BluCaps: Spectre

  • Label: MGM
  • Disc Locality: USA
  • Region: A
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (4-perf anamorphic Panavision)/4K DI

Bond returns to 35mm, making SKYFALL the only movie in the series to be shot digitally (for now — I can’t see Danny Boyle shooting Bond 25 on celluloid). This is a rich-looking film, albeit one that goes for a more subtle effect — cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY) eschews Roger Deakins’ approach on its predecessor in favour of a more muted colour palette that at times looks almost murky, though thankfully considerable less so than the theatrical screening I saw back in 2015, where during the climactic sequence it was actually difficult to see what was going on. All in all, and extremely solid presentation.

As for the film itself, I continue to think it gets a somewhat unfair rap. It wastes the combined talents of Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, and it attaches a dramatic weight to certain elements (the reveal of Waltz’s character’s true identity, the unconvincing romance between Bond and Seydoux’s Dr Madeleine Swann) that it hasn’t earned, but it’s still an entertaining, inventive adventure that manages to sustain my interest despite its bloated running time, and (for now, at any rate) Daniel Craig remains the only Bond actor apart from Timothy Dalton (and George Lazenby, of course) not to have a single genuinely poor entry under his belt.