James Bond Special Edition DVDs OOP?

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  1. Roderick Gauci

    Roderick Gauci Stunt Coordinator

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    This news may be old hat to all you Bondphiles out there, but I have recently searched in several online stores, both Region 1 (AMAZON, DEEP DISCOUNT) and Region 2 retailers (PLAY, BENSONWORLD), for 4 of MGM’s Special Edition DVDs of The James Bond Series, namely THUNDERBALL (released in 1999), YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (all released in 2000). Amazon lists the discs as being of “Limited Availablity” (with a cringe-inducing price to match!), while all the others either state that these discs have been discontinued, or else omit them entirely.

    I had already bought the first (and best) three James Bond movies on Region 1 DVD from a local retailer about a year ago. I am not generally a fan of action movies but I think that the earlier James Bond films (the first seven official entries in the series) with all their charm, exoticism, wit and style represent a pinnacle for this genre of film-making. I have enjoyed most of the rest of the series (which have unfortunately degenerated into campy, effects-laden extravaganzas) but I am not so enthusiastic about them as to add them to my DVD collection. However, I am quite satisfied with the Special Edition DVDs I own as they are, and was looking forward to adding the other four in my next order. In fact, I had been toying with the idea of acquiring them for a long time but always kept postponing them because of some missing footage in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (which should have been included in a subsequent repressing of the disc, but I haven’t any idea if this was ever done or not, or if this mistake affected both Region 1 and Region 2 versions or not)!

    Actually I did manage to find them at a relatively cheap price (including free shipping) at DVD BOX OFFICE, an online store based in Canada. But I have read elsewhere that all the James Bond discs will be reissued on DVD to coincide with the theatrical release of the twentieth James Bond film later on this year, but I did not find any positive confirmation of this anywhere. There must be some morsel of truth in this because it does not make sound financial sense to just stop producing such popular discs, not to mention, in such superbly comprehensive editions. I should think that most of you have already got all these DVDs, so whether they will be re-released or not would be of little importance. My instinct tells me to just go buy these great discs at such an attractive price right now, but I would hate to see them coming out in superior editions (?) in a couple of months’ time!!
     
  2. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Screenwriter

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    Yep, it's old news. They've been on moratorium for several months.
     
  3. Chad Gregory

    Chad Gregory Supporting Actor

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    FYI,

    The "new" releases will only be reissues of the ones previously available. I believe that they will start to surface this summer leading up to the theatrical release and eventual dvd release of Bond 20.

    So don't worry about picking up the now OOP editions if you can find them.

    -Chad
     
  4. RobertSing

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    There was a note on Yahoo news about Best Buy and the studio teaming up to release all the DVDs over the summer ... you might try searching this forum and see if you can find the link.
     
  5. GlennH

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    I'm not a hardcore Bond fan, but I bought the Volume 2 box set at BestBuy.com when they had a price error (only $35) awhile back that they honored.

    Now I have seen that the moratorium has forced up the price of these on EBay and Amazon Marketplace. Apparently there are people out there willing to way overpay for OOP titles. I'm think I'm going to try to finish watching them all soon so I can hopefully cash in on some of these "cringe-inducing prices" by selling my box set. It will help finance other purchases. I could even probably re-buy the set later when re-released and still come out ahead with the prices these are getting now.
     
  6. rutger_s

    rutger_s Supporting Actor

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    MGM is considering remastering all 19 offical UA Bond films in high-definition prior to re-issuing them on DVD.

    As usual Never Say Never...Again won't get this treatment.
     
  7. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    Anyone know whether Casino Royale (either version, in fact!...either the Peter Sellers comedy or the original Barry Nelson telefilm) is going to finally hit during this Best Buy promotion?
    Here's hoping, anyway! [​IMG]
     
  8. James D S

    James D S Screenwriter

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    Good question David. I'm also hoping that we get to see the Barry Nelson Casino Royale during the next big Bond promo this summer.
    I've been putting off getting the VHS in hopes that it would soon be available on DVD.
    Hope, hope, hope...
     
  9. Neil S. Bulk

    Neil S. Bulk Screenwriter

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  10. ChrisA

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    I'll be glad to buy all the BOND movies in DIGITAL VHS 1080i .... I prefer optical media, but I'll take 24mbps bandwidth D-VHS until HD-DVD can provide that!

    GIVE ME 1080i D-VHS and HD-DVD as soon as possible. I can't stand 480 crap!
     
  11. Dan Hitchman

    Dan Hitchman Cinematographer

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    What the Bond films (especially from the Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Roger Moore eras) need are extensive negative and soundtrack restorations from the best full European Cut elements available.

    Too bad MGM holds the rights to these films as they seem reluctant to spend the necessary money to do right by their own bread 'n' butter franchise. They may be lost for all time sooner than you think.

    Dan
     
  12. rutger_s

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    The high-definition masters used for the ABC networks "The Bond Picture Show" are edited for content.

    Also, ABC only has the right to air the Bond films through Octopussy. Any films after Octopussy can not be aired by ABC and do not have high-definition masters available for them.
     

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