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#1 ThunderChunky62

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:47 AM

Bond 50

In celebration of James Bond's monumental golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today unveiled BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering. The longest running film franchise of all time, the Bond 50 collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray. Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers.

BOND 50 showcases fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring all six iconic James Bond actors. Produced using the highest possible picture quality and audio presentation, the collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace and more than 130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content


Pretty steep price but great for huge Bond fans. Hopefully price goes down and hopefully release date is announced soon

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:13 AM

thanks for the notice OP. I pre-ordered. Hopefully it will drop more before release. :D

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:33 AM

Bond 50
Pretty steep price but great for huge Bond fans. Hopefully price goes down and hopefully release date is announced soon


Approx $9 per movie, sounds pretty good to me. Release date will almost certainly be November to coincide with the release of Bond 23/Skyfall. I read elsewhere it was going to be priced at $250, so I locked in the preorder just in case. I'd like to hear more info about what this exclusive content is though, and then there's the supposed double dip of Quantum of Solace with commentary and alternate ending, I wonder if that will be in this set or would have to be bought separately.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:38 AM

I'd have been all for this if they'd put it out before I already had 13 of the movies on blu-ray. That's too many to make the double-dip worth it, though. I hope that they don't wait too long to release the other 9 individually.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:06 AM

Ugh. Same boat as arcane93. I already own 11 of the movies. I hope they release individual blu-rays or continue with the 3 packs. Otherwise...*sad face*
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:13 AM

Yup - i have the 13 released so far too. It would be stupid of them to not release them individually, since im sure alot of people are in the same boat and unwilling to double dip.


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:19 AM

No individual releases = no sale. not double dipping MGM.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:26 AM

I used to have the boxset of all the movies on DVD but sold it because I was waiting for all the movies to be released on blu-ray. There were many times I almost bought the 3 disc sets, but so glad I didn't. Thankfully, the only ones I have on blu-ray are Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:47 AM

This will hit $100 or less 6 months after it comes out.

Is there any idea of release date on this yet? I want it, but I can wait.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:52 AM

Already has 3 reviews on Amazon, 2 are 5-stars. I fucking hate that. Amazon needs to make it so reviews can't be posted until the set is at least released, and they should give greater weight to verfiied purchasers rather than people who either post reviews to trash something, or 5-star it

#11 ssjmichael

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:56 AM

Also, if the date on Amazon UK can be trusted, it's coming out Oct. 1st. They have it for ~$120US, but it looks like it's region locked:

http://www.amazon.co...26261299&sr=1-1

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:35 AM

I wouldn't trust Amazon UK's region listings, they are not always (usually? ever?) correct. I think they just put Region B/2 for everything so you can't return it if your player won't play it.

That said, if you don't have a way to play Region B blurays it might be best to wait to pre-order until this can be confirmed somehow.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:35 AM

Look for it to be a DOTD during Amazon's Black Friday sale next year...

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:39 AM

I wouldn't trust Amazon UK's region listings, they are not always (usually? ever?) correct. I think they just put Region B/2 for everything so you can't return it if your player won't play it.

That said, if you don't have a way to play Region B blurays it might be best to wait to pre-order until this can be confirmed somehow.


That's not really true, in most cases if something is Region free, it'll not only say that in the title, it'll also say "All Regions" rather than Region B/2 in the description. Considering all the previous UK region Bond releases are Region B locked, I'd be very surprised if this was region free.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:29 AM

Honestly, that box looks like another annoying "won't fit on any normal blu-ray shelf" box too. I'm really pretty much over buying those at this point, as they're such a pain to deal with.

It would be stupid of them to not release them individually, since im sure alot of people are in the same boat and unwilling to double dip.


I'm sure there will be individual releases eventually. The question is how long they'll make us wait for them... I could totally see them holding off in hopes of getting as many double-dippers as possible. They know the rest of us will buy them whenever they decide to put them out. *sigh*

Look for it to be a DOTD during Amazon's Black Friday sale next year...


If the October 1st date listed on Amazon UK is correct for the worldwide release (actually, UK releases are usually on Monday whereas US releases are on Tuesday, so it's probably October 2nd here), then it'll probably still be too new at Black Friday to be a deal for this year.

