Friday, February 15, 2013

Skyfall Blu-Ray Review!



I wrote about 10 Lessons James Bond Films Taught Me a few weeks ago, which also appeared on MovieFone.  My husband and I had just seen Skyfall in the theater, and were really excited about it (a few months after release, but such is the life of parents with little kids)!  In my opinion, Skyfall is the best James Bond 007 film to date.  Daniel Craig reprises his role as Bond (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were his other 007 roles).  Skyfall celebrates the 50th anniversary of James Bond films, since Dr. No, was released in 1962.    

Skyfall was just released onto HD on February 5th, with the Blu-ray and DVD releases on February 12th.  Is Skyfall worth adding to your blu-ray library?  Absolutely!  Skyfall offers all that viewers have come to expect of James Bond movies: action, thrill, really bad villains, Bond Girls and of course spy 007.

But while Skyfall was light on gadgets (the film mainly featured a Walther PPK 9mm short coded to Bond's palmprint), it was strong on storyline and back-stories of Bond (Craig) and SPOILER: ex-MI6 villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).  I was intrigued to learn about Bond's earlier life, his ancestrial home--and perhaps his motive to join MI6.  I was similarly drawn into mastermind Silva's story, revealing how he turned  from English hero to bad guy.  I also enjoyed how it showed the inner workings of the MI6 Bond world, and its vulnerabilities and fragilities.

And I found that unlike the film's predecessor Quantum of Solace, the story was easy to follow and comprehend.  Watching and enjoying Skyfall did not require a background into any of the other 22 Bond films, although there was a nod to Bond's ex-lover Vesper Lynd, whom had appeared (and died) in Casino Royale (Eva Green).   
The Skyfall Cast!
I also enjoyed performances immensely of Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench ("M") and Ralph Fiennes (Chairman of Intelligence and Security Committee).  If you have not seen Skyfall yet, you are in for some shocking revelations and surprising changes that occur in this movie!  One such surprise involves Dench's character, and there is definitely a surprise regarding MI6 agent Eve's new vocation (Naomi Harris), which in my opinion helps weave past Bond films together.

It is worth mentioning that Skyfall's theme song Skyfall by Adele is a wonderful tune that really drew me into the mood of the movie.  It is beautiful, dark and haunting.  If you want to see the Skyfall music video, do yourself a favour and have a listen!  Adele will perform Skyfall for the 85th annual Academy Awards (The Oscars) on February 24th, 2013!   

I am glad to say that I have added Skyfall to my blu-ray collection, as it is definitely a title that I will watch multiple times!  I did select the blu-ray/dvd/digital copy combo pack, which does include numerous featurettes about the Bond Girls, villains, car and more.  Of note, there is special commentary by Director Sam Mendes, Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and Production Designer Dennis Gassner.  I would highly recommend Skyfall for anyone who wants to enjoy a thrill-packed movie!     

Note: the Skyfall Blu-Ray/Dvd/Digital Copy combo pack features different cover art then is shown above

29 comments:

  1. I haven't seen it yet, and while I am not a huge James Bond fan, I do think Daniel Craig does a great job

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  2. So much FUN! I am sure my DH would love to see this one.

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  3. we will be watching this one on the weekend, Hubby is excited to see it!

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  4. My husband asked if we could watch it for Vday - I said no lol.

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    1. Randa, what did you end up watching instead?

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  5. I haven't seen it yet, but the kids say it is great. Can't wait.

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  6. Havent seen it yet, looking forward to it as I enjoyed the last Daniel Craig bond movie

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  7. I think this is my fave James Bond movie so far!!!!

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  8. My husband and I went to see it in the theatres. We both enjoyed it.

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  9. I'm not usually a Bond fan but this movie was AWESOME! I would love to own it to enjoy it over and over again!

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  10. Haven't seen it yet - as you said - such is the life of a parent with small kids. I like to see all of them, because if nothing else they are entertaining, not too cerebral and not too gruesome. Totally would watch it for Javier Bardem ;)

    ingridlarsen at gmail dot com

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  11. I have not seen it yet, but it is on my list!

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  12. I haven't seen it yet, but I try to see all of the Bond movies. Not a huge fan, but I like them because they are always entertaining, not too cerebral and not to gruesome like many other action movies. I'd totally be seeing this one for Javier Bardem ;)

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  13. I'm a huge Bond fan, and this one rates right up there as one of my favorites. And that's saying something! I really like how the Craig series has delved into Bond's backstory more, giving us further insight into his character and motives. (seeing the woman he loves die, for example) In Skyfall, they've really brought it around full circle in completing the character study in that we learned about his parents and that childhood trauma. Love how they've 'introduced' Moneypenny again, and how the new Q resembles the old one with his glasses and cardigans. Loved this one. And...doesn't hurt that Danuel Craig is so attractive. Heather at timm dot ca

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  14. Haven't seen it but love the theme song by Adele. Can't get enough of her music.

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  15. I love Adeles song she created specifically for it!! Havent seen it yet though heard it was good

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  16. Haven't seen this James Bond yet, but have been meaning to since it's widely praised.

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  17. We watched it last night. It was pretty good. I thought the girl dying wasn't as dramatic as in some of the other ones though.

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  18. I haven't seen it yet, but have been told I should.,..hopefully soon!

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  19. Great movie. It will fill in that empty slot they left in Bond 50 quite nicely.
    @MrDIsco3

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  20. I've never seen an entire Bond film. **backing out of the room slowly**
    @torlonias

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  21. Loved it - might the the greatest bond yet : )

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  22. I can't wait to see this one. I've heard nothing but great things!

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  23. I haven't seen Skyfall yet , but i really want to. I really enjoy Bond movies; i love the action, and the thrilling storyline (mill1(at)sympatico(dot)ca. Thanks!

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  24. I have been wanting to see this movie ever since I heard about it (before coming out in theaters). I love the Bond movies (haven't seen all of them, but working on it). I really wanted to see Skyfall in the Imax theater for a better experience, but we weren't around an Imax when it was playing :( So it is on the list of movies to watch (along with a billion other ones too haha - like you said, that's life with kids). Oh, and I gotta mention....I love the Theme Song

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