Dr. No (1962) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Thriller
MGM || PG - 110 minutes - $34.98 || October 21, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-11-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Terence Young
Writer(s): Ian Fleming (novel); Johanna Harwood & Richard Maibaum & Berkely Mather (screenplay)
Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee


Theatrical Release Date: May 8, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 007: License to Restore
  • The Guns
  • Premier Bond: Opening Nights
  • 007 Mission Control
  • Inside Dr. No
  • Terence Young: Bond Vivant
  • Dr. No 1963 Featurette
  • Ministry of Propaganda
  • Image Database


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.66)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Dr. No is the first in the long running series of Bond films in the past 45 years. I am stepping into this franchise as never seeing a single movie. Yes, I've never seen a single Bond film before and I will be watching them for the first time on Blu-ray. Having now gone through first six classic MGM films I am happy to say I am a fan.

James Bond starts off in a rather unique way and within a short time Bond is sent to Jamaica to look for a Secret Service group that has gone missing. Within a short time Bond meets several people that will help him out in his adventure including some CIA agents and a fisherman named Quarrel. Bond sets his sights on an island that has a "fire breathing dragon" and with the guidance of Quarrel we are on our way. He soon runs into a young female, Honey, who goes there to collect shells. With her by his side he goes to take down Dr. No.

Fairly average story but it serves its purpose - setting up the character of Bond for future adventures. While Bond only manages to get a gun this film (every other film seems to try and top itself with more unique gadgets), itís still effective. Several times we get some fairly dark comments ("Make sure he doesn't get away" and "I think they are on their way to a funeral") which helps infuse Bond as a suave, bad ass character.

This film has several lovely ladies, but by far the best was Honey (Ursula Andress). With an excellent body, beautiful voice she helps solidify that Bond will always have a lady each movie. And letís not forget that famous scene of her coming out of the water that has been well ingrained in cinema history.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are Presented in SD unless otherwise noted.

Worth noting is that Dr. No comes with a very attractive slip cover as well as a code to get a free ticket to see Quantum of Solace in theaters.

Commentary by Director Terence Young and Members of the Cast and Crew

007: License to Restore (10 Minutes) - An amazing look at some of the restoration used in bringing all the classic Bond films to Blu-ray (even some not released!). I was amazed how informative this feature was and anyone who wants to know how restoration is done should give this feature a spin.

The Guns (5 Minutes), Premier Bond: Opening Nights (14 Minutes) - A poorly done promo hosted by Connery and some footage from the premiers of (almost) all the Bond films.

007 Mission Control (007, Women, Allies, Villains, Mission Control Manual, Q Branch, Exotic Locations) - Each selection above takes you into sub-categories where you pick scenes from the film. Yeah, this acts as a "favorite scene" type feature. Yawn.

Inside Dr. No (40 Minutes; HD), Terence Young: Bond Vivant (20 Minutes), Dr. No 1963 Featurette (9 Minutes) - The meat of the disc is a featurette that goes into great detail on the film. By far the best thing the disc has to offer (besides the restoration featurette) any Bond fan will want to give this one a watch. On it we great a look at some of the novels and how they were turned into films. I personally had no idea that Casino Royale, the 2006 Bond film, was the first book written! We also get a look at the Director who would serve for many of Bonds best films and a very vintage fluff piece showing off Connery.

Ministry of Propaganda (Theatrical Archive, TV Broadcasts, Radio Communications)

Also included a very comprehensive Image Database.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Dr. No is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 (AVC/MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Considering the movie is now over 45 years old you will be amazed at the picture quality. A great effort went in to make the film not only clear of any dirt/debris/scratches, but to also clean it up and make it look better then was even shot. And that's exactly what happened. Color is vibrant and that scene on the beach... oh man.

MGM has provided an excellent English DTS MA 5.1 Track as well as a French 5.1 Dolby Digital Track and for those movie enthusiasts, the original English and Spanish Mono tracks. Once again another fine sounding track that keeps dialog nice and clear most of the time with a great sense of realism. I did have to change the volume every once and a while because the soundtrack became a bit too loud or dialog too low.



.::OVERALL::.

Dr. No is the first Bond film in a long running series and while it may not be the best, itís still a great film that deserves a watch. Coming to Blu-ray for the first time you will find excellent picture quality and a great set of special features.