MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD of the 1981 outing "For Your Eyes Only"...

DVD Review - For Your Eyes Only
29th May 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.

Official Blurb
When a British ship is sunk in foreign waters, the world's superpowers begin a feverish race to find its cargo: a nuclear submarine control system. 007 (Roger Moore) is thrust into one of his most riveting adventures as he rushes to join the search... and prevent global devastation.

Data Stream
Region: 2
Release Date: 17th July 2006
Running Time: 121 minutes
Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
Soundtracks: English DD5.1, English DTS
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish

Audio Specs
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)


Featuring a 2.35:1 transfer, "For Your Eyes Only" enjoys its best home release to date, only to be surpassed by the inevitable HD release in the future. The Lowry process has remastered light and colour levels, bringing the film back to the quality of the day it was first processed. Compression artifacts are almost nonexistent and all film specks and dirt have been removed.

The DTS track is better than the Dolby Digital track on this release, but both are very good. Lip sync is almost flawless, with only a few minor issues that were present in the original edit. Smaller, more subtle, sounds are now clear and crisp, which have not been heard properly since theatrical distribution. Fans of the sub woofer will be impressed by its use throughout.

On The DVD

  • Newly Recorded Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore
  • Deleted Scenes & Expanded Angles
  • Bond in Greece, Bond in Cortina
  • Neptune's Journey
  • Interactive Guide Into the World of For Your Eyes Only
  • Audio Commentary Featuring John Glen and Actors
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Michael G Wilson and Crew
  • Inside For Your Eyes Only
  • Animated Storyboard Sequences
  • Sheena Easton Music Video
  • MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery & Radio Communications

All other features were previously released on the Special Edition DVD.


New Bonus Features
Newly Recorded Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore - A rather interesting commentary with tons of anecdotes and stories. Very refreshing compared to standard commentary tracks on most films.
Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles - Introduced by John Glen, this feature contains a deleted scene where Bond dumps the Zamboni's snow on the hockey players; another scene hints a bit of jealousy from Melina when she discovers Bond spent the night away from his hotel room; and an alternate camera angle of Bond kicking Locque's car down the cliff.
Bond in Greece - Michael G. Wilson narrates this clip containing behind the scenes footage of the heroin smuggling bust, the casino sequence with Cassandra Harris, and a backgammon game between Roger Moore and Cubby.
Bond in Cortina - Narrated by Michael G. Wilson, this is another feature containing behind the scenes footage of the long distance ski jump, Rémy Julienne on the motorcycle, and Willy Bogner skiing in the bobsleigh run.
Neptune's Journey - More archived footage narrated by Michael G. Wilson, this time about the Neptune submarine and how it was used as a publicity prop to promote the movie.

One Last Thing....
ITV produced a special television programme covering the London premiere of "For Your Eyes Only" and the special guests the Prince and Princess of Wales, including interviews with key cast and crew members. It survives in fan VHS collections, but not on any official release...

MI6 Rating
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