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Spectre Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews the latest installment in the iconic franchise as a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
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98



Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 148 minutes
Genre: Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Music by: Thomas Newman
Written by: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 9, 2016


"The Dead are Alive"


My Take:


In Spectre, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

As much as I wanted to I didn't make it out to the theater to see Spectre. I am most definitely a Bond fan and while I admittedly raised my eyebrows when Daniel Craig was announced as the new face of the iconic character, I have grown quite fond of him in the role. Spectre picks up with the continuing and dark elements associated with Bond's past, prior to becoming a Double O, and introduces a new foe whose connection to James resonates throughout his career, leading him to this very moment.

I enjoyed the film but didn’t find anything innately special about it. The villain, played by Christophe Waltz, just didn’t have enough screen time to be compellingly sinister enough and the Bond Girls, played by Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci (huh?), were far from enrapturing. There weren't enough gadgets, although based upon the storyline, that was understandable, but the cars didn't disappoint. What made Spectre enjoyable are the staples that Bond generally brings, plenty of action, fairly compelling storytelling, excellent production values and a well-played turn by star Daniel Craig.

Spectre falls in line behind Casino Royale along with Skyfall and then Quantum of Solace. It's an entertaining installment in the Bond Franchise, a film series that has been the gift that keeps on giving.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element):


Video: 96
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Spectre comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.6 Mbps.

This high definition video presentation has a distinctive visual aesthetic that features a reserved chromatic palette which makes use of sepia tones and reserved primary color saturation which goes hand in hand with the source material. Stable white and black levels combine to enrich light and dark onscreen elements and provide imagery with plenty of punch. Fleshtones are on the money and feature a pallid aesthetic that falls in line with the film's stylistic intent. Resolution is exemplary during close up camera shots of the cast which reveal exquisite refinement in the visible lines in their faces and the weave and texture of their clothing. There are instances where sharpness wavers but they are brief and appear innate to the photography. Wide angle pans of the sun splashed landscapes have excellent depth, with sharp resolute image quality that is rarely questionable. I didn't see any deleterious problems with the overall presentation and thought it was top notch.

The DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio soundtrack sounds terrific. This is an articulated and at times, commanding presentation that will reward those with systems capable of thoroughly reproducing its elements. This is an engaging and purposeful sound design that transforms the room into a three dimensional soundstage that encapsulates the sweet spot with its plethora of sounds/effects that seem to emanate from every direction during the films active moments.

Spot on imaging draws out both large and small sounds, allowing their directional correlation (based upon the onscreen events) to be definable within the room’s acoustic boundaries. Bass lovers will revel in the rich tactility of low frequency effects and rewarding dynamic range. Thomas Newman’s music score helps set the stage with its perfect blend of evocative instrumentation and rousing orchestration. Dialog is reproduced with lucid expression and exacting clarity. I never had any trouble distinguishing even the slightest changes in the pitch or tonal inflection of voices. Spectre is an end to end experience the delivers the goods on Blu-ray.



Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Spectre: Bond's Biggest Opening – 20 minute featurette
  • (HD) Video Blogs 6 segments):
    1. Director: Sam Mendes
    2. Supercars
    3. Introducing Lea Seydoux & Monica Bellucci
    4. Action
    5. Music
    6. Guinness World Record
  • (HD) Gallery
  • Digital HD Copy


Final Thoughts:

James Bond makes a triumphant return in Spectre an exciting Bond epic that successfully brings the iconic character to the next evolutionary stage. As you might expect its presentation on Blu-ray is spectacular and features reference quality audio/video that makes for superb demonstration material for enthusiasts that like to show off their home theater systems. The included supplemental package is made up of series of vignettes that provide behind-the-scene glimpses while offering insights from the cast/filmmakers. I found it to be serviceable but not as comprehensive as I would have liked. Regardless Spectre on Blu-ray is a must have for Bond fans. Enjoy!







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I've been waiting patiently for this review. There has received much criticism online about this film, and I find my thoughts generally line up pretty closely with yours on most movies you review.

The 4 star rating seems a little strong based on your comments though??? Casino Royale was my favorite and it's sad to hear, what might be Craigs last dance, won't live up to the greatness of that film.

I'll still probably end up buying this as I'm a huge Craig fan and feel he has done the series justice over the years. The audio rating is icing on the cake in the end.
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Thanks for the great review Ralph. I liked it a lot and I am looking forward to seeing this on my system. %100 audio and %98 video sounds good to me. If I were rating the Daniel Craig Bond movies in order of how I liked them it would be this
1. Sky fall
2/3 Casino Royal and Specter
4 Quantum of solace
I also agree about that Bond women and Gadgets but it certainly had enough action for me. Craig said this was the hardest one to make.
I hope he sticks around for 1 or 2 more. I still think he can pull it off age wise.
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I too missed this in the theater. Picked it up Tuesday and was very excited to watch, as I'm a big fan of the Bond franchise.

