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5.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale (1967)(blu ray)...a wacky parody with great big casts
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Casino Royale (1967) arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.34:1 encode. The bit rate was actually quite high at AVC 36 MBPS on a BD-50 disc. Consider the age of this movie, the picture actually looks very smooth and film-like. Black levels are excellent, especially in all the scenes in the casino with all the gentlemen in their tuxedos, or the...
Published on Feb. 10 2012 by Dr. Joseph Lee

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3.0 out of 5 stars nice looking blu-ray for cultists
Though not a great movie, Casino Royale is still worth viewing for its many big names and several entertaining segments. More notably however is its standing on how not to make a film. There was much money spent but very little coherency onscreen, and the attempted James Bond farce could be an overblown waste of time, except some moments are surprisingly worthwhile...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale (1967)(blu ray)...a wacky parody with great big casts, Feb. 10 2012
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Dr. Joseph Lee (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
VIDEO:

Casino Royale (1967) arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.34:1 encode. The bit rate was actually quite high at AVC 36 MBPS on a BD-50 disc. Consider the age of this movie, the picture actually looks very smooth and film-like. Black levels are excellent, especially in all the scenes in the casino with all the gentlemen in their tuxedos, or the Berlin sequences, with its many dark interiors. Detail is generally quite good, but the image is somewhat soft, which maybe due to the original design of the photography. (4/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track sounds terrific. The beautiful music of Burt Bacharach floats in the air and never intrudes into the action of the movie. I still own the original motion picture soundtrack vinyl album, which was considered as an audiophile collector's item in the past. Of course, listening to Dusty Springfield's rendition of The Look Of Love is also worth the price of admission. This song, by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics) was nominated for an Oscar as Best Original Song, but lost to the song Talk To The Animals from the movie Doctor Dolittle. (4/5)

MOVIE:

With gadgets, gaming and girls galore, this movie is a brilliant parody of - itself. The outstanding part of this movie is the casts, including David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Joanna Pettet, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden, Charles Boyer and John Huston.

TRIVIA:

It has a budget of $12 million, but grossed $41 million worldwide, which is considered outstanding at that time.

Did you know that Peter Sellers and Orson Welles hated each other so much that the filming of the scene where both of them face each other across a gaming table actually took place on different days with a double standing in for one the actors.

When "Bond" (Terence Cooper) throws down the Chinese girl during his anti-female training, he ends the conflict by saying "Sayonara", which is actually Japanese.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I personally like to collect all the James Bond movies on blu ray. Just like the other Bond film Never Say Never, this film is usually not included in the James Bond box set collection. And,one also really cannot compare this to Daniel Craig's Casino Royale: two completely different films. This film is wacky with lots of cameos from major movie stars. The video is adequate while the music of Burt Bacharch is very special. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice looking blu-ray for cultists, July 1 2014
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This review is from: Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
Though not a great movie, Casino Royale is still worth viewing for its many big names and several entertaining segments. More notably however is its standing on how not to make a film. There was much money spent but very little coherency onscreen, and the attempted James Bond farce could be an overblown waste of time, except some moments are surprisingly worthwhile. The blu-ray version contains a "making of" that explains many of the film's difficulties including Peter Sellers (in general) and the resulting "firings". I like the design of certain segments, and the overall stunt-work, but this non-sensical and often silly attempt at comedy will not appeal to everyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was a dud, Feb. 17 2013
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it was not worth the time or definitely not worth the money. It was not even close to a Bond movie!
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was not useful in PAL format, Dec 31 2012
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It was incompatable with my DVD player which only plays the NTSC format and unfortunatly the fact it was in PAL format was not clear in the description.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great spoof !, April 30 2012
This is a very entertaining spoof of the spy genre...it's a comedy ! Those that are looking for the "real" James Bond 007, look elsewhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad and (well) Forget-it, May 13 2012
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Gis A. Bun (Montreal, Quebec Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
I previously had this movie on DVD [2002 edition]. First thing I did notice was the packaging was different. Blu-ray looks a bit more professionally done [also has the right length of the movie on back].

I won't go much into the movie except to say that it had it's problems. 5 directors, $12 million to film, fell behind schedule, some scenes rewritten, could get certain characters casted [those asked declined], etc. Even Peter Sellers left at one point. The track Look of Love was almost pulled from the movie. Ironically, it was the only part nominated for an Academy Award.

The picture looks quite decent but I don't think they really did much between the 2002 DVD and this release. As an example, early on, something [hair? thread?] is stuck on a spot for a few minutes around the exploding birds scenes.

