MGM Home Entertainment is finally confirming the 21 October 2008 release date (first reported here on CommanderBond.net) for the 1967 spoof edition of Casino Royale.
This Collector’s Edition DVD for this unofficial James Bond film has experienced several delays since first being announced in mid-2007, but it appears now that it is finally on the way.
Collector’s Edition DVD
Bond, James Bond. MGM Home Entertainment presents the surrealistic satire of one of the most recognized characters in film history when Casino Royale: Collector’s Edition rolls the dice on DVD October 21. Starring David Niven (The Pink Panther, Death on the Nile) as the world famous secret agent, Casino Royale follows an aging Bond as he is called out-of retirement after members of Her Majesty’s Secret Service turn up dead. To combat the villainous Le Chiffre, the man responsible for these crimes, Bond recruits six more “James Bonds” in order to confuse the enemy and create overall chaos. In the end it might not be enough when Bond must faces everything from deadly female operatives to exploding fowl sent to stop him.
Packed with girls, guns and gags galore, Casino Royale features an all-star cast including Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove), Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil), William Holden (Network, The Wild Bunch), John Huston (Chinatown, The Cardinal), Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan) and many more, as well as an Oscar nominated song from the legendary Burt Bacharach. Special features include audio commentary from Bond historians Steven Jay Jay Rubin and John Cork, a “making of” documentary and five all-new featurettes. The Casino Royale: Collector’s Edition DVD will be available in widescreen for the suggested retail price of $19.98 US/$21.98 Canada. Prebook is September 24, 2008.
Collector’s Edition Synopsis
Welcome to Casino Royale, the ultimate psychedelic secret agent satire! Packed with girls, guns and gags galore, this “very funny picture” (The New Yorker) delivers “laughs all the way”(Cue)! Starring Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Joanna Pettet, Orson Welles, Daliah Lavi, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden and others, and with an original score from Oscar winner Burt Bacharach, this groovy spy movie is “even farther out” (LA Herald-Examiner) than all other spoofs combined! British Intelligence is waning in every possible way! When the diabolical SMERSH begins killing off Her Majesty’s Secret Service, super-agent James Bond (Niven) recruits six more “James Bonds” to confuse and conquer their enemies. But it won’t be easy. They’ll have to face an army of irresistibly sexy female operatives, exploding robotic fowl, parachuting Indians and a germ that makes all women beautiful but kills all men over 4’6″!
Collector’s Edition Bonus Features
- Commentary with James Bond historians Steven Jay Rubin and John Cork
- The Making of Casino Royale
- Bond, James Bond?
- A 3 Ring Circus
- More Directors, More Stars
- The Big Climax
- It’s a Wrap!
- Theatrical Trailer
- Photo Gallery
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