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Skyfall(2012)
 

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Runtime 143min
Genres Action
Alien Film
Thriller

Release

3 November 2012 (USA)
MPAA rating Rated PG-13
Director Sam Mendes
Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and others
Stars: Daniel Craig,
Judi Dench,Javier Bardem,......

Blu-ray Details

Basic Info James Bond/ Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Ultraviolet
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ 2012/ 143 min/ Rated PG-13/ Feb 12, 2013
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (22.86Mbps)  
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Audio English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48 kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
Italian: DTS 5.1
Russian: DTS 5.1
Ukrainian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Note: English DD 5.1=descriptive audio track
Subtitles

English SDH, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin (Simplified), Norwegian, Russian, Swedish

Discs 50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (BD/DVD)
UV digital copy
Digital copy (on disc)
DVD copy
Packaging Slipcover in original pressing
Playback Region free
Video capture

Review

SKYFALL, Salute to 007 in Its 50s.


Time will give you a beating, but hold onto your history and traditions

and they will steel you against anything that comes at you.

---Tennyson


SKYFALL, the 23rd tour of 007, in some extent is also the tribute to 50 years of James Bond. And with “SKYFALL”, Daniel Craig now owns 007. Thirty-eight years later, Craig became the sixth actor that plays the British super spy when he starred in Casino Royale in 2006.


I am not gonna say which one among these 007s is the best and which one is the worst. The truth is there is no such thing as best and worst. Each film's got a theme and a whole bunch of people trying to act it out. No matter what, they deserve appreciation.


If the tags on 007 are always like action, adventure, thriller and something like that, SKYFALL to me is more of a poem that needs to read with gentleness, attention to details, and taste with tenderness, just like the poem M quoted in court, Ulysses. Along with Adele’s intangible voice, it’s more than amazing.


Most people expect this whole new 007 sequel have all those familiar elements- Bond girl, martial arts, gun fights, massive explosion scenes and eyeball-catching Bond. The whole atmosphere is a vintage one, which means it has all the traditional character distribution as you can expect; the solve-all-trouble-James-Bond, and then Moneypenny and Bond girl playing the romantic interests, and of course M playing the role of “fairy godmother type”, and finally our antagonist is just as orthodox – the one with a dark past relating to one of our supporting role, seeking for revenge.


However, SKYFALL offers us a feast of reminiscence. When I heard SKYFALL is directed by Sam Mendes, who is known by American Beauty and Revolution Road, I was surprised and yet looking forward to it. Under the image style of calm and restraint, the direct-action-for-the-first-time director employs the most essence way towards film, the language, to tell this story of redemption and revitalization. The theme is serious: the place of tradition in the modern world. Throughout the film, tradition is constantly threatened by modernity and each time a tempered version of tradition comes up trumps. There are countless examples…The final sequence can be seen as one giant metaphor – the high tech invaders storming Bond’s castle with all their equipment and Bond has ancient rifles and a knife. And how does he finally beat Silva? By the simplest weapon he has. There is so much of this about Skyfall I can’t remember it off the top of my head. The whole film is about the interaction and collision of tradition and modernity. Just as Tennyson says, “Time will give you a beating, but hold onto your history and traditions and they will steel you against anything that comes at you.”, and that’s exactly what James Bond does.


SKYFALL anchors Bond firmly in the tradition of British heroic sacrifice and so elevate him from the mundane into legendary. These whole details and elements of reminiscence have been incorporated in the subtext whether audience realize it or not.


At last, let me quote Tennyson again, which I believe is the key to understanding Skyfall.


Ulysses

---Alfred Lord Tennyson


Though much is taken, much abides; and though

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.