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You Only Live Twice (Special Edition) (1967)

Sean Connery , Akiko Wakabayashi , Lewis Gilbert  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba, Teru Shimada
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Harold Jack Bloom, Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Stanley Sopel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W9CE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You Only Live Twice (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary featuring Director Lewis Gilbert and members of the Cast and Crew
  • Inside You Only Live Twice Documentary
  • Silhouettes - The James Bond Titles Documentary
  • Animated Storyboard Sequence
  • Radio Spots

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Japan, Mr Bond... August 22, 2007
Ah, it is a tough call, trying to rate a movie as fun as this. Holding such an iconic status as it does, how do you keep your bias in check and look at the movie without those nostalgic rose coloured specs?
As witness for the defence, I would like to call Ken Adams - creator of the 1 million dollar volcano set, this action sequence at the end of the movie set a standard for Bond movies for a very long time... so much so that it is recreated in different guises in `The Spy who loved me', and `Moonraker'. It is certainly the most spectacular set and largest scale action sequence in a Bond movie yet.
Next witness - Sean Connery - yes, he seems a little more weary in the role than he did in Thunderball, but while not at his peak, he is still fit and charming enough to be the definitive James Bond (at least when not wearing insanely unconvincing Japanese prosthetics).
John Barry - who produces another great and imaginative score here, one of the last to sound truly original.
And then I call Little Nellie - the signature gadget for the film, a weapon loaded gyrocopter, is a great success, not just for the aerial action sequence, but also for getting `Q' out of the office and into the field for a change!

But then comes the witnesses for the prosecution... If I call Blofeld to the stand, then you will find what at first appears to be brilliant casting, turns out to be too little too late in the movie. Donald Pleasance as just the right creepiness for the role, but never truly brings the character to life, and demasking Blofeld only seems to tarnish some of the mythos that had been built up around him.
The same holds true if I call Bond's ladies to the stand. Helga Brandt may have a healthy chest, but is a pale pale imitation of the evil Fiona Volpe from Thunderball.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAMES BONDs Dichotomy of Styles East meets West January 5, 2007
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 unentertaining. It 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. Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't understand why others have problems with it. December 12, 1999
By Cheated
Format:VHS Tape
I love this picture. The previous reviewers had problems with it. It has everything a Bond picture should have. The scenery is magnificent, the gadgets are up to standard, the production quality is as good as the previous Bond efforts, the villain is a typical jerk, and the title song sung by Nancy Sinatra is the best I've ever heard in a Bond picture.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling bond thriller from 1967, set in Japan March 18, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
After James Bond (Sean Connery) has participated in faking his own murder in Hong Kong, to give him "more elbow room" in the words of his superior, M (Bernard Lee), he is dispatched to Japan to investigate the mysterious disappearance of both American and Soviet space crafts which threatens to spark World War III.

Working together with Japanese secret service leader Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba), he meets beautiful Japanese agent Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), who helps Bond through several close shaves.
Working with a Japanese Secret Service Ninja force, he locates the sabotage to the shadowy organization SPECTRE, led by the sinister Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).
After Aki is murdered by SPECTRE agents (She dies after ingesting poison dropped into the bed she shares with Bond), Bond teams up, in a faked marriage with the attractive Kissy Suzuki Mie Hama).
Together with the Ninja force they penetrate Blofeld's massive headquarters, hidden in a volcano, where the final battle ensues.
Before Blofeld tries to kill Bond, he reminds him "You Only Live Twice", referring to his earlier faked death.
The chemistry between Bond and the exquisite Aki is perfect, and in the scene where a marriage is proposed and Bond thinks it is Aki, Aki's face lights up.
No less stunning is Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki, an expert swimmer and fighter, and one of the sexiest Bond girl ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars connery fan
This one is a great one to get if you like connery as bond. my father and i like these ones.
Published 14 days ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
1.0 out of 5 stars Greyish colors on Blu-Ray
I hated the somber, lackluster colors on "You Only Live Twice" Blu-Ray. Compared to the DVD, the grass and trees look "greyish green", not the way I can see it in real world.
Published 1 month ago by Alencar B. P. Fh
5.0 out of 5 stars You Only Live Twice
Published 1 month ago by azannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best of the Blofeld trilogy
Connery rocks it again in You Only Live Twice, the first bond film I ever saw, and my personal number 6 of the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WobbuffetLuvr64
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond in Japan
One of the best Connery Bond films. Urbane, witty, grand adventure. 007, Japanese beauties, great Asian scenery, fine score, script by Roald Dahl, ninjas and more. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Camera newbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish list
My sister collects James Bond DVD's & books. This was one of the few she did not have & was happy to receive it.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Turcotte
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 007 Sean Connery
I've seen them all, but Sean Connery is the best 007 hands down no doubt about it. No other actor comes close to portraying what and who Bond is all about.
Published 3 months ago by Ceasar
5.0 out of 5 stars good
the is a great way to get the movie of 007 if you like to watch and you will enjoy your self
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Poll
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond
Classic and it doesn't get any better than this. Watch them over and over again.
Not hi-tech like new movies, but gadgets are great
Published 3 months ago by david aldhizer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
If you are a James Bond fan, this is another one of the good movies. This was a nice addition to our collection.
Published 4 months ago by Mishell Magnusson
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