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DVD Review: James Bond Ultimate Edition Collections 1 & 2

James Bond Ultimate Edition Collections 1 & 2
Fox Home Entertainment

I think it is safe to say that each and every person reading this has seen one or more of the films covering the exploits of James Bond. Whether you can remember seeing Dr. No in the theatres, or perhaps started with a later one (For me, it was Moonraker.).

Over the last 2 ½ years, James Lowry, the man behind the restoration of such classics as Casablanca and Citizen Cane, has headed a team that has completely remastering the first 20 Bond films. This process has not simply consisted of repair the extensive damage of the earlier films, but bringing them all BEYOND their original quality, including reworking the audio so as to include a track of 5.1 DTS surround sound. . We have come to expect perfect quality from modern films, but the older ones are truly going to “shock and awe” the viewers.

In addition to repairing the films from ravages of time, these sets include some amazing outtakes and featurettes. While there are some that look back at the films, others are from the original releases of the films and are a treasure to watch. Interviews from the original publicity events. It is fun watching a much younger Sean Connery on the set of Goldfinger.
Any fan of James Bond will be in absolute heaven with these sets.

Collection 1 contains Goldfinger, The Man With The Golden Gun, Diamonds
Are Forever, The Living Daylights and The World Is Not Enough.

Collection 2 contains Thunderball, A View To A Kill, The Spy Who Loved
Me, License To Kill and Die Another Day.

Jeremy Lynch