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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2000
Bond Set 3 and Never Say Never Again DVD Problems The Bond Volume 3 has "The Living Daylights" and "Octopussy" on recall. For those that got it early call MGM at 1-877-646-4968 1-877-MGM-4YOU Email MGM 4you@mgm.com Attn: Carrie Smith and she will send you the UPS label and information about shipping them back to MGM in Santa Monica, CA. Include your name, address, phone number and where you purchased them at. O.K. folks A lot of questions have come up regarding the flawed bond DVD's. I will try an re-cap the information with specific flaws so that you know if your copy is one of them. The DVD's in question are Never Say Never Again, Octopussy, and The Living Dayligts. As of right now all of these DVD's are missing elements of the movie. Never Say Never Again (Missing scene) Towards the end of Chapter 19 Bond has the bouncer hold the cigar case in the closet. Chapter 20 Bond is walking and ready to sit down and play largo in the video game. There is scene between these two that shows bond after leaving the bouncer in the closet he walks around the casino and drops the bouncers gun in an ice bucket, then he sees Domino playing video games and says his famous line"My Name Is Bond, James Bond". Then Bond and Domino sit down and have drinks. After that largo comes over. This entire scene is missing. The Living Daylights (Subtitles Missing) The subtitles that are missing are NOT the ones that can be selected with your DVD players, such as Spanish, French or German. The sub-titles that are missing are the ones that are a part of the actual movie in order to let you know whats going on such as a location("Bratislava") or a time frame ("6 Months later"). This has nothing to do with the spoken language, however it has a lot to do with the story line of the movie. After the opening titles and just before the concert a subtitle that depicts the location of the scene should appear "Bratislava". It is missing. Also missing after Koskov is sent throught the pipe, Bond's female frind rezips her jumpsuit and tells the surpervisor "I am not that kind of woman"
Octopussy (Subtitles Missing) After the opening "East Berlin" is shwon as the location. This is missing Also early in the movie Bond is fighting one of the bad guys and throws him on a bed of nails. There is an indian man that was previously laying on the bed and yells in hindi,(I believe) at this time the subtitles are "Get off my bed". These subtitles are also missing. later on in the movie another shot showing a different location your suppose to get a subtitles that says "Kremlin Depositary". This is also missing. I am sure these are not all of them, however there are enough in here to let you know if your DVD is flawed or not.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 24, 2000
Another great job by the folks at MGM! Not only do we get 6 James Bond movies, but we get 6 DVD's loaded with tons of extra goodies. Most Bond fans are probably familiar with the films themselves, so I'll comment mostly on the extra features.
Each individual film features a highly informative "behind the scenes" documentary which includes interviews with principal film and crew members. Bond fans will be fascinated as the secrets behind many of the series' best known stunts are revealed. For example, there is a riveting sequence on "Inside A View to a Kill" in which stuntmen give us an inside look at how they accomplished the very dramatic and dangerous leap from the Eiffel Tower. Really good stuff!
In addition to the "behind the scenes" sagas, each disc also features an additional documentary. The topics covered are: Producer Harry Saltzman (on From Russia with Love disc), the brilliant James Bond Title Sequences (You Only Live Twice disc), Producer Cubby Broccoli (Diamonds Are Forever), Set Designer Peter Lamont(Octopussy), Bond Creator Ian Fleming (The Living Daylights) and The Music of James Bond (View to a Kill). Again, I found each documentary to be most enlightening and entertaining. In fact, I'd venture to say these extras alone make this package worthwhile. But, wait there's more....
Each disc includes a feature length audio commentary which consists of interviews with directors, cast and crew. The only dissapointment among the bunch was the commentary of "From Russia with Love" in which commentators seem to ramble endlessly about topics not related to the film.
You'll also get to view numerous trailers for each film. It's really fun to compare the difference in movie advertising from the 60's films to that of the 70's and 80's flicks. Some discs include radio spots, while "The Living Daylights" and "View to a Kill" feature the music videos of their respective title songs. A glossy mini-booklet, complete with color photos accompanies each title. Whew, what a package! If every studio followed MGM's example, the world of DVD would be a much more exciting place.
