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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 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)
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)
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.
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.
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.