Plot: What’s it about?
James Bond (Sean Connery) has been assigned to track down one of the world’s most notorious criminals, an unusual man known as Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe). As his name would suggest, Goldfinger is obsessed with gold and has smuggled, stolen, and done whatever else he has to in order to obtain the precious commodity. No matter how safe or secure a location is, Goldfinger has been able to work his magic, without fail. But as Bond discovers, his latest plot is one that goes beyond the normal greed for gold the villain has shown. Goldfinger plans to detonate a nuclear bomb at Fort Knox, which would make gold a rare item and in the process, make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Bond is hot on his trail, but with Goldfinger’s ruthless right hand man Oddjob and the beautiful Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) around, his job won’t be a simple one. Can Bond stop Goldfinger, or will Fort Knox be the first stop to world domination?
Now this is Bond. I’ve been rather disappointed with the more recent 007 offerings, so it was a treat to go back and revisit the definitive Bond movie, Goldfinger. This one has it all, Sean Connery at the top of his game, beautiful women, a memorable villain, great action, the coolest car of the series, and of course, Oddjob himself. Goldfinger is what Bond should be and while it is a little dated, it is still the best the franchise has to offer. In fact, most of the iconic Bond moments unfold here. This is formulaic, as all Bonds are, but Goldfinger hits all the notes just right. The car chase is excellent, the trademark opening sequence is awesome, even the titles are spectacular. When you combine of these elements together, you have 110 minutes of wildly entertaining cinema. The Bond franchise has never been able to equal Goldfinger and I doubt it ever will. This is a must have for Bond fans, but anyone who enjoys good movies will not want to miss Goldfinger.
Video: How does it look?
Goldfinger is presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen. The visuals here look a little dated, but fans will be thrilled with this new presentation. Some of the scenes, especially the ones with visual effects, look a touch soft, but most of the film looks sharp and quite refined. The print is clean, the colors are natural, and contrast is spot on. This might not pop like some high definition transfers, but for the source, this looks terrific.
Audio: How does it sound?
This DTS HD 5.1 option is rock solid, but only so much can be done with the material. The surrounds come alive at times, but there isn’t much power to speak of. So the action scenes benefit somewhat and the music is enhanced, but aside from those points, this one remains in the front channels. That works out well however, as the elements come through fine and I heard no errors of any kind. Dialogue is well replicated also, no issues whatsoever. This disc also includes the original mono soundtrack, Spanish and French language tracks, and subtitles in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, and Mandarin.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Two audio commentaries are here, one with director Guy Hamilton and the other with various cast and crew members. The second track is interview clips pieced together, so it isn’t screen specific. Even so, the interviews chosen are great ones and the track proves to be more than solid. Hamilton shares some worthwhile tidbits also, but he isn’t the most energetic speaker. Two half hour featurettes are also here, both loaded with interesting information. One is a general look inside the production of Goldfinger, while the other is about Bond’s rise to popularity in the 60s. This disc also includes some brief featurettes, screen tests, an extensive image database, radio promos, television ads, and the film’s theatrical trailer.