Die Another Day

Featured In Issue 137, December 2008

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When his top-secret mission is sabotaged, Agent 007 (Brosnan) finds himself captured by the enemy, facing 14 months of torture. Determined to Die Another Day, Bond finally is freed only to learn that he had been abandoned by M1 and stripped of his "00" status. In an effort to seek vengeance against those who wronged him, Bond goes head to head with two sexy but mysterious women: a sultry American spy (Berry) and a frosty agent (Pike). He also learns of a shady diamond entrepreneur (Stephens) with a secret diabolical weapon that could decide the fate of (you'll never guess)...the world. Die Another Day is the 20th official 007 movie!

Special features include two commentary tracks: one by actors and the other by filmmakers; a trivia track; behind-the-scenes featurettes: From Script To Screen (52 minutes), Shaken And Stirred On Ice (24 minutes), Just Another Day (23 minutes), The British Touch: Bond Arrives In London (four minutes), On Location With Peter Lamont (14 minutes), and Exotic Locations (three minutes); an option to view favorite scenes in the movie by character in 007 Mission Control; and an Image Database stills gallery.

The H.264 2.40:1 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc™ shows excellent resolution with deep blacks and great color fidelity. Shadows are delineated well, and fleshtones appear natural. Edge enhancement, unfortunately, can be noticed at times, but it very subtle and not a big distraction. There are scenes that show random noise, but these are few and far between. Bold colors, like deep blues and reds, really pop from the screen, and the image has an enjoyable sense of dimensionality. (Danny Richelieu)

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is superb, with an excellent mix that incorporates every channel well. The soundstaging throughout is excellent, really immersing you into the myriad of intense action scenes, with powerful channel engagement all around. This also applies to instances of subtle-to-moderate atmospheric effects—the essence here is that those with tonally and spatially coherent loudspeaker systems will likely benefit the most from the spatial attributes of this outstanding sound mix. Deep bass is awesome, not only in terms of sheer power and very deep extension, but also the fact that low frequencies sound so clean and distinct from all channels. The dialogue is another notable aspect of the soundtrack production, with generally compelling tonality and spatial consistency with the visual environments. (Gary Reber/Danny Richelieu)