They've been saying it at the end of every outing for years now At the time of my original review, I gave it quite good marks, but not superlative ones -- and received tons of flack from fans who seemed unable to accept anything less than a five-star rating. My feelings remain the same -- it's a very good if not reference-quality presentation. Colors are rich, vivid and stable. Detail is great. And the sense of depth and three-dimensionality -- even though we're talking animation here -- is wonderful.
Unfortunately, after that, I couldn't help but feel a sense of deflation. My overall opinion of the bulk of the transfer is that it still looks somewhat digital and artificial. The level of detail only sometimes reaches the heights of the best Blu-ray titles I've enjoyed over the past couple of years.
Certainly, the image has pop but I wasn't consistently blown away. The source is indeed as pristine as a new penny, and often sparkles. Blacks are excellent, and colors vibrant. Contrast, however, consistently runs hot, enough so that the image looks routinely blown-out and unrealistic. Colors sometimes veer towards oversaturation. Fleshtones just don't look natural, and aside from extreme close-ups, I often could not detect realistic skin textures -- everyone looks painted orange.
Dark scenes are actually better as contrast isn't so distracting, and the film's use of cooler blues pays off with a more film-like, pleasing appearance. The actual card-playing centerpiece of the middle of the film is also quite nice, and a respite from the earlier, more sun-drenched exteriors, such as the Madagascar chase sequence that, again. Detail can be fairly strong, though the flushed hues and bright whites flatten out the image and it doesn't have absolute top-notch depth.
Without a doubt, 'Casino Royale' is always watchable and has moments of true grandeur. But is it a five-star transfer? A year on, I still have to say no. While I may have qualms about this disc's video transfer, it is far harder to find fault with the audio. Sony has ditched the uncompressed PCM 5.
The switcheroo doesn't result in any appreciable drop-off in quality, though after a series of very anal comparisons, I can say I would probably give the slightest of edges to the PCM -- but only the slightest. First, the good stuff. This is a James Bond film, so we expect nothing less than gangbusters sound design, and sure enough we get it. The filmmaking team behind the franchise know that their bread and butter is the kind of action that sets trends, and there are some back-to-basics, non-CGI sequences here that are truly death-defying.
The sonic highlights in 'Casino Royale' are by far the early Madagascar foot chase, the airport interception, and the climactic collapse of the building in Venice. Each provides first-rate demo material. Dynamic range is wide and powerful. Deep bass rumbles just listen to that airplane take off -- it's a stunner. And the attention to fine detail to discrete effects is flawless.
Imaging between channels excels and is near-transparent, with a very effective wall of sound created during the most intense action moments. When the bullets fly, 'Casino Royale' doesn't disappoint. The film's less bombastic moments also hold up. I like the use of subtle ambiance at times -- listen for the soft lull of crickets in the rears as Bond seduces Solange early on -- and the typically lush Bond score can also nicely swell up when needed. Dialogue is nicely balanced, with only Daniel Craig's most mumbled lines needing any assist in volume matching.
I suppose my only nitpick is a desire for a little more creativity in the sound design I had hoped for something cooler in terms of sound effects on the opening, famous "gun barrel" shot , but this is a minor quibble. As far as comparing the PCM and TrueHD tracks, I whipped out my old 'Casino Royale' Blu-ray, and picked three scenes the opening credit sequence with the Chris Cornell title tune, the foot chase and the airport interception , and did some back-to-back comparisons.
After flipping between the two Blu-rays about ten times, I would give a very slight thumbs up to the PCM in terms of low bass. I also thought the title song sounded somewhat wider in the mid-range on the PCM, at least when I had the sound blasting at a very high volume. In all honestly, however, these results reveal such a negligible difference it could just as easily be subjective hearing.
If nothing else, the two Blu-ray versions of 'Casino Royale' will provide nothing but more fodder for the ongoing PCM vs. TrueHD debate. The Bond films have been re-tooled, re-issued, re-packaged, re-mastered and re- everything'd on video so many times now that it's been a punchline almost as long as the line, "shaken, not stirred.
So here we are, about a year-and-a-half later, and the studio has finally delivered a two-disc set worthy of the best Bond film in ages. This is one fine Collector's Edition, and the one they should have done the first time around. All materials are on Disc Two, except where noted.
James Bond is back. Daniel Craig has truly defied the punters and emerged as -- yes, wait for it -- the best Bond since Sean Connery. However, if you don't care about supplements you can probably pass on this re-issue as it doesn't really improve the tech specs, but certainly, if you don't already own 'Casino Royale' on Blu-ray, now is the time to pick it up. Portions of this review also appear in our coverage of Dunkirk on Blu-ray.
Founded in April , High-Def Digest is the ultimate guide for High-Def enthusiasts who demand only the best that money can buy. Updated daily and in real-time, we track all high-def disc news and release dates, and review the latest disc titles. Blu-ray: Highly Recommended. Sale Price Leave A Comment. Wilson, as well as a cadre of crew members including composer David Arnold, production designer Peter Lamont, effects supervisor Chris Corbol, costume designer Lindy Hemming, director of photography Phil Mayhew.
