Jan 20, 2009
Never Say Never Again Revisited On DVD, Blu-Ray
Well, wonders never cease! How things have changed in a few years. I remember asking an MGM Home Video rep if we'd ever see a Special Edition of Never Say Never Again back when the current, bare-bones DVD first came out... and being rather shocked by the vehemence with which he said we were lucky to have any DVD of that movie! He indicated that the producers of the legitimate Bond franchise would much rather see it disappear, and MGM obviously has good reason to want to keep the Broccolis happy. But clearly something's changed since then, as Fox Home Video (who distribute MGM product) announced today that the infamous rogue Bond film starring Sean Connery will indeed see a Special Edition release (and even a Blu-Ray release!) on March 24, the same day that Quantum of Solace and the third wave of official James Bond Blu-Rays come out.
According to the press release, both the Blu-Ray and the DVD will include "commentary with director Irvin Kershner and James Bond historian Steven Jay Rubin, multiple featurettes, the theatrical trailer and photo gallery." I don't know, but I would assume that this means that Rubin is producing the special features, as he did with MGM's other recent rogue Bond DVD, Casino Royale '67. There's an absolutely fascinating story behind Never Say Never Again, so hopefully MGM actually allows it to be told on the featurettes! Those includes "The Big Gamble," "Sean is Back," and "The Girls of Never Say Never Again."
I know Never Say Never Again is a film that divides Bond fans, but personally I love it... so I'm really excited about this release! Especially that Kershner commentary.