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The World Is Not Enough

review by Justin Meyers

 

 

Rated PG-13

Studio: MGM

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, Dame Judi Dench, and Desmond Llewelyn

Running Time: 128 Minutes

Written by Neal Pervis & Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein
Story by Neal Pervis & Robert Wade

Directed by Michael Apted

 

Retail Price: 34.95

Features: Audio Commentary with Michael Apted, Audio Commentary with Peter Lamont, Vic Armstrong, David Arnold, Featurettes, Music Video, Collectible Booklet

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, English Captions, Spanish Captions, French Captions, Chapter Search

When you think of James Bond, you think of explosions, gadgets, beautiful women, and unstoppable action. The World is Not Enough is no different. This marks the 19th Bond movie, and in my opinion is the best script since the good old Connery days. Since then, it hasn't felt like the real James Bond, but Bond is back, and he's better then ever. Pierce Brosnan returns for the third time as Agent 007. His style and flair makes this a great movie and an awesome Bond, much better then his two other efforts as the secret agent in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies.

When the suave Agent 007 (Brosnan) is assigned to protect a beautiful oil heiress (Marceau). He is catapulted into a passionate, adrenaline-charged adventure that pits him against one of his most deadly adversaries. Renard (Carlyle) is a ruthless anarchist whose total imperviousness to pain makes him a virtually unstoppable enemy.

When I saw The World is Not Enough in the theater, I knew as I walked out that this was going to be a great DVD. Boy was I right! With this disc there could be no wrong. MGM really made a great one here and I stand up and give them an applause. Though it is a good movie, this DVD wouldn't be as good without a beautiful disc like MGM supplied us with here. The only thing that I missed was the tribute to Q, which was included on the VHS version, other then that small detail the disc is amazing. This is one of my favorite discs in my collection.

 

The World is Not Enough's picture is amazing. It is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and is flawless. Colors and flesh tones are firm and natural. Blacks and shadows appear with detail and accuracy. I couldn't find any evidence of edge enhancement or smear. There are zero problems associated with this transfer. It is spectacularly detailed and sharp. To get a great example of the colors on the disc, watch the opening boat chase at 7:55. You will see how great the colors of this movie really are; they literally leap off the screen. This was a pure delight to watch, thanks to MGM. You have to see the movie to believe how good it is.

The sound of The World is Not Enough is Dolby Digital 5.1 and it is one of the best and boldest mixes I have ever heard. The smallest detail like the splashes of water and the slight explosions give it the reality it needs. It is always active and kicks up the bass for every detail. The direction effects move around a lot with the gunfire and the dialogue. It makes constant use of the split surround. The sound is reference quality; this is the DVD to show off your player. It is better then the Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies Special Editions. This movie is a must, just for the sound quality. If there was ever a movie to compare the sound quality to, it is Saving Private Ryan.

For the best example of the quality of the video and sound go to 1:03:44, the gun fire and then the explosion will really rock your sound system and give you something really great to look at. Another example of the extraordinary video and sound is at 33:11. The whole skiing scene is spectacular and will really impress you and your system.

There are two commentary tracks on the DVD of The World is Not Enough. The first commentary track is with director Michael Apted. It is screen-specific. He pauses only three times. It is informative and refers to the directoral style, which has some tidbits on the making of the movie. It also tells you how he and other filmmakers attacked this project. I immensely enjoyed this commentary track. The other commentary track features the production designer Peter Lamont, the second unit director Vic Armstrong, and the composer David Arnold. It is screen-specific too and talks about pretty much everything, from all the set design, to the music. It is pretty insightful with three different people talking about their different jobs, but it gets highly technical. Huge fans will love these commentary tracks.

There is a 15-minute featurette that is pretty good and fun to watch. It is hosted by Leanza Cornett and has interviews with Pierce Brosnan, Michael Apted, the late Desmond Llewelyn, and Denise Richards. It has some great information and some behind the scene footage. Though short, it is packed with information. It covers everything from the casting decisions to the scale of the big budget blockbuster.

There is an alternate video option where you can watch the making of some of the key action scenes while you watch the movie. You press enter when the white 007 logo appears at the bottom of the screen. It is fun to watch how they made the stunts. There are behind the scene photos and black and white sketch drawings here also.

There is a music video by Garbage called ironically The World is Not Enough. It is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen and the video and audio quality are as good as the movie. There is a theatrical trailer, which has some great music and key scenes in it. It is in good quality but not as good as the movie, but is in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1.

There is also a collectible booklet in the box, personally I think it should have been transferred to the DVD. There was enough room to do this, but the booklet is nice to have anyway. It gives you some great information about the movie and the cast and crew. The extras make this almost superb DVD even better. You will have hours and hours of enjoyment.

As far as the menus go, the only thing I can say is WOW. From when you turn insert the DVD into your player you will be amazed at how spectacular the menus really are. As it loads up it tells you "Welcome to this World is not Enough Special Edition DVD" and then when you activate the code it takes you through a mesmerizing tunnel to the menu where there are red tinted scenes of the movie playing in the background. All the menus are themed to the movie as the Bond theme song plays as you pick your destination. The scene selection menu is animated with captions under the scenes. This is truly a great presentation of The World is Not Enough.

I thought The World is Not Enough was the best Bond film in more then 20 years. Pierce Brosnan has really shined as 007. I think he was made for the role. What really sets this film out from the rest of the 90s Bonds is its story, while hardly intellectual, at least gives us enough twists and turns in the plot to ensure that concentration is required at all times. While most of the supporting actors were good, Denise Richards was way out of her league. She did the best she could with the material though but it seemed she was only there to get young men into the theater. Sophie Marceau and Robbie Coltrane shined as the supporting cast. I liked Q's exit; it seemed he was trying to say good-bye without making a big spectacle about it. The special effects were excellent. I'm glad James Bond can return every few years, because there is so much they can do with CGI and effects now that they couldn't do in the 60's and 70's. It was a really great movie and an awesome disc. I hope the Bond 20 DVD is this good, because yes James Bond will return.

This DVD is staggeringly good. For a single disc Special Edition, this should be the reference that all the studio's need for creating the very best DVD. From the Menus to the extras, this is the must have for any action lover and especially for the average Bond fan. If you have not already bought this DVD, what are you waiting for? Get up right now and buy it! If you are a fan of 007, you will not be disappointed!

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