"Yes, it's all 21 movies with 21 bonus discs. All that's phenomenal. But the packaging is awful. That gorgeous box in the picture? It's the flimsiest fold-and-assemble cardboard out there. Inside, the movies are not presented in chronological order. Instead it's vol. 1-4 of the Ultimate Edition, stuck in this flimsy box. They're all thin-line cases with the liner notes stacked to the side in the box. You can't put them in the individual cases with their respective movies. Sure, you could buy 20 blank cases, but then it wouldn't fit in the box they gave you. Now all that's for the first twenty. Then stuck on the end, is the normal 2-DVD package of Casino Royale. It's added on like an after-thought.
This is great product, but with the absolute cheapest way of presenting the material imaginable. It's in no way comparable in quality to the Star Trek ten movie set. Truly, all they did was stick the old, hodge-podge Ultimate Edition sets and the Casino Royale two disc in a flimsy box.
I'm okay with it because I got lucky and bought in on the $95.99 release day 24-hour super sale (which goes to show you just how much they're marked up). If I'd paid over $200 for this, I'd be livid.
With all that said, the movies themselves look great - digitally remastered, etc. Again, great content, very amatuer presentation."
Looks like it is just repackaged from the 4 volumes earlier
Mitch Vandelay | Memphis, TN | 11/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I looked at this set in the store today and it really appears as if the contents actually are the 4 Ultimate Collectors Volumes inside this case with Craig's Casino Royale along side. And by the contents being the 4 Volumes, literally, it looks like they are inside this black box.
I opted for the Ulimate Collector's Bundle for $179, instead of this, since I purchased Casino Royale when it was released, and I am really just looking for all the previous movies from Connery to Brosnan in the remastered 2-disc versions.
Also of note, if you want all the Bond films- you have to order Never Say Never Again as a separate item, that is not part of the MGM/UA library."
Region 1 is Shortchanged Again
Ricardo L. Vasallo | Danville, CA USA | 09/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am deducting 1 star because the packaging is not worthy of the ultimate James Bond set.
While Europe and parts of Asia get the stunning attache case box set, the US and Canada get only a cardboard box. OK. A shiny cardboard box.
Inclusion of Casino Royale, notwitstanding.
Are you listening, MGM? "
Great set, but confused on the price
calvinnme | 09/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is truly a great deal - under five dollars per disc for all 21 Bond films. There is no enhancement from the Bond set put out in February of this year other than the addition of Casino Royale, on loan rights-wise from Sony. The packaging looks a little ridiculous - two 5-film volumes on either side flanking Casino Royale in the middle, but other than that I can't complain. The only bone I have to pick is with the discount shown. It's not as big as you would think. Ammy shows the suggested retail being 290 dollars. That's correct - in Canada. In the U.S. the suggested retail price is 240 dollars, so you're not getting as big a discount as you think you are. Also note that if you have a favorite actor in the role of Bond, collecting by volume will not help you. Each volume has a collection of films from different time periods - this set is not organized chronologically as shown below:
Volume 1 - The Man with the Golden Gun / Goldfinger / The World Is Not Enough / Diamonds Are Forever / The Living Daylights Volume 2 - A View to a Kill / Thunderball / Die Another Day / The Spy Who Loved Me / Licence to Kill Volume 3 - GoldenEye / Live and Let Die / For Your Eyes Only / From Russia With Love / On Her Majesty's Secret Service Volume 4 - Dr. No / You Only Live Twice / Octopus / Tomorrow Never Dies / Moonraker
I'm sure doing it this way was a marketing strategy, but it has its advantages to the viewer. It's rather fun to see Bond's character travel over a 50 year period from the time of the Cold War to the present where corporate and individual ambitions can be as threatening as Russia once was, and from the time where the women were there to merely be Bond's flavor of the day to the point where he has to deal with a woman as a boss."
One of the Best James Bond Films
gobirds2 | New England | 01/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is not much more that can be added to what has already been written or said about FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. It is considered to be one of the better Bond films in the series.
Before I get on to the main point of what I have to add, I do want to comment on the widescreen versions that have been issued. I am not sure what the proper aspect ratio of this film is. In a comparison of the DVD to the Laser Disc, the DVD appears to have been cropped at the top and bottom to give it a wider effect. The proportions of the prints I saw in several theaters all resembled the Laser Disc.
My more important note of curiosity however is the content of the film itself. I still have not seen any version on VHS, Laser or DVD as the ones I have seen in the theater for FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.
It appears that on video two scenes contain cuts.
Cut # 1: When Red Grant has Bond on his knees at gunpoint aboard the Orient Express, he editorializes in a most graphic manner about the roll of film that was shot of Bond and Tatiana in the boudoir. For its time, this was a rather risqué piece of dialogue. By today's standards it is somewhat timid. Bond's comeback is still intact on the video, responding to Grant how it took a collection of pretty sick minds to dream up such a scheme. That was a direct response to Grant's cut line and gives us an insight into Bond's moral standards that there is a line that even he would not cross given his flare for the more amorous pursuits.
Cut # 2: This cut line is more obvious and comes at the end of the film when Bond and Tatiana are floating down the canals of Venice. Bond holds up the reel of film seized from Grant. Again, Bond makes a direct reference to Grant's cut line from the train in a droll throwaway remark to a puzzled looking Tatiana. You can actually see this cut because the music jumps. Once more, this cut line of dialogue gives us another glimpse into the James Bond mystique as it was still being formed and honed for the screen. I am sure Bond is probably saying to himself, "Take all the dirty pictures you want. I'm the one with the girl and Grant, "old boy," you're the one six feet under."
As for the film itself, it is one of the classic James Bond films and will remain so for all time. The tone of the series would be altered slightly from what director Terence Young had established in DR. NO and in this film. The next film, GOLDFINGER directed by Guy Hamilton, would retain the style established by Terence Young yet he would refine the character of James Bond with a more tongue-in-cheek approach. In FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE James Bond is the dedicated civil servant with a licence to kill and he uses it in the assassination of Krilencu (Fred Haggerty) just as coldly and objectively as he had eliminated Professor Dent (Anthony Dawson) in DR. NO. For these reasons I believe there are two distinct camps in the ranks of Bond loyalists. One prefers the style or more specifically the portrayal of James Bond found in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, while the other faction favors that established in GOLDFINGER. The James Bond found in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is a much tougher fellow not to be seen again until ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and LICENCE TO KILL.
Another specific point about FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is the score composed by John Barry. Barry's score in this film is not as complex or melodically constructed as in his subsequent Bond scores. Yet, Barry's score is as old school as is Sean Connery's approach to the role and that is exactly the way it should have been. Barry's no-frills score compliments Connery's no nonsense Bond. In essence FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is a product of its time and a very good one at that."