"QUANTUM OF SOLACE," the latest Bond film, has been released on blu-ray from FOX, after a quick turnaround from its theatrical play. Daniel Craig returns as Bond, and he's still quite good in the role, exuding a blend of good looks, toughness and an aloofness, making the role his own. Unfortunately, "QUANTUM OF SOLACE," while very different than "MOONRAKER," ranks alongside it as the worst of the series. "QUANTUM" picks up right where the last one, "CASINO ROYALE," left off, and the opening sequence, involving a treacherous chase scene by car and foot, is awesome. Unfortunately, director Marc Forster has always been hit-or-miss, and "QUANTUM" is a huge misfire. While bragging in an interview that "this" Bond doesn't sleep with the main female character, he totally misses the point that the womanizing of this character is an intrinsic part to his appeal. Forster misses many other aspects of what makes a great Bond film, let alone a great action film, and for a film with numerous chases and effects, "QUANTUM" gets to be exceedingly dull and stupid, very, very fast!
While many loved "CASINO ROYALE," the wit and originality to that endeavor are never on display in "QUANTUM OF SOLACE." The plotline, basically has Bond seeking vengeance against those responsible for the death of his love in the previous film, while mixing in social commentary on "green-economics."
FOX has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. It's a fine representation of the theatrical image, intentionally grainy but never lacking in detail. Colors tend to be pushed to extremes, but without actual oversaturation. Contrast is excellent, with inky blacks providing exquisite detail in darker moments. Scene after scene provide the kind of jump-off-the-screen depth one hopes for with blu-ray. GREAT JOB!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. From the opening sequence to the end credits, "QUANTUM OF SOLACE" provides an aggressive, entertaining mix that rivals the best mixes available. There's no shortage of deep bass, panning and discrete effects, complimenting the vast number of action scenes. But, even in the few quieter moments, ambient effects are displayed with terrific fidelity. Dialogue is never compromised, within the layers of music and effects.
FOX has provided two featurettes in full HD, along with dull crew-member profiles in standard resolution, trailers in full HD, and a so-so music video, in full HD.