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Goldfinger [Blu-ray] [1964]

  • SKU: 4397215
  • Release Date: 09/15/2015
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (209 out of 211)

    Synopsis


    Goldfinger
    With Goldfinger, the James Bond series took a turn away from relatively straightforward spy thrillers and toward campy gadgetry, extravagant sets, and kitschy jokes. Bond (Sean Connery) has to prevent a notorious gold smuggler, appropriately named Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), from robbing Fort Knox. Goldfinger is surrounded by evil henchmen such as the sexy female pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata), who kills with his steel-rimmed bowler hats. In order to stop Goldfinger, Bond has to survive several perilous situations, including a huge, deadly laser. Goldfinger is one of the most popular films in the James Bond series, and it set the tone not only for the rest of the series but also for most of the action/adventure films of the late '60s and early '70s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - James Bond
    • Honor Blackman
      Honor Blackman - Pussy Galore
    • Harold Sakata
      Harold Sakata - Odd Job
    • Shirley Eaton
      Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson
    • Bernard Lee
      Bernard Lee - M



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 211 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      James Bond prevents an attack on Fort Knox

      Posted
      luckydragon
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      GOLDFINGER is arguably the best Bond movie ever made. While the first two Bond movies (DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE) were hits, GOLDFINGER made the 007 franchise a worldwide phenomenon and established the blueprint for most of the future Bond movies. It also was Sean Connery's finest performance as James Bond and set the standard for his portrayal of Bond which no other actor has equaled. It was the first 007 movie to introduce high tech gadgets such as the Aston Martin DB5 ("the most famous car in the world") with its ejector seat, machine guns, bullet-proof rear shield, etc. and also introduced the first larger-than-life Bond villain in Auric Goldfinger and his henchman Oddjob. Q also became a prominent character in the Bond movies for the first time introducing the DB5 after a minor role in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. Another first was the major battle scene involving the attack on Fort Knox which led to future final battle scenes in THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER and others. Lastly, John Barry's theme for GOLDFINGER (sung by Shirley Bassey) is perhaps the best Bond theme song recorded in the franchise's long history and a classic movie theme. The remastered Blu-ray video quality is extremely impressive, especially when taking into account GOLDFINGER was released in 1964. GOLDINGER set the gold standard for the Bond movies, so if you only could buy one Bond movie, this is the one.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      goldfinger

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      Goldfinger was originally presented theatrically with a monaural soundtrack that has been faithfully reproduced on Blu-ray courtesy of a lossy Dolby Digital option. While there are certainly those who will revel in the nostalgia of this original track, most will be more inclined to sample the extensively remixed 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that has been included with this Blu-ray edition. Those responsible for this mix should be commended; the track serves as a wonderful surround update that manages to increase the relative fidelity of the audio elements, while giving the film a much-needed aural boost. Regardless, there are still source-related limitations present in Goldfinger. The film is now 45 years old and the recording technology of the day was relatively primitive in comparison to the advanced digital techniques used today. As such, one can easily detect hiss and compromised sections of the soundtrack that will probably never sound any better than they do here. What's left, is a remarkable sonic achievement that manages to maintain the feel of the original mono track, while adding much needed bass and surround elements to the presentation. Goldfinger doesn't sound like a modern-day action film, by any means, but it does sound remarkably fresh and lively. Highly recommended!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good as Gold

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      veridicaldreams
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      Considering he's one of the few villains to double as the film title, it's not a surprise to find he's one of the more memorable ones. Gert Forbe via the dubbing by actor Michael Collins delivers one of the classic hero/villain exchanges with Bond strapped to a table with a laser slowly inching closer and closer to splitting him in half; "You expect me to talk?", "No, Mr.Bond, I expect you to die!". The laser beam sequence is a standout scene that still plays out very suspenseful and tense. Die Another Day had a callback to the Goldfinger scene with multiple lasers and Halle Berry strapped down under interrogation that paled in comparison to the singular laser that threatened Sean Connery. No discourse on Goldfinger can be complete without talking about Sean Connery and his definitive portrayal of the super spy. His is still the standard by which all actors in the role are measured by. Connery was suave and witty when needed, but delivered the cold-blooded ruthlessness that made you believe he was licensed to kill. In Goldfinger, he's still enjoying the role and taking it seriously.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      HD Transfer the best for a great Bond film.

      Posted
      BradB

      The movie has always been one of the best Bond films. It created a lot of attention by exploiting the myth that if a body was covered entirely by paint, that the skin would cause the body to suffocate and lead to death.. This was disproven. The imporatnt thing about this film is that it shows that the restoration process is getting better and better. The extras are identical to the ones that are simultaneously released on Standard DVD's but the DTS enhancement that is not as great on the SDs is far superior. The trailer for the film is not only fully restored, but it is presented for the first time I believe, in the 1.85:1 (16x9) ratio, not 4:3 as on previous releases and with grainy image. The overall image is great. I did not notice any grainy spots on the image and the 1080P looks awesome. I purchased it in the 3 volume set that also includes Moonraker, and World is Not Enough

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The all-time Bond classic

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      Goldfinger is THE Bond film. When we think of Bond as suave, clever, and as the top spy of the British government, this is the film that comes to mind: a fun but brilliant film that contains everything that the name Bond brings to mind nowadays. The story is this: Bond is assigned to use the pretense of a golf game for a bar of gold to look into an Austrian industrialist named Auriic Goldfinger (whom Bond has run into in the past) that the British are suspicious of. It turns out that Goldfinger is behind a plot to detonate a nuclear device inside Fort Knox in order to cause the value of his own gold supply to skyrocket. The film is great in part thanks to its believable plot, but what makes it so great even today is the quotes ("No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!") and the overall greatness of agent 007. This film epitomizes the reasons why we love Bond.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My favorite Bond ... James Bond

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      ITakeLotsaPictures
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      Unlike Mr. Bond's martinis, I was shaken AND stirred! The film has been beautifully restored. On the one hand it's quaint, but on the other hand it's never been bettered. This is my favorite Bond film, and Sean Connery always gets it right. The women are wonderful too, tough and brassy, and they use him just as much as he uses them. The villain and his henchman are delightful. The dialogue is uproarious. There's some fine ham acting from the supporting cast. No one seems the the least bit fazed by the far-fetchedness of the whole premise. The music makes a valuable contribution to the overall atmosphere of audacity. And don't miss the extras! Two commentary tracks, and a couple of short documentaries that place the film in the context of its time and ours.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great DVD of a classic

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      Orangeman
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      You know the story already and this version does not add any deleted scenes or provide an alternate ending or the like. Rather it is an excellent transfer to blu ray. The images are very detailed and the color can't be beat for a 50 year old movie. The sound is an upgrade over that found on a standard DVD. My favorite parts of the early 007 films are the fabulous styles and beautiful paint jobs of the vehicles and this disc really highlights them. I have not yet viewed the extra features but they look interesting. If you are a fan of the early James Bond films and want to enjoy them in more current visual quality then this is the version for you.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic Bond on DVD!

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      JBMFT
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      Good transfer of the Bond classic Goldfinger. If you are a fan of the series (and come on, who isn't) you'll enjoy this classic. In this feature our hero Mr. Bond, this time played by my favorite Bond Sean Connery, investigates the illegal activities of a shady character involved in the gold trade and unearths a plot to poison For Knox's gold supply. Excellent characters throughout including fan favorite Odd Job and great theme by Ertha Kitt.

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