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From Russia with Love [Blu-ray] (2012)

Sean Connery , Daniela Bianchi , Terence Young  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Russian, Turkish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox/MGM
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQO3WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "From Russia with Love [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Terence Young and members of the cast and crew
  • 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

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Sean Connery returns as James Bond in this thrill-a-minute adventure featuring remarkable villains, beautiful women and exotic locales! This time, Bond squares off against the evil SPECTRE organization in a race to seize a Soviet decoding machine, thrusting him into a thrilling boat chase, a brutal helicopter attack and a deadly brawl aboard the Orient Express.

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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come For The Movie, Stay For The Extras December 1, 2000
Format:DVD
From Russia With Love, the second James Bond film, is one of the best (in my view, second only to Goldfinger). Unlike the later films in the series, From Russia With Love is extremely faithful to the Ian Fleming novel with only slight variations on the story. In order to obtain a Russian decoding machine, 007 must travel to Istanbul, Turkey to aid a beautiful Russian defector ... even though he and the British Secret Service know it's probably a trap. But unbeknownst to Bond SPECTRE is playing the Russians and the British against each other. This is the most realistic of the Bond films with a story that could probably happen in the real world of espionage. The film does contain a gadget -- a trick briefcase (also in the Fleming novel) that contains throwing knives, ammunition, a folding sniper's rifle, 50 gold sovereigns and a tear gas cartridge that explodes when the case is opened improperly. The film, however, takes a very realistic approach to the story with none of the cartoon antics present in many of the later Bonds.

Terence Young, who also helmed Dr. No and Thunderball, does an outstanding job of directing. He makes wonderful use of the locations, especially in Istanbul. As with his other two Bond efforts, Young eschews a cartoon approach to the action in favor of a more brutal, realistic approach. And unlike many later Bond directors, Young concentrates on developing characters, making them real people with real emotions. The audience feels for the characters emotionally -- something unheard of with the cardboard cutout characters of the later films.

Peter Hunt's editing is a marvel. The action scenes are tightly edited and the film's pacing and continuity are flawless. In addition, the DVD documentary shows just how much Hunt helped shape the final project.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Bond Film November 15, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
I am a James Bond purist. I've seen each James Bond movie (except Quantum of Solace) at least twice, and own all of the Special Edition DVDs from 2002. I have come to the conclusion that this is the best of the Bond films.

I've read several of the James Bond novels, and I believe that starting with Goldfinger, the film series began to rely too heavily on gadgets and other things that distracted from the plot. This and Dr. No are the most faithful to the novel series, and they also have the best production values. FRWL is the better of the two.

Since I already own all of the films on DVD from 2002, I was reluctant to re-purchase them when they were released as "Ultimate Edition" DVDs a couple years ago. I wound up not re-purchasing them, and I'm glad I didn't. I just bought Dr. No and FRWL on Blu-ray, which feature better picture and sound quality than the DVDs, and also have better extras. I highly reccommend picking this (and Dr. No) up on Blu-ray!Dr. No (James Bond) [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the greatest in the James Bond series March 7, 2003
Format:DVD
Most James Bond fans have their personal favorites among all the films in this forty-year series: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is mine. In many ways, this was actually the first film with the full James Bond formula in tact. DR. NO was enjoyable, but Sean Connery's Bond was very different in that film than in the subsequent films. In DR. NO, Bond was a serious, unironic, humorless secret agent, very much like the character in the Ian Fleming novels. In FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Bond departed from the character in the novels, and became witty, ironic, and very much tongue-in-cheek. In short, he became the Bond we all know and love. This is also the first film in which Desmond Llewelyn appeared as Q, who went on to play in all the remaining films (excepting Sean Connery's comeback with a different studio). Q provides Bond with his trick attaché case, the first of the many gimmicks we associate with Bond. The story is a great improvement as well. On top of this, the villains in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE represented a huge leap forward from DR. NO. In the list of the great Bond villains, both Robert Shaw's Donald 'Red' Grant and cabaret legend Lotte Lenya's Rosa Klebb rank near the top. Shaw comes across less as a human being than a highly programmed cyborg, and Lenya's sadistic turn as a poisoned-knife-in-shoe harpy has been often imitated.
The setting for the film, Istanbul, is one of the best in the entire series. It perfect set the international tone for all subsequent Bond films. The city is used as a perfect backdrop for much of the film. Among all the other distinctions of this film, it also belongs on the short list of the great train films, with much of the film taking place on the train that travels along the route of the former Orient Express.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest film adaptation of Bond. August 27, 2006
Format:DVD
Not only is "From Russia With Love" the best James Bond film ever made, it is undoubtedly one of the finest spy films ever made, period. FRWL also was the last time that Bond appeared deadly serious throughout most of the film until the late 80's Timothy Dalton incarnation, which does not hold a candle to Connery's "sophisticated assasin" take on the character. Some fans who rate "Goldfinger" higher are probably more impressed with Gert Frobe than anything else, because Goldfinger is the one Bond film that has aged worse than almost any other from the 60's. The Cold-War tension and realism in "From Russia With Love", along with Connery at his absolute coolest and the inimatable Robert Shaw as a truly cold-blooded enemy agent, as well as the lack of stupid plotlines and cartoonish gadgetry, make this the quintessential spy movie of the 60's. Bravo.
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About this movie's last scene
I wonder about that too. Another point of interest to me... in the Venice scene you are mentioning, will they "fix" or repair the jump cut edit that removed Sean Commery's line.."another great performance" as he looks at the movie film taken by the Russian spys then tosses... Read More
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