Blog launched, Casino Royale DVD review, and more!

In DVD Reviews, Movie Reviews, PhotoshopedUp on March 21, 2007 at 3:03:36 pm

Well, welcome to the web. It was my wakeup call to actually start one of these things. I’ve had a couple of failed attempts, but I swear that I’ll try to maintain this one. I hope.

Casino Royale – DVD Review

After the last Bond film Die Another Day, I expected that Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of the series, had forgotten what Bond originally was about. Die Another Day was to the Bond series what the Hyundai Pony was to the auto industry: an utter disgrace. Even in Moonraker, one of the worst films, there were some good parts. The boat chase and the glass factory fight were both entertaining and realistic. But DAD (I’m going to refer to it as that because I’m lazy) was pitiful. I’ve seen more realism in 1980’s B-films. The CGI was terrible, the invisible car was pathetic, the various references to old Bond films seemed forced, and the plot, wait… there was a plot?

For Casino Royale, I expected more of the same. However, when they announced that Martin Campbell was directing, my hopes were lifted. See, Mr. Campbell directed Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan’s opener to the series, which was a great film. They also said that Daniel Craig would play a more aggressive, more realistic Bond. This was all talk, however, and I had yet to see what resulted.

November 19, 2006: I finally got around to seeing the film for the first time, 2 days after it opened. And was I ever shocked! It was incredible! The action, while grittier, wasn’t as raw and violent as License to Kill. The humour returned to the classic Bondian sarcasm and wit. And there was a plot! I was definitely impressed.

I bought the DVD the day it was released. Annoyingly, I didn’t get the Corgi Aston Martin model with it. Oh well. I bought it for the film, didn’t I?

The movie is great to have on DVD, finally. But you buy DVDs partially because of the film, but also for the special features. And I must say that, although it came with 2 discs, I was disappointed by the lack of special features on it. There were three documentaries and a Chris Cornell music video. The documentaries, while decent, are half-an-hour each, and one of them (“The Girls of Bond”) appeared on another DVD, albiet an older version. Martin Campbell has said recently that “yes, we are doing a commentary” for another edition of the DVD. Which kind of makes me angry. I spent the twenty dollars on the DVD when it first was released, so I shouldn’t have to buy it again. The other documentaries cover the making of the film, and stunt sequences.

My Rating
Picture Quality: 5/5
Sound Quality: 4.5/5 (there are a couple of spots where it seems to get really loud and then level off)
Movie: 5/5
Bonus Features: 3.5/5

TOTAL SCORE: 17/20 Chop Awards 2006

I just finished tallying the votes by our *elite* panel of judges on the Chop Awards 2006, and I must say that the winning crop of entries were amazing!

You can view the results in PDF format, in two qualities.

High Quality version (27MB): Click Here

Low Quality version (1MB): Click Here

Just re-instating that these are PDF files.

That’s all, I think.


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