Just for the heck of it, I'll give my own brief opinion (for what it's worth) of each film.
1)From Russia with Love (5 Stars -- perhaps the best Bond ever)
2)You Only Live Twice (3 1/2 Stars -- Beautiful to look at. However, a bit of a let down after the first four Bond films.)
3)Diamonds Are Forever (3 Stars -- Sean Connery's weakest outing, but it's still a lot of fun)
4)Octopussy (4 Stars -- One of Roger Moore's best)
5)A View to a Kill ( 1 Star -- absolutely awful)
6)Living Daylights (4 Stars -- Great debut by Timothy Dalton)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2000
Finally, the last six James Bond movies have been re-released (or will be re-released rather) on VHS and enhanced DVD. This set includes The Living Daylights, Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. Unfortunately, this set is perhaps the weakest one of the three gift sets. While From Russia With Love is generally regarded as a Bond classic, the other five titles are hit-or-miss (either you'll love it or you'll hate it). The Living Daylights is a great spy story, but some fans hate Dalton's Bond. Similarly, Connery is a fan favorite but YOLT and Diamonds are lackluster to some in terms of his acting ability and plotline. If you're a genuine Bond fan, by all means grab this set, each of these films is worth viewing at least once (and the DVD's throw in great extras, I'm told). Casual fans wanting a guaranteed thrill should just get From Russia with love.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2000
James Bond returns in the third and final wave of the James Bond DVD collection. The only sad thing is that this is the last collection released by MGM/UA. However, we must all thank MGM/UA for producing the 007 Special Edition DVD's, along with Amazon.com for selling them and having information about them. If this collection is anything like the first two collections, then James Bond fans like myself are in for a BIG treat.
Out of this collection includes "From Russia With Love," "You Only Live Twice," "Diamonds Are Forever," "Octopussy," and "A View To A Kill," and "The Living Daylights." I enjoy all of these movies, especially "From Russia With Love" and "Diamonds Are Forever." In fact, I enjoy all of the Bond films included in this collection. These just happen to be a few that I enjoy the most.
Each of the movies are filled with documentaries, original movie trailers, director commentaries, and tons of extra features that really enhance the DVD versions of the 007 films. If you have not yet experienced James Bond 007 on DVD, it's time for you to do so. I've seen all of the movies on VHS, and after watching them on DVD, it gives you a totally new experience. Also on the DVD version of the collection is the Widescreen presentation, filmed in the true widescreen of 2.35:1. It's just like watching the films over again in the theater. I would recommend this collection along with the other two collections for anybody who is looking for Bond the way it should be. I hope you enjoy!
And remember,
James Bond will return!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 5, 2000
So, finally the last of the James Bond movies arrive on DVD. And you get quite a variety, including 3 Sean Connery outings (the last set only had 1 and the first had 2 by Sean). From Russia With Love is the best of the 3. The Bond film made just before Goldfinger gives us a James Bond who's not use to having gadgets around to save his neck every time he gets in a jam. Robert Shaw stands out as the evil henchmen (like Oddjob) working for SPECTRE in is sure to be remembered as one of the greatest train fights in history. You Only Live Twice pits Bond against SPECTRE again, who this time are trying to start WWIII by stealing U.S. and Soviet space vehicles and making it look like the other country is responsible. Bond gets married to a Japanese woman (but only for undercover purposes) and the two track down the secret volcano lair of Blofeld (Austin Powers got many of it's ideas from this bond film including Dr. Evil's face job, taken right from Donald Pleasance's Blofeld here. After You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery decided he'd had enough of playing 007 and decided not to star in the next film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Many diehard Bond fans like myself feel that if he had taken the part, this would have been the most successful Bond film of it's generation. But oddly enough, the producers were able to persuade Sean to come back an do one more Bond, Diamonds Are Forever. It would be the first Bond shot in the 70's, with 007 doing what he does best, mixing it up with the baddies and indulging himself with the ladies. Don't miss the classic fight between him and Bambi and Thumper. Roger Moore's last two 007 films continue this set, beginning with Octopussy, a grand, if not a bit silly, story in which Bond must track down the killer of a fellow double 0 agent as well as woo an seduce the lovely Maude Adams who previously acted in The Man With The Golden Gun (She was killed in that one). The opening sequence is a lot of fun, as Bond flies a small jet plane, cutting through a hanger and making it all the way out before the doors are closed on him as a heat seeking missile flies after him. Moore's last Bond, A View To A Kill, will probably be best known for it's title song, performed by Duran Duran (the most successful Bond song in history). In this outing Bond takes on the microchip world and the baddies, played by a very blonde