There have been a number of reviews and they cover ever aspect of these excellent movies so I will try not to repeat what has been covered multiple times. There is one subject that I did not notice and which is a primary issue with me - Subtitles.
My hearing has lost its ability to clearly understand some of the higher frequencies such as some voices of females and on occasion a high pitched male. Without subtitles I cannot thoroughly enjoy a movie since I can understand only parts of the dialog. This Bond series does provide subtitles in English. When I played the first disc, Dr No, I thought that only Spanish was available but that is not the case. If you want subtitles in English and did not find them here is what I did:
1. Wait for the opening comments to play and get to the page that has "Initiate Mission" highlighted.
2. Go up past "Special Features" and click on "Language Description".
3. This will lead you to a page with Audio & Subtitle. If you click on Audio it will tell you that it is English.
4. Click on Subtitle. You will see "Spanish" & "None". Since I did not want either one I went back to "Initiate Mission" and watched Dr No without subtitles.
5. Next, I chose From Russia With Love and when I got to the "Spanish" or" None" I could not believe there were no English subtitles again. So, I just instinctively scrolled up and Voila! English subtitles.
Maybe no one else has had this problem but just in case you want subtitles in English and did not find them I hope my experience is a bit helpful.
on December 27, 2014
My husband and I have been saving up for this collection as we are both fans of James Bond. The movies are great and we are working our way through watching all of them in order of release. The case however, while it looks very nice the card board backings are apparently very fragile. The discs are difficult to pull out of them and don't seem very protected, I see them getting scratched very easily but in and out of the case frequently. I was trying to pull one of the discs out and the pages (which are two pages glued together to create the front and back) came apart. Now the discs on those pages are loose and slide out.
5 stars for the movies, 2 stars for the casing.
on September 12, 2013
You'll be glad to hear that nearly all of the bonus content from the previously released DVDs and Blu-rays has been ported over here. (See individual titles for details; with the exception of Casino Royale, the discs in the box set are the same as the individual releases.) In total, it amounts to over 120 hours of audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, retrospective documentaries, and in-depth interviews. There is just so much content here it would be hard to know what to do with all of it.
One thing you won't get with this release is a "Mission Control" DVD, this wasnt a big deal and you wont miss it. Also Inside: Die Another Day documentary by Charles de Lauzirika. Oh and the Casino Royale disc included here mixes material from the original Blu-ray and the 2008 re-release. Included are Deleted Scenes, The Road to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming's Incredible Creation, James Bond in the Bahamas, Ian Fleming: Secret Road to Paradise, Death in Venice, Becoming Bond, James Bond for Real, and Chris Cornell Music Video. Unfortunately, we lose the forty-minute Bond Girls Are Forever and four featurettes--Chasing A Plane: From Storyboard to Screen, The Art of the Freerun, Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase, and Filmmaker Profiles.
The set also contains an exclusive bonus disc, but there's not much of substance on it:
World of Bond: Title Sequences (1080p, 1:02:32): You can watch the title sequences in a row!
World of Bond: Gadgets (1080p, 3:03): A montage of Bond's most memorable gadgetry.
World of Bond: Villains (1080p, 2:22): A quick introduction to all of Bond's antagonists.
World of Bond: Bond Girls (1080p, 1:24): Probably the most watched montage of them all.
World of Bond: Locations (1080p, 1:40): A quick tour through the exotic locales featured in the Bond franchise.
World of Bond: Bond in Motion (1080p, 1:43): All of Bond's vehicles through the years.
Skyfall Videoblogs (1080p, 10:51): A collection of hype-building promo material for the upcoming Bond film. Includes Skyfall: Behind the Scenes, Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Production Update from Shanghai, Dennis Gassner Takes Us Inside the Look of Skyfall, and Jany Temime on Dressing 007 for Action.
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style (1080p, 4:01): Curator Bronwyn Cosgrave guides us through a retrospective exhibition looking at all 23 Bond films from a all-around design perspective, from architecture to costumes and props. Here you'll see models, set sketches, and an up-close look at the famous golden gun.
Being Bond (1080p, 3:08): Each of the six Bond actors say a few words about playing the iconic role. Sourced from vintage interviews.
I really like the dvd case arrangement but it certainly isn't for everybody. inside of the set are two books. a) 1962-1981 and b) 1983-2012. The pages on the left feature promo images and stills, while the right pages hold two discs each. The discs glide in and out easily and do not seem to impart scratches on discs.
