Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s first outing in the shoes of Mr Bond, returned some grit to the role that Sean Connery originally made his own. But how does it fare on 4K Ultra HD? Is it aces, or craps?
The story: It may bear the same title as an “unofficial” 007 flick from the 1960s that starred the likes of Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, David Niven, Ursula Andress, Deborah Kerr and Woody Allen but, needless to say, this Casino Royale dials up the action considerably – and the world travel. From Prague to Nassau and Miami to Venice, the story of 007 is rebooted, as James earns his license to kill, and soon gets to use it while embarking upon his first mission – defeating a terrorist-funding private banker in a game of poker at the Casino Royale in Montenegro.
The 4K disc: The action kicks off in black and white in this neatly upscaled 2K transfer, and things are a bit grainy. When proceedings kick into colour, however, the Dolby Vision-enhanced picture bursts to life, as does clarity. Outdoor scenes shine, while darker locales deliver detail that the standard Blu-ray just cannot match. In all this is a good transfer.
Audio is delivered by a pre-existing DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that makes all sorts of noises in all the right places – well, except for the height channels. This is a seriously busy mix that uses the sub to great effect, while spreading the aural love all around the various surround channels. Yes, Atmos or DTS:X would have been nice, but this 5.1 mix is far from a letdown.
In the extras department, a crew commentary features on the 4K disc.
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