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James Bond Blu-ray box - Version overview

Summary of the most important reports and more

On September 24th, 2012 (UK) (25th in the US), right before the cinemtatical release of Bond 23, entitled Skyfall, MGM releases a complete box with all 22 Bond movies from the official series. After the enumeration of the titles that partly celebrate their Blu-ray premiere, we provide you with information regarding censorship for those titles where there is any.

Next to the rich bonus materials older editions included (totalling at more than 130 hours) there will also be new features. Furthermore, there will be a free slot in the box for the upcoming Skyfall so the Blu-ray can be put in there later.


Included are the following films:

  • Dr. No (1962)
  • From Russia With Love (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • Man with the Golden Gun, The (1974)
  • Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Octopussy (1983) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • View to a Kill, A (1985) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • Living Daylights, The (1987) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • Licence to Kill (1989)
  • GoldenEye (1995) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) (first time on Blu-ray)
  • World is not Enough, The (1999)
  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)

Not included are:

  • Skyfall (the new Bond 23, the box has a free slot for it) (2012)
  • Never Say Never Again (remake of Thunderball) (1983)
  • Casino Royale (parody) (1967)

 

 

US: Pre-order the box set at Amazon.com

  UK: Pre-order the box set at Amazon.co.uk

 

 
Thunderball (1965)

Older versions that came out before the Ultimate Editions on Blu-ray had the water turn red in a scene where a man gets attacked by a shark. When the Ultimate Editions were built upon a new master (starting 2006), the water suddenly turned blue on RC 3 DVDs. Presumably, this is not the fault of censorship but the fact that the water was colored red in post-production and the new digital 4k-sampling was based on a master where this effect wasn't finished yet. The current Blu-ray and the following one(s) have the red water.

 
 
 
Licence to Kill (1989)

Licence to Kill is commonly seen as the hardest of the Bond movies and the one with the most interesting history regarding censorship. It had to be cut in UK (for a BBFC 15), in the US (for a PG-13) and Germany (for a FSK 16). However, the US version is referred to as the regular theatrical cut.

The fully uncensored version was released e.g. on Laser Disc (Japan, Netherlands, ...) but in the course of the Ultimate Edition, this version was also released on DVD in several countries. The current Blu-ray has it and the following one in the box set should have the uncensored version, too. Censorship report.

 

 
 
 
Goldeneye (1995)

Cut for UK cinemas in favor of a BBFC 12 rating, the same version came on the first DVD edition. Later editions feature the uncensored movie and it's quite safe to assume that the Blu-ray will have it uncut, too. Censorship report.

 
 
 
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Once more, Bond was censored in the UK to get a lower rating for the cinematical release. This version was also put on DVD. With the release of the Ultimate Edition, the uncut version found its way into retail and this should be the same way with the Blu-ray. Censorship report.

 
 
 
Die Another Day (2002)

Director Lee Tamahori was proud to be the first director of the franchise where he could show Bond actually performing the sexual act rather than showing him and his partner shortly after they're done. For American audiences and a PG-13 rating, this seemed to be not suitable in its full form so a cut was made where the moaning gets to intense. This version was released on US Blu-ray, as well. There's no definite info regarding the Blu-ray of the box set but chances are that it'll only include the PG-13 version. Censorship report.

 
 
 
Casino Royale (2006)

Unfortunately, Casino Royale is cut in the US, UK and Germany and everytime, something else was censored. If you want the uncut version, you'd have to grab the Hongkong or Australian release. The respective Blu-ray's should continue this tradition as far as assumptions go.

Censorship report for the US version

Censorship report for the UK version

 

 

US: Pre-order the box set at Amazon.com

  UK: Pre-order the box set at Amazon.co.uk

 

Release: Jul 23, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Doc Idaho

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