Dr. No Blu-Ray Review

November 6, 2008

ChattahBox Dr. No Blu-Ray ReviewDr. No

Blu-Ray Review
Publisher: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Street Date: October 21st 2008

In what was the first of the seemingly endless stream of James Bond movies, Dr. No is re-released on Blu-ray technology with the benefit of 1080p and DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio is fantastic. Revitalizing a cornerstone film of this franchise from 1962 and have it come out looking as stunning as it does is a triumph in itself. There is even a featurette on the disc containing the work done to restore the film.

Dr. No is the first James Bond film brought to the big screen, and the film that launched Sean Connery as a household name. This film introduces the character known as 007 introduced in Sir Ian Flemming’s novels. We find Bond investigating the mysterious disappearance of another MI6 agent in Jamaica and the unknowns of a small island called Crab Key. Upon infiltrating this secret base of Dr. No he discovers his evil plan which is to crash US rockets, and teams up with the sultry Honey Ryder in an attempt to foil the deranged scientist.

The film itself is not what modern audiences are used to seeing in the modern action adventure films, but keeping in mind when it was made it is an enjoyable classic film. The special effects are a bit cheesy compared to what we are used to seeing today, but taking into account the time in which it was made is important. From time to time the film feels a lot like the Austin Powers movies which made fun of these films but Sean Connery brings us back.

The Bonus Features included on the Blu-Ray are for the most part nothing new since they had previously been released on a DVD version of the film. The best of which is the new featurette detailing the process of restoring the film from the 1962 version.

Film: 7.0

Audio: 8.5

Video: 8.5

Bonus Material: 7.0

Overall: 7.8

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