Frustratingly, most of these participants are not introduced, so I had no idea who was speaking or when. I slowly figured it out based on what they were saying, but how about some subtitles next time, Sony? This is a technical track, but I preferred it to the visual commentary in the exclusives see below.
Every scene is dissected in vivid detail, from the exact angle Daniel Craig needed to point his gun to Arnold discussing composing the title theme song, to the extensive search for new Bond girl Eva Green. Oddly, neither director Martin Campbell nor Craig are here, but this is still a great track. New Featurettes HD, 24 minutes - New to this Blu-ray are five featurettes, though they are obviously one doc cut up into different parts.
First up is "The Road to Casino Royale" 28 minutes , which goes all the way back to Ian Fleming's original story and chronicles the long, long journey it took to make it to the screen as Bond There is some cool footage of early Bond misfires including Barry Nelson as "Jimmy Bond" , lots of rare stills and archival materials, and a big detour into the famous Kevin McClory 'Thunderball' controversy.
A very thorough dossier. Dubbed the "holy grail" of Bond novels by Broccoli, the challenge for the filmmakers was retaining the basic structure of a novel that revolves around a poker game , while also updating it for modern times, and somehow facilitating a satisfactory reboot for the entire franchise. Fleming's background and literary influences for Bond are also discussed at length. Next is "Bond in the Bahamas" 24 minutes , which tackles the location where a good portion of 'Casino Royale' takes place.
Though this comes off a bit too much like a Bahamas advert at times and it's odd this location gets so much attention while many of the others in the film are left unexplored , this is where the grit of the production detail is covered. You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly. You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. BluRay PCM setting on amp. Thread starter forest Start date Jan 1, Which i now know is better uncompressed than Dolby Digital that the movie also carries.
Question is which setting do folks have on the amp when PCM is being used with movies on bluray? I tried direct but seemed quiet. Would u let the amp do dolby prologic? Gixer Active Member. I know how to get truehd on my amp on blurays that have truehd, but casino royale dont have a truehd soundtrack.
Only dolbydigital and pcm. Press the Listening Mode Movie button until you find one that you like. I had my bluray set on that but the sound was pants, turned it to the blitsteam and it was so much better. Uridium Distinguished Member. Uridium said:. Pretty sure Casino royale does have a TrueHD soundtrack.
So if the disc has trueHD soundtrack it and your amp can decode it should display this and play trueHD which is compressed sound with lossless quality, the same in quality as PCM. Does your Onkyo have a Direct mode under Listen Mode? If it does that is the one to use.
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DVD and Blu-ray editions broke several sales records: Blu-ray editions became the best-selling high-definition disc ever, selling more than , copies since its release. The DVD edition also recorded the best-selling disc in the first week of release. A copy of the Royal Casino Blu-ray Disc edition was distributed to the first , owners of PlayStation 3 who had previously registered accounts on the PlayStation Network.
The DVD edition comes with the official music video for the film and three documentaries detailing how Daniel Craig was selected to play Bond, the recording process and an expansion of Bond Girls Are Forever — a documentary about all the Bond girls who have appeared in previous films, and combined new interviews with the cast of the Royal Casino.
In the first quarter of , Casino Royale topped the list of 10 high-definition movies using the best-selling Blu-ray disc. Like the product from the edition, this collection includes an audio narration, cut scenes and a storyboard comparison with the movie. A two-disc version of Blu-ray was released next in with the addition of additional, interactive material via BD-Live and the old 5.
The cockpit profile was altered to make the look like a prototype of an advanced airliner. The sinking of the Venetian house at the climax of the film featured the largest rig ever built for a Bond film,  with tank consisting of a Venetian piazza and the interior of an abandoned house being constructed. The rig, weighing some 90 tons, incorporated electronics with hydraulic valves that were closely controlled by computer because of the dynamic movement within the system on its two axes.
The same computer system also controlled the exterior model, which the effects team had built to one-third scale to film the building eventually collapsing into the Venetian canal. The model elevator within the rig could be immersed in 19 feet 5. Also a white prototype DB9 manual was supplied to the film crew so that the stunt drivers had something to practice with. The soundtrack of Casino Royale , released by Sony Classical Records on 14 November , featured music composed by veteran composer David Arnold , his fourth soundtrack for the Bond film series, while Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score.
Producers Michael G. The classic theme only plays during the end credits to signal the climax of his character arc. Along with the cast and crew, numerous celebrities and 5, paying guests were also in attendance with half the proceeds benefiting the CTBF. Only two days following the premiere, unlicensed copies appeared for sale in London. Craig himself was offered such a DVD while walking anonymously through the streets of Beijing wearing a hat and glasses to avoid being identified.
In January , Casino Royale became the first Bond film ever to be shown in mainland Chinese cinemas. The Chinese version was edited before release, with the reference to the Cold War re-dubbed and new dialogue added during the poker scene explaining the process of Texas hold 'em , as the game is less familiar in China this addition is reminiscent of dialogue that was added to the American TV adaptation to explain the rules of baccarat , the game featured in the original book.
