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4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray  |  Universal  | 2021 |  163 mins |  Rated PG  |  December 21,  2021

Director:  Cary Joji Fukunaga

Starring:  Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes

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Video:

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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Audio

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

| Film Synopsis |

James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

| Video |

Universal brings "No Time to Die" to the UHD format with a very impressive 2160p/Dolby Vision UHD presentation. The level of clarity and detail is amazing. Film grain is present and it’s very fine. The black levels are especially strong in this presentation, staying deep and inky with great detail.  This is one of the best looking UHD films out there.

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| Audio |

The audio is an English Dolby Atmos track. The dialogue is crystal clear and is firmly locked to the center speaker. The surround action-packed sequences that go in every direction from gunfire whizzing by, helicopters flawlessly panning overhead, vehicles zooming by and debris convincingly raining down directly above the listening area. The bass is aggressive, but also balanced.  

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| Special Features |
  • Deleted Scenes: Included are Cold Open, Maddox Overlooked, Guy and Prisca Have a Moment, Spa Options, Trent's Trunk, Mirror Mirror, Despair, Maybe They're on Their Way?, Patricia's Loss, and Birthday Party.

  • Shyamalan Family Business: Shyamalan's daughter serves as a second unit director on the film and discusses growing up with a famous filmmaker. M. Night also discusses how his relationship with his daughters kept him feeling "at home" during the shoot. Also: his other daughters' contributions to the film.

  • All the Beach Is a Stage: Shyamalan discusses the film's setting and structure. The piece also explores cast and performances, the film's tone (and the tone within the larger M. Night canon), photography, and more.

  • Nightmares in Paradise: Exploring the shooting locations.

  • A Family in the Moment: Cast and crew remember making a particularly emotional scene in the film. Also: a ceremony to "thank the beach" at the end of shooting.

| Overall Reaction |

Universal has given us a stunning visual and audio presentation.  "No Time To Die" is an excellent sendoff for one of the best James Bonds in Bond history. With Christmas just coming around the corner, I would recommend you ask Santa to put this under your tree. Highly Recommend.

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SUMMARY:

Film:  3.5   Video:  5.0    Audio:  5.0    Extras:  3.0    Overall:  4.5