In term of exras, this is a bit of an odd thing. The blu-ray is listed as a "Collector's Edition" and yet, excluding the trailer, the extras differ from the DVD edition. The DVD edition features a 20 minute featurette called Psycadelic Cinema which is a "making of" featurette. The blu-ray has a new "making of" featurette that lasts almost 42 minutes. The DVD edition features the original black and white live TV show Casino Royale from 1954. This feature is not on the blu-ray. Unsure why those on the DVD never made the blu-ray edition considering the blu-ray can hold quite more [and is labelled the "Collector's Edition"].

Those who are into James Bond will still enjoy the movie even though some can't call it an official Bond movie. Aside from the regular jokes and a few inside jokes there is one character called Goodthights. Later on in the Roger Moore years there would be a character called Goodlove. Both actresses who portrayed them didn't care for the names when interviewed years later.

Also note that Ursula Andress is in this movie was also in Dr. No. Like Dr. No, there were issues with her German accent. While it was used in this movie, her voice was dubbed in Dr. No.

Note: Like another reviewer, I could not watch the movie on my Toshiba blu-ray player either. Instead I used my computer. [My rating isn't affected by this issue.]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat entertaining, mostly dull, March 12 2004
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Casino Royale isn't a terrible movie; it has its moments, and, truly, has a superb cast. That much can be said for it. There are some scenes with Ursula Andress, especially, that are very funny, and the beginning isn't without its humor. However, in general it is a mess of movie; loosely constructed, making little to no sense, and, what is worst of all, not even all that funny. I had to fight off sleep to keep consciousness during the movie, something I almost never have to do. I actually got to the point where I couldn't wait for it to end. Not the worst film ever made, but save your money. Rent it if you must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When your castle is blown up, it's back to the spy game...., Feb. 10 2004
Great movie! Sir James Bond played by David Niven is forced back into espionage after his hedonistic lifestyle is so rudely interrupted by a British army 81mm mortar team who proceeds to blow up his perfectly splendid castle. Bond prefers a life of luxury to the dangers of espionage but alas, it's back to the good old Walther PPK 7.65mm and the cloak and dagger for 007. As Dr. Michael Lim the Travelling Gourmet, I too appreciate the finer things in life. I think all fans of Bond do too. The music is remarkable. This is THE movie where that immortal and hauntingly seductive song, by Burt Bacharach, "The Look of Love" reaches deep into your libido and psyche, especially when you hear it for the very first time. My old friend, the late Derek Nimmo (of BBC's Just a Minute) fame is in this movie too as a would be Bond under the tutelage of Sir James himself. If you see the current Austin Powers movies you'll see where the scipt writers got many of their ideas from. Beautiful and seductively voluptuous women abound as in all 007 movies. In those days, men were men and women were not pale, anaemic anorexic skin and bone creatures but lovely, curvaceous and meaty damsels. Bring back the real women I say to Hollywood film makers! This spook spoof will put a smile on your lips and cheer you up no end. Certain scenes like when Sir James demonstrates how things should be done are really hilarious. Above all, the classic British ideal of stiff upper lip, always remain calm and unruffled no matter what, and carry on regardless...comes through all the antics, bombs, blondes and bullets. David Niven comes a very close second to Patrick Macnee (The Avengers) when it comes to playing cool, calm and collected English gentlemen. And so, what's next? As Austin Powers would say, "Yeah, Baby, Yeah!!!" By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet ENJOY!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bond Spoof and Origins, Feb. 4 2004
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Bryan A. Pfleeger (Metairie, Louisiana United States) - See all my reviews
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Charles Feldman's Casino Royale is a colorful psychedelic mess 36 years after its creation. This film was the first James Bond spoof and a precurser of the Austin Powers movies. Unfortunately the film has not aged well.
The jokes seem as dated as the costumes. There is virtually no plot to speak of and the sequences by four directors seem cobbled together by fifth director Val Guest.
The film is fun to watch with its great musical score and vibrant colors but there isn't a lot holding this thing together.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the disc is the 1954 TV movie from Climax Mystery Theatre which featured Barry Nelson as the American spy Jimmy Bond. It was fun to see the true origin of the Bond franchise.
Bottom line rent it for its place in history but don't go in expecting greatness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swingin' 60s on Film!, Jan. 8 2004
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SeaWasp (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
Funny! Despite it's bad reputation, if you are a NON-square, ya gotta check this out. Lots of in-jokes, droll humor and laugh-out-loud stuff. Sure, it's a bit "all-over-the-place" but that's half the fun. The go-go dancing Indians, the cavalry charge into the casino, the Dr. Caligari sets, the pop-art sets and psychedelic FX, the Frankenstein monster... it's all like a mix of The Magic Christian, Monty Python, Blazing Saddles, Austin Powers, The Monkees "Head" and James Bond thrown into a Swingin' Sixties blender. And all those great stars strutting their stuff!! Don't worry about the plot... this is eye candy. If you want a generous 60s fix, just sit back and let this flow over you. All that and the Burt Bacharach score. I'm glad I bought this.
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