Originally Posted by NorthSky
...And no 3D James Bond flicks...none.
...for non-3D buffs, this is a non-issue...
* Regarding the color palette: In my opinion this is an artistic choice, and a realistic approach @ that too. Go to Mexico City and you'll see smoke, fog, sun, pollution and washed out yellows. No problemo with the colors myself, to the contrary, it brought me right back in time and in place. And same for the other scenes with different color palette.
Normally, I'd agree with you regarding the wildly aggressive sepia tone lathered on that opening sequence -- that is, being in Mexico City and experiencing the fog, smoke, heavy sun-drenched hues, etc. -- but I found it really excessive to the point that it rendered some of the shots way too soft. Again, though, we are dealing with a nearly eight-year-old 1080p rear projection HDTV which has been developing what seems like an infamous (for this model Sony) optical block problem, manifesting as a yellow-ish spot in the center of the screen...so my feedback and interpretation of the color MAY be compromised.
And the audio was fine.
I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree a BIT in this case; while no means a bomb like Age of Ultron
was, the audio here I felt could have been a tad better -- was there aggressive surround usage and wild effects panning when called upon? Sure. Was there LFE wallop? Yes. But nothing like the wall-rattling wallop delivered by Skyfall
's Master Audio track...I will even go so far to say that the Casino Royale Collector's Edition
Blu-ray and its TrueHD mix was much louder, in-your-face and engaging than any track given to any of the Craig 007 films thus far by MGM/Fox.
Technically it's top notch; film content...it's not the high standard of Casino, or Sky...but it is still very serviceable.
And you know what else...the replay value might surprise you...
It's been overwhelmingly agreed upon by many Bond/007/Fleming fans that Spectre
is sort of the weakest entry of this Craig series; what was once reserved for Marc Forester's Quantum of Solace
(which I didn't care for in theaters but came to enjoy at home) has now been bestowed upon Sam Mendes' latest attempt. It's a shame, because Craig is really good in the role, but the problem here was more the writing, pacing and the way in which the plot just became so thick at certain points it began to collapse on itself (what I mean by this is the way Mendes seemed to want to stuff too much into this...the Bautista adversary, Blofeld, White, White's sexy daughter...it felt a bit too "rushed" towards the end torture sequence in North Africa). However, that being said, there were indeed interesting, action-packed moments like the fight with Bautista and the "standoff" with Bond and Blofeld before he's tortured with the "brain needles"...but at the end of the day, this was definitely NO Casino Royale
(which brought us all back to some of the classic Bond flicks in history what with its classy style and throwback spy-esque overtones) or even Skyfall
. Speaking of Skyfall
, this could have been a truly great action/Bond flick if it wasn't for what Mendes did to Bardem's character, turning him unnecessarily gay with a "thing" for Bond...I mean, come on...what is that?