007 celebrates 50 years of Bond with new Blu-ray collection
By Patrick Luce Jan 10, 2012, 22:38 GMT
The James Bond franchise is set to celebrate its fifty years on the screen with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment release of Bond 50 - a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering.
The longest running film franchise of all time, the Bond 50 collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray. Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers.
Acclaimed Bond directors John Glen (five Bond films including For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights & Licence To Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) with special guests Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) made the Blu-ray announcement today during a Directors’ Panel discussion in the Panasonic Booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
Bond 50 showcases fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring all six iconic James Bond actors. Produced using the highest possible picture quality and audio presentation, the collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace and more than 130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content.
In a press release, Senior Vice President, MGM Home Entertainment Michael Brown stated: “With all 22 feature films available on Blu-ray in one collection for the first time this is a great way for fans to catch up on 007’s epic journey before Skyfall hits theaters next Fall. Now viewers can enjoy the intense action of the innovative franchise in the most immersive home experience possible.”
The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995 and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The twenty-third film entitled Skyfall is currently in production.
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