Reviewed By: Torsten Kablitz (special guest DVD reviewer)
Title: Casino Royale (2006)
Directed By: Martin Campbell
Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
Based on Ian Flemmings first Bond novel, a new James Bond (Daniel Craig) must win a high-stakes poker tournament against Le Chiffre, an international banker to terrorists, at Casino Royale in Montenegro. We get to meet a different Bond, one who is new to the spy game, makes bad judgment calls, falls in love, and ultimately becomes the hard James Bond of movies past.
I loved every second of this movie in the theater. On the home screen, it does lose some of its majesty, but it is still one great James Bond movie. Personally, it is my favorite of all the Bond movies. Mainly due to Daniel Craig and the way he embodied the character of Bond. There is both a hardness and a softness to Criag's performance which sold me completely on the character.
I found the action scenes new and highly entertaining. Especially the Parkour chase with Mollaka (Sebastien Foucan) during the opening of the movie. To me the movie felt a bit long, and the ending in Venice a bit odd. But that did little to distract me from enjoying it again.
The DVD release (only the standard version was reviewed, the movie is also available on BlueRay) does the movie justice. The first disc contains the only the movie, the second disc holds
the extras. The movie is well presented with good color and
black-on-black contrast providing a high level of detail in every scene. The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is well balanced allowing for conversations to be easily understood without explosions overwhelming the listener.
On the second disc there are several extras: "Becoming Bond", "James Bond; For Real", "Bond Girls", "You Know My Name" music video, and Trailers.
The first two extras, Becoming Bond and James Bond; For Real, deal with the making of Casino Royale. The first, in selecting Daniel Craig to be the 6th James Bond and the second on how many of the stunts where done. Both are worth your time if you like Bond. The third, Bond Girls, is a TV special about, well, the Bond Girls. It is okay, but nothing really fascinating here. Now, the music video I did not watch, since I really do not like the song. Overall, I enjoyed the extras and found them informative.
As you can tell, we all enjoyed this movie.
Jenna (my wife) - Thumbs up! Best Bond body ever & the action was nonstop!
Kier (my son, 15) - Thumbs up! Cannot wait for a sequel with this new, kick-butt, Bond.
And finally, my rating:
1 Star- Avoid at all cost
2 Stars - Only if you are forced to see it by 'friends'
3 Stars - Worth renting 4 Stars - Definitely worth renting, maybe even owning
5 Stars - Buy it, you'll love it. I bought a copy