MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition
DVD of the 1987 outing "The Living Daylights"...
DVD Review - The Living Daylights
24th August 2006
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.
Timothy Dalton is suave and lethal as superagent James Bond
in this turbo-charged acting/adventure that pulls out the
stops for excitement. Armed with a gadget-laden Aston Martin
and his licence to kill, Agent 007 must stop a terrifying
weapons conspiracy that may be linked to the Soviet military
Release Date: 17th July 2006
Running Time: 130 minutes
Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic PAL
Soundtracks: English DD5.1, English DTS
Subtitles: English HOH, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish,
Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English DTS 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
The Living Daylights has been restored and cleaned up by the amazing
Lowry process. The image is near perfect; clear and sharp throughout.
The colour levels are excellent and the blacks are solid giving
the print a pristine look.
The DVD has two main audio tracks: the previously released Dolby
Digital 5.1 and the newly remixed DTS track. The new DTS track
is wholly average with very little difference between the previous
Dolby Digital. The rear speakers and lower frequency channels
seem under-used during the course of the film. The film's dialogue
and optional commentary are clear and easily understood throughout
Deleted Scenes With Introduction
by John Glen
Happy Anniversary, 007 Silver
Timothy Dalton: The New James
Timothy Dalton: On Acting
Dalton and d'Abo Interviews
The Ice Chase Outtakes - Deleted
Footage With Director John Glen Narration
Interactive Guide Into the
World of The Living Daylights
THE COMPLETE SPECIAL FEATURES
LIBRARY - MISSION DOSSIER
Audio Commentary Featuring Director
John Glen and Members of the Cast and Crew
Inside The Living Daylights
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator
'The Living Daylights' Music
Video Performed by a-ha
The Making of 'The Living Daylights'
MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original
Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery & Radio
Deleted Scenes: The Declassified: MI6 Vault
is kicked off with two deleted scenes introduced by five-time
James Bond director John Glen. A short 'Magic Carpet Ride'
and 'Q's Lab: Extended Scene' are both insightful, however
they were best left out of the film.
The Ice Chase with Director Introduction
- an extended inter cut of behind the scenes and film footage
by Arthur Wooster's second unit. An insightful behind the
scenes look at the memorable car chase.
Happy Anniversary 007 - a round up of the
25 years of James Bond hosted by Roger Moore. The program
ends with a promotional plug for The Living Daylights. This
compilation is the best 'new' feature on the disc, however
offers nothing new for the Bond enthusiast.
Silver Anniversary Featurettes - four short
clips focusing on Cubby Broccoli and his views of Timothy
Dalton as James Bond. The second is a introduction to the
new Bond girl Maryam d'Abo. The third is Around The World
With James Bond, a look at the locations of the latest James
Bond film. The final short is a near two-minute look at
Bond's new Aston Martin 'Volante' in The New Bond Car.
Timothy Dalton: The New James Bond / Vienna Press
Conference - this is a fantastic feature which
helps us see a new James Bond ushered in. The board is made
up of cast and crew who answer the press questions.
Dalton and d'Abo Interviews - an interview
with Dalton and d'Abo as they talk about the plans and hopes for
the future of the new James Bond film.
Timothy Dalton On Acting - An insightful interview
with Timothy Dalton on him taking on the Bond mantel.
007 Mission Control - A number of clips highlighting
the must haves for any James Bond film. 007, Women, Allies, Villains,
Mission Combat Manual, Q Branch and Exotic Locations - which is
the only new featurette in this collection.
All other features were previously released on the Special
One Last Thing....
Where is the alternative gun-barrel sequence used in early previews
of the film, where Timothy Dalton leapt across the screen?
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