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QUANTUM OF SOLACE Special Edition
Movie Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:   106 minutes, music video, theatrical trailers, featurettes
VIDEO:   2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:   English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Surround, English 5.1 DTS
Subtitles:    English, Spanish
 
STUDIO: MGM/ Columbia Productions/ Eon Productions/ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 10-31-2008 (UK)/ 11-14-2008 (USA)
DVD RELEASE DATE:   3-24-2009

STARRING Daniel Craig (James Bond), Olga Kurylenko (Camille), Mathieu Amalric (Dominic Greene), Judi Dench (M), Giancarlo Gianinni (Mathis), Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Jesper Christensen (Mr. White)
WRITTEN by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade
DIRECTED by Marc Forster

QUANTUM OF SOLACE is best viewed as s econd part of a film. It helps if you rewatch CASINO ROYALE. The beats in the action bring this out when you combine both films as one story. Daniel Craig is back as James Bond. QUANTUM OF SOLACE begins a few minutes after the end of CASINO ROYALE. Bond is transporting Mr. White to M while being chased by other cars with gunmen shooting from those cars. The opening sequence isn't bad, but it isn't as thrilling as many other openings seen in James Bond films. However, the film does get better from there except for the dreadful opening theme song which has good music exept the singing and lyrics are just downright awful.

Bond is out for vengeance against a mysterious organization called Quantum who made Vesper betray Bond. Bond's trail leads to a so-called eco company run by Domic Greene. Dominic and Quantum are helping a general gain control of Boliva again. Greene has the CIA fooled that his company has found oil while his plan is something else dealing with causinga drought. Bond teams up with Camille (Olga Kurylenko) who is out to kill the General who killed her family in front of her as a kid. Daniel Craig works as Bond. His anger flows as he tries to learn to forgive and say he was wrong (like in the case when he needs help from Mathis). Olga Kurylenko is excellent as Camille. QUANTUM OF SOLACE is closest to Bond films like FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, and LICENSE TO KILL. I wonder where the thing with QUANTUM will go since they are like a mysterious organization like SMERSH or SPECTRE. The scene at the opera house is a highlight as Bond starts to figure who is involved. Mr. White (the guy who Bond shot in the leg in CASINO ROYALE's end) is a very slippery character and I hope he returns for a future Bond film. Please see CASINO ROYALE again before watching this new Bond film. It will increase your enjoyment of this one.


SPECIAL FEATURES:
DISC ONE only has the two theatrical trailers and a music video for ANOTHER WAY TO DIE.  The majorities of extras are on disc two.   The amount of extras point to a better special edition to be released right before the next Bond film.

DISC TWO-

BOND ON LOCATION- A 24 minute featurette that goes to all of the locations used in the film from Italy to Panama to Chile.  Features interviews with cast and crew

START OF SHOOTING- one of five brief featurettes that cover some of the same material in the BOND ON LOCATION featurette

ON LOCATION- A shorter version of parts of BOND ON LOCATION

OLGA KURYLENKO AND THE BOAT CHASE-   two minute featurette that goes behind-the-scene of filming the boat chase and features stunt training with Olga

DIRECTOR MARC FORSTER-   it’s all about the director of QUANTUM OF SOLACE

THE MUSIC- look at the recording of the music score and the song for the title sequence

CREW FILES- several crew video blogs that were originally on the film’s web site that take you behind-the-scenes of the new film.  The blogs are book ended by two bits by producer Michael G. Wilson

 

FINAL ANALYSIS-   QUANTUM OF SOLACE is a good follow-up to CASINO ROYALE- like a second part of a film where CASINO ROYALE is part one.  Hopefully a better special edition will be out sooner than later with more extras that extensively cover aspects of the production in more detail and have an audio commentary.

 

This DVD review is (c)3-29-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com