That's not really true, in most cases if something is Region free, it'll not only say that in the title, it'll also say "All Regions" rather than Region B/2 in the description. Considering all the previous UK region Bond releases are Region B locked, I'd be very surprised if this was region free.


I've actually seen a number of cases where Amazon UK has displayed incorrect region info, so I wouldn't trust them on it. I think that when they don't know they list it as being region locked by default, just to save themselves from any potential hassle. However, you're right, in this case all of the previous Bond releases have been region coded, so it's a likely bet that this will be as well.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:00 AM

No individual releases = no sale. not double dipping MGM.


Same here. I have all the current releases as well. I really really don't want to double dip and resell the ones I have. Hopefully there are some plans for individual releases. Does anyone know?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:14 AM

I am in at $100, but $200 is a little steep for me right now.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:40 AM

Wow this set will be nice to own but I'll wait for BF too

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:57 PM

Add me to the list of people who have the 3 pack releases and are waiting for the rest. Wish there was a good way to sell them so I could get this nice set.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:48 PM

I've actually seen a number of cases where Amazon UK has displayed incorrect region info, so I wouldn't trust them on it. I think that when they don't know they list it as being region locked by default, just to save themselves from any potential hassle. However, you're right, in this case all of the previous Bond releases have been region coded, so it's a likely bet that this will be as well.

The real issue isn't if it's region-free or not, it's if it's playing at 1080i/60, 1080p/60, 1080p/50 or 1080i/50.

Season 5 of Doctor Who is region-free, though plays at 1080i/50. If you don't have a region-free player that does 1080i/50, you may be out of luck, as I'm in that boat and trying to find a solution that won't break the bank.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

The real issue isn't if it's region-free or not, it's if it's playing at 1080i/60, 1080p/60, 1080p/50 or 1080i/50.

Season 5 of Doctor Who is region-free, though plays at 1080i/50. If you don't have a region-free player that does 1080i/50, you may be out of luck, as I'm in that boat and trying to find a solution that won't break the bank.


50Hz is used for television broadcasts in the UK, so 1080p/50 or 1080i/50 are potential issues with any tv programs on blu-ray (not all, but many). However, it's not usually used for theatrical films (not saying it will never happen, but it's highly unlikely), so you should be safe in that regard with most movies.

Personally, I wait until I have confirmation that something will play on US players before I even consider importing it. Even in cases where discs are region-free and the content is in 1080p/60, you can still end up messed up if, say, the menus are in PAL (an issue that I ran into with a title that I wanted to order just the other day, actually).

Honestly, you'd probably be better off just buying a US copy of Doctor Who season 5 than trying to find a blu-ray player that can convert 1080i/50...

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:15 PM

I pre-ordered, because of course I did. I'm going to be so fucking broke by the end of this year.

Anyway, I was thinking about this last night, and I realize that they're in kind of a bad position with the Bond series in terms of home video releases. A gigantic set like this is on the bad side of the 'getting a bit expensive' line, but individual releases aren't ideal simply because there's a number of the films that have a small potential sell through rate. By creating this set, they've effectively forced the consumer into it, which is, sadly, smart business.

I mean, with the individual releases, how many people are honestly going to go out and pick up all 22 films? They'll cherry-pick the ones they want and move on. I love the film, but I can't imagine there's a gigantic group of people clamoring for The Living Daylights or Octopussy. In essence, yeah, the big set is annoying... but I get where they're coming from with it.

Of course, I'm going to buy them all no matter how they're released, so I don't have a huge right to an opinion there. I'm just glad that I finally get HD copies of The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

50Hz is used for television broadcasts in the UK, so 1080p/50 or 1080i/50 are potential issues with any tv programs on blu-ray (not all, but many). However, it's not usually used for theatrical films (not saying it will never happen, but it's highly unlikely), so you should be safe in that regard with most movies.

Personally, I wait until I have confirmation that something will play on US players before I even consider importing it. Even in cases where discs are region-free and the content is in 1080p/60, you can still end up messed up if, say, the menus are in PAL (an issue that I ran into with a title that I wanted to order just the other day, actually).

Honestly, you'd probably be better off just buying a US copy of Doctor Who season 5 than trying to find a blu-ray player that can convert 1080i/50...

