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The World Is Not Enough (Special Edition) (1999)

Pierce Brosnan , Sophie Marceau , Michael Apted  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (578 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Bruce Feirstein, Ian Fleming, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
  • Producers: Anthony Waye, Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (578 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305784922
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The World Is Not Enough (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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  • The Making of The World Is Not Enough Documentary
  • The Secrets of 007: Featuring Alternate Video Options
  • The World Is Not Enough Music Video by Garbage
  • Collectible Booklet

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1999 - MGM - The World Is Not Enough - Special Edition DVD - Widescreen - Stars: Pierce Brosnan / Sophie Marceau / Robert Carlyle / Denise Richards / Robbie Coltrane / Judi Dench - Director: Michael Apted - Run Time: 2 Hours 8 Minutes - Widescreen - Special Features - Original Artwork & Liner Notes - Like New - Collectible

In his 19th screen outing, Ian Fleming's superspy is once again caught in the crosshairs of a self-created dilemma: as the longest-running feature-film franchise, James Bond is an annuity his producers want to protect, yet the series' consciously formulaic approach frustrates any real element of surprise beyond the rote application of plot twists or jump cuts to shake up the audience. This time out, credit 007's caretakers for making some visible attempts to invest their principal characters with darker motives--and blame them for squandering The World Is Not Enough's initial promise by the final reel.

By now, Bond pictures are as elegantly formal as a Bach chorale, and this one opens on an unusually powerful note. A stunning pre-title sequence reaches beyond mere pyrotechnics to introduce key plot elements as the action leaps from Bilbao to London. Bond 5.0, Pierce Brosnan, undercuts his usually suave persona with a darker, more brutal edge largely absent since Sean Connery departed. Equally tantalizing are our initial glimpses of Bond's nemesis du jour, Renard (Robert Carlyle), and imminent love interest, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), both atypically complex characters cast with seemingly shrewd choices, and directed by the capable Michael Apted. The story's focus on post-Soviet geopolitics likewise starts off on a savvy note, before being overtaken by increasingly Byzantine plot twists, hidden motives, and reversals of loyalty superheated by relentless (if intermittently perfunctory) action sequences.

Indeed, the procession of perils plays like a greatest hits medley, save for a nifty sequence involving airborne buzz saws that's as enjoyable as it is preposterous. Bond's grimmer demeanor, while preferable to the smirk that eventually swallowed Roger Moore whole, proves wearying, unrelieved by any true wit. The underlying psychoses that propel Renard and Elektra eventually unravel into unconvincing melodrama, while Bond is supplied with a secondary love object, Denise Richards, who's even more improbable as a nuclear physicist. Ultimately, this World is not enough despite its better intentions. --Sam Sutherland

