I'd say the new versions are all better than the originals, even with some of the issues which have popped up (cropping on A View to a Kill & Goldeneye and some color timing changes on other films). The Connery films all look excellent and the other titles benefit from new transfers as well. Although The Spy Who Loved Me has a good deal of edge enhancement.
The only film that doesn't carry over all of the old extras is Die Another Day. Basically, nothing on the second disc from the SE except the stills gallery makes it onto the UE. This was probably because the old edition was packed with extras and they needed room for the ones they ran out of space for last time.
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before (I can't see anything here) but is there something weird about the layer change on Moonraker?
My Denon 2900 plays virtually every single one of my discs without a trace of a layer change, but on the Moonraker UE (R1) it jams for a second just before the Jaws alley attack in Rio around the 59 minute mark.
I've tried 2 copies and it jams in the same place.
Hopefully the same thing doesn't happen on my OPPO DV-971HD multi-region player. I just bought all four Volumes yesterday and my player has been playing everything I've put in it. AND I got an extra booklet for You Only Live Twice! Just thought it was weird cause all four volumes had all the respective booklets though. There should be a comprehensive site like dvdcompare.net which also lists layer changes. Moonraker is by far the corniest 007 Official film though, in a good sense though of course.
Slightly off topic, but I was wondering if anyone here at HTF won a prize in the Ultimate Bond DVD competition that came with the R2 versions?
I entered the comp months ago (bought a couple of R2's before buying the R1 sets), and was amazed to get an email yesterday saying I'd won a 007 'Scene It' game..... Not bad, but the 1st prize was better! (A year's loan of an Aston Martin Vanquish!)
As I had posted a while back, Encore / Starz channels have been showing the Bond movies as part of their regular rotation of movies.
Today, they showed OHMSS, and I decided to give it a look again. The movie begins with a new, recent United Artists title card, and then goes into an old-scratched up dirty print. So, they aren't showing the Lowry-restored versions.
Anyway, during the beach scene before the credits, the picture doesn't look like that on the old SE DVD. That being said, it doesn't seem to be quite as blue as the screencaptures I've seen from the UE version. However, it does have quite a bit of blue to it, resembling the UE more than the sunrise we're used to from the SE.
I remember someone telling me that perhaps the picture would seem that way because of the TV that I am viewing on. I viewed the scene today on several TVs, and all of them had that blue tint to the scene. Again, not as blue as the UE, but definitely not looking like the sunrise on the SE.
Isn't it strange how there are so many different looks to the same movies as they've been aired over the years?
Thanks for that! Very informative. Looks like we made out a little better than the region 2 folks. I went ahead and got the Ultimates from the Amazon sale, but it looks like I'll be hanging on to some of the special editions as well.
Well, I'd say the Moonraker UE is defective since a) Denon players don't make a habbit of picking films at random and playing them incorrectly and b) it would appear this is not, in fact, the layer change so there's something else up!
Just another glitch to add to the list.
I would be interested to know if any other players are having problems.