Marc Bernardin
December 07, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

The James Bond Collection

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

Seven movies, 007… get it? The James Bond Collection, perfectly timed to exploit the success of ”The World Is Not Enough,” is but a sampler of Bond’s adventures: Sean Connery’s ”Goldfinger” and ”Thunderball,” Roger Moore’s ”Live and Let Die” and ”For Your Eyes Only,” Timothy Dalton’s ”Licence to Kill,” and Pierce Brosnan’s ”Goldeneye” and ”Tomorrow Never Dies.”

The VHS editions are nothing special; they’re nice transfers, but you could’ve bought these movies on tape any time over the past few years and been just as happy. The DVD set, however, is the lion’s roar: The newly created menus are the finest I’ve seen (except for the Brosnan discs, lines from each film accompany menu selections — e.g., when you choose the Special Features option on the ”Licence to Kill” disc, amid all the computer-generated whizbang, you hear Dalton utter, ”These’ll keep you busy for the next few days”), and the image quality is so crystal clear that you’ll see (body) parts of ”Goldfinger” that you never could before.

The movies themselves, of course, vary in quality, but the DVDs will leave you shaken, stirred, and hungry for more. Grades VHS: B DVD: A

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