Initial copies were missing a scene at the layer transition. Corrected copies have been issued and can be identified by asterisks preceeding and following the catalog number found on the top spine of the outer packaging.
More than a decade after filming "Diamonds Are Forever," Sean Connery returns as the suave and sexy James Bond in "Never Say Never Again." Here, 007 is pitted against the criminal organization SPECTRE. Having been sent to a European health spa to regain his form, Bond stumbles upon a plot to steal nuclear weapons from the U.S. and must lead an effort to recover them when the plan succeeds. Based on an original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming.
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that should surely please those who have seen the LaserDisc (reviewed in Issue 17). Images are generally sharp and detailed, though a slight soft focus is occasional. Colors are well balanced with generally deep blacks. Hues are more refined than on the LaserDisc, with more accurately rendered fleshtones. The picture is quite clean, and does not show much sign of its age, though there are a few source element artifacts evident. Minor edge enhancement is occasional, but pixelization is not much of a distraction. (Suzanne Hodges)
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