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#1 of 65 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 19 2009 - 05:23 AM

THE WORLD OF JAMES BOND CONTINUES ON BLU-RAY DISC

Two More 007 Classics,
LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
Make Their High Definition Debut May 12
From MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


LOS ANGELES, CA – The ultimate spy series is bolder than ever in high definition as two more must-own missions LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN arrive on Blu-ray Disc (BD) May 12 from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Recently restored and re-mastered for the highest quality picture and sound quality via the state-of-the-art Lowry process digital frame-by-frame restoration, 007’s action-packed thrill-ride adventures are primed for Blu-ray Disc for the first time ever in high definition. LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN join recently released Bond on Blu-ray Disc catalog titles DR. NO, DIE ANOTHER DAY, LIVE AND LET DIE, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THUNDERBALL, GOLDFINGER, MOONRAKER and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.

One of the world’s most successful and longest running film franchises in history, Bond… James Bond boasts an astounding 98% global consumer awareness. Both LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Blu-ray Discs are fully-loaded with a dossier of top-secret extras, including declassified featurettes and exclusive interactive guides and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada each. Pre-book is April 15.

Licence To Kill Synopsis:
James Bond turns renegade to hunt down a master criminal in this pulse-pounding thrill-ride that’s packed with awesome stunts, subtle humor and explosive confrontations. Timothy Dalton brings urgency, charm and deadly determination to his portrayal of the super-agent, who leaves the British Secret Service and begins a fierce vendetta after his friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison) is brutally attacked by drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi).

The Man With The Golden Gun Synopsis:
James Bond has been marked for death, and he’ll need all of his lethal instincts and charm to survive in this action-packed adventure! Roger Moore returns as Agent 007 and faces off in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Featuring such memorable characters as henchman Nick Nack (Herve Villechaize) and Bond girl Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) – as well as a wild automobile chase through Bangkok and Bond’s stunning confrontation against an entire martial arts school – The Man With The Golden Gun delivers non-stop excitement!

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
Licence To Kill
M Audio commentary featuring director John Glen and members of the cast
M Audio commentary featuring Michael G. Wilson and members of the crew
M Declassified: MI6 Vault - deleted scenes with introductions by director John Glen
o Sharkey Arrives
o Bond and Sharkey Follow Yacht
o Bond in Hotel Room
o Cash Transaction
o Bond in Isthmus
o Bienvenidos Mis Amigos
o Bond Returns to Casino
o Bond Captured by Hong Kong Narcotics Agents
o Boat Ride
M Vignettes, Documentaries and Featurettes
o Bond ‘89
o On Set with John Glen
o On Location with Peter Lamont
o Ground Check with Corky Fornoff
o 007 Mission Control – Interactive Guide into the World of Licence to Kill
o Exotic Locations Montage
o Inside Licence to Kill – A Documentary
o Production Featurette – Behind the Scenes
o Kenworth Truck Stunt Film
o “Licence to Kill” music video performed by Gladys Knight
o “If You Asked Me To” music video performed by Patti LaBelle
o Ministry of Propaganda
o Theatrical Archive
§ How Many Times Can One Man Leave You Breathless?
§ Purely…Business
M Image Database Gallery
o The Filmmakers
o Portraits
o Key West
o Mexico City
o Shots in the Night
o Sanchez’s Office
o Arabesque
o Otomi
o Mexicali
o The “Lost” Promotional Campaign
o Licence to Kill Around the Globe

The Man With The Golden Gun
M Audio commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore
M Audio commentary featuring director Guy Hamilton and members of the cast and crew
M Vignettes, Documentaries and Featurettes
o The Russell Harty Show
o On Location with The Man with the Golden Gun
o Girls Fighting
o American Thrill Show Stunt Film with optional commentary
o The Road to Bond: Stunt Coordinator W. J. Milligan (audio only)
o Guy Hamilton: The Director Speaks
o 007 Mission Control – Interactive Guide into the World of The Man with the Golden Gun
o Exotic Locations Montage
o Inside The Man with the Golden Gun – An Original Documentary
o Double-O Stuntmen
o Ministry of Propaganda
§ Theatrical Archive
· Coming For Christmas
· A Man Called Scaramanga
§ TV Broadcasts
· James Bond, On the Job
· The Most Exciting Adventures
§ Radio Communication
· Get Ready
· Collision Course
· The Greatest 007 Adventure of All
M Image Database Gallery
§ Portraits
§ Press Conference
§ Phuket
§ Bangkok
§ Bonding With AMC
§ Dojo 007
§ Aboard Scaramanga’s Junk
§ Hong Kong
§ Pinewood
§ The Golden Gun
§ Around The World With 007