Popped it in after my son went to bed and fell asleep about 30 minutes in. Not because of the movie, but because I'm getting older and tired. I'm hoping to revisit it this weekend and make it all the way through.

What I did make it through looked and sounded right on par with your review, though. Top notch disc.
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Hi Ralph,

Thanks for great review.

Wow, 100 for Audio. I will definitely go buy this one tonight.

Ralph, do you have a plan to review goosebump? I'd like to see you review all this ATMOS blu ray discs.

Thanks.
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Plan on watching this on the weekend. Love all the Craig Bond flicks (QOS wasn't great but still miles better than the majority of the non-Connery films) just because its more grounded in reality so the lack of gadgets in this one won't bother me because I don't like camp in my Bond flicks. Hated the Roger Moore movies the most as it was just pure cheeze that totally lost the spirit of Fleming's Bond. And being a car nut makes me happy that the movie has that type of eye candy.

Seriously doubt this is Craig's last movie. They would be looking for a new Bond by now and already announced Craig is not coming back because they don't want to wait too long trying to cast a new actor before starting pre-production on the next one. They'll get one more out of him by showering him with cash. Craig always is miserable about the role after every movie release probably because of the physical toll that filming takes on him but cash is a great band aid.
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Thanks for the review Ralph will be adding this to my collection. Big Daniel Craig fan as Bond.


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Ralph, for this audio, which mode is better, original DTS 7.1, DSU or DTS Neuro X?
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Excellent review Ralph. I will definitely be purchasing this for the DSU delight alone.
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I didn't find that it mattered greatly as they all sounded really good. Pick one and have at it!


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Picked this up from BB, I'm a sucker for the steel books. A 100 audio makes me all the more excited to watch this one. Going to go back and watch them all in order this weekend.

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The AV quality is great but this is by far the worst installment in Craig's Bond movies. I almost can't believe the people who made Skyfall made this movie. They must've dusted off an old Pierce Brosnan screenplay. They effectively bombed this franchise back to the stone ages before Craig took over and made it respectable.

I highly recommend a rental over a purchase here. If you're like me you'll want to forget this misfire ever existed, let alone have it in your collection.
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I've been waiting patiently for this review. There has received much criticism online about this film, and I find my thoughts generally line up pretty closely with yours on most movies you review.

The 4 star rating seems a little strong based on your comments though??? Casino Royale was my favorite and it's sad to hear, what might be Craigs last dance, won't live up to the greatness of that film.

I'll still probably end up buying this as I'm a huge Craig fan and feel he has done the series justice over the years. The audio rating is icing on the cake in the end.

Greetings,

I was on the fence between a rating of 3.5 or 4. I opted to go with my fondness for Bond..


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I was on the fence between a rating of 3.5 or 4. I opted to go with my fondness for Bond..


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Ralph, sorry for off topic. Hope you don't mind. How is goosebump atmos? Is it worth to buy it? Thanks.
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Overall, I liked the movie, it felt like a Bond movie with a good old fashion style villain... Although that Aston DB10 in my opinion looks horrendous compared to a DB9, that a side, if I was Aston, I would be pissed for how little air time that car had and the millions spent producing it lol...

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I haven't had the opportunity to check it out. I missed the review window and there were no available screeners afterward. I do plan on picking it up at some point though. Sorry I can't help..


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Omigosh, a thousand times yes. It is the best Atmos movie I've heard so far. And it's also a pretty good movie. Definitely worthy of a purchase.

But back to Bond. I liked the movie and it definitely deserved a 100 for audio. It made ample use of bass and surrounds and in DSU my room was attacking me with sound from all directions. It was awesome. I said it in another thread, but I really wish they had cut down the musical score a bit and bumped up the sounds of the cars during the car chase. Those cars deserve it.

As far as how I would rate it...I'm totally with Ralph on this one. If it weren't a Bond movie I would give it a 3.5. But since it's Bond, and Daniel Craig no less, I would also give it a 4.

In order of my favourites:

Casino Royale
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I am a huge Daniel Craig fan. I wanted to like Spectre. I wanted all the negative reviews to be wrong. But, in this case, they were simply spot on. This feels so...forced. The lines felt cheesy and forced. The "Bond Girls" were not captivating at all (I killed your husband, let's get it on; we just survived an attack by a huge, nearly unstoppable assassin, let's have sex; I don't really like you, but now that you are being tortured, I love you and can't live w/out you). The car chase was boring. Christoph's talents (see Inglourious Basterds) were wasted. Maybe I am just older and more cynical, but this was, unfortunately, a HUGE letdown for me.
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I saw the movie when it came out in the theater and I have to agree with the somewhat average-ness sentiment of this movie.

