For Your Eyes Only looks great on Blu-ray.
I would have liked for a featurette that showcased how the 1980s backdrop played into this film.As the 1980s were in full swing it makes sense that in this Bond installment For Your Eyes Only nuclear. With Roger Moore playing our trusted hero, we found our main man getting in league with the greek underworld to find out where a stolen device is. What is so important about this device? Well, it just so happens that it controls a fleet of nuclear submarines! Leave it to Roger Moore's Bond to get involved in one of the best Bond's ever. There are gadgets, crazy stunts, explosions, gun play and just about every other ingredient that goes into making these movies the event experiences that they are.
At about this point in the franchise it seems like the creators are trying to be as over the top as possible. Where they are aided is in the dignity that Roger Moore brings to his role. This dignity is on display for all 128 minutes of this film and on Blu-ray it can't help but look amazing.
There are three commentary tracks on this release. They are:
- Audio Commentary with Director John Glen and Members of the Cast
- Audio Commentary with Co-Screenwriter Michael G. Wilson and Crew Members
- Audio Commentary with Roger Moore
I am sure that amongst the legion of Bond fans I could get stoned for saying this, but if I have a choice of listening to the people behind the film or the person (Moore) in front of it, I think the answer is a no brainer. While I didn't have time to listen to everything, I really enjoyed the Roger Moore commentary track. He talked about getting involved with the franchise, making For Your Eyes Only, what he felt he brought to the role, what it was like to make a big budget action movie like this, etc. While a lot of this was pretty standard fare, Moore is one of those guys who seems to have disappeared over the years. There was so much talk about Pierce Brosnan not being Bond in Casino Royale, that it seems like Moore's Era was almost forgotten. Now, thanks to this Blu-ray disc fans can hear all they wants from the horses mouth in the form of a cool commentary.
Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles
James Bond Featurettes
Like the other Blu-ray releases this disc really packs in the featurettes. They are:
- Bond In Greece
- Bond in Cortina
- Neptune's Journey
- Inside For Your Eyes Only
I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed by the featurettes on this release. I am not complaining with the amount of featurettes, I am more upset by the subject matter. Do we really need to see Bond In Greece or Inside For Your Eyes Only? Couldn't we, by the mere dint of watching the film, have figured out what the shoot was like? Wouldn't we have benefited more from a featurette on Roger Moore? I know he did the commentary track on this release, but it would have been great to see a documentary that covers this man's career. Imagine finding out how Moore got into show business? Where he trained as an actor, what was his big break, how did he survive during the lean times, where did he go once he was no longer Bond? All of these questions have interesting answers and it just seems like the featurettes here are a tad lazy.
007 Interactive Guide
2.35:1 - AVC @ 26 MBPS. Blu-ray goes to the 1980s here. There is so much action happening on the screen throughout this film, and this release really captures the style of how those things were done in that era of filmmaking. I found that the colors were well composed throughout my screening of this DVD, and there was never a moment where this film from 1981 seemed to have any grain. Director John Glen and Director of Photography Alan Hume have made this movie look like a product of its time, but the action and suspense don't feel dated at all.
English - DTS HD 5.1 - Master Lossless Audio. English Dolby Surround. French 5.1 Dolby Surround. Spanish mono. Subtitled in English and Spanish. The audio on this film is really well layered throughout this entire Blu-ray disc. Since my home system isn't set up with speakers surrounding me, I wasn't able to feel as caught up in the film as I would've liked. As I stated, the soundtrack is layered in waves that seem to build and build throughout each notable scene. The audio is crisp enough for viewers to hear even the tiniest of things. Whether they were bubbles when Bond was underwater or the sounds of sands in the desert, this disc spared no expense in putting across solid audio.
Roger Moore, holding a gun, is presented on this front cover with a Bond babe and an action scene behind them. The back cover features some shots from this film, a brief description of what this movie is about, a Special Features listing, a credits list and technical specs.
I know that this is going to bother some people but for my money the best Bond was Roger Moore. Everybody loves Sean Connery and, as an actor, I do to, I just couldn't help but feel that Moore really did a better job with the character, the material and just about everything else. This might be due to the fact that when I got introduced to James Bond it was through Roger Moore's portrayal of this character. (The film was Moonraker and as a young boy Bond and the character of Jaws (Richard Kiel) captivated me). As time went on I watched some of the other films and then, once Moore was no longer this character, my interest waned to the point of being abysmal toward the franchise.
While I really enjoyed Casino Royale when Daniel Craig took over the reigns of this character, I still go for the version that Roger Moore has given us. It is great to have this release on Blu-ray disc so that I can enjoy For Your Eyes Only in the next generation format.