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DVD Review: “The James Bond Ultimate Edition, Vol. 1”

(MGM Home Video, 1965-1999/2006. Box Set. 10 Discs. Rated PG.) Various directors. Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan.


MGM and Lowry Systems (they did the superlative remastering job on the original King Kong last year) have released Volumes I and II of The James Bond Ultimate Edition. Each volume consists of 5 movies, each movie has two discs (the feature and an extras disc). So that’s 10 discs per set. Got that? (Volumes III and IV come in December.) Volume I consists of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Living Daylights, and The World is Not Enough. This collection’s major virtues are the 5.1 DTS sound and frame-by-frame restoration (most beneficial to the early films). Most of the extras are the same as what you got if you bought the 1999 DVD versions of the movies. Very attractive slipcase/outer packaging. Volume II, which I haven’t yet seen, has Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, A View to a Kill, License to Kill, and Die Another Day.