QUANTUM DVD Gives No Solace to 007 Fans

     January 13, 2009

Written by Nicole Pedersen

Aside from an unfortunately accident-prone production, some of the most intriguing news to come out of the “Quantum of Solace” shoot involved director Marc Forster’s assertion that he had shot an alternate ending to the film. The one minute sequence would have set up the next film in the series – as the end of “Casino Royale” set up the action in “Quantum” – creating a built in trilogy.

Forster revealed this little tid-bit during press interviews promoting “Quantum of Solace” and asserted that fans would be able to see the deleted scene when the film hit DVD/Blu-Ray in 2009. So how come I’m looking at a list of the DVD special features right now and I’m seeing no mention of any “deleted scene”??

According to the press release, “Quantum of Solace” will be released on both DVD and Blu-Ray on March 24th. Consumers will also be able to choose between a one-disk package and a Special Edition two-disk version. Here are the list of features the MGM/Fox Home Entertainment announcement listed:

Single-Disc DVD Special Features:

“Another Way to Die” Music Video

Theatrical Trailers

Two-Disc Special Edition DVD Special Features:

Includes all of the above single-disc content plus additional bonus features:

“Bond on Location” 24-minute special feature

Start of Shooting

On Location

Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase

Director Marc Forster

The Music

Crew Files

They have two-disks to fill and the best thing they can come up with is some “on location” crap? No audio commentary, no interactive stuff, nothing that mentions the history of the James Bond franchise?? And don’t even get me started on that deleted scene. I clearly recall the day that particular bit of news hit the internet – it was BIG. Then later, when Daniel Craig was asked whether the next installment would be part of a trilogy and he said “No fucking way. I’m done with that story” the allure of that missing ending became even stronger.

Could it be that after spending so much to make “Quantum of Solace” (something like 200 million) the studios just aren’t willing to spend any extra money on the DVD? Aren’t they ashamed that one of the highest grossing films of the year is going out to DVD with bargain-basement extra options? Like it or not, the days when a DVD could get by with only a music video and trailer feature are long gone. When we’re paying to own a movie that most of us have already seen we expect the DVD to bring it – especially when the director has already promised us the goods.

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