21. April 2011 11:27
Shortly after releasing the first 3 James Bond films (Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger) on Laserdisc in a 2-disc CAV format in 1991, Criterion was asked by EON Productions (Producers of the James Bond Films) to recall all unsold Laserdisc product.
Albert R. Broccoli felt that the audio commentary tracks on the 3 titles where unacceptable.
The three Bond Films were pulled from the shelves and later re-packaged by Criterion into a single disc CLV Format, and re-issued without any of the supplemental features. Furthermore, when MGM released their DVD version of these first three James Bond classics, they contained different audio commentaries than their predecessors on laserdisc, which this time were approved prior to distribution. Now, the original 2-disc Criterion versions go for big bucks on Ebay. I was lucky enough to obtain a copy of these discs and extract these rare commentary tracks which I present here for bond fans everywhere to download free and enjoy. I'd like to thank Fanfiltration for preserving these great special features.
Download the banned Criterion Dr No laserdisc Commentary MP3 AC3
Download the banned Criterion From Russia With Love Commentary MP3 AC3
Download the banned Criterion Goldfinger Commentary MP3 AC3
Read more about these commentaries on HMSS Weblog.
These editions also include a Music and Effects only track for Dr. No and Goldfinger.
Download the Music and Effects track for Dr. No
Download the Music and Effects track for Goldfinger