Die Another Day Release Date: Available now (original release date October 21, 2008) Studio: MGM Home Entertainment Packaging/Materials: Single-disc Blu-Ray case with cardstock slipcover Year: 2002 Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2h12m MSRP: $34.98 MAIN FEATUREVideo1080p high definition 16x9 2.35:1AudioDTS HD Master Audio: English 5.1 / Dolby Digital: English Stereo (coupled with trivia track), Spanish Stereo, French 5.1SubtitlesEnglish, Spanish The Feature: 4/5 James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) goes on the hunt for a North Korean terrorist intent on implementing a scorched earth policy with a deadly solar energy satellite. Video Quality: 4.5/5 The film is correctly framed at 2.35:1, encoded in AVC and free of blemishes. Consistent with the grittier approach to the James Bond character, the film has more noticeable grain (which shows no signs of being reduced) than other franchise installments, lending the film some added character. Fine detail is excellent and the overall image is consistently sharp and detailed. Black levels are very good, deep and inky with fine shadow detail and delineation. The color palette is almost monochromatic in the opening sequence, but later scenes on the beach show great color depth and richness. A few moments of slight edge enhancement is all there is to complain about. Audio Quality: 5/5 Presented in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, the most modern film in this first wave of Bond Blu-Rays has everything one would expect from a recent, high profile blockbuster. The surround field is wide, enveloping and seamless, dialogue is clear and nicely balanced and LFE is deep and clean. As much as I enjoyed the five vintage films, it's a treat to finally experience a Bond film with a mix so heart pumpingly dynamic. Special Features: 3/5 All the special features from the "Ultimate Edition" (UE) DVD release have been ported over. Only the "007 Mission Control" random access piece is in high definition, though it is merely grabbing in and out points from the feature (with the exception of the textless version of the title sequence, which exists on its own). Unfortunately, since the UE DVD did not include any theatrical trailers or TV spots, they are also absent here. Those who own the 2003 "Special Edition" DVD will need to hold onto it as it has many extras which have not been carried over on either the UE DVD or this Blu-Ray release. Audio Commentary by Actors Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike: Brosnan's track is on the leisurely side, but it's interesting to hear about his firsthand experiences and thoughts on the franchise and character. Pike doesn't show up until well into the film. Audio Commentary by Director Lee Tamahori and Producer Michael G. Wilson: Tamahori and Wilson provide a more technical and ultimately informative track. One the whole it's more engaging than the previous commentary. MI6 Datastream: Pop-up text track provides trivia and background information about the film. With the feature enabled the standard pop-up menu does not function and the audio is limited to a stereo track. From Script to Screen (51m40s): A behind-the-scenes look at the "Die Another Day" development and production. Narrated by Robert Carlyle. Shaken and Stirred on Ice (23m35s): A detailed look at the intricate Iceland ice palace set and chase scene. Narrated by Samantha Bond. Just Another Day (22m39s): Behind the logistics and production of the scene introducing Gustav Graves, which took place near Buckingham Palace. The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London (3m32s): The film's collaboration with British Airways. On Location with Peter Lamont (13m51s): Production Designer Lamont comments on his location scouting footage. Credits (1m15s): Production credits for the "MI6 Vault." 007 Mission Control: An interesting feature, giving random access to scenes around a particular character or theme, all in 1080p high definition 16x9 2.35:1 video with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (with the exception of the textless title sequence, which is in Dolby Digital 5.1). Better than skipping through the feature disc? It depends. For fans of the opening title sequence this is an easy way to access it. And obviously users aren't meant to watch all the clips, but only access their favorites; otherwise, why not just watch the feature disc? The one departure from simple clips from the film is the "Exotic Locations" item, which is a montage of film locales with narration by Samantha Bond, presented in high definition with stereo audio. Image Database: Large image gallery with usual mix of promotional stills, on-set shots, and advertising materials. "Quantum of Solace" Movie Cash: In promotion of the upcoming Bond film starring Daniel Craig, a cover sticker has a code to access an online coupon worth up to $10.50 toward the purchase of a ticket for the movie. The sticker left a fair amount of adhesive on the cardstock cover, though it was easily removed with duct tape. Title Recap The Feature: 4/5 Video Quality: 4.5/5 Audio Quality: 5/5 Special Features: 3/5 Overall Score (not an average): 3.5/5 While "Die Another Day" on Blu-Ray offers excellent audio and video, the continued omission of many special features from the original DVD release makes it less than complete. For those who care more about the feature, it is the clearly the technically superior option. But anyone interested in the total package won't get it without having to hang on to - or search out a used copy of - the "Special Edition" DVD.