So I just watched it last night after impatiently waiting and not watching it at the theatre. As far as the movie itself goes, I loved it but Casino Royale still remains my favourite Daniel Craig Bond film. The acting was superb and the twists weren't expected. It was a little hard for me to see Dave Bautista as anything but Drax the Destroyer, but he did a great job as well. Lea Seydoux is a stunner as always. Overall a great movie that included a hilarious scene that I had to rewind because I was laughing so hard (mouse). Going back to Bond roots by opening the way it did was a great choice.
How was the A/V? Fantastic. There were definitely a number of dark scenes, yet they still retained detail. The image was razor sharp, but not the best I have in my collection. The sound was stellar in DSU. In particular:
For a number of movies I boost the trim on my subs by +3. No need here. The opening scene starts of with nice, tight bass notes and is a sign of things to come. The explosions provide visceral bass - no need for buttkickers as my near field sub gave plenty of tactile feedback. Dialogue is spot on and clear. If I could nit pick it would be that the music was a bit overbearing during the car chase scene - I would loved to have heard more of the guttural notes from the sports cars. Also, as great as the musical score was, it was rehashed from Skyfall which pulled me out of the movie a bit and too often made me think of its predecessor.
Anyway, that's my take. I'll be watching it again as soon as I get a chance - it's just so much fun to watch. It's sad that this is Craig's last Bond film, but maybe the next guy will be even better, who knows?
Gear: The Brains: Anthem MRX 720. The Brawn: Outlaw 7700. The Fun: Custom PC w/ Logitech 27 & reverse mount pedals, Nintendo Switch, Playstation PS4 Pro. The Visuals: Oppo 203, Darbee Darblet, Optoma HD3300, Panamorph UH480, DIY 138" Curved screen using Semour Centerstage XD AT material. The Audio: 7.1.4: LCR: Tannoy DC12i. Sides: Tannoy IW63DC. Rears: Tannoy DC8i. Ceilings: Tannoy CMS 603/601 DCBM. Subs: 3X Micro Marty and 1X Full Marty.