Christopher Walken along with his henchwoman, Grace Jones are out to keep him from spoiling all the fun. Tanya Roberts (who can now be seen on That 70's Show) plays the 'Bond Girl (just how many times can she scream "James! " in one scene?) with relative ease. And finally, Mr. Timothy Dalton's debut as 007 in, The Living Daylights. What's nice about this one is that Bond only has one love interest which makes it a bit romantic for some, but again a bit disappointing for others who want it the way it's always been. Dalton, takes a very serious tone with the Bond character, a trait that he has often been criticized for (Moore too smarmy, and Brosnan a bit too stiff). All I can say is, nobody does it better than Sean, but please, cut the rest of these fine actor's some slack. Each one gives us a unique perspective of the life of 007. This should be revered, not trampled on. As for special features, this set, like the two earlier one's, is jam packed with audio commentaries, making of's, trailers, music videos and more. My only complaint is that they did not leave a space open for Bond #20 in this collector's box like they did for The World Is Not Enough in the previous set. This means when #20 comes out it will be left out of the set or MGM will release another set to buy all over again. They can say that it's because nothing is definite with Bond #20 but lets face it, we know it's coming and they should have left a space for it. Other than that, this 3rd set is a wonderful edition to the world of 007.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2001
Since the first DVD Collection put in the "must have" Bond films and the second wave yucked it up with mostly Roger Moore, it was a given that this one would be a great set. And what a set it is! -"From Russia With Love": In my opinion, the best you could ever get. Beautiful scenery, beautiful women, great villains, and the memorable gypsy camp and train fight scenes. Connery is at his best with this one. -"You Only Live Twice": A personal favorite of mine. This one takes Bond to Japan. Although Connery's acting shows his growing distest for the role, the film has it's moments. Blofeld is finally seen, Helga Brandt is a great villainess, and the volcano lair is a classic. -"Diamonds Are Forever": Connery's last film is a far cry from his previous five, but it isn't all that bad. It's over the top but doesn't cross the line like Roger Moore did a few times. -"Octopussy": One of Roger Moore's best. The settings are great, Kristina Waybourn as Magda is one of the best Bond girls, and Maud Adams proves she is always welcome as a Bond girl. The film has it's moments though when I'm reminded exactly why I dislike Roger Moore so much. -"A View to a Kill": This is as bad as it gets. At 57 years old Roger Moore decides he should do one last film. The plot is weak, the main Bond girl (Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton) is drab and stupid, and most of the dialouge is stupid. The best part is the villains. Christopher Walkin and Grace Jones make for excellent baddies. Moore still should've retied after "For Your Eyes Only" though. -"The Living Daylights": Timothy Dalton makes a welcome debut as James Bond in this one. After many, many years of Roger Moore's goofball antics, Dalton's hard-edged approach to playing Bond was very welcome. The film ranks as one of the best and is not one to be missed. The DVDs themselves once again feature great special features and menu screens. Definitely check out the "Octopussy" and "Living Daylights" DVDs to see screen tests of Bond hopefuls James Brolin and Sam Neill.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2000
This set is better than the last one, and as someone who owns the previous sets I'm very much anticipating this one. From Russia With Love, although not my personal favorite, is a classic OO7. Octopussy is pretty good itself. Diamonds are Forever is another great one. You Only Live Twice is rather underrated in my opinion. The Living Daylights is also underrated since Timothy Dalton was unlike most Bond's before him, but he still packed a punch when it counted (especially in the action scenes). A View To A Kill, some call it the worst but I don't agree with that, because it's got a great opening sequence. This set can't be as good as the first, not much can since it had three of my favorites For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, and Goldfinger. But every Bond collection is worth getting, the extra features on each are outstanding, even for a Bond film I really never cared for known as Man With The Golden Gun has a great feature about the stunts of the films. The commentaries are usually informative and they are always filled with the insight of the pressure of making a Bond film. The trailers are usually fun to watch because, like a lot of older films, people really didn't know how to make trailers back in the day and they are fun to watch how much the give away and how everyone claims to be the best Bond ever. Each Bond have a descent promotional feature and some of good documentaries on the history of OO7. So I highly recommend these sets for all fans.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2004
With the exception of Diamonds Are Forever, there really hasn't been a Bond that wasn't at least a lot of fun:
THUNDERBALL: Probably Connery's best performance as Bond. This one is "more Bond than Bond" and it works very hard to please and mostly succeeds. The final underwater battle could be trimmed a bit.
