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  • #488
    rob
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    WARNING! This post really isn’t funny. It’s a review of the recent Bond sets, so don’t get all pissed when I’m not funny. And that includes you, Newman!

    Okay, so it’s been pretty slow here on the forums, and I haven’t felt that funny, so here is my experience with the Ultimate James Bond Collection. I have no idea if the Bond flicks are favorites of any of you peeps, but I love ’em. It’s almost embarrassing to say that I find every single Bond movie at the very least watchable. Yes, even Moonraker.

    A few years ago I bought a collection of the 20 movies (Casino Royale was the 21st). The original Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again don’t count, because they’re not official Bond movies. Never Say Never Again was a remake of Thunderball anyway. The collection I bought was from eBay — Chinese versions of the American DVDs. The movies looked okay, but there were no special features, save a trailer here and there. But for $90, it was a steal. 20 movies for $90? Oh, yeah.

    Recently, a friend of mine said that if I bought the newer versions of the films, that he’d buy the Chinese versions from me for $40. The new collection was split into 4 10-disc sets, with 5 movies in each set. I couldn’t find the sets for less than $55 a piece online, so I put it out of my mind.

    Then I went to Costco — they had them for $43 a piece, so I went ahead and bought them (this kind of money spent on movies might sound silly, I know, but I won’t apologize. I’ll watch them plenty of times.) So I was pretty happy to really only spend $130 or so for the sets ($176 for the sets, less the $40 from my friend for the old set), especially with the special features, which in many cases, is worth an upgrade to me. I’m the kind of guy who went to multiple stores to find the 2 disc version of Munich, which was very limited. A guy from Best Buy said that most stores did not get the 2 disc at all, and at most, each store got 4 or 5.

    So anyway, the sets really look great, package wise, so I was very happy with that. Each movie has a thin DVD case, with both discs for that movie inside, as well as a very nice 6 page booklet for each movie. So just on presentation, I was happy. Then I watched one of the movies.

    Dr. No was released in 1962, so the movie has never looked that great. But — Sony hired Lowry Digital to restore the movies frame by frame digitally from the original master print. Those of you who purchased any of the Star Wars sets over the last couple of years know what Lowry can do. The movie was beautiful — it really didn’t look like a 45 year old movie!

    And then the special features — I love that shit, so I completely lap it up. To me, many times the special features are better than the movie itself, or can be, at the very least, just as interesting. I did a little research, and the special features have brand new items as well as every other feature from the last sets, so if you had a previous version, you could actually replace them with these, and still have everything.

    So far I’ve only made time for Dr. No and From Russia With Love, but so far I’ve been just ecstatic. The only thing that pisses me off about the sets is they’re not in the order that they were released. In many cases, it doesn’t matter if you watch them out of order, but it’s still a pain in the ass to figure out which one will come next. It’s just a ploy so if you only want the Brosnan films, you’d have to buy every set to get them all. That’s just stupid, I think, and greedy.

    Basically, if you’re a Bond fan, you need to have these sets. Period. The movies themselves have never looked better, and the special features are top notch..

    #7033
    rob
    Participant

    WARNING! This post really isn’t funny. It’s a review of the recent Bond sets, so don’t get all pissed when I’m not funny. And that includes you, Newman!

    Okay, so it’s been pretty slow here on the forums, and I haven’t felt that funny, so here is my experience with the Ultimate James Bond Collection. I have no idea if the Bond flicks are favorites of any of you peeps, but I love ’em. It’s almost embarrassing to say that I find every single Bond movie at the very least watchable. Yes, even Moonraker.

    A few years ago I bought a collection of the 20 movies (Casino Royale was the 21st). The original Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again don’t count, because they’re not official Bond movies. Never Say Never Again was a remake of Thunderball anyway. The collection I bought was from eBay — Chinese versions of the American DVDs. The movies looked okay, but there were no special features, save a trailer here and there. But for $90, it was a steal. 20 movies for $90? Oh, yeah.

    Recently, a friend of mine said that if I bought the newer versions of the films, that he’d buy the Chinese versions from me for $40. The new collection was split into 4 10-disc sets, with 5 movies in each set. I couldn’t find the sets for less than $55 a piece online, so I put it out of my mind.