Licence To Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun Ultimate Edition Blu-ray
Price: $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada each
Order Due Date: April 15, 2009
Street Date: May 12, 2009
Screen Format: Widescreen
Catalog Numbers: M113741 (Licence To Kill)
M113746 (Man With The Golden Gun)
Audio Features: English5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
Original Theatrical Audio
Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean
Closed Captioned: No

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#2 of 65 Steven Good

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Posted March 19 2009 - 04:10 PM

Licence to Kill's 2-disc Ultimate DVD release from a couple of years ago was one of the titles that had some problems... compared to the previous Special Edition release. I don't remember exactly what the issue was though. I know Live and Let Die had color issues on the UE that thankfully were corrected for the recent Blu-ray release.

Does anyone know if MGM or Lowry are fixing their UE mistakes on this title, or the framing issues in A View to a Kill and Goldeneye, or the coloring issues form the beginning of On Her Majesty's Secret Service?
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#3 of 65 Scott Merryfield

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Posted March 19 2009 - 11:37 PM

Best Buy has these listed on their website for a 3/24 release as part of a special bundle package with Quantum of Solace. This looks like a Best Buy exclusive, but it's a way to get these two titles a couple of months earlier.

#4 of 65 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 20 2009 - 12:10 AM

Was hoping to find these new James Bond Blu-rays at the same $19.95
price that Fry's was offering last October.

The best I have found thus far is $23.99 from Amazon.

I have preordered Wave #2 and Wave #3 at those prices which
is not bad.

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#5 of 65 Paul Arnette

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Posted March 20 2009 - 01:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
Was hoping to find these new James Bond Blu-rays at the same $19.95
price that Fry's was offering last October.

The best I have found thus far is $23.99 from Amazon.

I have preordered Wave #2 and Wave #3 at those prices which
is not bad.

Yeah, $19.99 is my maximum for catalog Bonds too. I have yet to pull the trigger on Never Say Never Again because it is $23.99 on Amazon, which is too rich for my blood.
Universal Blu-ray Discs I will not be buying while they're offered only as Blu-ray + DVD 'flipper' discs:

The Jackal
, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#6 of 65 Scott Merryfield

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Posted March 20 2009 - 02:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
Was hoping to find these new James Bond Blu-rays at the same $19.95
price that Fry's was offering last October.

The best I have found thus far is $23.99 from Amazon.

I have preordered Wave #2 and Wave #3 at those prices which
is not bad.

Amazon is selling the Bond Volume 3 package (Goldfinger, The World Is Not Enough, Moonraker) for $50, if you do not mind the packaging. That's $16.67 per movie.

Also, Amazon has a deal if you buy Quantum of Solace, they will give you money off other Bond titles. You can get QoS and the three other new Bonds for about $77. That's still less than $20 per film.

#7 of 65 MattFini

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Posted March 20 2009 - 02:16 AM

I feel bad for the people who purchased the three boxed sets. They're without a paddle for this new wave.
Universal, please release Streets of Fire on Blu-ray.

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Posted March 20 2009 - 02:53 AM

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I feel bad for the people who purchased the three boxed sets. They're without a paddle for this new wave.

Only if you care a lot about the packaging. Personally, my main concern is with the films, not the box or case they come in. I watch the movies, not the packaging. Besides, Casino Royale is already a separate release that sits on the shelf next to my Volume 1 & 2 (and soon Vol. 3) boxes. That was the least expensive way to buy the films.

I may pick up the Best Buy collection with Quantum of Solace, The Man With the Golden Gun and License to Kill, and that will not match either the existing box sets or the single releases. However, it's a cost effective way to get the films, and get the latter two a couple of months early.

#9 of 65 Josh Dial

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Posted March 20 2009 - 03:25 AM

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Only if you care a lot about the packaging. Personally, my main concern is with the films, not the box or case they come in. I watch the movies, not the packaging. Besides, Casino Royale is already a separate release that sits on the shelf next to my Volume 1 & 2 (and soon Vol. 3) boxes. That was the least expensive way to buy the films.

I may pick up the Best Buy collection with Quantum of Solace, The Man With the Golden Gun and License to Kill, and that will not match either the existing box sets or the single releases. However, it's a cost effective way to get the films, and get the latter two a couple of months early.

I agree with you. However, it certainly is an odd way for MGM to release the movies--some collected in a box set, and others as stand alone (the Craig-era notwithstanding, of course). I would like to read the justification of this odd decision.

