I echo those who say these will come out individually - but for the big coverage and easy marketing they are coming out in the box set first.
For those of you complaining about Eon/Fox/MGM/UA/Sony and everybody else that has a finger in this pie: they are a business not a charity!
If you don't like the price, vote with your wallet and wait, find it used, find the individual ones on eBay when enterprising people buy sets to split them up and sell them individually.
I don't think Eon is egregious with this deicision - compare it to how the LOTR series or Star Wars series are done and you'll see similar tactics. And thank god they don't pull a Disney and "Oooh, it's going in the vault...better buy it cuz its going away!"
I'm really perplexed by the people complaining about having to pay each time a new format comes out. Did Eon force you to upgrade your television or media player when the technology got updated? I don't think they did.
Can you honestly point to any other franchise on the planet that allowed a trade in of old media for a free version of the newest?
Man, I bought a Toyota 10 years ago - gosh darn it they came out with a new model that has better features - I should get it for free! After all, I already own a Toyota! I want a loyalty card that gets me a free car!
With regard to BluRay (or however you choose to watch HD) - it's simply amazing, especially with the early films. I have Thunderball and it looks like it was made yesterday. Simply stunning. Conversely, but not quite, Casino Royale looks like Olga - stunning - especially when compared with the DVD (which in my book looks like it was short changed).
I for one am happy they keep doing this, and I choose when I buy - this time I placed an order (I have five of them already on blu ray, but at £89 for all.... it's just too cheap to not put a market down). I never bought the ultimate edition DVDs though.
is probably the worst example of one of the older films looking great on Blu-ray. The film/negatives they used had a LOT of vertical scratches throughout the film and there are many shots where it's quite obvious they were so extensive that they couldn't all be removed. If you want some good 'old school' transfers that look brand new, watch DN, FRWL and Goldfinger.
Speaking of the transfers, I would hope that Goldeneye-DAD have gotten new transfers for the set. From the HD versions I've found of those films online it seems that they used HD transfers from the early 2000's that were quite dated in both the quality of the transfer and the film prints used... they don't look anywhere close to as nice as YOLT-DAF, for instance.
As for the people not interested in the upgrade to Blu-ray... I would think the other reason apart from a general audio/video upgrade from the UE set would be the lack of PAL speedup. I don't know about you blokes from the UK, but the presence of PAL speedup can sometimes make my ears feel like they're going to bleed, or at least like I'm listening to nails on a slate... yuck. And funnily enough, Roger Moore's commentaries feature "NTSC slowdown" as I like to call it, which annoys me just as much. Apparently Sir Roger experienced second puberty!
Special Features-wise, I don't expect too much more to be included on these sets. More features would be great, don't get me wrong, but for the pricetag I don't foresee much more added to the package. The bonus disc is a nice thing to look forward to, but I'm just hoping they'll at least have all of the remaining classic films see their documentaries upgraded to HD as on the previous Blu-ray releases, lest we forget that all of the older Bond films had both a documentary about the film itself and another documentary on a certain aspect of the series... so those documentaries already exist.
I'd also like to see the inclusion of the text-less title sequences (especially with the addition of CR and QoS) for the remaining films in HD... those are awesome. Also, fixing the remaining color-timing and other issues from the UE set would be good... cross-dressing Blofeld looks mighty green to me.
Oh, and why the "f" can't I find this up for pre-order on Amazon.com yet!? Nevermind, I was looking for something more substantial in the item title than just "Bond 50." I guess I over-searched with "James Bond Blu-ray" and "007 Blu-ray"...
Edited by larrythefatcat, 11 January 2012 - 09:56 PM.