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Quantum Of Solace


       
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 140 (May/June 2009) Of Widescreen Review®

Stars:
Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric & Giancarlo Giannini

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: NR
DD Plus Sound Rating: NR
DD True HD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Rating: NR
DTS-HD Rating: NR
DTS-HD Master Audio Rating: 5
PCM Audio Rating: NR
WSR Score: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Special features include seven featurettes: Bond On Location (SD 24:45), Start Of Shooting (SD 02:54), On Location (SD 03:14), Olga Kurylenko And The Boat Chase (SD 02:14), Director Marc Forster (SD 02:45), The Music (SD 02:36), and Crew Files (SD 45:30); the music video "Another Way To Die" (HD 04:35); the theatrical teaser trailer #1 and the theatrical trailer #2. D-BOX® capability is also included on the Blu-ray Disc.


 Disc General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): M113508
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Disc Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): A
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(Disc Release Date): 03/24/09
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marc Forster
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(Disc Soundtrack): Dolby Digital 5.1
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
On a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, James Bond (Craig) meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious Quantum organization. When Bond uncovers a conspiracy Of Solace to take control of one of the world's most important natural resources, he must navigate a minefield of treachery, deception, and murder to neutralize Quantum before it's too late. (Gary Reber)

Picture:
The 2.42:1 1080p AVC picture quality is outstanding! Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. The color palette exhibits natural hues that are well saturated and warm in appearance. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation, with fine textures seen in the darkest shadows. Resolution is superb, revealing fine facial expressions and textures on clothes and buildings, and even raindrops falling. Some scenes are absolutely striking in contrast, black level, and lighting effect. The cinematography is wonderful on the wide screen and effectively stimulates the viewing experience. This is a wonderful visual treat and is
reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

Sound:
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is fantastic, with an extremely deep bass presence at times that extends to below 25 Hz in the LFE .1 channel and all the other channels, providing a real exciting system workout. Holosonic® surround envelopment is provided by the music score and directionalized sound effects. Dialogue is derived from production sound and ADR, and at times, is nicely integrated spatially with the visuals. The orchestral score is extremely dynamic and fully envelops the soundfield. Instrument timbre is nicely delineated, and the soundstage is wide and deep. Sound pressure levels (SPL) often extend to full throttle, for an exciting sonic experience, with plenty of loud, impactful transient effects. Fidelity is impeccable throughout. This is an exciting panoramic sonic experience, with adrenaline-pumping music and sound effects that perfectly complement the nonstop action. (Gary Reber)

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  WSR D-Box Motion Code™ Review
D-Box Motion Code™ Rating:
5

D-Box Motion Code™ Review:
If there were ever a film character that deserved, even demanded, full-on D-BOX treatment, it would be James Bond. In “Quantum Of Solace,” 007 gets just that. Things get going right up front in classic Bond style, complete with automatic weapons and an Alfa Romeo. The motion coding used to convey not only the swerving of the car, but also the braking and accelerating, is perfect and realistic. Following an interrogation of Mr. White, an interrogation gone bad, there is an exciting foot race through tunnels, crowded streets, and over rooftops, culminating in a wild fight among collapsing scaffolding. The motion here is superb as well. When the film moves to Haiti, there is a chase in the harbor with 007 on a rickety wooden boat ramming other vessels, and the motion programming here places viewers right in the middle of the action. When Bond takes a cargo plane into the skies above Bolivia, the motion of the plane is accurate with swaying and vibrations, and when the plane is attacked by both a small fighter and a helicopter, the increased tension is enhanced by increased motion programming, both violent and frightening. The finale includes shootouts, relentless fighting, and massive explosions erupting all around. This entire film is a D-BOX treat. The motion control artists really had to pull out their bag of tricks for this outing. When it comes to James Bond films, action is pretty much limitless and varied. Because of this, the motion programming is as well. From cars, to boats, to planes, to bombs…it is evident that attention to detail was the mandate for the motion control artists, and this attention to detail results in one fantastic D-BOX event. (Chris White)


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