In celebration of the "James Bond" franchise's 50th anniversary, "GoldenEye" releases on a single-disc Blu-ray package containing this 1995 film's HD version and a number of supplements. Its narrative pits James Bond against a former ally who turns rogue -- attempting to control a satellite-borne weapon capable of mass destruction. This prompts Agent 007 to pursue former allies across the world to aid him on his mission to stop an impending global threat, while also dodging a deadly henchwoman along the way.
Pierce Brosnan ignites the screen in his acclaimed debut as the British super spy in this sensational espionage thriller. Aside from being his first Bond outing, this became the first franchise offering made from a wholly original story with nothing taken from the original Ian Fleming novels. It is also the first to take place after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and the first to feature a female M character with Judi Dench. This perennial fan favorite also stars Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, and Joe Don Baker.
"Goldeneye" is undoubtedly an explosive action-adventure material filled with many fun and elaborate action set pieces. Amidst its primitive CGI work, it still boasts an eye-popping opening sequence, a series of exciting smash-em-up chases, and a climactic satellite showdown. However, images don't look nearly as sharp and pristine as the rest of the current Bond movie releases because of the serious digital manipulations applied to the picture. These rob the shots of significant visual details.
This disc specifically suffers from blatant edge enhancement artifacts and digital noise reduction filtering. They inherently hamper image clarity due to blurred out grain structure and smoothed over textures. The artificially boosted contrast renders a very processed appearance, which readily presents overly pushed blacks, clipped whites, and ringing hard lines with black or white halos.
The film delivers a decent five-channel lossless soundtrack, along with five-channel dubbed options in Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese. As expected, this 1990s picture delivers a beefier and more engaging sound design compared to its predecessors. However, this relatively dated work sounds quite loud and boomy when compared to more modern Bond productions. Nevertheless, it still offers an adequate surround experience with nearly non-stop aural action for the audience's entertainment.
Bombastic elements including gunshots and explosions often provide a room-filling presence to the mix. Vocals are never drowned out even in the most frantic action moments. There are no crucial hissing, pops, crackles, and dropouts to worry about anywhere in the presentation.
The package supplies a number of behind-the-scene and interview footage, production featurettes, a reel of deleted scenes, TV specials, film trailers and TV spots, and a collection of stills and other promotional materials. The disc also includes Tina Turner's "Goldeneye" music video and a number of subtitle options including English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
"Goldeneye" is considered as the film that "modernized" the franchise from the old-style Bond presentation. Brosnan embodies a very appealing Bond character with his debonair charm, his ability to deliver flippant puns, and his competent action star bearing. For this particular Blu-ray edition, it is rather unfortunate that the film's sub-par HD upgrade doesn't warrant a recommendation -- even with the disc's wealth of special features. The picture fares better than a typical DVD offering, but its digital flaws in Blu-ray format still significantly pulls down the value of this release.
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