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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Skyfall DVD review by aaron chua

Some have hailed Sam Mendes’ Skyfall as the greatest of all the Bond films. It received rave reviews when it was released last autumn, so much so that Mendes was asked to direct the next one, too (he has politely declined).
The film seemed to be an evaluation of the entire series itself, questioning the very role of James Bond and if he was still relevant in the 21st century. The answer turned out to be a resounding ‘yes’ as Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past returns to haunt her in the form of a slithering, reptilian Javier Bardem, in what may be his most fun role to date.
This article reviews the newly released Skyfall DVD. If you missed it at the cinema and can’t afford a brand new copy, you can always get rid of some of your old DVDs at www.musicmagpie.com for some quick cash.
The film
If you like Bond films, Skyfall is going to be a thoroughly entertaining ride for you. It’s the most self-aware Bond film that’s been made for a while and it’s clearly the best of the Daniel Craig Bond films.
The theme of Bond being a dinosaur is fresh, and hasn’t really been tackled before. Watching him struggle through re-training for his new mission is great and a welcome change from watching him effortlessly take down bad guy after bad guy in the previous films.
Javier Bardem plays Raoul Silva, an ex-spy who’s going after M in a bid for revenge, after she left him to be tortured while on a mission. He delivers a very amusing, smooth performance as the camply sinister Silva. His entrance is probably the best scene of the film!
Extra DVD features
With the DVD, the special features are surprisingly sparse. Included are the working titles for the title sequence, a featurette titled ‘Women – The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful’, a featurette on locations, a soundtrack promotional spot and ‘DB5 – Behind the Wheel’, another featurette.
It’s disappointing in that if you don’t have a player for the BluRay edition, you’re missing out on loads of other special features. The DVD version doesn’t even have a director’s commentary on it, which is quite a basic feature to throw in with a DVD release of any film.
Should I buy it?
If you’re a die-hard Bond fan, you should avoid the DVD and buy the BluRay edition instead. It contains the DVD version in it anyway, and you’ll be getting all the features you missed out on with the normal DVD.