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No Time To Die: Collector's Edition – 4K Ultra HD Review

No Time To Die: Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD

The run of Daniel Craig as James Bond comes to its stunning and long delayed conclusion with No Time to Die, an action-packed spectacle of fun and tears that seriously delivers.  For “final” Bond films, this one satisfies on every level connecting the dots and plot points of previous entries in Craig’s 007 run.  It might not be as good as Casino Royale, but director ​​Cary Joji Fukunaga makes Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing an unforgettable adventure that will leave you . . . shaken, not stirred.

"full of everything we expect from a Bond movie: sweeping vistas, beaches, stunning action sequences, and stunts galore"


 

With most the cast from the previous movie back in action, No Time to Die picks up where Spectre left off and turns that “Happily Ever After” ending with psychiatrist Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) on it ears thanks to a stunning chase sequence across the cobblestones of a quaint village in Italy and a bridge jump that we’ve all been excited to see in its full context since the first trailers appeared for this movie before the pandemic changed its release.

That’s right, SPECTRE is back and it turns out that Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) is still pulling strings, even though he is supposedly rotting in Belmarsh Prison.  Rami Malek's Safin and his one-eyed French sidekick have joined Blowfeld’s growing list of henchmen and they want some biotech known as Hercules, which, unfortunately, MI6 has blindly developed.

When CIA handler Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) comes calling, Bond listens.  His retirement is over.  After he briefly spars with the new 007 (Lashana Lynch) - it is but a number after all - and has a fantastic Cuban interlude adventure with a new CIA recruit, Paloma (a scene-stealing Ana de Armas), the hunt for Hercules gets dark seriously fast.  Sure, it is fun along the way, but there is an emotional weight that has always been at the center of Craig’s tenure as Bond and here, it finally pays off with a sweeping conclusion.No Time To Die: Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD

Written by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, No Time to Die is full of everything we expect from a Bond movie: sweeping vistas, beaches, stunning action sequences, and stunts galore.  Yet, there is something else present in Craig’s portrayal of Bond that will - probably - leave you with moisture in your eyes.  It’s most human and proves to be an evolution for this hero as he discovers that he really doesn’t have all the time in the world.  

From a number to a name, Daniel Craig delivers a rousing final adventure proving that, yes, there is NO TIME TO DIE!  The film is now available on a sparkling Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, complete with spectacular bonus features and a 4K UHD, Blu-ray and digital copy of No Time to Die.

4/5 stars

 

No Time To Die: Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD

Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: Universal
Available on Blu-ray
- December 21, 2021
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, French, Spanish
Audio:
English: Dolby Atmos; English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1; French: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Discs: 4K Ultra HD; Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set
Region Encoding: 4K Blu-ray: Region free; 2K Blu-ray: Region A

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga helms the twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond film franchise, which sees Daniel Craig assuming the titular role for the fifth time. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas co-star. Bond’s post-retirement life in Jamaica is disrupted when an old CIA friend requests his assistance in rescuing a kidnapped scientist. The mission leads him to a confrontation with an enigmatic nemesis – and a dangerous new technology. ~David Carlson In a beautiful SteelBook with exclusive artwork. Includes Apple iTunes Digital Code.

Video:

The 2160p, 2.39:1 transfer is a crisply rendered delight that shows itself in nearly every aspect of the presentation, particularly in fabric, hair, and skin detail. It's a nice touch and translates extremely well on the 4K transfer. The film is expertly color graded and the color saturation provides minute detail puncturing, replicated here in great moments of detail, textures in the city, and atmospheric environmentals beneath the surface. The mood is sharpened throughout the feature by the costumes. Fortunately, even threads are visible in this fine presentation. The transfer handles all the happenings expertly. Blacks are deep and colors, as mentioned early, are varied and supple.

Audio:

Included are a bombastic English Language Dolby Atmos track as well as a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track that can be described as appropriately alive with surround activity. Though there's nothing here that's going to blow your socks off, you'll experience a nice immersive circle of involvement from the sides and rears. Absolutely no problems with the dialogue which is always clear and mostly front-centered.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

The special features Includes the 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a digital copy of No Time to Die (Digital Copy redemption code subject to expiration. See product insert for details.)  There are also extras which detail the shoot.  

  • Features Dolby Vision and HDR10 for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Matera
  • Keeping It Real: The Action of No Time to Die
  • A Global Journey
  • Designing Bond
  • Being James Bond

Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

4/5 stars


Film Details

No Time To Die: Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive material..
Runtime:
163 mins
Director
: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Writer:
Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast:
Daniel Craig; Ana de Armas; Rami Malek
Genre
: Action | Thriller
Tagline:
Bond is Back.
Memorable Movie Quote: "We all have our secrets. We just didn't get to yours yet."
Theatrical Distributor:
MGM
Official Site: https://www.007.com/no-time-to-die-aunz/
Release Date:
October 8, 2021
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 21, 2021.
Synopsis: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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No Time To Die: Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD

 

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