British fans get the whole picture with Bond DVDs

Dear Sci-Fi Online

For a while I've been trying to find out about the differing British and American aspect ratios of some of the early James Bond films (Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun). These were matted differently for their UK and US releases, the latter being wider but cropping information from top and bottom.

I read in Mr McGinlay's reviews that he owned the films on widescreen VHS prior to buying them on DVD so I think he would be able to answer whether these have the same aspect ratio as the currently available version or else show more info (meaning then that I have to start moving my arse to find them before it's too late).


Donovan Mayne-Nicholls.

Richard McGinlay replies:

I am happy to confirm that the UK DVD releases of Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and The Man With the Golden Gun are presented in their correct aspect ratios - 1.77:1, as originally filmed.

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Dr No

From Russia With Love


Live and Let Die

The Man with the Golden Gun

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