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.

Official Blurb
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 Armageddon!

Data Stream
Region: 2
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

Audio Specs
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 dominate.

On The DVD

  • Newly Recorded Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore
  • 007 in Egypt
  • Roger Moore: My Word Is My Bond
  • On Location With Ken Adam
  • 007 Stage Dedication - Original 1977 Featurette
  • Escape From Atlantis: Storyboard Sequence
  • Interactive Guide Into the World of The Spy Who Loved Me
  • 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 Bond film.
007 in Egypt - Producer Michael G. Wilson narrates a brief behind the scenes look at the film's location shoot.
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 sequence.
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 Edition DVD.

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