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The Magnificent Seven

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    ¿The Magnificent Seven' is based on the Japanese movie, 'Seventh Samari.' It stars Yul Brynner as Chris Adams, a retired gunslinger forced to pick up his pistols to free a small Mexican town from its oppressive regiment of banditos fronted by Calvera (Eli Wallach). The updating and transmutation from the original premise - that of seven desperados out to avenge a ruthless cutthroat's stronghold on a poor community - is, for once in the business of remaking movies totally justified and worthy in its own right. Steve McQueen is Vin, one of the six other liberators. The film explores each man¿s motives for signing onto the mission; Bernardo¿s (Charles Bronson) need to belong to something and someone, Lee¿s (Robert Vaughn) desperate attempt to regain his composure in the face of death, Chico¿s (Horst Buchholz) desire to prove himself as a hero to the men he admires. The climactic showdown also points to a revisionist perspective in Hollywood westerns; a cinematic landscape where the good guys don¿t always finish first and sometimes die trying to make good on their honorable intentions. MGM Home Entertainment gives us a tired, worn print of this classic film with faded colors and a barrage of age related blemishes - all this, while calling the disc a 'Special Edition'. Colors can be rich and nicely balanced at times. However, most of the movie's color scheme has suffered from the natural ravages of time. Blacks are weak. Browns, beiges and light grays all appear to have the same muddy texture. Reds are slightly orange and flesh tones are not very natural. There's a considerable amount of edge enhancement and fine detail shimmering throughout. Chips, scratches, dirt and tears in the original print are evident throughout. The audio is stereo but feebly so with a forward sounding characteristic that is not terribly engaging. The music is generally well represented. Extras include a ¿making-of¿ that falls somewhere short of a full fledged documentary but too long to be considered a featurette. There¿s also a theatrical trailer and an audio commentary. Usually I don¿t critique DVD menus but this one is just plain awful. Attempting to showcase a montage of snippets from the film, the clips presented suffer from excessive edge enhancement and aliasing problems that render them impossible to view.

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