For the second installment in the Bond series, following the success of Dr. No, the budget received a major bump, expanding exponentially the abilities to create high quality entertainment. Set-pieces were bigger, and the entire production far less roughly hewn. This is both good and bad for the present Blu-ray, and our discussion must once again turn to grain. With the removal of grain as it existed on the original Eastman negative by the Lowry Digital system, everything is now exposed -- sharp, crisp and crystal clear. And in some instances, possibly not a good thing. Within the first ten minutes we run slightly amuck in digital cleansing. Two examples: There is a huge set encompassing the chess game with huge painted ceilings. In the Blu-ray it appears for the first time that the ceilings and walls are unstable, and possibly a matte painting. With a grained imaged, this would most likely not be noticeable. And that would have been the way that it was planned. When we first meet Lotte Lenya, who plays everyone's favorite nanny, Rosa Klebb, we are treated to a couple of close-ups of the actress, then in her mid-60s. With a bit of the original grain and the slight softening of the image via the original dye transfer printing process, we wouldn't be staring at her heavy makeup. But as an image harvested from the original negative, and then de-grained, yielding an even sharper image... Though most of the film, this isn't a problem, and the resultant image is pleasing, and all is well. As I noted in regards to Dr. No, the Bond films were never looked upon as "art," so a bit of image manipulation, where it doesn't take one of the film may not matter. A pretty, sharp, fully detailed and certainly a clean and grain-free image courtesy of Lowry Digital. From Russia with Love is Recommended.