ROKman | Aiea, Hi United States | 11/06/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This review is not based on the movie itself or the quality of the Blu Ray disk. Rather it is a warning to those considering buying this multipack of the absolutely horrible packaging of this expensive set. My three pack arrived today and I just open the box and was horrified at the package. I have purchased many multi packs of movies/TV shows and every other time the disks were held on a separate page in a plastic reinforced page with a plastic spindle in the middle. This set came in a "book style "package with a foam rubber type spindle to hold the disk in place. Well on disk two "From Russia With love" the foam spindle was missing!! The disk had bounced around so much it was scratched and looked like an old scratched disk !!!! Regarding disks one and three the foam spindles were half torn off and surely after one play the foam spindle will certainly fall off. Disgraceful - A pox on MGM."
Great remastering, very poor packaging
J. Trow | Los Angeles, CA | 01/31/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I agree wholeheartedly with the poor marks for packaging. It's odd really, they probably spent an incredible amount of money on the clean up and archiving to HD, yet the packaging is the cheapest I've ever seen for movies. Those foam tabs are really the worst - half of them were broken or came unglued. When I opened up the first volume, two disks just fell to the floor. Quality. Not to mention that the package detail on the inside covers is minimal. They might as well have saved an extra dollar on packaging and just put them in shrink-wrapped jewel cases.
The one saving grace here for you readers who are considering buying these volumes, is that the price on Amazon is way lower than buying at stores. Had I not made an impulse buy and got these for $45 instead of $75, I'd feel better. Then again, I did use gift cards. ;-P
Otherwise, the actual movies are incredible... the clean up really brings the older Bond films to life and the color and detail really pop. On my 46" 1080p they look fantastic! Audio is of course likewise excellent. commentary and extras are pretty informative as well.
Packaging drops this from a 5 to 4 star rating IMO. All in all though, the movies are the product and they are excellent."
Quality looks great - but the packaging is horrible
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 10/22/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I will skip the content reviews as we all know what is to be seen, that just leaves how it looks and sounds. The quality of the Blu transfers are very well done, the colors, content lines, and saturations all were transcribed eloquently. There were no blurs, no grain, no artifcats - all in all a pleasure to watch all these years later.
The sound was brought across ok (and I love anything DTS), but the limitations of the time seem to filter through in a variety of scenes. The music overwhelms some scenes and the mix was obviously dubbed wrong at certain moments but that once again was original mixing issues.
The special features are endless and can give any Bond fan hours of enjoyment that have not been on other sets before. The menu navigation was actually flawless and can be up to 7 selections deep with some of the special features.
The detractor though - an incredible list of flubs on the case. They used a cheap cardboard book sleeved in a flimsy plastic/glued outer paper...with - prepare yourself - moronic chair leg fobs glued to the cardboard pages to hold each disc. That designer needs to be FIRED. Each of my customers' sets (including mine for the store) had loose discs. Each set has lasted only one to two uses before the remaining glued fobs just fall apart or stay attached to the disc. Essentially - the cases are totally useless; I would highly recommend using your own storage system.
Overall - the movies look great but the packaging is a laundry list of problems, I went to the local Costco and listened to all 40 sets they had on the floor and each one had loose discs (mind you I gently listened). The quality of the pics have impressed customers to where they are even noticing the vibrant color of the actor's eyes; but also one little problem came up I was not expecting - nudity. The clarity is so crisp that you notice a naked breast before the pool scene that could not be seen before and in the bedroom scene with the blonde girl...a customer complained because they noticed it as I was playing it in the store. Oh well..."
James Bond Collection
Jack Chapman | St George., Utah | 11/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blu-Rays In Excellent Shape. Very Fast Delivery. Awesome Seller. Will Buy From Again."