians. Toby Stephens and Rick Yune are terrific, as so is Pierce, who ironically is hitting his stride and seems totally comfortable in a role he's soon to give up.
If you've enjoyed the great Bond movies in the past, you're sure to appreciate this one. Even those new to Bond should have fun with the action and adventure.
Brosnan is at his best as agent 007, John Cleese appears to be a worthy successor to the role of Q (made famous by the beloved Desmond Llewelyn...who will forever be missed), Judi Dench and Samantha Bond have by now firmly rooted themselves as the perfect choices to bring the characters of M and Money Penny into the new millennium, and lets not forget the ever important "icy" villains and ever alluring women that complete the tried and true formula that is the classic Bond film!
Throw in a wonderful title song performed by Madonna, another amazing score by composer David Arnold, delightful references to the Bond films of the past, and what you get is simply the best Bond movie to be released in nearly 20 years!
"Die Another Day" is everything that 007 fans have come to expect, and just goes to show that when it comes to pulse-pounding action and adventure, beautiful women and fiendishly diabolical villains...nobody does it better...than the one and only Bond...James Bond!!
ONE OF THE BEST BOND FILMS EVER-Chicago Sun-Times
This movie is really good.It has action and alot of excitement.This James Bond movie is good. Anybody a fan of it, should see it RIGHT NOW!
The 2.40:1 anamorphic image transfer is a wonder to behold. The overall aesthetic is pristine, appearing smooth and lifelike throughout. The opeining sequence boasts an intentoinally cold and subdued color palette, consising of cooll,bluish tones that are nicely contrasted by the warm, vibrant hue evident later in the film. The picture conveys a commendable level of detail with a soothing touch of film grain that adds significantly to the film-like appearance. The only distraction is a noticeable amount of edge enhancement. While easily detectable,its presence is never bothersome enough to detrack from the sheer splendor of this winning transfer.
Attention audio fanatics:prepare to be dazzled. The outstanding Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks both feature 6.1 matrix processing,allowing those with rear surround capability the option to become completely immersed in audio nirvana. Being able to apply this technology, I was amazed by the robust energy generated from the rear soundfield. I did feel,however,that the format is underplayed a bit. While the rear speaker certainly helps tighten the sense of 360-degree imaging,I felt as if the sound designers were somewhat reserved in fully utilizing the back surround speaker. Nevertheless,this is an insignificant gripe for what is otherwise a supreme soundtrack. Whil the Dolby Digital EX track is excellent, the DTS-ES reigns superior with a more neutral high end,warmer mid-range and tighter,deeper bass.Read more ›
This film has a fantastic story line to me. Bond is captured, traded back to MI6 but because the organization feels he may have been compromised, he is forced to escape and become a rouge agent of sorts. There are a lot of twists and turns and things that I did not expect happening and to me that is what good Bond is about. There is a fencing scene that is very well performed. To me this is one of the great Bond scenes out of all the films. I really enjoyed it.
Now for the overuse of CGI...really not a problem in my opinion. Nothing looks fake to me, this just looks like the Bond of the future. This whole series has been built on the outlandish and impossible so I feel it is right at home here. Nothing that takes away from the movie.
Product placement. A lot of people have complained about the product placement in this movie but I honestly think that is because 1 fanatic recognized it and then spread the word. As the normal viewer I watched this movie many times without noticing the placement advertising. Only after someone mentioned it on a forum did I go back and look for it and see it for myself.
There is beautiful scenery going on in this film, as there is in all Bond films. But this is exceptional. Very polished, a great variety of landscapes, visually pleasing all around. Plus, that new technology everyone disliked?Read more ›
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I prefer the older Bond films but this is still entertaining as heck. The Pierce B. Bond flicks are also a great introduction to the character for younger viewers.Published 7 days ago by J. Kelleher
I like the James Bond movies. After searching thru my collection of DVD's though, I realized I don't have any of 007's. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Joseph C.
I did enjoy this movie while I do think it is the worst of the pierce brosnan movies it tends to get a lot of hate but its a okay moviePublished 26 days ago by reflexpro
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Region A: Americas; East and Southeast Asia; U.S. territories; Bermuda.
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