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Skyfall (blu ray): the 23rd Bond movie with the highest gross, plus top-notched video and audio transfer!
on February 13, 2013
Skyfall flew into blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The image is spectacular: clear, sharp, detailed and noiseless. This is largely due to spectacular digital photography of cinematographer Roger Deakins. Skyfall is a symphony of different tones and palettes, from the chilly blues and milky whites of London to the emotional browns, greens, reds and (eventually) oranges of the Scottish sequences to the exotic primaries and fluorescents of Shanghai and Macau. And let's not forget the broken-down wreck of an island where Silva keeps his headquarters. Fantastic transfer. (5/5)
Skyfall comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, that is equal to the video in quality. The various explosions, car chases and shootouts, not to mention the opening train chase involving a crane and various VW Beetles and a scene in the London Tube all come with great sonic intensity, with their crisply defined surround effects, immersive surround field and deep bass extension. Dialogue is clear and precise. The score by composer Thomas Newman, entering the Bond franchise for the first time at Mendes' specific request, is simply superb. We must also not forget the title song by Adele. I predict that she will win the Oscar for Best Original Song during the upcoming Academy Award. (5/5)
Academy Award Winnners:
1. Best Original Song: Adele and Paul Epworth for Skyfall
2. Best Sound Editing: Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
Academy Award Nominations:
1. Best Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins
2. Best Original Score: Thomas Newman
3. Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Scott Milan, Greg P. Russell, Stuart Wilson
Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the James Bond franchise, is also the highest grossing Bond movie at $1,094 million. It is the second highest grossing movie in 2012, behind The Avengers. Currently, it is sitting at #7 in the All-Time Worldwide Box Office Gross chart. Amazing feat!
Skyfall is highly entertaining with top-notched video and audio. I hope Roger Deakins will win the Oscar for Cinematography, Thomas Newman for Original Score, and the more sure-bet win for Adele. Hopefully, she does not drop any F-bomb in her acceptance speech. I am sure a Collector’s Edition of this movie will come out later on, but for now, this set will do for now, and is highly recommended.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2013
Congratulations to Adele Adkins for winning the Oscar for Best Original Song, plus a fantastic live performance on the show. On the recent Brit Awards Show, Skyfall was awarded Single Of The Year 2012. Adele was not present to receive the award because she was in Los Angeles rehearsing for the live performance during Oscar broadcast. Great job!
MORE UPDATE: MAY 21, 2013
The current price of $14.99 is the CHEAPEST so far, after dropping from the original price of $24.99. If you like this movie, buy it now. It is a real bargain!