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111 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless This Movie April 29, 2000
By Dave
"Goldeneye" was great. "Tomorrow Never Dies" was good. "The World Is Not Enough" was excellent. Pierce Brosnan, no matter what cranky critics say, is a fantastic Bond, who is sort of like a melting pot of the past actor's best attributes. Connery's vicious edge, Moore's amusing wit, and Dalton's brutality. Another thing that makes Brosnan a keeper is that, like Connery and Moore, he has fun with Bond. Dalton and Lazenby made the mistake of taking this as a serious acting job. It isn't. TWINE does have a great script which is understandable (I guess a lot of people who complained just weren't attentive, since very few modern movies require that.) Renard may have been a lame bad guy, but Carlisle did play him well and believably - isn't that all that counts? Denise Richards, however laughable she was as Christmas Jones, did well with her material. And, the way I look at it, she wasn't evne the main Bond woman this time around. Sophie Marceau is perhaps one of the sexiest Bond women ever to grace the silver screen. There was no doubt that she was the perfect choice for Elektra King, playing the good-girl gone bad to a tee. I hope she is more visible in future years.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God, it has a plot! April 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I think right now, the 007 dynasty is damned-if-they-do and damned-if-they-don't. It seems every time they try to do something a little bit edgy or different from the usual formula, they get castigated by millions of viewers crying, "This is not we expected!", while the more formulaic films get lambasted for containing "all the usual lame gadgets and contrived stunts". Personally, I love it when the creators try to depart from the norm, and TWINE is one of the best examples of this. To begin with, it actually has a plot! I agree, it's not the best plot I've ever seen, but in Bond films the plot does not have to be airtight, and at least there is more to this one than the stupid action-driven premise of TND. Brosnan is seriously trying to portray 007 as a real person, rather than the suave superhero parody that Moore was trying to be. Carlyle is great as the new millenium's Jaws, although he is seriously underused. The action is not non-stop, but when it comes it is breathtakingly done. Come on, admit it - you never expected that second parafoil to open up, did you? Overall, I'd say this is the fifth best James Bond ever, much better than TND and leagues ahead of anything Moore or Dalton ever did. Just for comparison, my all-time favourite is Goldfinger, followed by FRWL, OHMSS, and Goldeneye.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is definitly the best of the new bond films. Pierce Brosnan is aproaching Connery like proportions with this film. If youre into bond films, heck, even if your'e not, this is a must see. Plus, the special features on the DVD are great.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger and Better! May 21, 2000
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Here's a Bond film that deserves to be ranked among the best in the series. Along with the usual Bond formula of high tech gadgets, one-liners, and of course, the Bond girl(s), this latest installment also provides a story with a different twist. Throw in a combination of mind games, an unusual villain, exotic locales, and amazing stunts and you get an explosive, testosterone driven, eye-candy, action-packed thriller with a dash of high quality performances. One sequence in particular is the high adrenaline boat chase along the Thames River that takes place very early in the movie. Cool stuff!
The story delves much deeper into the psyche of James Bond than previous 007 flicks. Pierce Brosnan plays a much darker and vulnerable 007 in his third run as the British super agent spy James Bond. The World Is Not Enough also showcases the acting talents of Dame Judi Dench (who plays M) and Sophie Marceau as well as many others. John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, also plays a role in the movie as the heir apparent to Q. Every character played a larger role in this movie, in which, there were times when I felt James Bond was a supporting character rather than a leading one. There is definitely no shortage of star power in this movie.
A few things I didn't like about this movie (just my personal opinion mind you) were the opening Bond song, the paraglider-ski sequence, and the miniature scaled models. Yuck! Still though, this latest 007 thriller gives a good ride! Humor, international intrigue, and plenty of action. This is a James Bond of the 21st Century and I hope Pierce Brosnan sticks around to do many more like this one!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Waqar
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The movie starts with a good action and stunt, but not strong enough enough to nock your socks of. As compared to this bond movies, the previous two bond movies started with a great stunt. The main villian Renard was good. But he dosn't looks strong, rather he looks like some confused thief. The movie has a good story line and a cool suspense theam. But as the story progress, you might feel it like a emotional movie rather than a typical bond one. The reason Bond gets emotional with Elektra King(sopphie Marceau) as he was getting involved with her to save her. The Bond girls are cool. The reason for giving this movie a 4 star is it has some action scences and thrills that adds this one to a good entertaining movie list. If you are a fan of bond movies or a movie collector and wanted to buy this movie on video. Then you must go for a DVD as its contain some great cool extra stuff that you want find in a VHS.
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Published 1 month ago by Sam W Beitz
3.0 out of 5 stars (BLU RAY REVIEW) Brosnan is not enough either
After 2 films with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, both he and I had settled in. He added a nice sophistication to the role while keeping a mean streak coexisting with some humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Oleson
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Published 2 months ago by Alessandro Comunian V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this bond movie Pierce is so intense.
Published 3 months ago by Olivevee Gantt
5.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoyed the Pierce Brosnan Bond Films
Bond, James Bond, you never get tired of watching these films, I truly enjoyed the Pierce Brosnan Bond Films. I will get my money's worth out of this DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough!
This is enough!
Published 3 months ago by Glenn R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent movie, is identical to the images published, and the quality is very good. I recommend them 100%. Meets all of the specifications described in the publication.
Published 4 months ago by LAURO LENIN MACAS BLACIO
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
All James Bond movies are highly watchable no matter how many times they are viewed. One cannot fathom these movies have given to so many over the years
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