Live and Let Die DVD

This review is based upon features found on the Region 1 (USA & CANADA) DVD. Features for other regional DVDs may vary.

DVD Encoding: Region 1 (USA & CANADA)
Layers: Dual
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: English, French
Commentary by director Guy Hamilton
Commentary by screenwriter Tom Manckiewicz
Production notes
Theatrical trailer(s), TV spot(s)
Documentary: Inside Live And Let Die
Featurette: On The Set With Roger Moore
Still gallery with more than 150 images
United Kingdom milk board commercial
Collectible behind-the-scenes booklet
Theatrical Release Date: June 27, 1973
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
Run Time: 121 minutes
Aspect Ratio(s): Widescreen Anamorphic – 1.85:1 [Widescreen]

The presence of Tom Manckiewicz on the audio track is refreshing. He`s open and honest about his contributions to the Bond series, sometimes to a fault. He`s also open and honest about the process of bringing Live and Let Die to the big screen, a task that most in charge had decided during the 1960`s was impossible.
The series of “Special Edition” DVDs boasts a “collectible behind-the-scenes” booklet for each film. “Collectible” may be stretching it a bit, as most of the information found within the booklet has been on most websites, including this one, for quite some time. Additionally, anyone who has made the investment in DVD probably is a devout collector of Bondmania, which means they`ve got better items to brag about than this booklet.

Special guests on the DVD include Jane Seymour, who reflects on her being chosen as a Bond Girl, while the appearance of Gloria Hendry and Clifton James are a welcome addition.

The documentary doesn`t completely skirt the race issue when it covers Live and Let Die`s suspect literary history, but a more thorough examination of how tough this film was to make and market would have been interesting.

Live and Let Die/Roger Moore junkies will find enough on this DVD to get their fix for quite a while.

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