‘No Time To Die’ DVD Review: A Must-Own For All James Bond Fans

No Time To Die DVD Review

We waited what seems like forever for the release of No Time To Die, and it was oh-so-worth-it. The film, which was released in theaters in October 2021, was the perfect farewell movie for Daniel Craig.

And now, just in time for the holidays, No Time To Die is being released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD!

Official Movie Description

Bond has left active service and is now living a quiet life in Jamaica. However, his peace is short-lived when his old buddy, Felix Leiter, from the CIA turns up asking for assistance. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist reveals itself to be far more dangerous than initially thought, which leads Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

No Time To Die Trailer

No Time to Die DVD Review: What I Liked and Didn’t Like

As with every Bond movie, the stakes have never been higher. And director Cary Joji Fukunaga does a fantastic job at making sure you feel that with this title.

The film starts post-Spectre. After infiltrating Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s operation, Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) and Bond are off the grid traveling in Italy. Starting with an impressive opening sequence, filmed in the stunning Matera, Italy, the tone for the film is set – and it rarely slows down.

While I’m sure some critics will disagree, one of the things I loved most about this movie was that it wasn’t focused on moving the franchise forward. Instead, it focuses on celebrating what has been. Sure, at some point in the future, we’ll have a new 007, but for now, we get to truly celebrate Craig’s time in the role. Not to mention there are dozens of little easter eggs and throwbacks to previous Bond movies that surely will elicit a smirk or two.

With a run time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, this is the longest Bond film to date. But the film spends that time wisely. This is after all, a BIG movie. And I’m not just referring to the run time.

This is the first Bond movie shot in IMAX 15/70MM cameras, and it’s absolutely stunning. There’s no doubt that this one will dominate the IMAX screens for the next two weeks until the release of Warner Brother’s Dune later this month.

My Only Complaint

My only major complaint is the villain, Safin, played by Rami Malek. Rami did all he could with the role, but ultimately Safin feels underdeveloped. Not once does he feel truly evil or menacing. And once we learn his motivations, the mystery around him is gone.

That aside, this is truly a great Bond film. Regardless of it being Craig’s last time in the role. It’s the perfect storm of romance, charm, action, explosion, cool tech, witty one-liners, heartache, and betrayal from beginning to end. And that’s all I’ll say for now, no spoilers here.

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No Time to Die DVD Extras

Bonus Features on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD include:

  • ANATOMY OF A SCENE: MATERA – In true Bond fashion, there is an incredible pre-credit sequence featured in No Time To Die. A breathless chase shot in Matera that starts on foot, then motorcycle, then car. Not just any car either – the iconic Aston Martin DB5! Through interviews with Daniel Craig and director Cary Joji Fukunaga, plus on-set interviews with key members of the crew, we discover how the filmmakers shot this breathtaking sequence.
  • KEEPING IT REAL: THE ACTION OF NO TIME TO DIE – In a world full of CGI-heavy action films, the Bond franchise proudly stands out from the crowd for always shooting practical stunts, without the use of special effects. In this piece, we see how No Time To Die continues with this tradition with its amazing action sequences.
  • A GLOBAL JOURNEY – Exotic locations are synonymous with all Bond movies and No Time To Die is no different. As well as returning to Bond’s spiritual home, Jamaica, for Daniel Craig’s final outing, we also go on a global journey taking in Italy, Norway, and Scotland. We’ll hear from Daniel Craig, Cary Fukunaga, other key cast and filmmakers, on what it was like filming at these spectacular locations.
  • DESIGNING BOND – Production designer Mark Tildesley and costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, along with the cast and other filmmakers, discuss the inspiration, challenges and trials of concepting and making such remarkable sets and costumes for the iconic Bond franchise.
  • BEING JAMES BOND* – In this special 45-minute retrospective, Daniel Craig candidly reflects on his 15-year adventure as James Bond. Including never-before-seen archival footage from Casino Royale to the 25th film No Time To Die, Craig shares his personal memories in conversation with 007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, in the lead up to his final performance as James Bond.

*4K UHD Only

Overall

Fans had high expectations for this film, and it more than delivers. No Time To Die couldn’t have been a more satisfying end to Daniel Craig’s time as 007. From Casino Royale until now, he’s tackled these films with charm, wit, and style. Ultimately, he humanizes a character that seemed untouchable.

No Time To Die is coming to 4k UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on December 21, 2021!

Interested in winning a copy? We have a No Time To Die DVD Contest that is running until December 21, 2021!

No Time To Die DVD Review:

Grade: A+

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  1. Picking up my copy this weekend! Sad to see him go but its deserved for the amount of time and effort put into the role.

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