Casino Royale – Collector’s Edition
After completing a difficult mission successfully, young James Bond finally gets his “00″ status from M, head of the British MI6. Thanks to Bond stopping the destruction of a prototype airplane, banker Le Chiffre loses a lot of money and decides to set up a poker game in order to win back what he has lost. Le Chiffre is known as a banker for terrorists and since he’s got tons of connections, every secret service on the planet would like to have him and with him having lost his clients’ money he’s in a particularly difficult position. MI6 sends Bond to the poker game in a move to make sure he doesn’t get the money back but of course there’s more going on than a simple poker game.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality we get is clearly one of the better on Blu-ray with excellent color saturation and overall clear picture. Also the amount of detail as well as the sharpness are great. One could almost say this transfer is perfect.
The high definition soundtrack that’s delivered with this Blu-ray is mighty impressive and brings forth an aggressive sound that uses all available channels while the subwoofer is repeatedly used to give that extra bit of punch. Excellent!
- Picture-in Picture commentary with director Martin Campbell and producer Michael G. Wilson
- Crew Commentary with composer David Arnold, production designer Peter Lamont, effects supervisor Chris Corbol, costume designer Lindy Hemming and director of photography Phil Meheux
- Know Your Double-O: The Ultimate James Bond Trivia Quiz
- Becoming Bond: feature on the process that finally got Daniel Craig the role of Bond
- James Bond: For Real: stunts and action scenes feature
- Bond Girls Are Forever: a look at all the Bond girls in history
- Chris Cornell Music Video: “You Know My Name”
- Deleted Scenes
- The Road to Casino Royale: documentary of how Casino Royale fits in the Bond series
- Ian Flemming’s Incredible Creation: feature on the character of James Bond
- James Bond in the Bahamas: feature on the locations in the Bahamas
- Ian Flemming: The Secret Road to Paradise: More info about the Bahamas as location for Bond movies
- Death in Venice: feature on the takes that were done in Venice
- The Art of the Freerun: feature on this sport that’s gained popularity after Casino Royale got released
- Catching a Plane: From Storyboard to Screen: comparison between storyboard and final scene
- Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase: comparison between storyboard and final scene
- Filmmaker Profiles
Daniel Craig is the new Bond and we’ll have known it. Bye bye with the Dandy-figure that was packed with comedy and hello to the grimm action hero. Most people find Sean Connery to still be the best Bond ever and it’s clear where Craig inspired himself. Craig brings Bond back to the present day with a sense of serious added with a flair of Connery.
Casino Royale is based on Fleming’s very first James Bond book and is the perfect start for Craig who sets a new example of how a modern day James Bond has to be. Unlike the 1967 Casino Royale, this one isn’t a comedy but an action-filled thriller that can compete with the best Bond movies ever made and Craig manages to make us forget Pierce Brosnan in a second. Bond is back and better than ever! Even Sean Connery will have to watch out in my opinion as Craig does such an excellent job that he might even surpass the father of all Bond’s if he continues like this in future Bond movies.
Sony released this collector’s edition blu-ray with excellent image & sound and for the fans there’s a ton of extras present that will keep you busy for a couple of hours. Very nice release that’s certainly worth buying if you don’t have the movie already. If you do, then you sure should consider getting rid of the DVD and getting this blu-ray instead.