MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition
DVD of the 1985 outing "A View To A Kill"...
DVD Review - A View To A Kill
27th December 2007
The James Bond movies have been brought into the 21st century
with special 5.1 surround sound remastering, new film transfers
and extra special features in the "Ultimate Editions"
series. MI6 reviews reviews the films and each of these features
along with all the special new content.
Agent 007 (Roger Moore) races against time
to stop a power-mad industrialist (Christopher Walken)
who plots to kill millions in order to corner the world's
supply. From the Eiffel Tower to the top of Golden Gate
Bridge, James Bond can't be stopped!
Release Date: 17th July 2006
Running Time: 127 minutes
Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic PAL
Soundtracks: English DD5.1, English DTS
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hindi,
Norwegian and Swedish
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English DTS 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
As with many of the Bond films from the 70s and 80s, A View To
A Kill is presented in 2.35:1 with 16:9 enhancements and is
mastered from a new
high definition transfer. The restoration
has improved picture quality from the previous Special Edition,
but the results are not as perfect as other films in the series.
The pictures show improved edge sharpness and detail, and is
free from any visible film or compression artefacts, however
this version has been cropped on the top and left sides compared
to previous releases. Skin tones are sometimes a little too
pink and unreal.
Although neither the new DTS 5.1 mix or the the complimentary
Dolby Digital 5.1 mix do not fully utilise the available potential,
the DTS version is slightly superior. Surround sound is used
to good effect throughout, especially during the horse racing
and crowd scenes, however the sub woofer does not get a work
out at all except for the title theme music.
Newly Recorded Audio Commentary
Featuring Sir Roger Moore
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Film '85 BBC Report
Float Like A Butterfly Test
Deleted Scenes & Expanded
Angles with Introductions by Director John
007 MISSION CONTROL
Interactive Guide Into the
World of A View to a Kill
THE COMPLETE SPECIAL FEATURES
LIBRARY - MISSION DOSSIER
Audio Commentary Featuring
Director John Glen and Members of the Cast and
Inside A View to a Kill
The Music of James Bond
'A View to a Kill' Music Video
Performed by Duran Duran
MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original
Trailers, TV Spots & Photo Gallery
New Bonus Features
Newly Recorded Audio Commentary Featuring Sir
Roger Moore - Roger Moore talks about the memorable moments during
the filming of his last James Bond movie.
Film '85 BBC Report - John Glen, Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, and Tanya Roberts
discuss their characters and routine during the filming of A View To A Kill.
Original Promotional Featurette - This feature is a quick overview of the main
cast of A View To A Kill and its impressive locations and sets.
The Streets of San Francisco - Deleted Footage - This feature contains unused
footage and alternate angles of the Fire Truck sequence and is commented by John
Float Like a Butterfly - Test Footage - This test footage of the butterfly sequence
is narrated by John Glen who explains how this idea came to him.
Deleted Scenes & Expanded Angles With Introduction by Director John Glen
- John Glen introduces four deleted scenes and three alternate angles.
The deleted scenes include Bond at the police station, Stacey
getting fired at City Hall (complete with Roger Moore ad-lib),
a manifestation against Zorin, and Zorin's crew arriving at City
Eiffel Tour jump, police cars at the bridge, and Bond rescuing
All other features were previously released
on the Special Edition DVD.
One Last Thing...
Most fans will enjoy the cut-scenes and alternate angles included
here for the first time, but it is curious that one of the least
such special treatment.
"A View To A Kill"
Ultimate Edition DVD
View To A Kill" MI6 Movie Coverage
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