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Blu-ray review: Casino Royale

Despite the lack of decent bonus material on this release, I suspect that most people will be more than happy with the sumptuous image quality and solid audio. For Bond’s first high definition outing, Sony have certainly come up trumps, and I only hope that future releases in the series will be able to come close to matching this quality. Provided you import an uncut copy, and don’t consider in-depth extras to be an essential part of the viewing process, it’s hard to go wrong with Casino Royale on Blu-ray.

James Bond gets his first ever high definition outing with Casino Royale. I’ve reviewed the recent Finnish Blu-ray release from Sony Pictures.

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 4:39 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | Reviews



A little typo:
It's not enough to completely derail the film, bbut it does cause the plot to flatline for a good twenty minutes

I watched the uncensored german DVD yesterday and found the movie to be excellent. One of the few Bond-Movies I have really enjoyed.
I certainly can understand why the BBFC had some reservations about the Torture-Scene (although do not think that censorship was necessary). It's the stuff Slash-Fiction is made of, the whispering in his ear, the remark about Bond's physique. After the "foreplay" that was the Poker-Game, the homoerotic subtext is in full swing.

Posted by: Kamyar-MZ, May 28, 2007 8:03 PM


Oh, well spotted. Thanks for the correction.

Posted by: Whiggles, May 28, 2007 10:20 PM


I live in the US and have the uncut Australian Blu-ray. It is (so far) playable on the PS3 (ver. 1.80). I'm not sure if future updates to the PS3 firmware will effect this.

Posted by: Phil Menard, May 30, 2007 11:22 PM


The disc itself is coded for all regions (A, B, C), so playback should not be an issue for anyone at this point or in the future. As far as I’m aware, the disc released in the US and Korea (and, judging by the subtitle languages, possibly also Thai, Chinese and Portuguese speaking territories) is the only one that is region coded, which is strange as it’s arguably the least desirable of the lot.

Posted by: Whiggles, May 31, 2007 7:28 AM

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