I am a pretty big Bond fan but I thought that Skyfall was a better movie. I believe this movie was also way over-budget and I can't see what they spent north of 200 million on.
And how do you go from Adele doing the opening credits song in Skyfall to this dude in Spectre? What's up with that? They couldn't get Adele back to do it once again and they spent how much making this film? Some serious mis-handling of the production budget if you ask me.

All that said, I picked up the Blu-ray earlier in the week and I'm planning to watch it tomorrow night.
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Pretty fun popcorn flick, but pretty light on the gadgets.

Spectre itself had some creepy aspects. Seems like there's tons of shows that are on the whole "mass spying on everyone's every move and every thought is a bad thing" that the X-Files is also hammering home. Maybe people will start listening? Nah, people don't care. "Civil rights? What are those! Gimme a new ipad to watch this Bond movie on while I share a pic of I ate for dinner with the entire world."

I will say this though, Lea Seydoux...wow. Stunning. Reminds me of a hotter, french version of my first girlfriend as a teenager. And that is a very, very good thing to be reminded of So, thanks Hollywood! She's got this pouty look to her that just makes a man wanna go, there there, it'll all be okay. hehehe.

ps agree, the Adele Skyfall opening song put this one to shame, didn't like this one at all.
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nice review, pushed me over the fence so to speak to order the steelbook from bestbuy; hopefully even with my meager system I will be able to understand why you gave the audio a 100
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its funny how a lot of people liked Skyfall but the more I watch the more I see how plain it really was compared to most other Bond Flixs, it was very tame in my eyes. Just a lot of talk and running back and forth.

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Well considering the studio approached Sam Smith said read the script... great now you have two weeks to write and record the opening song for Specter. I thought he did great job given the constraints.

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Another Bond fan here.


The morning it was release, my wife told me about and I had no clue it was coming
So I pick-it up that day.


Tonight I see a review about it
7.1 sound, 100%
picture 96%


I know I will be in for a good time


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For the record, Radiohead was asked to record the opening song for Spectre first. The studio ended up not using what Radiohead created for it, but the band eventually released the song anyway.
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For the record, Radiohead was asked to record the opening song for Spectre first. The studio ended up not using what Radiohead created for it, but the band eventually released the song anyway.
I love Thom Yorke, but I gave that song a listen and I didn't really care for it, either. The best Bond songs, IMHO, are sung by Sheena Easton, Duran Duran and Adele.

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I love Thom Yorke, but I gave that song a listen and I didn't really care for it, either. The best Bond songs, IMHO, are sung by Sheena Easton, Duran Duran and Adele.
I'm a huge Radiohead fan, but songs from recent years that he sings falsetto all the way through are not generally my favorites. Strangely, I haven't really dug any Bond songs in I don't know how long. I'll have to look up the Duran Duran one and Sheena E. I absolutely can't stomach Adele though.

Sorry for the semi-off-topic Ralph. I'm hoping to pick up Spectre next week sometime!
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Thanks for the review!

It's in my Netflix queue.

I'm not particularly a Bond fan but have enjoyed the D. Craig installments, my favorite being Skyfall, which I purchased and have enjoyed re-watching. Perhaps I'll like Spectre enough to purchase?! Hope the rental has uncompressed audio...I may purchase this for the audio alone.

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It was a slick film for sure, with nicely polished picture and audio on Blu, but somehow missing overall refinement in its execution, missing sophistication in its stunts, realism. It was even boring @ times.

Yeah, it's Daniel Craig 007 - Double O Seven - ...Bond, my name is James Bond - and Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz, and Spectre...a nice title; but it was missing some essential vitamins, plasma, viagra, charisma, spark, fatal attraction, ...

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either...way below Casino and Sky. IMO

Anyway, that's what I found...perhaps a second viewing would help? ...That remains to be [email protected] another time.
I'm not far from Ralph's score @ 66 (14 less...roughly...all relative...and subjective, very).

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I will definitely purchase this movie, but I'm in complete agreement with Ralph's review of the movie. The villain was not menacing enough, the Bond girls did not have the "oomph" that the best of them had, the title song was not on par with some of the best Bond tunes (I did like Adele's song from Skyfall, although I do agree that the Sheena Easton number was much better), and the action was somewhat spotty. Nevertheless, I put this movie behind Skyfall and ahead of Quantum of Solace in the ranking of the four Daniel Craig Bond movies. Because every other Daniel Craig Bond movie has been better than the one before, I hope that he makes one more movie so that he can exit the role on a high note!
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