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Never Say Never Again

Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max Von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Bernie Casey, Alec McCowen & Edward Fox

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a production notes booklet and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1001098
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1983
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/17/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Irvin Kershner
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Special Notes:
Initial copies were missing a scene at the layer transition. Corrected copies have been issued and can be identified by asterisks preceeding and following the catalog number found on the top spine of the outer packaging.

Story Synopsis:
More than a decade after filming "Diamonds Are Forever," Sean Connery returns as the suave and sexy James Bond in "Never Say Never Again." Here, 007 is pitted against the criminal organization SPECTRE. Having been sent to a European health spa to regain his form, Bond stumbles upon a plot to steal nuclear weapons from the U.S. and must lead an effort to recover them when the plan succeeds. Based on an original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that should surely please those who have seen the LaserDisc (reviewed in Issue 17). Images are generally sharp and detailed, though a slight soft focus is occasional. Colors are well balanced with generally deep blacks. Hues are more refined than on the LaserDisc, with more accurately rendered fleshtones. The picture is quite clean, and does not show much sign of its age, though there are a few source element artifacts evident. Minor edge enhancement is occasional, but pixelization is not much of a distraction. (Suzanne Hodges)

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