Tomorrow Never Dies (Special Edition)
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- Secrets of 007: featurette depicting the evolution of the bond series
- Stunning visual effects reel
- Music video "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Sheryl Crow
- Isolated Music-Only Audio Track & Interview with composer David Arnold
- Innovative storyboard overlay technology that compares initial "Action-Scene" concepts with the final film
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For me at least, TND has gotten better with repeat viewings. The main criticism of this film has always been that it turns Bond into a 'run-and-gun' generic action hero and that it favours pyrotechnics and stunts over a developed plot. It's a problem all the newer Bond movies have had, but TND is where it's most obvious. Once you accept that though, there's a lot of fun to be had here. Lots of great sequences, including a parking garage chase and one on a motorcycle. Michelle Yeoh, being an action star herself, is the best of the "secret agent" Bond girls. Yeoh and her stunt team manage a fight sequence ripped from Hong Kong action movies that almost feels out of place in a western Bond film. And David Arnold's first Bond score is a sexy, classy, memorable affair that's worth buying the soundtrack for.
The DVD packs a lot in. Two audio commentaries, an isolated score track, and a multi-angle storyboard featurette. It's missing a strong making-of documentary, but packs in a generalized featurette that aired on TV and is worth watching. Tomorrow Never Dies isn't the strongest Bond film, but it's pretty action-filled romp that's worth owning for Bond fans.
There's the regular version and two versions of the Special Edition. All three offer an excellent print of the film itself with amazing sound. All give you the choice of letterbox or TV ratios. All have multiple language tracks and multiple language closed captioning. All give you the trailer in addition to the movie.
But the Special Editions are clearly the preferred form. There's no difference between the two Special Editions save packaging: get whichever is a) available and b) cheaper.
As with all in the Bond Special Editions, the _TND_ SE has double audio commentaries, TV advertisements, production notes, and a 45-minute documentary.
Unlike other Bond Special Editions to date, however, _TND_ adds the music video of the theme song, includes an innovative *third* audio track (consisting of only the musical score and the composer's commentary), and does a really wild thing by letting you compare actual shots to the storyboard. These last two features are innovative even for non-Bond films. I've never seen a DVD with a music-only track, and only a handful of DVDs currently have any sort of storyboarding element amongst their extra features.
With all this additional stuff, and the modest difference in price between the regular and special editions, your purchase choice is a no-brainer. Buy whichever version of _Tomorrow Never Dies_ Special Edition you can get your hands on.
Performance wise, Pierce Brosnan furthers that which he started in "Goldeneye" by making the role his as he brings a darker and harsher yet capably witty tone to Bond that hadn't been seen in a Bond film since the first James Bond himself, Sean Connery. I would caveat that in that I thought Timothy Dalton accomplished that as well but as he was only allowed to do two films in the role I must be in the minority on that opinion.
As with all James Bond films, we're treated to a pair of new Bond babes in Teri Hatcher and international martial arts superstar Michelle Yeoh, both of which are incredibly beautiful and talented actresses. Although Teri Hatcher's role in this film is a very brief one, I would definitely have to say it was memorable. Michelle Yeoh's role in this film brings her right up there with James Bond himself as far as the action sequences go. It is most certainly interesting to see a Bond film turn into a Bruce Lee film in a particularly eventful sequence.
Director Roger Spottiswoode who may best be known for "Air America" or even "The 6th Day" does a great job with this film, solidifying his status as a quite capable director of action films.Read more ›
Here the evil-doer is Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a megalomaniacal media mogul. He's bent on creating world-wide disasters so that his newspapers and non-stop news stations can get the scoop on everyone else. Evidently China has prevented him from establishing a news empire within the country, so he decides to create a potentially war-starting confrontation between China and England. He and his science nerd (Ricky Jay) have stolen some type of GPS device from the Americans. They use it to manipulate the positioning readings on a British destroyer so that it shows they are well off the coast of the Chinese mainland. In fact they are within the 12 mile territorial limit.
The Chinese air force sends a couple fighters out as a warning but the Brits insist they are not that close. All the while, Carver and his compatriots have created a stealth ship and an interesting torpedo shaped drilling device. When used against the navy ship, it sinks along with its Patriot missiles. Easy access for the bad guys and the various governments don't even know where the ship really is. Oh, and they shoot down one of the Chinese MIGs, just to really piss everybody off.
Bond is sent to investigate as Carver's new wife, Paris (Teri Hatcher) is an old flame of Bond's. She doesn't last long as she obviously can't resist 007's charms which gets her in trouble with her sugar daddy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pierce Brosnan will always be the best Bond, just because he is the Bond I grew up with.Published 23 days ago by Adam V.
Either this or Goldeneye are the best of the Pierce Brosnan James Bond movies. A mostly very good score by David Arnold (he seemed to go sleep for the motorcycle chase), the lovely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Thomas
I had a great experience every time with service and quality.Published 2 months ago by Marty Bright
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