Tomorrow Never Dies (Special Edition)

Manufacturer: MGM

Price: $35

Sound: Dolby 5.1

Format: widescreen

Languages: English, French

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Extras: commentary by director Roger Spottiswoode, commentary by stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong, storyboard display during movie, 45 minute "Secrets of 007" featurette, Sheryl Crow music video, behind-the-scenes special effects reel, isolated score with commentary, extensive booklet and notes, info on Bond's gadgets, trailers

TND is one of my favorite Bond movies and so I had high expectations for this DVD (especially considering the high price tag). I wasn't disappointed -- this DVD is so jam-packed with stuff that you can watch it several times, getting something new every time. The commentaries are pretty interesting, especially the one with Armstrong (I didn't know that Michelle Yeoh was not allowed to do a lot of stunts on the motorcycle, instead they used a dummy). The featurette is okay, but you can tell it was made for TV as some kind of promo piece -- they left in the breaks for commercials. Probably the coolest feature is the storyboard display, which you can access by hitting the "angle" button. It overlays the storyboard at the bottom of the screen for all the key action sequences.

Rating: ****

Note: make sure you pick up the "special edition"; the initial run of the DVD offered almost no extras. The two covers contain the same disc, but the silver one was part of a limited run (done before the Bond DVDs started having a lot of extras) and is worth more to collectors.

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