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Goldfinger
     

Goldfinger

4.4 11
Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman

 

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MGM/UA's first attempt at releasing the Bond movies in the DVD format was less than impressive, with little in the way of additional material and mastering that was sometimes dubious despite the use of the THX process. Fortunately, a decision was made to make another pass at the Bond DVDs, with the aim of producing a trio of box sets that would incorporate the first

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MGM/UA's first attempt at releasing the Bond movies in the DVD format was less than impressive, with little in the way of additional material and mastering that was sometimes dubious despite the use of the THX process. Fortunately, a decision was made to make another pass at the Bond DVDs, with the aim of producing a trio of box sets that would incorporate the first 18 films, with a slot for the 19th, The World Is Not Enough. The first set of seven DVDs actually tended towards overkill, with two commentary tracks per film, and as much subordinate material as could be found. This tends to make going through the DVD an exhausting process -- something common to the first seven to be reissued, as well as The World Is Not Enough. All of the titles have excellent animated menu screens. Visually, the film looks good, with a nice color balance and no visible artifacting. Colors are suitably muted in the London sequences, while suitably bright (without stridency) in the American sequences. The transfer is anamorphic, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Grain is not at all obvious, while the image remains sharp and clear and for the most part free of print blemishes. The audio component is quite good, though both the English and French audio tracks are in mono. Little distortion is evident, and neither track suffers from shrillness or boominess -- music, effects, and dialogue are very well balanced throughout. The two commentary tracks are assembled from comments by director Guy Hamilton and cast and crew members, but unfortunately suffer from redundancies and lengthy pauses, as well as a tendency to drone. There is a great deal of interesting material to be had, but it requires work to ferret it out. The other bonus materials include a "making of" documentary, a short feature on "The Goldfinger Phenomenon" (covering the way Bond fandom exploded on the release of the movie), the original promotional featurette (which will provoke a few winces), the trailer, TV spots, radio ads, radio interviews with Sean Connery, and an extensive stills gallery that also includes posters and images of merchandise licensed at the time. Both "The Making of Goldfinger" and "The Goldfinger Phenomenon" are interesting and entertaining. All in all, an excellent DVD, though slightly lacking in the two main commentaries -- certainly no reason to pass over this release. Just be prepared to spend a long time working through it.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
"He's the man, the man with the Midas touch…." Though the lyrics of the famous title song refer to the villain of GOLDFINGER, they just as aptly describe its hero, James Bond. Suave and virile, with an impeccable palate for fine spirits and eye for beautiful women, moviedom's greatest spy has personified the ultimate swinging 1960s bachelor -- no matter what decade he's operating in. With 1964's GOLDFINGER -- the film widely considered to be the best of the phenomenally popular Bond series -- Sean Connery portrays 007 to perfection, calibrating the multidimensional charms of the überspy: dapper yet macho, dangerous and glib, sexy but oh so cool. The third installment of the series, directed by Guy Hamilton, centers on archfiend Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) and his convoluted scheme to irradiate Fort Knox in order to corner the gold market. Bond's effort to stop the villain leads our man to plenty of exotic locales and into the company of assorted gorgeous females, including a beautiful gilded corpse. But not even a bizarre manservant armed with a deadly bowler hat can deter Bond from his goal of seducing superbabe Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and -- oh, yes -- saving the free world. --Regina Raiford
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The third film in the remarkably durable franchise, Goldfinger set the gold standard (naturally) for future James Bond adventures. With the films' signature elements firmly entrenched -- including globe-trotting story, salacious credits sequence, Q's exasperation, and 007's phenomenal abilities with women and antagonists -- Goldfinger began to up the ante. Bond's well-equipped Aston-Martin and Goldfinger's elaborate Fort Knox model presaged future technical extravagance, while Bond's near castration via a giant laser was one more sign of the series' humorous self-awareness. Loquacious villain Auric Goldfinger, lethally hat-throwing Oddjob, and inimitably named Bond girl Pussy Galore were already outrageously tongue-in-cheek baddies long before Mike Myers parodied them in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). Dispatching enemies, making puns, and seducing females with equal aplomb, tough-yet-debonair Sean Connery gracefully walked the line between straight-up action hero and sly burlesque, offering further evidence as to why he would be the definitive 007. Building on its predecessors' success, Goldfinger swiftly became one of the most popular films of 1964 (and Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" theme a hit single), leading the way for flashier Bond spectaculars.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0027616771223
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:50:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Gert Fröbe Auric Goldfinger
Honor Blackman Pussy Galore
Harold Sakata Odd Job
Shirley Eaton Jill Masterson
Bernard Lee M
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Tania Mallet Tilly Masterson
Cec Linder Felix Leiter
Austin Willis Simmons
Martin Benson Solo
Bill Nagy Midnight
Alf Joint Capungo
Nadja Regin Bonita
Raymond Young Sierra
Richard Vernon Smithers
Denis Cowles Brunskill
Michael Mellinger Kisch
Burt Kwouk Mr. Ling
Hal Galili Strap
Mai Ling Mei-Lei
Margaret Nolan Dink
John McLaren Brigadier
Robert MacLeod Atomic Specialist
Victor Brooks Blacking
Gerry Duggan Hawker
Jane Lumb Actor

Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Leslie Bricusse Songwriter
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
Peter Hunt Editor
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Peter Murton Art Director
Anthony Newley Songwriter
Freda Pearson Set Decoration/Design
Paul Rabiger Makeup
Harry Saltzman Producer
John Stears Special Effects
David Watkin Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Opening [:17]
2. Break In, Bomb & Go [:46]
3. Unfinished Business [:04]
4. Main Title/Credits [1:34]
5. In Good Hands [:01]
6. Pigeon Game [:41]
7. Spying on a Spy [:38]
8. Kitchen Chop & Drop [:11]
9. Smothered in Gold [:34]
10. Setting the Bait [:18]
11. Spy Gadgets & Guns [2:45]
12. Golfing for Gold [1:12]
13. Hat Trick [:54]
14. Tracking Thru Geneva [1:24]
15. Snagging a Sniper [:27]
16. Smuggling Is an Art [1:00]
17. Sisterly Revenge [3:07]
18. A Slice of Murder [:42]
19. Escape by Ejection [:15]
20. Precision Cut [2:20]
21. Shaken Not Stirred [:50]
22. Spy Peeping [1:00]
23. Pretty Piper Pilots [1:35]
24. Tricky Pool [:27]
25. Spy Games [:25]
26. Gassing the Bad Guys [:42]
27. Pressing Engagement [:36]
28. Mint Julip Madness [:24]
29. "That's My James!" [:03]
30. Rockabye Baby Bombs [6:36]
31. The Man ff Steel [:23]
32. No Time for Rescues [:20]

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Goldfinger 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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it is grreat a must see for any bond fan
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The great James Bond finally appears as the urbane, cosmopolitan, womanizing man that we all wish him to be. GOLDFINGER is by far and away the best of the compact collection from Bond: sexy, cool, and edgy.
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Sean connery is the king of Bond! The best bond movie ever made. Exellent characters (Oddjob, Goldfinger, Pussy Galore) great gadgets (Aston Martin DB5) and top notch action sequences. This movie defined the Bond genre. An excellent buy!
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