Merged James Bond DVD Set??

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  1. Osato

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    Hello - Will MGM be offering corrected versions of On Her Majesty's Secret Service? This has to do with the audio and a partial missing scene from the film.
    Were any of the others to be corrected?
    I really enjoyed these DVD's. They are so well done and have extremely well done documentaries about the films. Highly recommended.
     
  2. Steve Phillips

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    I got the corrected versions of OCTOPUSSY and THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS directly from MGM. Some subtitles for foriegn dialog were missing.

    NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN was initially released cut, but they realized the mistake early on and I was able to get the uncut version off the shelf. The only way to tell was there were three (***) after the title on the white title security sticker.

    I don't think they ever re-did OHMSS, did they? It was really just a variant version and not an cut. Hopefully they would have corrected this for the new sets?
     
  3. Osato

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    Yes. It wasn't redone, however I think someone posted a while ago that MGM would make a corrected version available at some point.
    Was the subtitles for the foreign dialogue supposed to be included? Some of them were on the VHS versions, but I heard that originally when the films were released in theaters the subs weren't on the prints.
    I was puzzled on the audio and video aspects too. Thunderball went with 5.1 while Twice through The Man With the Golden Gun were 2.0. Then Spy through For Your Eyes Only went to 5.1. Octopussy was 2.0 then back to 5.1 for A View To A Kill. Strange.
    Any Bond fans out there who know more about this?
     
  4. Dmitry

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    Certainly plenty of those who wish to know...
     
  5. Cameron Seaman

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    Just as a reminder, there was a really good thread listing the defects on the previous Bond releases.
    I only bought the first box set last time, so looks like I will be getting the rest of the individually to complete the collection.
    I'm still trying to find out what the details were on any License to Kill replacements, and if the new version to be released this Tuesday will be any different from the one I have now.
     
  6. Christopher D

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    Licence to Kill was never corrected in the last run. The masses wait with baited breath for someone to pick up the new version (is it in the Tuesday set?) and report back.

    This is another reason why I go to the trouble to keep LDs around.
     
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  8. Dan Hitchman

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    Same so-so editions as last time.

    When the f**k is MGM going to wake up and fully restore the negatives and soundtracks to all the classic (1960-1980's) James Bond movies? Besides, the European editions (only the U.S. versions have been released on video) have more alternate scenes in them that included more "naughty" stuff and a bit more violence (they sometimes shot certain scenes twice-- once for the U.S. market, and another from the less sensitive European market).

    I have been less than thrilled with the quality (video especially) of the current SE releases. The majority of the films from Sean Connery up to Timothy Dalton have sported beat up prints and poor compression jobs.

    Perhaps these are clues that MGM might be re-releasing these films yet again:

    1) Mi Casa Multimedia [they remixed many a New Line DVD, including Bones, Se7en, The Fellowship of the Ring (and the next two installments), and Blade 2 for DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, as well as other DVD releases] has recently put up on their web site that MGM has hired them to create new 5.1 surround mixes for the classic James Bond films.

    2) These SE's are now being sold for $12 and under at most stores, which leads me to believe MGM is trying to dump their current back stock to get ready to milk us again.

    Hmmm...

    Dan
     
  9. Rob Lutter

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    Dan, I think we defer in opinions... most of the transfers I have seen have been above-average for the era they were released (60s-80s).
    Anyone else who bought sporadically last round and is completing the collection now buying this? [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    www.designpaulchampagne.com
    $50 - one case (holds 21 CASES)
    $70 - three separate cases (easier to handle)
    It will be mine... oh yes it will [​IMG]
     
  10. John H Ross

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    I'm holding my breath for the re-issue of "Licence To Kill". There are two atrociously synched lines of dialogue near the end on the previous 5.1 mix and MGM must SURELY have corrected the mistake for this release.

    SURELY!?!?!

    John
     
  11. Dan Hitchman

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    From what I've read, the negatives for the classic Bonds are in pretty bad shape and desperately need to be restored... and soon. I'd hope Robert Harris and a crack team (like those who restored Superman The Movie's negatives) could be called on to scour the planet for the best surviving elements of the full cuts and painstakingly bring them back to life. Further digital restoration for ultra high def. video masters (using Cinesite, etc.) should be used if needbe.

    This is a bread 'n' butter franchise for MGM, and I keep shaking my head as to why they don't preserve these cinematic gems. Bond is an icon, like these films or not.

    Dan
     
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    Makes you wonder if DPC will re-issue one of their cases to account for Casino Royale, which, although a parody, is still considered by some to be a "Bond" movie.

    Back on my meds,

    CS
     
  14. Peter Apruzzese

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    Craig,

    Casino Royale is as much - if not more so - a Bond film as Never Say Never Again, so it should be in there if NSNA is.

    I e-mailed DPC a long time ago and requested a NSNA-less case design (or one with another "generic" slot instead), but never heard back.
     
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  18. Alex Prosak

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    I'd like to know why the heck they are mixing up the movies in the sets from the last release! I bought the first set but not the second and third and was hoping to pick up the new ones when released. I don't want to have to buy duplicates of movies I already own! I guess its time to start looking for singles or hit eBay. Grrrrrrr!!!!
     
  19. Dave F

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    Alex, I think you answered your own question. Selling duplicates & milking the consumer a bit more. [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
  20. Alex Prosak

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    Yeah, I know. It just really ticks me off.[​IMG] If I were running a business I just wouldn't pull that kind of crap, it makes customers mad which hurts business. Of course, I might not be in business any longer either. It's been working for these guys for a long time, no reason for them to stop now. If only more companies could be more customer service oriented like SVS or AV123.
     

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