Never Say Never Again DVD

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  1. Osato

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    I'm wondering if anyone has picked up this disc and been satisfied with it? I understand there was an error with the disc with a missing scene. How do I tell the corrected from the error disc?
    For me this is an average film. It's hurt by the fact MGM didn't make it. I've put off buying it for that reason. Just feels lackluster. Agree?
     
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    "Never Say Never Again" was an "unauthorized" James Bond movie. If I remember correctly, the writers of "Thunderball" wanted to make their own Bond movie, and after legal wrangling, they got the rights to make a Bond film, as long as it was based on the "Thunderball" story. So they adapted the story and threw in trendy early '80s stuff (the villain challenges James Bond to a video game instead of high-stakes gambling?!?).

    It doesn't seem like a "real" Bond movie because it isn't from the official franchise. That's why it was missing the usual opening credits and song, among other things. Straying too much from the formula (as they had to do in order to stay within their legal settlement) is almost certain to disappoint Bond fans...
     
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    Not a Bond film, repeat after me, Not a Bond film.
     
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    There was an error with the first edition of the disc. The way to identify a later corrected release, just note the white label at the top of the packaging. The corrected edition will say "*** Never Say Never Again ***". As long as you see the asterix, you'll be safe.

    Neil
     
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    If Connery is playing James Bond, IT IS A BOND FILM! Plain and simple!
     
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    If it has no gun barrel logo open, no James Bond theme, and no decent sense of travelogue sweep, then its not a *real* Bond film no matter who's in the lead.
     
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    It is considered a "bastard" James Bond film...

    Yes, its got Connery.

    Yes, its got the name.

    Yes, its got the villians.

    But it doesn't officially belong to the United Artists' lineage of Bond films. In fact, "Never Say, Never Again" was previously distributed by Warner Home Video on VHS & LD and by Warner Brothers Pictures theatrically.
     
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    The lack of the gun barrel opening and the bond theme is sorely missing of course, but the one thing I noticed the most, was the overall production design. I think they kinda captured the spirit and the humour very well, but it was too damn cheap!
    The video game versus gambling never even bothered me, I didn't even think twice about it until it was mentioned in this trend, it seems to me the Bond movies in general always tried to be kind of trendy and incorporate something new and modern from a new trend, or even rip off a contemporary movie, and Bond himself always was quick to adapt to new technology etc, but there simply was not enough of it. Although they were kinda clever in disguising it sometimes, the cigarette container being my favorite example [​IMG]
     

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