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Skyfall Blu-ray Review

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"Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first."

A contender for the best Bond film in over three decades; the seventh highest-grossing film of all-time - having comfortably crossed the billion-dollar mark; and almost certainly the best action-film of the 2012, Skyfall is a magnificent conclusion to what could easily be described as Daniel Craig's Bond reboot trilogy. After all, by the end of this film, Bond is finally established as the man who walked on-screen, ready-made, in all those classic older chapters.

Through Craig's three movies, we have at last been given some true depth and insight into the legendary icon that was created some 60 years ago and immortalised on screen half a Century ago. By providing us with this depth, Craig has arguably also catapulted himself into pole position to be classed as the definitive Bond.

Fans may love Connery for being the one who started it...


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Bull3t Or Blade

Distinguished Member
Spot on review. Watched this afternoon, very loudly. Me and the neighbours :devil: enjoyed it. Superb disc.
 

Chevyonfuel

Well-known Member
Quite how a CGI'd tiger in a boat won best cinematography, compared to this (the best looking Blu-Ray of the year), I'll never know. Excellent review that does the film & disc justice :)
 

Glenn01

Distinguished Member
Totally agree Cas 10/10 on all counts :smashin:

I was amazed by the picture & sound quality on this blu ray, absolutely stunning :cool:

Superb Bond film too, I missed it at the cinema, so to experience for the 1st time at home in such high quality was a rare treat.

Along with The Dark Knight Rises, this is my fave film from 2012 for sure :thumbsup:
 

djpaulc247

Distinguished Member
Wow, 10 out of 10 for the movie? That's a huge shout, 10/10 would mean it couldn't be any better and is one of the best films ever made. Really?
 

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
10/10 for the film is really sticking your neck out- but you justify it well :). Your review of the disc has sold it to me (I had been going to wait for a price drop). Darn you, Cas!

I can't wait to find out if I like it as much as you on my second viewing- my initial reaction was that Skyfall is among the best bonds (certainly Craig's best performance)- yet still not a patch on Casino Royale.
 

iainl7

Well-known Member
Wow, 10 out of 10 for the movie? That's a huge shout, 10/10 would mean it couldn't be any better and is one of the best films ever made. Really?
Would it? It could just as easily mean it's merely in the top 10% of films. I'd certainly say it's the best Bond film, and the only action movies I'd consider placing above it from the last decade would be Ghost Protocol and The Bourne Supremacy. Even then, it's a "consider" rather than a "definitely would".
 

swift1

Active Member
I totally agree with 10/10 for Picture & Sound but for the movie.... 7/10, nowhere near as good as Casino Royale 10/10 which in my books is the best Bond ever made! But that's just my opinion.

I wouldn't say I'm a huge Bond fan:rolleyes: but I did buy the first Bond DVD Collection for £200 from Littlewoods then once the arrival of HD sold the lot for around £10 to Blockbusters :eek: and now have the BOND 50 on BR as well as all the Daniel Craig Bonds on seperate BR
 

golden phoenix

Distinguished Member
i watched this on saturday, as a bluray presentation 10/10

as part of daniel craig as bond and a movie i rate them in this order

casino royale 10/10
skyfall 8/10
quantum of solace 7/10

of course IMHO :D
 

Lord Bunky

Active Member
The Island on the movie is a real Island off of Japan. It was a mining community, called Hashima Island.

Though, they wasn't allowed to film on the Island, a set was made up at Pinewood.

Interesting place.

Great Movie, but 8/10.
 

Jim Di Griz

Distinguished Member
I watched this last night and will put up a little review on the other thread later.

9/10 for me (I cant decide which is best out of Skyfall and Casino Royale). 10/10 on the PQ/AQ - reference stuff or close enough to make no difference! :)
 

HugoFJH

Active Member
Reference Bond and reference disc to go with it.

In one sense I wish I was old enough to have seen Dr No when it originally came out in the cinema ( while its a good film, its impossible to include the original CR with the rest of the Bond's) to really be able to appreciate the beginning of the franchise - rather than growing up watching them on endless tv repeats, and therefore losing out slightly on how big an "event" it was.

I liked Dalton in his own way, and Brosnan's effortless leathal charm, it feels like Bond has truelly come home with Craig after this.
 

DrGekko

Well-known Member
Great review Cas, thanks.

Although there will be controversy and debate about the overall movie rating, this is without doubt, technically brilliant on blu-ray. The PQ is simply stunning and it's soooo bloody loud!!! :D

When a movie appears better at home than my cinema experience then I know the disc is a winner. And I was astounded. :smashin:
 

djpaulc247

Distinguished Member
Originally Posted by djpaulc247
Wow, 10 out of 10 for the movie? That's a huge shout, 10/10 would mean it couldn't be any better and is one of the best films ever made. Really?
Originally Posted by djpaulc247
Wow, 10 out of 10 for the movie? That's a huge shout, 10/10 would mean it couldn't be any better and is one of the best films ever made. Really?


Would it? It could just as easily mean it's merely in the top 10% of films. I'd certainly say it's the best Bond film, and the only action movies I'd consider placing above it from the last decade would be Ghost Protocol and The Bourne Supremacy. Even then, it's a "consider" rather than a "definitely would".
Well 10/10 is a perfect score so yes. For me I would say at absolute best, even if you are a huge Bond fan, you'd be generous giving it above an 8 and as others have mentioned Casino Royale was better

All IMO of course but as I said, 10/10 is a huge shout and implies a perfect movie. Something Skyfall is not
 

Ten80p

Banned
I remember when I was young, I used to think a lot of films were also 10 out 10. If this movie is a 10 out of 10, then where can any other film go? The 'out of ten' rating is a joke anyways, hence why the greatest film monthly magazine 'Sight & Sound' wont use it.
The most over rated film of the last 10 years, and the most hyped. 7 out of 10 at best if you're going to use such a rating.
 