As well as features present from the release, the collector's edition contains an audio commentary , deleted scenes, featurettes and a storyboard-to-film comparison. Casino Royale was released a third time on Blu-ray in with DTS audio and deleted scenes, but with fewer special features than the edition.
The German edit of the film cuts a sequence where the bomb-planter at the airport breaks a man's neck, instead replacing it with an alternative take. Casino Royale was the 4th highest-grossing film of , and was the highest-grossing installment of the James Bond series until Skyfall surpassed it in November The site's critical consensus reads, " Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of Craig's performance and credibility were particularly praised.
During production, Craig had been subject to debate by the media and the public, as he did not appear to fit Ian Fleming's original portrait of the character as tall, dark and suave. The Times compared Craig's portrayal of the character to that of Timothy Dalton , and praised the action as "edgy",  with another reviewer citing in particular the action sequence involving the cranes in Madagascar.
The film was similarly well received in North America. MSNBC gave the movie a perfect 5 star rating. Roger Ebert gave the film a four out of four star rating, and wrote that "Craig makes a superb Bond This is a screwed-up Bond, a rogue Bond, a bounder, a scrapper and, in the movie's astoundingly bleak coda, an openhearted lover. Vicky Allan of the Sunday Herald noted Bond himself, and not his love interests, was sexually objectified in this film. A moment where he rises from the sea is reminiscent of Ursula Andress in Dr.
No ; he feels "skewered" by Vesper Lynd's criticism of him; "and though it would be almost unthinkable now have a female character in a mainstream film stripped naked and threatened with genital mutilation, that is exactly what happens to Bond in [the film]. Furthermore, I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played , and that includes even Sean Connery. Roger Moore wrote, "Daniel Craig impressed me so greatly in his debut outing, Casino Royale , by introducing a more gritty, unrefined edge to the character that I thought Sean [Connery] might just have to move over.
Craig's interpretation was like nothing we'd seen on screen before; Jimmy Bond was earning his stripes and making mistakes. It was intriguing to see him being castigated by M, just like a naughty schoolboy would be by his headmaster. The script showed him as a vulnerable, troubled, and flawed character.
Quite the opposite to my Bond! Craig was, and is, very much the Bond Ian Fleming had described in the books — a ruthless killing machine. It was a Bond that the public wanted. The film met with mixed reactions from other critics. Though American radio personality Michael Medved gave the film three stars out of four, describing it as "intriguing, audacious and very original In December , Casino Royale was named the best film of the year by viewers of Film The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The producers eschewed the over-the-top CG special effects and science fiction-like gadgets that came to define the franchise, reaching new heights of absurdity in Die Another Day , which saw villains genetically altering their ethnicity and manipulating death rays from space. Instead they concentrated on the man himself, his character and his raw power.
The idea is to bankrupt Le Chifre, putting him in trouble with the people he owes money to and shutting down his criminal operations. Bond and Lynd strike up a romantic relationship -- of course, this is a James Bond film after all -- which will become very important as events unfold and it is revealed that Lynd has an agenda all her own.
The film succeeds in redefining the character of James Bond for a new era and the franchise is all the better for it. There are enough arguments back and forth between Bond diehards about who the best James Bond is and most people seem to land on Sean Connery. I was one of the people who was very unhappy with Dalton as Bond following Roger Moore and although I was pleased with Pierce Brosan's abilities and his style, the films he was given left me cold.
It is far too early to jump on the bandwagon and hail Daniel Craig as the greatest Bond ever, but if he continues to make films as strong as Casino Royale and act as brilliantly in them as he did in this one, he may very well rival Connery for that crown someday. From the opening sequences in grainy black and white to the lushly saturated hues of the scenes filmed in the Bahamas, the transfer looks spectacular. Though sometimes the contrast is a little hot, that is down to filmmaker's artistic intent.
The black levels and shadow detail are superb and the encoding displays absolutely no artifacts, leaving nothing but pure, fine detail and a completely film-like presentation. The film's climax underwater shows no macroblocking, and when there is so much water involved without macroblocking that's always a sign of a good encoding. So, I turned "Late Night Mode" off and listened again, comparing the two releases, and they sounded nearly identical.
Its low frequency extension is superb. The opening scenes in Madagascar at the embassy when Bond blows up the propane tanks are thunderous, as is the scene where he rolls the Aston Martin over. Engines roar, bullets fly directionally -- it's brilliantly designed. The one flaw I find with Casino Royale's sound is a slightly tweaked high end that can sometimes sound brittle and grating during some of the more active scenes, but otherwise it's flawless.
Dialogue is clear, the surround channels are lush with reverberation and atmospheric sound effects and the score sounds expansive and robust. Ugandan Rebel uncredited Mahmud Chowdhury Restaurant staff uncredited Ben Cooke MI6 Agent uncredited Julie Eagleton Eva Green Stand -in uncredited Jan Loukota Gallardo's Bodyguard uncredited Arnold Montey Man in Museum uncredited Raj Parmar Extra uncredited Nigel Pilkington Croupier uncredited Simona Roman Dossier Girl uncredited Sol E.
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