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My take: Dr. No (1962)

HD Goofnut
01-18-2010, 05:32 PM
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Title: Dr. No (1962)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Run time: 110 minutes
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rating: PG
Region Coding: Region A Only
Player used for review: LG BH200

Cast/Crew Info:
Sean Connery as James Bond
Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder
Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Julius No
Jack Lord as Felix Leiter
Bernard Lee as M
John Kitzmiller as Quarrel
Directed by Terence Young

My take: (the breakdown)

In 1962 James Bond took the step from novels to the big screen with Dr. No. With Sean Connery at the helm Dr. No spurned the Bond franchise, which is on its sixth Bond now played by Daniel Craig. Dr. No follows Bond as he sent to investigate the death of a fellow MI6 operative on the island of Jamaica. When Bond discovers that a larger conspiracy is at work with a man by the name of Dr. No and his plans to knock rockets launched by the U.S. out of the sky. Will Bond be able to stop Dr. No before his plan comes to fruition? This is a must own for just about everyone especially Bond fans.

MGM really pulled out some funding for this project back in 2006 for the DVD release and it shows here with the Blu-ray. Colors look incredibly well saturated for a movie that is nearly 50 years old. Everything from the blues of the ocean to the greens of the jungle are extremely bright and vivid. Flesh tones are also accurate as well. Grain is moderate as you would expect, but it remains consistent in most of the darker scenes. However, I did notice a couple instances where noise was frozen in the background. Fine detail is mostly stunning from start to finish. Clothing, hair, and pores are all clearly visible, but there just a few shots that are noticeably softer which I am sure was due to print age.

We are given a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that doesn't hold up as well as the video quality. Dialogue is clear and prioritized, but there are few times when it gets lost in the shuffle. Surrounds are used frequently, but I felt that some of the sounds were overbearing especially when there are explosions or gunshots. Your sub will see some work, but the LFE is rather weak during most of the film's run time. We are also given the film's original mono track, but it is only available in lossy 1.0 Dolby Digital rather than lossless. I changed between the two through the film and the only difference I could tell between the two was that the dialogue was more pronounced with the mono track.

We get the exact same extras that were used in the 2006 DVD Collector's box set, but sadly there's nothing exclusive this Blu-ray release. There's about ten different making of features and excellent commentary so it's all worth checking out. Most features are presented in 480, but there are a couple in 1080.

Movie: 7.5/10
VQ: 9/10
AQ: 5.5/10
Supplements: 7/10
Final word: A Must Own

As always thanks for reading folks.

Chris Gerhard
01-18-2010, 05:38 PM
I love the Bond movies and think this one is very good. I expect this Blu-ray release is as good as "Dr. No" will ever look and sound and along with all other Bond films is a must own for me. Ursula Andress probably excited me as much as any Bond girl, especially the rise out of the water in a bikini. What a great film entrance that was.

I can't argue with your ratings, maybe I would give the film an 8/10 but I suspect you are closer to the norm with your rating.

Chris

HD Goofnut
01-18-2010, 08:13 PM
I love the Bond movies and think this one is very good. I expect this Blu-ray release is as good as "Dr. No" will ever look and sound and along with all other Bond films is a must own for me. Ursula Andress probably excited me as much as any Bond girl, especially the rise out of the water in a bikini. What a great film entrance that was.

I can't argue with your ratings, maybe I would give the film an 8/10 but I suspect you are closer to the norm with your rating.

Chris

Thanks Chris. I probably would have given Dr. No an 8 had I not liked Goldfinger so much more. Goldfinger is by far my favorite Connery Bond film.

Lee Stewart
01-18-2010, 09:59 PM
The sound issue is probably caused by the fact that Dr. No was a mono movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055928/

I hate reprocessed soundtracks.

okdude123
01-18-2010, 10:32 PM
I picked up "For your Eyes Only" in BD for a couple of bucks not long ago and it had the same traits as what you are mentioning with sound. It was so overbearing thought that I found myself constantly playing with volume control. I read somewhere on the net that a reviewer felt someone must have fallen asleep in the sound department as it was so bad. Even though the PQ was about a 9/10 for that movie too, it turned me off buying any more old bond movies until they get it right.

BrianO
01-18-2010, 11:31 PM
Ursula Andress probably excited me as much as any Bond girl, especially the rise out of the water in a bikini. What a great film entrance that was.



It would have been an even better film entrance if they had done it the way it was in the book with Honey coming out of the water wearing only her knife belt and sheath (not strategically placed). :eyecrazy:eyecrazy

Chris Gerhard
01-19-2010, 06:28 AM
It would have been an even better film entrance if they had done it the way it was in the book with Honey coming out of the water wearing only her knife belt and sheath (not strategically placed). :eyecrazy:eyecrazy

I didn't read the book and wasn't aware of that but now that I am, certainly I would have preferred adherence to the source material in this case.

Chris

Chris Gerhard
01-19-2010, 06:33 AM
Thanks Chris. I probably would have given Dr. No an 8 had I not liked Goldfinger so much more. Goldfinger is by far my favorite Connery Bond film.

I liked "From Russia With Love" a little more than "Goldfinger" but the first three are all among my very favorite Bond films. I saw "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love" in a bargain matinee double feature in I believe 1963 or 1964 about the time "Goldfinger" was released. These films all look and sound great on Blu-ray considering the age. Bargain prices have been common so far on all of the them, what a great deal for Bond fans.

Chris

ack_bak
01-20-2010, 01:54 PM
Huge Bond fan here, and Dr. No ranks up there as one of my favorites. This one definitely looks very good on Blu-Ray and is a major upgrade vs the DVD version. Lots of great special features on this one too.