    Then I went to Costco — they had them for $43 a piece, so I went ahead and bought them (this kind of money spent on movies might sound silly, I know, but I won’t apologize. I’ll watch them plenty of times.) So I was pretty happy to really only spend $130 or so for the sets ($176 for the sets, less the $40 from my friend for the old set), especially with the special features, which in many cases, is worth an upgrade to me. I’m the kind of guy who went to multiple stores to find the 2 disc version of Munich, which was very limited. A guy from Best Buy said that most stores did not get the 2 disc at all, and at most, each store got 4 or 5.

    So anyway, the sets really look great, package wise, so I was very happy with that. Each movie has a thin DVD case, with both discs for that movie inside, as well as a very nice 6 page booklet for each movie. So just on presentation, I was happy. Then I watched one of the movies.

    Dr. No was released in 1962, so the movie has never looked that great. But — Sony hired Lowry Digital to restore the movies frame by frame digitally from the original master print. Those of you who purchased any of the Star Wars sets over the last couple of years know what Lowry can do. The movie was beautiful — it really didn’t look like a 45 year old movie!

    And then the special features — I love that shit, so I completely lap it up. To me, many times the special features are better than the movie itself, or can be, at the very least, just as interesting. I did a little research, and the special features have brand new items as well as every other feature from the last sets, so if you had a previous version, you could actually replace them with these, and still have everything.

    So far I’ve only made time for Dr. No and From Russia With Love, but so far I’ve been just ecstatic. The only thing that pisses me off about the sets is they’re not in the order that they were released. In many cases, it doesn’t matter if you watch them out of order, but it’s still a pain in the ass to figure out which one will come next. It’s just a ploy so if you only want the Brosnan films, you’d have to buy every set to get them all. That’s just stupid, I think, and greedy.

    Basically, if you’re a Bond fan, you need to have these sets. Period. The movies themselves have never looked better, and the special features are top notch.

    #7041
    Bing
    Participant

    Why would be upset with you for not being funny?

    Were that the case we would stay mad at you.


    OH SNAP!!!

    NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!

    NBLIANGW

    #7043
    Bing
    Participant

    Why would be upset with you for not being funny?

    Were that the case we would stay mad at you.


    OH SNAP!!!

    NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!

    NBLIANGW

    #7037
    Newman
    Participant

    What did I do? I love the bond series.

    #7039
    Newman
    Participant

    What did I do? I love the bond series.

    #7034
    rob
    Participant

    I set that one up for ya, huh, Bing?

    And Newman — joke, man. Calm the fuck down. šŸ˜‰

    #7035
    rob
    Participant

    I set that one up for ya, huh, Bing?

    And Newman — joke, man. Calm the fuck down. šŸ˜‰

    #7031
    Version3
    Keymaster

    [said in that higher-pitched Robby yelling but not actually being any louder voice]

    Everybody just needs to calm the fuck down or I’m gonna….. arrarararararraagh!

    #7032
    Version3
    Keymaster

    [said in that higher-pitched Robby yelling but not actually being any louder voice]

    Everybody just needs to calm the fuck down or I’m gonna….. arrarararararraagh!

    #7036
    Newman
    Participant

    Way to go Rob, I’m all confuzzled…might as well /wrists now…ugh not again.

    #7038
    Newman
    Participant

    Way to go Rob, I’m all confuzzled…might as well /wrists now…ugh not again.

    #7040
    Bing
    Participant
    Version3 wrote:
    [said in that higher-pitched Robby yelling but not actually being any louder voice]

    Everybody just needs to calm the fuck down or I’m gonna….. arrarararararraagh!

    aaarararaaarraa that makes me so aarrrararaggg people just……oh my God man, I mean, they just…ya know?

    #7042
    Bing
    Participant
    Version3 wrote:
    [said in that higher-pitched Robby yelling but not actually being any louder voice]

    Everybody just needs to calm the fuck down or I’m gonna….. arrarararararraagh!

    aaarararaaarraa that makes me so aarrrararaggg people just……oh my God man, I mean, they just…ya know?

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