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  1. Bonding With 'Casino Royale' On Blu-Ray/DVD

    Today sees the Region 1 release of not one, but two different editions of Casino Royale.

    The long-awaited 1967 Collector’s Edition DVD and the 2006 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD have both been released today and are currently shipping from Amazon.com.

    Casino Royale (1967)
    Collector’s Edition DVD

    'Casino Royale' (1967) Collector's Edition

    Casino Royale (1967) Collector’s Edition

    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.

    Casino Royale
    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″!

    Casino Royale
    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

    'Casino Royale'

    Casino Royale

    Also available is the new two-disc Blu-ray / three-disc DVD edition of Daniel Craig’s 2006 James Bond debut, Casino Royale.

    Packed with tons of never-before-seen special features, including deleted scenes, documentaries and audio commentaries, this Collector’s Edition release gives fans a new look at the long road taken in getting Ian Fleming’s original 007 novel into what ultimately became one of the most successful Bond films ever.

    Casino Royale Collector’s Edition
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    Devin Zydel @ 2008-10-21
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