Dr.No - Man With Golden Gun / 5.1 DVD?

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  1. Osato

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    I have been hearing about the older James Bond DVD's being remastered and that they will all eventually have 5.1 audio tracks.
    I haven't heard much more other than it's being worked on right now.
    I speculate they won't be released until Bond 21 comes out and the current editions have all been re-released.
    Has anyone heard anything about this?

    Thanks for posting!
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    I think it'll be 2005.

    The older films will supposedly be restored and also have new 5.1 remixes.

    I have the Goldfinger special edition, but while it has excellent supplements...the transfer is kind of lousy. Good color and good sound...but that's all I can really say for it.

    The special editions were missing the music-effects tracks that the Criterion laserdiscs had.
     
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    I'm sure MGM music was upset the video division didn't tell them about the isolated music tracks.
    Agreed these may be a long way off. Thanks for the info!
     
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    Thanks Patrick! New video transfers in addition to the new audio tracks?

    thanks again,
     
  5. Neil S. Bulk

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    I don't see how this is possible on Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Apparently separate tracks cannot be found for these films. That's why the music and effects tracks were included on the Criterion editions as well as on The Connery Collection box set editions of these movies. That is all that is available. And those M&E tracks were made for foreign markets, thats why they exist in the first place, and in the case of Dr. No different music plays in at least one scene (when Bond is on his way to Miss Taro's house).

    Also, keep in mind that all of the Bond scores up until 1987 have just been re-released, and while some of the scores were expanded, those three titles were not. My guess is that the separate music and dialogue and effects tracks have still not been located. Without them, isn't a 5.1 re-mix sort of difficult to accomplish?

    Neil
     
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    Live and Let Die sound restoration has been completed.
     
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    Didn't Mi Casa do the 5.1 remixes of the classic Bonds? I thought I saw on their website that they had been hired by MGM.

    They probably did find the stems, or perhaps they only tinkered with the stereo score recordings to have something in 5.1.

    Dan
     
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    Dan, that's correct - they've been hired to remix all the MONO Bonds. Hopefully Octopussy will also be done, as it lacked low end, although I pretty happy with the 2.0 [​IMG]
     
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    The early Bond films had mono soundtracks. Why on Earth would anyone want/expect 5.1?

    It amazes me that many on this forum repeat "OAR" like a mantra, but demand altered sound mixes as a condition of purchase.

    Can't speak for the DVD, but Turner's Goldfinger laserdic box set had a spectacular transfer. Around here, it's a keeper.

    Charlie
     
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    As long as the mono track is available, I don't see a problem with remixes. OAR is more important to me than the original sound in some cases.
     
  13. Dave Molinarolo

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    Well, here's my $.02.

    I am an OAR advocate as well, however, IMO if there is anyway to at least squeeze a 2.0 Surround track out of something (mono), then I'll prefer the 2.0 track. Why? Because there's just so much more clarrity and fidelity to a stereo track than a mono. I mean here we have a durable audio/video media that can continuingly reproduce excellent picture and sound and yet, some people don't want at least a stereo sound track?

    In other words, think progressive (*gag*). Think positively. Move forward...... [​IMG]
     
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    I just watched From Russia With Love again today and am very happy with the current disc...saw no problem...looks great for an almost 40 year old movie...and the Mono is fine with me...
     
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    Agreed with Dmitry. If the stems are available to make a 5.1 and there's no evidence the movie was intended to be mono, go ahead with the remix.
     
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    These films are classics. A 5.1 track will not improve them.

    Neil
     
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