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5.0 out of 5 stars Two-Disc Special Edition Loaded with Extras, March 19, 2009
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
With the successful reboot of the James Bond franchise with Casino Royale (Three-Disc Collector's Edition), fans speculated what the next adventure would be and who would be the director. With the new look and attitude expertly established by Martin Campbell, the producers made the decision to have Marc Forster helm the next one, Quantum of Solace. At first, he seems like a rather odd candidate to direct as he's known mainly for edgy independent films like Monster's Ball and the sentimental biopic Finding Neverland (Widescreen Edition). However, his choice makes more sense once you realize that his films are predominantly character-driven and Casino Royale had much more of an emphasis on character than most other Bond films.

Forster does a surprisingly excellent job creating a lean, no frills revenge story under the guise of a Bond film. He is more than capable of handling the action sequences, of which there are many, and invests us in Bond's personal quest for vengeance all the while fulfilling the usual expectations of a Bond film: beautiful women, death-defying stunts, exotic locales, and world-dominating villains.

The first disc features a music video for "Another Way to Die" with Alicia Keys and Jack White in a slick video done very much in the style of the opening credits sequence. As far as Bond songs go, it's actually quite good and a definite improvement over Chris Cornell's song for Casino Royale.

Also included are teaser and theatrical trailers.

While there are several featurettes on the second disc they are very substantial in length.

The second disc starts off with "Bond on Location," which takes a look at the challenge of finding original locations all over the world for the film that fit the specific visual look that Forster wanted to achieve. This included set design, how the extras looked and so on.

"Start of Shooting" examines the daunting task of following up the phenomenonal success of Casino Royale. Craig had to do much more extensive training for this film, including things like stunt-driving.

"On Location" sees Forster viewing the film's various locations as characters unto themselves. They shot in some pretty remote areas.

"Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase" takes a look at the new Bond girl and how they viewed her character as Bond's equal. The actress did a lot of physical training so that she could do many of her own stunts.

"Director Marc Forster" talks about what he brings to the film. The cast speaks admiringly of him.

"The music" examines composer David Arnold's work on the film and how he tried to reflect its themes in the music. Alicia Keys and Jack White talk briefly about working together and we see footage of them shooting the music video for their song.
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Initial post: Mar 25, 2009 4:10:48 AM PDT
M. B Cole says:
Nice review man. Cant wait to give this another try considering I didnt care for it much in the theaters (cause I was way to drunk).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2009 7:51:48 AM PDT
Cubist says:
I liked it a lot. It makes a great companion to Casino Royale as it really is a continuation of that film in some respects. Thank for the kind words!

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 9:08:52 PM PST
Thanks for the information on the second disc, it helps when deciding which version to buy!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 3:55:31 PM PST
roverman says:
Unless I'm missing something, this review is for the dvd version of QOS and not the blu-ray version and this makes it a dangerous review.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2009 12:33:24 PM PST
Cubist says:
Dangerous? How so? It's not like it's going to explode or something. Unless explicitly stated that's for the blu-ray version assume that it's for the DVD.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 9:54:50 PM PST
Alan Gratz says:
Thank you for listing what's on the second disc! Very helpful in deciding whether to pay more than twice as much for the special edition...
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