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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY ($35) is certainly one of the best Roger Moore outings in the Bond series because Moore gets to play some of the darker aspects of the character, while keeping the usual tongue-in-cheek moments to the barest minimum. After seeing all of the Bond films, I think that Moore really hits his 007 peak with this movie. Another reason I like FOR YOUR EYES ONLY is because the film takes a simpler approach to a James Bond adventure that works in the series favor. Personally, I'd given up hope of seeing an old style Bond movie after the dreadful excesses of MOONRAKER. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY is basically an espionage thriller, without the typical megalomaniac bent on world domination.

In this film, Bond has to track done a sunken British ship and retrieve a high tech nuclear submarine controls system before it falls into enemy hands. Along the way Bond encounters Greek smugglers and a helps the latest Bond Girl avenge the deaths of her parents, who were trying to find the missing control system for the British government. Carole Bouquet is exquisitely beautiful as the Bond Girl in question, while Lynn-Holly Johnson makes Roger Moore look just a bit too old to be playing 007.

While, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY plays on a simpler scale than several of the previous Bond adventures, the movie still has first-rate action. There is a terrific skiing sequence, in which Bond if forced onto a bobsled run by thugs on motorcycles. Additionally, the film includes a nail-biting climb up the side of mountain and a somewhat ironic car chase. The cast of FOR YOUR EYES ONLY features Topol, Julian Glover, Jill Bennett, Michael Gothard, John Wyman, Jack Hedley, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn. Cassandra Harris, the late wife of future 007, Pierce Brosnan, also has a role in the film.

MGM Home Entertainment through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made FOR YOUR EYES ONLY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Thanks to the digital restoration work provided by Lowry Digital Images, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY features an incredible 1080p presentation. Clarity, sharpness and fine image detail are all tremendously good, making this title look a whole lot better than it has previously. Sure, it doesnít look a brand new movie, but it still impresses nonetheless, especially for a film released in 1981. Of course, the extra resolution and image clarity does make some of the opticals and effects work stick out more. Colors are pretty terrific as well, certainly appearing more vivid and better defined than I remember. Blacks are very deep, whites are highly crisp and contrast is very smooth. Shadow detail gets high marks as well, as does the look of the underwater cinematography. Blemishes and other signs of age have been removed by the digital restorative work. The appearance of grain has been minimized, without any adverse effects on the level of fine image detail.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Originating in the Dolby Surround era, provided a lot more to work with than the monaural Bond movies, and as such, has received an impressive upgrade to a lossless soundtrack. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY features an aggressive mix that utilizes all of the discrete channels during its action sequences. Additionally, both the score and theme song have integrated into the mix to take advantage of the outlying channels. Fidelity is far stronger than the earlier monaural Bond movies, Sheena Eastonís theme song has never sounded better on the soundtrack, plus the sound effects are quite convincing. The bottom end of the track packs a solid punch. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. French 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the disc, as are English and Spanish monaural tracks. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a nice complement of supplements. Starting things off are three running Audio Commentaries the first is with director John Glen and members of the cast, the second includes producer Michael G. Wilson and assorted crew members, while the third is with actor Sir Roger Moore. Featurettes and other supplements include: Inside For Your Eyes Only, Bond In Greece, Bond In Cortina, Neptuneís Journey, Animated Storyboard Sequences, Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles and the Sheena Easton Music Video for the theme song For Your Eyes Only. Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots and a large Image Database of stills and promotional materials close out the supplements.

As I stated above, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY is certainly one of the best Roger Moore outings as James Bond. The Blu-ray presentation is truly superb. Absolutely recommended.



For Your Eyes Only (James Bond) [Blu-ray] (1981)


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