Overall I would say that this is a perfect set for a bond fan. You can always nitpick but it is nice to see a franchise be well supported.
on January 22, 2014
The Blue-ray discs and contents were great, but the album holder, the albums themselves, and disc holders within the albums, that were shipped with the discs are a disappointment. The album holder came unglued during shipment (this was not the box used for shipment) and the actual disk album pages (that hold the individual discs within the albums) have fallen apart. As a result, the discs are not being protected when stored and they have/can slip-out of the album. It appears that the binding glue used to assemble the two albums either partially dried before the albums were assembled or the glue used was not suitable for binding the albums or the pages within the binders.
on December 5, 2013
This set is absolutely a MUST HAVE if you are a James Bond fan. It features every James Bond film from Dr. No to Skyfall (Yes, it DOES come with Skyfall now and not just an empty slot) and almost every extra feature from the individual discs is located on a bonus disc filled with extra features. It also includes "Being Bond" where all six James Bond actors give their thoughts on playing one of the most iconic action heroes in film history.
The case itself is the definition of CLASS. The discs come in two books, 1962-1982 and 1983-2012. Inside the books the discs are placed is sleeves with the year each film came out and the Bond girl from each film directly next to the disc. The presentation of this set is nearly unmatched and other franchises should take note. The books that the discs come housed in also have some great photos for each era of Bond and the actor who portrayed him.
If you are even a slight fan of James Bond, spy films, action films or just movies in general then you cannot go wrong buy purchasing this set.
on December 2, 2013
Before I begin this quick review I just want to point out that I am 25 years old and I live in the US. So this review is more for the younger crowd that is interested in maybe broadening their horizens into the Bond universe and wondering if this purchase is worth it or not.
The answer is YES, it is worth every penny. I was 18 when Casino Royale came out. Familiar with Bond, only by watching Pierce Brosnan in the role, Casino Royale blew me away and I really wanted to explore the world of Bond. At that time they had released all 20 Bond films on DVD for the first time. This was my first time sitting down and watching any Bond movie pre 1995.
Needless to say, I loved the movies. I am not going to sit here and review each film individually but I did want to touch base on a few. First off, there are no BAD movies in the Bond Franchise. For 23 movies, and 50 years, that says a lot. You may find yourself laughing at MOONRAKER, but at the time Star Wars, Alien and 2001 had recently been released so Bond was simply trying to compete and try something different. It failed, but ultimately it is still a unique Bond movie and one not to miss none the less. Sean Connery without a doubt is one of the most Bad Ass Bonds. If you like Daniel Craig now, you should love Connery. Connery's movies would be my favorite with the exception of Diamonds Are Forever. One of my favorite Bond movies includes ON HER MAJESTY's SECRET SERVICE, which we see George Lazenby take on the Bond character only once. I think this is one of the better Bond films as it goes a lot more into who Bond really is, and I would relate this to Skyfall. The Roger Moore movies get a little more crazy, as Roger brought a little more comedy to the role. With constant cheesy one liners and girl after girl, Roger just brought a different element to the character of Bond. His reign as bond though I would say is my least favorite. Although Timothy Dalton had a short run, he is one of my favorite Bonds as well. LICENSE TO KILL is one of my personal favorites however it is ranked low to other fans. And Obviously there is Pierce Brosnan, who's only real stand out to me was Goldeneye.
One of the greatest elements and to me what delivers some of the magic that has kept this franchise alive for 50 years is the soundtrack/score. As you probably well know, there is a new song and intro for every Bond movie. It typically starts off with an action sequence anywhere from 10-15 minutes, and then goes into the theme song for the movie while the opening credits roll. As a Bond fan, I not only anticipate a new movie, but I also can not wait to see who will be singing the new music for it as well. The music for the Bond franchise is like no other.
This collection is well worth the purchase price for people of all ages. Whether you are like me and looking to see Bond for the first time or just a big fan of the series, there is never a better opportunity to see Bond like you have never seen him before. The picture is flawless on each release, with Dr. No looking like it was released in the 90's instead of 50 years ago. This set comes with my highest recommendation, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
on January 30, 2014
As a child I watched every Bond movie made, as an adult I really couldn't fit my schedule- they don't go prime time anymore.
To be able to watch all of them again on my free time and in Blu-ray is exciting.
Obviously this set is using my childhood memories and I can definitely live without it- but it's a nice thing to have at home especially if you're a movie lover and a Bond lover specifically.
So why just 4 stars? Because the outer box lid which was glued got loose and tore the second I touched it (two booklets containing the discs are in an outer shell).
Not enough to make me sad but I expect more so I took that one star off.