MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD of the 1989 outing "Licence To Kill"...

DVD Review - Licence To Kill
28th August 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
James Bond (Timothy Dalton) takes on his most daring adventure ever when he turns renegade and goes head to head with one of the international drug cartel' most brutal and powerful leaders. This time, he's fighting not for his country, not for justice... but for revenge.

Data Stream
Region: 2
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

Audio Specs
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English DTS 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)


As with many of the Bond films from the 70s and 80s, Licence To Kill is presented in 2.35:1 with 16:9 enhancements and is mastered from a new high definition transfer. The restoration has improved the colour saturation from previous releases and the film looks fresh and vibrant. Only a couple of noticeable video artifacts are present with some background aliasing.

Featuring a new DTS 5.1 mix, this track is far superior to the complimentary Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The 5.1 track is still great, but the DTS mix is an amazing improvement. Both mixes boast faultless sync and no noise or clicks. The surround and sub woofer get a good workout and Kamen's score enjoys a large range.

On The DVD

  • Deleted Scenes With Director John Glen Introductions
  • Bond '89, On the Set With John Glen
  • On Location With Peter Lamont
  • Ground Check With Corkey Fornof
  • Interactive Guide Into the World of Licence to Kill
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Director John Glen and Members of the Cast
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Michael G Wilson and Members of the Crew
  • Inside Licence to Kill - A Documentary
  • Production Featurette "Behind the Scenes"
  • Kenworth Trucks Featurette
  • 'Licence to Kill' Music Video Performed by Gladys Knight
  • 'If You Asked Me To' Music Video Performed by Patti LaBelle
  • MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original Trailers & Photo Gallery

New Bonus Features
Deleted Scenes With Director John Glen Introductions - John Glen introduces nine deleted scenes. Two scenes with Sharkey, a few scenes with Bond and Pam including a casino scene, two scenes with Lupe, and Bond captured by the Hong Kong Narcotics Agents.
Bond '89 - Michael G. Wilson introduces this excellent feature containing interviews with Producer Albert R. Broccoli, Stunt Coordinator Paul Weston, Parachute expert B. J. Worth, and actors Carey Lowell, Timothy Dalton and Robert Davi. The main topics are Dalton's Bond, John Glen's directing, the early Bond women, the Bond character, Mexico City, and Dalton's stunts.
On the Set With John Glen - Director John Glen narrates behind the scenes footage of various stunts such as the tanker chase, and gas explosions.
On Location With Peter Lamont - Production Designer Peter Lamont narrates on location footage of Licence to Kill including Villa Arabesque.
Ground Check With Corkey Fornoff - Aerial Coordinator Corkey Fornoff discusses various modifications made to a plane for the stunts of Licence to Kill and his previous stunts in Bond movies.

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

One Last Thing...
A lot of the known cut scenes are now featured on this Ultimate Edition release, but a few shots are still missing here and there since the original censor's cut. It would have been nice to see a split-screen feature on how the censored scenes back in 1989 stacked up against this 'uncut' release.

MI6 Rating
Special Features

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