MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD of the 1969 outing "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"...

DVD Review - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
3rd September 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
Agent 007 (George Lazenby) and the adventurous Tracy Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) join forces to battle the evil SPECTRE organization in the treacherous Swiss Alps. But the group's powerful leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) is launching his most calamitous scheme yet: a germ warfare plot that could kill millions!

Data Stream
Region: 2
Release Date: 17th July 2006
Running Time: 136 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)


Lowry have restored this film to its best ever state, and is amongst the highest quality transfers in the James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD series. The transfer is back to 2.35:1 complete with 16x9 enhancement. Almost all scenes are incredibly clear, with only a few exceptions where texture detail is a little soft. Black levels are good and shadow detail is excellent. There are no noticeable compression artifacts or grain visible. During the restoration process, a controversial decision was made to change the colour of the pre-titles sequence, giving the scenes blue tones and changing the apparent time of day.

Featuring a new DTS 5.1 mix, this track is so similar to the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that few will find any improvement. Both tracks are front-heavy and do not use the full extent of the surround mix. Lip sync is excellent, particularly impressive as there was extensive voice dubbing in this film. There are no noticeable pops or clicks.

On The DVD

  • Casting On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Press Day in Portugal
  • George Lazenby: In His Own Words
  • Shot on Ice - Original 1969 Ford Promo Film
  • Swiss Movement - Original 1969 Featurette
  • Interactive Guide Into the World of On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Director Peter Hunt and Members of the Cast and Crew
  • Inside On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Inside Q's Lab
  • Above It All - Original 1969 Featurette
  • MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original Trailer, TV Spots, Photo Gallery & Radio Communications

New Bonus Features
Casting On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Michael G. Wilson explains why producers chose Diana Rigg and George Lazenby for the new Bond picture.
Press Day In Portugal - Eon director of marketing Ann Bennett narrates behind the scenes footage shot on location on April 30th, 1969 during a press day where Bond and Tracy's wedding is rehearsed.
George Lazenby: In His Own Words - Michael G. Wilson introduces interviews with George Lazenby before, during, and after his Bond tenure. Lazenby hopes that his acting inexperience won't be a problem, hopes that fans will accept him for the part, and answers if the bad publicity he received was fabricated and expectations compared to Connery.
Shot on Ice - Original 1969 Ford Promo Film - Grainy documentary on the making of the stock car race sequence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, commented by the rally car driving expert hired for the sequence.

Swiss Movement - Original 1969 Featurette - An interesting documentary covering most of the main cast and multiple sequences shot in Switzerland such as the bobsled chase and Piz Gloria. The feature also introduces multiple members of the crew.

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

One Last Thing...
It seems the chase across the rooftops in London is lost for good. Only a few stills remain of the scene which saw Bond climb up a ladder and leap across rooftops after a good who was spying on him. The decision to recolour the pre-credits sequence will not sit well with many fans and should be corrected on a Blu-Ray release.

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