Quantum of Solace
Bond and M are interrogating the captured Mr. White who appears to be part of a very secret organisation called Quantum, an organisation nobody has ever heard of. Still, they must be quite powerful as White manages to escape with the help of M’s bodyguard who suddenly also seems to work for Quantum. Bond gets the instruction to dig deeper and find out what Quantum is planning but with the remark that he should set aside his feelings for revenge over the death of his beloved Vesper. Through a girl, Camille, who wants to kill a corrupt general who wants to overthrow the government in his country, Bond is lead to Dominic Greene who at the front seems to lead an organisation that strives for a perfect environment but is in fact the leader of a Quantum cell.
As Bond continues his investigation, it becomes clear that Greene has a lot of connections with people in high places and when Greene even manages to turn his own agents against him, Bond goes to retired agent René Mathis for help.
Sound and Vision:
Quantum of Solace has an extreme amount of detail, perfect contrast and an overall very sharp looking image quality. The only minor downpoint one could talk about is the fact that when another language than English is spoken, we get a second set of subtitles in the image. Excellent transfer.
We don’t get a lossless DTS-HD track but instead a compressed one. Still, the soundtrack is very aggressive with lots of use of the surround channels and subwoofer. The emphasis is on the front speakers though, where clear dialogues are nicely positioned at the center speaker. Not a perfect track, but almost perfect
– Bond on Location
– Starting with Filming
– On Location
– Olga Kurylenko and the boat chase
– Director Marc Forster
– The Music
– On the Crew
– Videoclip – “Another Way to Die”
It looks like we get a ton of extras but the length of each is quite short and as such we can say that although some are interesting, the overall package disappoints a bit. We’ve seen better.
This second Bond movie with Daniel Craig in the lead role is a perfect sequel to Casino Royale. The storyline picks up where we left off and I would suggest those that haven’t seen Casino Royale to watch that one first. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time following certain things. For the rest we get rock-solid action, decent acting, good music and most of the typical Bond stuff. Only the “gadgets” seem to be lacking in this movie as we didn’t spot many.
Fox has done a great job with the transfer to Blu-ray with excellent image and sound quality. Unfortunately the extras are a bit thin for a big release as this one.