MI6 reviews the new James Bond Ultimate Edition
DVD of the 1977 outing "The Spy Who Loved Me"...
DVD Review - The Spy Who Loved Me
13th 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.
James Bond (Roger Moore) and the beautiful Soviet Agent
Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) team up to investigate missing
Allied and Russian atomic submarines, following a deadly
trail that leads to billionaire shipping magnate Karl Stromberg
(Curt Jurgens). Soon Bond and Anya are the world's only
hope as they discover a nightmarish scheme of global nuclear
Release Date: 17th July 2006
Running Time: 120 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)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
The Ultimate Edition transfer is superior to the earlier 2000
releases, but in some places the image feels a little over processed.
The colour correction and balance is an improvement on the past
DVD releases. The most notable correction is edge enhancement,
which sometimes gives a ghostly outline to characters.
Featuring a new DTS 5.1 mix, this track has a slightly broader
range, though you would be hard pressed to notice the difference
between the SE 2000 Dolby Digital 5.1 and this release. The dialogue
is audible throughout the film. There are a few scenes where the
lip synch is out, but these are few and far between. The surround
sound is underused throughout the film especially the base channels,
which could have really helped sell the massive explosions during
the final assault on the tanker control room. The overall mix
is good, however in a few places Marvin Hamlisch score is overly
On The DVD
Newly Recorded Audio Commentary
Featuring Sir Roger Moore
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007 in Egypt
Roger Moore: My Word Is My
On Location With Ken Adam
007 Stage Dedication - Original
Escape From Atlantis: Storyboard
007 MISSION CONTROL
Interactive Guide Into the
World of The Spy Who Loved Me
THE COMPLETE SPECIAL FEATURES
LIBRARY - MISSION DOSSIER
Audio Commentary Featuring
Director Lewis Gilbert
Production Designer Ken Adam,
Co-Writer Christopher Wood and Michael G Wilson
Inside The Spy Who Loved Me
Ken Adam: Designing Bond
MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA, Original
Trailers, TV Spots, Photo
New Bonus Features
Roger Moore Commentary - A relaxed and
insightful look at what he consides his favourite James
007 in Egypt - Producer Michael G. Wilson
narrates a brief behind the scenes look at the film's location
Ken Adam's Production Films - Production
designer Ken Adam describes scouting and relaxing behind
the scenes on the location. His personal 8mm footage has
suffered with time, but still gives Bond enthusiasts a glimpse
into the downtime on a Bond film.
Roger Moore: My Word Is My Bond - A short
collection of press day interviews with Roger Moore which
where used to promote the new James Bond film.
Storyboard Sequence (Escape From Atlantis) -
Introduced by Producer Michael G. Wilson and subtitled with
dialogue from a early draft of the script, this sequence
shows how closely the final film resembled the storyboarded
007 Stage Dedication - A short featurette
highlighting the first opening of the 007 stage.
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 featurette narrated
by Bond actress Maud Adams.
All other features were previously released on the Special
"The Spy Who Loved Me"
Ultimate Edition DVD
"The Spy Who Loved Me"
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