'Quantum of Solace' On Blu-ray/DVD – What The Critics Said (Part III)
Daniel Craig is James Bond in Quantum of Solace
Following up a home video debut in Australia last Wednesday, this week marked the release of Quantum of Solace in the UK, US and elsewhere around the world.
Over the past few days, several media websites have been posting reviews–including those for the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and the Blu-ray disc–of the 22nd James Bond adventure to see how it holds up on the home video format.
CommanderBond.net has compiled together an detailed listing of the various Blu-ray/DVD reviews of Quantum of Solace…
QUANTUM OF SOLACE – BLU-RAY/DVD
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID (PART III)
Daniel Craig confirms in Quantum that he’s the best Bond since Connery [Blu-ray]
That’s certainly led to some mixed reviews for Quantum. Some fans have complained because it’s a departure from the more traditional stand-alone Bond adventure format, and critics bemoan the fact that there’s not as much humor and style, and that there’s too much action up front, and that the film is too short. Here’s what I say to all that: NUTS!
Let me give you a bit of sage advice. The best thing you can do for yourself going into Quantum, is to re-watch Casino Royale first, preferably RIGHT beforehand. You’ll be glad you did, because this movie picks up literally one hour after the last film ended, and there’s no recap. You’re thrust right smack into the middle of the action, going 100kph with lead flying, and you’d better be ready for it. ‘Cause if you’re not, you’re gonna be left in the dust pretty quickly…
This instalment looks fine, but the story itself is suffering
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
With a third Craig outing assured, perhaps they will pick up the dramatic pace as well as the frantic action stakes. With the introduction of an organisation that is pitted against Bond the next instalment could go somewhere interesting. But with his “revenge” thread sorted out (sort of?) the writers are going to have to come up with something very interesting. Perhaps a decent villain(s) and maybe less Bond girls’ next time out instead of retreading the conventions of past glories. They were wise to drop the whole Q Gadgets and Moneypenny aspects, now maybe they can drop a few more Bond conventions and truly make the next one different…
Quantum of Solace is an intensely exciting James Bond adventure [Blu-ray]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Quantum of Solace is an exceptional James Bond picture that was unfairly maligned by critics. Perhaps the film’s abrupt beginning, which starts without alerting audiences to the plot of the previous film, caught viewers who weren’t intimately familiar with Casino Royale off guard. As such, viewers of Quantum of Solace are advised to re- watch Casino Royale immediately prior to beginning the film. MGM’s Blu-ray presentation of the film is first rate; its reference grade video and audio set new standards in Blu-ray quality. Those on the lookout for supplements, however, will be disappointed in the slim selection of extras included with the release. Quantum of Solace is an intensely exciting James Bond adventure that ties up loose ends from Casino Royale, while cementing Daniel Craig’s place among the best Bonds in history. Quantum of Solace receives my highest recommendation…
Quantum of Solace is a fine Bond adventure, but it doesn’t quite stack up against Casino Royale [Blu-ray]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Solace is not operating on the flashy mediocrity of Brosnan’s films, but it’s also not doing the stakes Royale established justice. It’s the Bond movie we don’t mind having as a diversion, but it’s not the Bond film we deserve. Daniel Craig is arguably the best Bond since Connery, he should be sparring with Vesper or Le Chiffre equivalents, not Paul Greengrass-ing over rooftops and into sinkholes.
The first direct sequel in the Bond series, QoS picks up shortly after Casino Royale and finds 007 (Daniel Craig) investigating the shadowy network that recruited Vesper to serve as its double agent. M (Dame Judi Dench) fears that Bond is merely on a personal vendetta, but the secret agent insists that he is only concerned with doing his duty. During his globe-hopping quest — which takes him to Italy, Haiti, Austria and, finally, Bolivia — Bond identifies several leading members of the mysterious Quantum organization, including eco-friendly tycoon Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric)…
Pretty much a full-throttled rollercoaster ride [Blu-ray]
Like in Casino Royale, Bond basically stumbles his way through the conspiracy using violence and his quick thinking to put the pieces together in time to save the world–or at least the part of the world he is in at the time.
Once again, I think Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond was great, and he seems to be more comfortable with the character in his second outing. This is not a comical Bond, a flirting Bond, or even a Connery Bond. Craig’s Bond is one part thug and one part cold blooded assassin.
Some critics knock the franchise’s reinvention as being too similar to the Bourne films, but I think they have finally gotten it right. Not since the early Sean Connery Bond films, has the character felt real (although he does have more than a few Superman moments in this one), and I give credit to Craig’s stripped down and reserved performance as Bond…
Quantum Of Solace is still a fine slam-bang Bond movie for the new generation
Coming off the knockout punch that was Daniel Craig’s debut in Casino Royale, there had to be a little Bond letdown, and Quantum Of Solace is it. From the weird title, to the aneurysm-inducing action, to the convoluted plot and oddly diluted villain, there’s a lot by which to be under-whelmed. However, Craig’s performance is a fine piece of work, bringing real emotion and subtlety to a character that’s often just a cartoon. It’s certainly not great Bond, revealing numerous opportunities to tweak the formula, but Quantum Of Solace is still a fine slam-bang Bond movie for the new generation, with touches of real grace. This two-disc special edition is Recommended…
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