Chances are very unlikely they'll be in 1080p/50, though I'd wait to find out for certain, most likely from Blu-Ray.com or one of the other sites like it.

As I just sprung for a BD-RW drive in my HTPC, which I was already going to pick up, I may already have my solution. We'll see how that goes.

And there are players that are region free and do 50Hz and 60Hz without issue, I just don't have any free HDMI ports to hook up another device to my receiver for the time being, so the HTPC route works for me if it'll work. If not, I'll just pick up a US release of it. The one I picked up previously was a steelbook CE of Season 5, so it was worth the extra money to me at the time.

I pre-ordered, because of course I did. I'm going to be so fucking broke by the end of this year.

Anyway, I was thinking about this last night, and I realize that they're in kind of a bad position with the Bond series in terms of home video releases. A gigantic set like this is on the bad side of the 'getting a bit expensive' line, but individual releases aren't ideal simply because there's a number of the films that have a small potential sell through rate. By creating this set, they've effectively forced the consumer into it, which is, sadly, smart business.

I mean, with the individual releases, how many people are honestly going to go out and pick up all 22 films? They'll cherry-pick the ones they want and move on. I love the film, but I can't imagine there's a gigantic group of people clamoring for The Living Daylights or Octopussy. In essence, yeah, the big set is annoying... but I get where they're coming from with it.

Of course, I'm going to buy them all no matter how they're released, so I don't have a huge right to an opinion there. I'm just glad that I finally get HD copies of The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

If you want the majority or all of the films, this is a good deal. If like myself and arcane93 and others, picking up the films over the years, then this is an ugly double-dip. I would bet that we won't see individual releases for a while, unfortunately.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

I mean, with the individual releases, how many people are honestly going to go out and pick up all 22 films? They'll cherry-pick the ones they want and move on. I love the film, but I can't imagine there's a gigantic group of people clamoring for The Living Daylights or Octopussy. In essence, yeah, the big set is annoying... but I get where they're coming from with it.


Haha, well, they apparently managed to sell Moonraker. :lol: I'm still kind of baffled that they put that one on blu before, well, any of the other ones that aren't on blu yet.

I do think there will be individual releases eventually. Of course there will. They've gone to the effort of producing the masters, so it's not much effort to produce individual releases beyond that point. And Bond is big enough business that even the less sought-after titles will sell enough to justify a reasonable run. I also think that they're going to make us wait a while for them (maybe as much as another year or two), though, so that they can milk sales for this set as much as possible first.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:29 PM

I'd agree with shrike on the individual releases being a long ways off. If I remember correctly, the individual blu releases ultimately stopped because of the MGM problems, but the releases became slower before that happened because they weren't selling all that well anyway. Ideally, I think they could've been nice and at least agreed to release individual copies of the previously unreleased ones, but I understand why that would never happen.

Like I said, monetarily, this is the best way for the studio to release them. There's no point in producing copies of poorer selling films that will sit for years if you can instead just put them in a set like this and at least guarantee they'll be sold eventually. When a series gets this big, the logistics become very, very tricky for releasing them. Especially a series like this where everyone has favorites, or isn't even aware of all of them.

Oh, and I see your Moonraker disbelief and raise you The Man With the Golden Gun.






... oh, and about that 50hz thing? Thank you for promoting that. I hadn't even known it was an issue until recently and I'm not about to buy a new player (I use the PS3) just to watch those. I was pissed, too... everything on the Blu worked EXCEPT the actual episodes. Not a happy day.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:37 PM

Haha, well, they apparently managed to sell Moonraker. :lol: I'm still kind of baffled that they put that one on blu before, well, any of the other ones that aren't on blu yet.

I do think there will be individual releases eventually. Of course there will. They've gone to the effort of producing the masters, so it's not much effort to produce individual releases beyond that point. And Bond is big enough business that even the less sought-after titles will sell enough to justify a reasonable run. I also think that they're going to make us wait a while for them (maybe as much as another year or two), though, so that they can milk sales for this set as much as possible first.

I've picked up all of them at about the price these are at per movie, most of them less than the $8-9 per movie you're getting them here.

