Die Another Day [Blu-ray]
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A traitor is bent on world wide destruction and collapse and only one man stands in his, Bond, James Bond. Pierce Brosnan returns in the twentieth installment of this successful secret agent franchise.
Ported over from the special-edition DVD are the two commentary tracks and the trivia track. The first commentary track is by Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike (who plays villain Miranda Frost). They weren't together at the time, so their comments are spliced into one track. Brosnan has a good time watching and is proud of the film but also doesn't take himself too seriously ("They don't teach you this stuff at drama school: 'OK, now you're going to be electrocuted by the bad guy.'"). Self-proclaimed "Bond novice" Pike also is proud of the film and says she's annoyed by people who question whether there's still a need for Bond. On the second commentary track, director Lee Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson chat about topics as diverse as casting, Bond lore, and product placements. For more Bond lore, don't overlook the "MI6 datastream" trivia track, which offers pop-up tidbits about the filming and tips on the inside jokes.
The remaining special features are divided into three groups. Declassified: MI6 Vault collects about two hours of behind-the-scenes material, presented in widescreen standard definition and covering the opening surfing sequence; the scenes set in North Korea and Cuba (including Halle Berry's bikini tribute to Ursula Andress); the ice palace; post-production elements such as computer graphics, editing, and music; the car battle (finding strong ice was the key safety issue); and the passing of the "Q" torch from Desmond Llewellyn to John Cleese: "From Script to Screen" (51:40), "Shaken and Stirred on Ice" (23:35), "Just Another Day" (22:39, covers a day of shooting the parachute landing in London), and "The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London" (3:32), "On Location with Production Designer Peter Lamont" (13:51, production designer shooting frozen scenes in Iceland and Alaska, Cuba). 007 Mission Control jumps to clips from the film for Bond (including signature lines), girls, allies, and villains, the action sequences, and the gadgets, plus a location featurette. Mission Combat Manual jumps to action sequences, and "Q Branch" to the gadgets, but "Exotic Locations" is a three-minute overview of locations narrated by Samantha Bonney. The image database collects cast portraits, special photo shoots, sets & locations, stunts & special effects, and vehicles & gadgets. --David Horiuchi
- Audio commentary with actors Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
- Audio commentary with director Lee Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson
- MI6 Datastream Trivia Track
- From script to screen
- Shaken and Stirred on Ice featurette
- Just Another Day featurette
- The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London featurette
- On location with production designer Peter Lamont featurette
- 007 Mission Control interactive guide into the world of Die Another Day
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Top customer reviews
Like any old Bond film, there's plenty of action, exotic locations, and pretty girls about. But what makes this film so great is its contemporary style and advanced special effects. From an invisible car to smashing glaciers, there's no Bond film that has such sophisticated effects as these.
The movie's storyline not wholly unique, as it incorporates aspects from previous films such as "License to Kill" and "Diamonds are Forever". But the characters are quite unique, and include a girl who's a lot like Bond himself, a disfigured terrorist with a face studded with diamonds, and a wealthy knighted entrepeneuer who's not all he seems (this guy comments that he never gets furious, but then as he duels with Bond, becomes enraged!).
The film is generally entertaining. I wouldn't say that it's the best Bond, despite its advanced effects and interesting characters, but it's worth seeing.
If this had to be Mr. Brosnan's last outing as Bond I can only say that to his credit and those of all involved in this picture they did an excellent job. Just my 2 cents worth. You wont regret getting this one.