#10 of 65 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 20 2009 - 05:02 AM

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...if you do not mind the packaging. That's $16.67 per movie.

I'd rather have the individual packaging.

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Posted March 20 2009 - 05:12 AM

I already own all of these (except for Quantum) on SD, and after Amazon spoiled me with their Black Friday deal, I can't see myself paying more than $10 for any of the newest waves - except maybe for Goldfinger.

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#12 of 65 Kai Penttila

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Posted March 20 2009 - 05:16 AM

Licence to Kill and The man with the golden gun were released individually here in Finland together with Goldfinger, Moonraker and The world is not enough on March 6. I haven't bought them though because of their prohibitive price (32+ euros ~ 44 dollars apiece).

#13 of 65 Scott Merryfield

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Posted March 20 2009 - 06:49 AM

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I'd rather have the individual packaging.

Then check out this deal from Amazon. You can get the four titles being released next week for around $78. That gets you under $20 per title.

#14 of 65 Robert George

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Posted March 20 2009 - 03:22 PM

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Licence to Kill's 2-disc Ultimate DVD release from a couple of years ago was one of the titles that had some problems... compared to the previous Special Edition release. I don't remember exactly what the issue was though. I know Live and Let Die had color issues on the UE that thankfully were corrected for the recent Blu-ray release.

Does anyone know if MGM or Lowry are fixing their UE mistakes on this title, or the framing issues in A View to a Kill and Goldeneye, or the coloring issues form the beginning of On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

If you are referring to Licence To Kill, give me some specifics and I'll take a look. In general terms, this new transfer looks damn good. Like the movie was shot yesterday. I have some minor issues with the sound mix, specifically, there are some effects sounds in the surrounds that are rather too loud relative to the front channels in the first shoot-out scene in the Bahamas. I haven't watched the entire movie yet, but that stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Posted March 20 2009 - 06:29 PM

It appears Best Buy has an exclusive box set coming on Tuesday 3/24. The set will include Quantum of Solace, Licence To Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun. I know the 2 older films will not be out at other stores until 5/12.

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I wonder if this was an exclusive for Best Buy since they lost out to Amazon on the steelbooks for TWINE, Goldfinger and Moonraker??

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Posted March 20 2009 - 07:44 PM

Thanks for the tip on that one.

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Then check out this deal from Amazon. You can get the four titles being released next week for around $78. That gets you under $20 per title.


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Posted March 22 2009 - 09:54 AM

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It appears Best Buy has an exclusive box set coming on Tuesday 3/24. The set will include Quantum of Solace, Licence To Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun. I know the 2 older films will not be out at other stores until 5/12.

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I wonder if this was an exclusive for Best Buy since they lost out to Amazon on the steelbooks for TWINE, Goldfinger and Moonraker??

Man, that is very very tempting to go and buy this boxset on Tuesday just to get LtK and MwtGG early along with QoS which I had planned to buy anyway. Well, I planned to purchase all of these so I might as well get this boxset and call it a day. Only downside is I lose the $7 off promotion that I currently have with buying QoS and Goldfinger at Amazon and who knows what type of packaging this boxset is. (Right now I have all individual cases, not the volumes)

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Posted March 22 2009 - 04:15 PM

I just looked at Best Buy's ad. They are also doing a promotion on the Bond films. Casino Royale CE is $19.99!! They also have the other Bond films for $24.99, however you save $10 on the purchase of any 2 titles.

Best Buy also has the exclusive Quantum set as mentioned before.

I cancelled my order on Amazon as I was only ordering a couple of them, but the Best Buy exclusive may have me.

My biggest hang up is the packaging on the box sets. I'd rather have the individual discs after seeing how they did the box sets. The Best Buy box looks a bit bigger, so maybe they are individual cases?? (fingers crossed)

At which point I'll have to decide what to get.

Does anyone have further information about the packaging on the Best Buy exclusive Quantum set (includes Quantum, Licence To Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun)????

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Posted March 22 2009 - 09:28 PM

I cancelled my order of Quantum and bought the boxset of Quantum, License and The Man with the Golden Gun.

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Posted March 22 2009 - 10:43 PM

As much as I would rather have the individual cases, I have to pinch some pennies this year. And when it comes to things like this-upgrades of things I already have serviceable copies of-I can't afford to be anal.
Best Buy also has $25 off if you buy both boxsets together. With NYS tax I can get the 6 movies for $17 each. I was going to try to wait for the DD sale (which will hopefully still come), but I don't see it besting that per title average cost by much, if at all.

Of course, it was only about a month after the first wave streeted that Amazon had a sale where the per title average was under $10. And that was for the individual releases no less.


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