MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD of the 1964 outing "Goldfinger"...

DVD Review - Goldfinger
16th 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
Special Agent 007 (Sean Connery) has just come face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time. And now he'll have to outwit and outgun this powerful tycoon to prevent him from cashing in on a devious scheme to raid Fort Knox - and obliterate the world economy.

Data Stream
Region: 2
Release Date: 17th July 2006
Running Time: 105 minutes
Screen Format: 1.66:1 Anamorphic PAL
Soundtracks: English DD5.1, English DTS
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish Subtitles

Audio Specs
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English DTS 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)


The Ultimate Edition transfer is the best yet for this film, and is so crisp and clean that a lot of the original film grain has been stripped. Despite that, the level of detail is exceptional, including the backgrounds. Some artificial edge enhancement is visible in places. The colour is good, with strong blacks and acceptable shadow detail, but some skin tones seem a little manipulated.

Two new tracks (Dolby Digital and DTS) have been re-created from the original mono soundtrack, which is (again) unfortunately absent from this release. Audiophiles may have cause for complaint that the true soundtrack for the film is not included, especially as these mixes now include new foley and special effects. In an attempt to better use the surround sound feature, some dialog occasionally bounces between speakers to best match their position on screen, which between cuts, can be annoying. But unlike some of the earlier films in the Ultimate Edition collection, lip sync is spot on.

On The DVD

  • Sean Connery From the Set of Goldfinger
  • Screen Tests
  • On Tour With the Aston Martin DB-5
  • Honor Blackman Open-Ended Interview
  • Interactive Guide Into the World of Goldfinger
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Guy Hamilton
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Cast and Crew
  • The Making of Goldfinger
  • The Goldfinger Phenomenon
  • Original Publicity Featurette
  • MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery & Radio Communications

New Bonus Features
Sean Connery From the Set of Goldfinger - Sean Connery takes a few minutes between takes to answer a few questions about stunts, his early days as an actor in Scotland, and his recent non-Bond films.
Screen Tests - Archived footage with actors Theodore Bikel and Tito Vandis as Auric Goldfinger, including the famous "No Mr. Bond I expect you to die!", and what seems to be an abandoned sequence from an early draft where Goldfinger tries to hire James Bond.
On Tour With the Aston Martin DB-5 - Former Aston Martin European Sales Manager Mike Ashley explains his function as official tour guide for the world's most famous car. The feature contains rare footage of the DB-5 and TV commercials.
Honor Blackman Open-Ended Interview - Eon director of marketing Ann Bennett explains that open-ended interviews were often sent to numerous TV networks simulating a real interview. Blackman discusses acting with Connery, judo, and her previous acting roles.

One Last Thing....
Some of the more interesting stories surrounding the production of Goldfinger (including Connery's reported contract negotiations shortly after filming the scene where Odd Job delivers a blow to the back of his neck) which were discussed on the ill-fated 1991 Criterion laserdisc edition, do not appear in any of the documentaries.

MI6 Rating
Special Features

Related Articles
"Goldfinger" Ultimate Edition DVD
"Goldfinger" MI6 Movie Coverage

Image courtesy Amazon Associates