SirTiger007

Active Member
Everyone seems fixated by the 10 out of 10 score? Surely the words of the review and reasoning given in said words are more than enough evidence for you all to see why it warranted full marks from the reviewer.

For me, I'd say 10/10 means that you can't think of a way that the film could have been improved beyond nit-picking, and also that it "touched" or resonated with you in some way. The second part is what makes reviews so interesting to read - it can depend entirely on the reviewer's state of mind and mood at the time of viewing, their personal situation and what type of films they enjoy. For example, I saw Les Mis last week and because I'm going through a rough home life at the moment, it stirred me emotionally more than it would usually, and so I would give it an 8 or 9 rather than a 6 or 7 that I may otherwise have given an overlong songfest.

The Skyfall blu ray quality is, unanimously, superb and a 10 from almost everyone. The scores for the movie are all high, but vary according to personal preference. The reviewer's score was backed up with reason and I appreciate that and respect his 10/10.

I know someone who thinks Die Hard 4 was the best one yet, for crying out loud...!
 

AgentCool

Novice Member
Chevyonfuel said:
Quite how a CGI'd tiger in a boat won best cinematography, compared to this (the best looking Blu-Ray of the year), I'll never know. Excellent review that does the film & disc justice :)
I have to agree. Life of Pi looked good but was largely CGI so a lot can be altered in post-production. Skyfall is fantastically well shot. Roger Deakins may well be wondering what he has to do to win an Oscar because he is at the top of his profession and now has had something like ten nominations.
 

Chevyonfuel

Well-known Member
As mentioned above, this whole scoring thing is a bit academic and is subjective. Some would say A License To Kill was the definitive Bond (which in some small way it's a faithful recreation of the character). The point is that as Bond fans or not, we all take different bits from different films. There'll never be a Bond film that satisfies everyone as the history of the franchise is so diverse and varied that it simply isn't possible to fit all the classic and favoured elements into one film and still make it coherent.

I thought Skyfall was the most complete Bond since Goldfinger - which is a big bold statement, but for me it was the first Bond for a long long time that had a feeling of class and delicacy about its production. Casino Royale IMO was the Bond that suddenly made everyone pay attention - nobody was really interested in the Brosnan films, outside of us Bond fans. CR made the franchise a bit more palatable to the general public. Rarely does a Bond film come along that later down the line, wont just feel like a catalogue entry. Skyfall (and CR) have that longevity to them, that years down the line, still hit all the right buttons.

Quantum of Solace was a good entry into the franchise, but it felt a little weak. When you sit it beside CR and Skyfall, it cant help but look like the smaller sibling. That's not a complaint, it's just the calibre of the other 2 films was more than just a notch above.

Skyfall itself (and for me, this was the most important bit), respected the franchises history, it didn't take the proverbial and it didn't serve as some sort of news at 10 roundup of all that's been before. The nods to the previous films were subtle, well incorporated and didn't detract from the story IMO.

Having watched the Blu-Ray probably 5+ times already, it's still gobsmacking how good a transfer it is to BD, and frankly, how wonderful the cinematography is. It's a beautiful, beautiful looking film that pulls off that rare trick of being full of substance whilst being absolute eye & ear candy. The Shanghai building sequence is possibly one the finest shot pieces of cinema ever witnessed IMO. Brilliant. Roger Deakins, who as mentioned above is worthy of so many more awards than have been put his way, was the right choice and I hope he and his team stay on for the next Bond, regardless of whether Mendes stays (I'd like him to direct another).

If you have to rank it, I'd give it a 9.5/10 - it's just a number and means little really, but I would think that any Bond film that can capture the imagination and interest of the general public like Skyfall did, is a winner. To be a Bond film, but to be able to branch out a simply be just a great film, sadly doesn't happen in the franchise very often.

Those of haven't seen it, or are a bit on the fence, I doubt you'll find a better, more complete Blu-Ray this year. Very few combine a genuinely good film with such perfect visuals and audio.

Still miffed about Life of Pi winning best Cinematography - CGI fest nonsense has its own award :rotfl:
 

True Romance

Distinguished Member
I totally agree with 10/10 for Picture & Sound but for the movie.... 7/10, nowhere near as good as Casino Royale 10/10 which in my books is the best Bond ever made! But that's just my opinion.
Yes I second that.

Just a quick one but did anyone find that the opening blu-ray demo/trailers was very, very loud? I put the disc in went to the loo and when I came back the Mrs and nipper were running for the door screaming its to loud!!!
 

Jim Di Griz

Distinguished Member
Great review again Cas and I more or less completely agree - though I wouldnt go as far to give it a 10/10....yet. Ive only seen it once though so far! :smashin:
 

lethal1000

Active Member
I totally agree with most on here,I really liked the movie but not enough for a 10/10,I thought casino royale was better.As everyone has said picture and audio quality outstanding.I just thought the beginning and the end was just too good for the middle,if you know what iI mean.
 

golden phoenix

Distinguished Member
I totally agree with most on here,I really liked the movie but not enough for a 10/10,I thought casino royale was better.As everyone has said picture and audio quality outstanding.I just thought the beginning and the end was just too good for the middle,if you know what iI mean.
Yeah i feel the same way about it. maybe a bit to much exposition, needed a leaner middle section, bit like me really :laugh:
 

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