BLU-RAY REVIEW: NO TIME TO DIE
12/21/2021



No Time To Die Blu-ray Review




OVERVIEW: Daniel Craig delivers the “best Bond we’ve ever had” (IGN) and a “stunning and surprising finale” (Empire) in NO TIME TO DIE, the extraordinary 25th installment of the James Bond series, available to own for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Collector’s Editions on December 21, 2021 from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Generating more than $700 million worldwide and Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, fans can now bring home NO TIME TO DIE in time for the holidays with more than an hour of bonus content exploring the action, spectacle and stunts. With highlights including the Being James Bond 45-minute retrospective on 4K Ultra HD and four exclusive and exciting featurettes, viewers can go behind-the-scenes of the film and deeper into the “thrilling and emotional” (Deadline) legacy of Daniel Craig’s 007.

SYNOPSIS: NO TIME TO DIE returns Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s James Bond alongside OSCAR® winner Rami Malek. Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

FILM REVIEW:

Safin: James Bond. License to kill, history of violence... I could be speaking to my own reflection. Only your skills will die with your body, while mine will survive long after I'm gone.

James Bond: History isn't kind to men who play God.

I was around during the days of Sir Sean Connery but was too young to truly appreciate the mystique that is James Bond. I grew up during the Roger Moore time and was hooked. After getting through the brief Timothy Dalton stint and the hyped Pierce Brosnan reign, I was quite skeptical of this Daniel Craig guy taking over such a world renowned role. His performances along with the grittiness of these recent Bond flicks have brought me to the conclusion that, at least for me, Daniel is my favorite Bond. So much for my skepticism. I will say right off the bat without giving anything away that if you are a fan of James Bond movies, this is a must see if there ever was one. I would also recommend (if you're comfortable with it) seeing it on the big screen. The visuals in this film are some of the best I've ever seen. The filming locations and overall cinematography are breath taking eye popping and all around amazing. But the sophistication doesn't exist only in the visual but also in the script, the stunts, and the action. True to Bond form, this film does not disappoint in any of those arenas. What makes these Daniel Craig 007s so great is the perfect melding of classic Bond with a new Bond. We still get classic Bond in aspects like the cars, weapons, gadgets, one liners, and his debonair persona. The new Bond includes a lot more realism, it is very much more gritty, and quite emotional too. This is our modern Bond at his best and this film highlights that fact.

The cast of this movie is definitely worth mentioning. We'll start with Oscar winner Rami Malek who is very disturbing as Safin. Lea Seydoux is arguably one of the best Bond leading ladies ever. I mean come on, she's the only one to do it twice. On that note, I will mention that this James Bond movie does push the envelope and break a few traditions so heads up on that if you are sensitive to it. I thought it was bold and almost refreshing. I need to mention the stunning Ana de Armas whose role was brief but potent. She was strong and silly which made it enjoyable. Then there's the also powerful role given by Lashana Lynch. You don't want to mess with her. It took me a bit to realize why I recognized her so much. We still have our usual suspects in Mr. Fiennes, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and one of my favorites Jeffrey Wright as Felix. All these people have only added to the success of this franchise. Also need to mention that even though his role was also brief, one of the better actors of our day, Christoph Waltz commanded the screen while he was on. Last but not least, Mr. Craig is as I said, one of the best to ever do it. He will be missed as James Bond. .

BLU-RAY: The film is presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 Master Audio in English that provides a good complement to the picture. It also includes  English subtitles.

VIDEO:
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9

AUDIO:
English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for bonus content), French European (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Subtitles - English SDH, Spanish, French

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

ANATOMY OF A SCENE: MATERA – In true Bond fashion, there is an incredible pre-credit sequence featured in No Time To Die. A breathless chase shot in Matera that starts on foot, then motorcycle, then car. Not just any car either - the iconic Aston Martin DB5! Through interviews with Daniel Craig and director Cary Joji Fukunaga, plus on-set interviews with key members of the crew, we discover how the filmmakers shot this breathtaking sequence.

KEEPING IT REAL: THE ACTION OF NO TIME TO DIE – In a world full of CGI-heavy action films, the Bond franchise proudly stands out from the crowd for always shooting practical stunts, without the use of special effects. In this piece we see how No Time To Die continues with this tradition with its amazing action sequences.

A GLOBAL JOURNEY – Exotic locations are synonymous with all Bond movies and No Time To Die is no different. As well as returning to Bond’s spiritual home, Jamaica, for Daniel Craig’s final outing, we also go on a global journey taking in Italy, Norway and Scotland. We’ll hear from Daniel Craig, Cary Fukunaga, other key cast and filmmakers, on what it was like filming at these spectacular locations.

DESIGNING BOND – Production designer Mark Tildesley and costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, along with cast and other filmmakers, discuss the inspiration, challenges and trials of concepting and making such remarkable sets and costumes for the iconic Bond franchise.

BEING JAMES BOND* – In this special 45-minute retrospective, Daniel Craig candidly reflects on his 15-year adventure as James Bond. Including never-before-seen archival footage from Casino Royale to the 25th film No Time To Die, Craig shares his personal memories in conversation with 007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, in the lead up to his final performance as James Bond.

 

 

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