Bond Is Back On Blu-Ray High Def
Expectations have always had the tendency to make or break your experience when watching a film. If a sequel doesn’t live up to its predecessor then it’s immediately shunned because audiences and critics alike are expecting ‘more’ the second time around. It can be difficult to craft a sequel that captures the essence of the original. Only a handful of films have been able to live up to the hype: The Godfather II, The Dark Knight, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
just to name a few. When Casino Royale
was initially released back in 2006, everyone was completely left in awe, especially after its cliff hanger ending. Astounded from what they had just seen, audiences put immense pressure on Bond’s inevitable return.
Quantum of Solace
had a lot to live up to. For some, the film met the expectations of what a good Bond film was supposed to be. Others, however, were left a little disappointed that the film failed to live up to Casino Royale
. As for me, I walked away completely satisfied. No the film didn’t live up to its predecessor, but if you thought it was going to then you were only building your own dislike for the film even before watching it. Quantum of Solace
is its own film. While it does follow a single narrative by continuing the story of Casino Royale
, it still has its own feeling and atmosphere.
Once again, Daniel Craig did an amazing job in his portrayal of James Bond. Personally, I think he is the best Bond the series has seen. Craig’s ability to bring so much humanity to the character leaves audiences engaged. We end up watching a human being caught up in a web of lies, betrayal, and revenge. He isn’t some super-hero secret agent anymore; the guy has his own psyche now. The rest of the cast does an amazing job, especially the two new ‘Bond Girls’ played by the gorgeous Gemma Arterton and the beautiful Olga Kurylenko. Also Mathieu Amalric, who plays the film’s antagonist, did an incredible job in his portrayal of the vicious, cunning, and diabolical Dominic Greene.
Director Marc Forster handled the material very well, and he kept the film intact. The screenplay was also very well done, and I’m glad that the plot tied up some of the loose ends from the last film, but personally I think we haven’t seen the last of Quantum. The only flaws I found in the film were its quick and choppy editing during some of the intense action sequences. Also, some of the action sequences were a little over the top, but after seeing Bond jump the heights he did in Casino Royale
I don’t think one should complain.
Overall the film was very well done. It didn’t reach the heights Casino Royale
was able to reach, but it still kept the bar high for what a Bond film is supposed to be. I left completely satisfied after walking out of the theater, and its no surprise I looked forward to its Blu-Ray release.
My Spill Rating: FULL PRICE!!!
Picture & Audio Quality
The film is displayed in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This is probably one of the best looking Blu-Rays out in the market and it was difficult to even find a single flaw with the transfer...seriously I found nothing. The image has so much depth that I literally felt as if I could stick my hand through the screen. The picture is rendered with a wide range of rich and solid colors, leaving the image as sharp as ever. It lives up to its theatrical presentation, maybe even exceeding that as well. Quantum of Solace
has its own look and atmosphere, which adds to the viewing experience. This Blu-Ray shows us what high definition is all about and if you’re a HD buff or just crazy over Blu-Ray technology than this disc is highly recommended.
While you enjoy the amazing picture, the audio will leave you shocked. The film uses a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This will definitely test your speakers and surround sound system because its seriously demo material. The films music, along with its intense action sequences make for a perfect home theater experience. The cars are loud, the gunshots sound like someone’s shooting at your house, and the explosions will make the walls shake. Even during the scenes that are dialogue driven, you still feel like you’re back in the theater. Audio wise, this definitely has a spot in the top five best sounding Blu-Rays ever released.
Picture & Audio Quality Rating: 5/5
I have a feeling movie studios don’t care about special features anymore. Sadly, Quantum of Solace
offers little in the special features department. There are very little supplements to impress the many die-hard Bond fans out there. I have a very strong feeling that we’ll see a re-release of Quantum of Solace
on Blu-Ray in the near future (probably a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition) because that’s exactly what happened with Casino Royale
. The 2-Disc Collector’s Edition of Casino Royale
was released to coincide with the release of Quantum of Solace
in theaters. So expect re-release of Quantum of Solace
during the release of 'Bond 23'.
The disc offers the following special features:
-“Bond on Location”
- “Start of Shooting”
- “On Location”
- “The Music”
- “Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase”
- “Director Marc Forster”
- “Crew Files”
- “Another Way to Die” Music Video with Jack White & Alicia Keys”
- Quantum of Solace Teaser Trailer & Theatrical Trailer
The only interesting feature, and the longest, was ‘Bond on Location’ which went into depth about all of the locations the cast and crew visited. You get documentation of both the actors and the crew trying to film the movie. The rest of the features are pretty much forgettable, especially since most don’t even go over five minutes. Many of the features just seem to echo the same things “Bond on Location” said. You can even see it on the special features list: “Bond on Location” then you have “On Location”…wow. “The Music” was also very good, but just way too short. Overall you’re left with some goodies, but just not enough, especially for a huge blockbuster like this.
Special Features Rating: 3/5
Quantum of Solace
on Blu-Ray is simply brilliant. The picture and the audio quality are flawless giving you an amazing home theater experience. Few films are capable of using the advantages of Blu-Ray technology, but Quantum of Solace
does it. While the disc does deprive you of some solid special features, the film itself gives you enough reason to make the purchase. This Blu-Ray is highly recommended!
Overall Blu-Ray Rating: 5/5
You can purchase the film here.