Most peoples negative reviews towards this box set appear to be born from the fact that they are bemoaning it's late release.
Many have purchased these movies, of which all are not yet available individually, and as a result are now faced with wanting this set quite badly. Well that's no valid reason to downgrade your opinions.
I for one waited and am absolutely thrilled that I did. Having owned the Video and DVD box sets, it was always a frustration when the next installment arrived as it put my set out of date. This has been countered this time by being a 50 year celebration from 1962 to 2012. We are even provided an empty slot ready for "Skyfall", which I think is a fantastic touch.
Some bemoan the packaging but I have to say I think it's fantastic.
As for the movies themselves.......................WOW!!!!
MGM have granted each addition with an MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p transfer of unbelieveable quality. Each film is presented in it's original aspect ratio.
MGM have spared no expense on every installment with some of the most delicate restorations yet of old classic cinema.
The Lowry Process was utilised and the end result is nothing short of spectacular. I cannot detect any digital tomfoolery with the transfers what so ever. Extremely fine filmic grain in tact which is barely visible but guarantees incredible detail and sharpness.
I haven't witnessed any edge enhancement and subsequent haloing or Banding. The blacks are inky and strong and the detail harboured within them is also top drawer with fantastic delineation and no crushing.
Skin tones are accurate and real. The contrast is astonishing and the colour saturation is incredible. The vibrancy of the image is a wonder and is the single biggest improvement on previous releases.
Bravo MGM this is an amazing box set which is an absolute must for any Bond entusiast, even if you do own them individually.
At the price on offer you are looking at roughly 4 Pound a film.
This is a luxury I'll admit, but one worth every moneypenny, and remember it will only go up in price.
Staggering transfers, wonderfully packaged.
THESE DISCS ARE REFERENCE QUALITY.
Bond has never looked or sounded as good and will never look any better.