OHMSS: Okay, this is the greatest Bond movie ever. It is the only one that could really be called "epic." Sure, the other movies are huge, but this one feels epic. Lazenby is the most physical Bond and in many ways the most likeable. The scene where he loses his wife at the end is one of the best Bond moments ever.
LIVE AND LET DIE: This movie suffers from Diamonds-are-forever syndrome. LALD is big and exotic but it feels static (like DIAMONDS before it). However, Roger Moore's introduction as Bond is funny and sets the tone for his interpretation thereafter. Yaphet Kotto and his henchmen all make terrific villains, too (especially Tee Hee).
VIEW TO A KILL: This is more "classic Bond" than some are willing to admit. It is a lean, no-gadgets movie that is, in the best tradition of Moore, witty, exciting and stylish. It is also the only Bond to film in America (San Francisco) and actually make good use of its American locations. A fine swan song for Roger Moore's 007.
OCTOPUSSY: Very cold war. This movie also dishes up the most bizarre imagery since YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. The beginning gives us a clown being chased by twin knife throwers deep inside the Eastern Bloc. This movie owes more to Indiana Jones than other Bonds and it is a lot of fun for it. Definitely a top notch Bond.
DIE ANOTHER DAY: Brosnan is great as Bond (though he doesn't actually make a likeable Bond). This movie is very huge and there is a lot to like. But owing to its hugeness (and the fact that the Brosnan Bonds no longer have the great creative stable of writers Michael Wilson and Richard Maibaum and director John Glen) it is an uneven movie. The Bonds keep getting bigger but that may not ultimately work in their favor. Still, this movie tries hard and the results are mostly enjoyable.
So ... this isn't a rummage sale of okay Bonds. There's good stuff here. Lots of fun to be had and a collection that is worth the price of admission.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2003
When the dts-remastered versions of all the Bond films come out in 2005 with more features? They're being remastered right now.
Ever wonder why Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough, good DVDs as they are, didn't include deleted/extended/alternate scenes? Probably because they're part of the rereleases.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2003
Anticipating a wonderful boxed set to complete my Bond Collection. I got the first collection for Christmas last year, and now the remaining Bond films will be available. I have really enjoyed the quality of the DVD's -- each entry menu is intriguingly cool and greets you in an interesting new way. The films are very well restored, and when you watch the trailers, you can really tell the difference. Remember that together these films span 40 years!
Although this set of 007 films include some of the less popular ones, I liked Octopussy with it's bad old cold war days plot and locations. Also liked Die Another Day, with it's fresh gadgets. Be warned, though that in this collection Die Another Day probably won't have all the special feautures of the 2 disc version sold by itself. Anyway, it is a good movie -- Brosnan is really "bonding" to his role and Halle Berry is welcome to share the screen anytime! And a View to a Kill is one I haven't seen in a very long time, with Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts and bizzare Christopher Walken. This set will finish the collection with the 7 solid entrants from part 1 (Blue Box), but is generally not as packed as set #2.
Another tip -- MGM/UA is releasing 20 bond films in these sets. But if you want to be thorough, see Sean Connery's finale "Never Say Never Again" (from a Rival Studio) and maybe even get the 007 spoof "Casino Royale". That will finish the entire James Bond collection. Athough many people disparage it, I grabbed Never Say Never for a few bucks at a local mart, and it does have Kim Basinger!!
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