Agreed that all of the hard work is done with making the BD masters, though making individual releases for what's not out there (which I'm not sure about, so I'll have to go figure out what's released and what's missing) isn't much work either. The individual releases for what's left will probably be priced high enough that you'll be forced into the large box when it goes on a Gold Box / DOTW scenario at Amazon, or a BF deal somewhere.

Guess I should check TIVs on what I have and see if it's worth trading them in somewhere.

I'd agree with shrike on the individual releases being a long ways off. If I remember correctly, the individual blu releases ultimately stopped because of the MGM problems, but the releases became slower before that happened because they weren't selling all that well anyway. Ideally, I think they could've been nice and at least agreed to release individual copies of the previously unreleased ones, but I understand why that would never happen.

Like I said, monetarily, this is the best way for the studio to release them. There's no point in producing copies of poorer selling films that will sit for years if you can instead just put them in a set like this and at least guarantee they'll be sold eventually. When a series gets this big, the logistics become very, very tricky for releasing them. Especially a series like this where everyone has favorites, or isn't even aware of all of them.

Oh, and I see your Moonraker disbelief and raise you The Man With the Golden Gun.

... oh, and about that 50hz thing? Thank you for promoting that. I hadn't even known it was an issue until recently and I'm not about to buy a new player (I use the PS3) just to watch those. I was pissed, too... everything on the Blu worked EXCEPT the actual episodes. Not a happy day.

The release schedule did stop because of the MGM issues, and I would think that this large box set was probably somewhere in the works at some point and was also stopped due to the same issues.

We'll see what happens by end of this year when it's probably been discounted at some point and see how things might turn out for the missing movies.

Happy to point out the 50Hz thing, and again, it's likely just a TV thing, though something to keep in mind with imported releases that are listed as region free.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:43 PM

And there are players that are region free and do 50Hz and 60Hz without issue


Heh, if you know of any that are actually reasonably priced, I'd be interested in knowing about them. I'd love to have a region free blu-ray player, but when I tried shopping them before, they were all ridiculously expensive. I already have to use an HDMI switch on my system anyway, so adding an additional device isn't a big deal. ;)

I'd agree with shrike on the individual releases being a long ways off. If I remember correctly, the individual blu releases ultimately stopped because of the MGM problems, but the releases became slower before that happened because they weren't selling all that well anyway. Ideally, I think they could've been nice and at least agreed to release individual copies of the previously unreleased ones, but I understand why that would never happen.


Well, I think part of their problem that they weren't selling well was that blu-ray was really just starting to catch on at the point when they were released. And I think that many people still weren't convinced that catalog titles were worth upgrading to blu at that point, so selling those was even more of an uphill battle. The market has definitely changed since then, though.

I definitely wouldn't say "never" -- how many different DVD iterations did all of those films go through? At least two, maybe three? Clearly they can sell enough of them to make multiple revisions worthwhile, so I don't doubt that they can market enough blu-rays to justify those as well.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:45 PM

Hey, The Man With The Golden Gun is my favorite Moore Bond film! The car flip was movie gold! Plus, Christopher Lee is beyond awesome.

While I may not love every Bond movie, I consider myself a completionist when it comes to Bond. I must have every Bond film on blu-ray. I bought Casino Royale and I hated that movie. I may have to find somewhere to sell my blu's if you guys think the rest of the standalone blu's won't be out for quite a while.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:50 PM

The real issue isn't if it's region-free or not, it's if it's playing at 1080i/60, 1080p/60, 1080p/50 or 1080i/50.

Season 5 of Doctor Who is region-free, though plays at 1080i/50. If you don't have a region-free player that does 1080i/50, you may be out of luck, as I'm in that boat and trying to find a solution that won't break the bank.


Get an Insignia refurb from BestBuy.com. They covert pal to ntsc and 50hz to 60hz.
http://forum.blu-ray...ware-hacks.html

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:55 PM

Get an Insignia refurb from BestBuy.com. They covert pal to ntsc and 50hz to 60hz.
http://forum.blu-ray...ware-hacks.html


Their players are really poorly reviewed for quality and reliability, though. I want something that's actually going to hold up to use (because what would suck worse than not being able to buy region B/50hz discs at all would be building up a collection of them and then suddenly having nothing to play them).