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The Magnificent Seven (Special Edition) (1960)

Yul Brynner , Steve McQueen , John Sturges  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Walter Bernstein, Walter Newman
  • Producers: John Sturges
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Magnificent Seven (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2001 documentary: "Guns for Hire: The Making of The Magnificent Seven" (47 min.)
  • Still gallery: Behind the Scenes, Off the Set, Portrait Art, Classic Production Art, Poster Art
  • Collectible booklet

Editorial Reviews

Spectacular gun battles, epic-sized heroes and an all-star cast that includes Academy AwardÂ(r) winners Yul Brynner* and James Coburn**, together with Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach and Charles Bronson, make The Magnificent Seven a legend among westerns. Spawning three sequels and a successful television series, and featuring Elmer Bernstein's OscarÂ(r)-nominated*** score, thisstunning remake of The Seven Samurai is "a hard-pounding adventure" (Newsweek) and "an enduringly popular" (Leonard Maltin) cinematic classic. Merciless Calvera (Wallach) and his band of ruthless outlaws are terrorizing a poor Mexican village, and even the bravest lawmen can't stop them. Desperate, the locals hire Chris Adams (Brynner) and six other gunfighters to defend them. With time running out before Calvera's next raid, the heroic seven must prepare the villagers for battle and help them find the courage to take back their town or die trying!

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207 of 239 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KUROSAWA IN CHAPS October 3, 2002
Format:DVD
Yul Brynner, back in the late 1950's, wanted to direct an American version of the SEVEN SAMURAI, as an western. So he bought up the movie rights. He wanted to cast Anthony Quinn in the lead, as Chris. Brynner had been directed by Quinn in the remake of THE BUCCANEER. Quinn would have been great as Chris, the leader of the Seven; and what a different film it would have been. But, alas, Brynner himself took the part, and put his own stamp of individuality on it. He walked like a cross between a panther and a ballet dancer; light on the balls of his feet. Ironically, as an actor, he was slow on the draw, and not used to Westerns. But artistically, this was never apparent in the finished film.
Many of the Seven's actors had seen the Kurosawa film, and they were very excited about transferring it to the American West. Eli Wallach, as Calvera, in just a few short scenes, found both the humor and the cruelty in the bandit chieftan. His accent and speech pattern were fairly authentic; more so certainly than the young German actor, Horst Buchholz, endeavoring to find a southwestern/Texan/Mexican drawl. Director, John Sturges, had great hopes for Horst; the camera loved him. But it was the trio of studs, Steve McQueen as Vin, Charles Bronson as O'Reilly, and James Coburn as Britt, that dominated the frame.
Steve McQueen, wearing skin-tight leather stovepipe chaps, spent a lot of time finding ways to upstage Yul Brynner. There was a rumor that he would have preferred playing Chico, the Buchholz character. McQueen's manic physical performance, lightning fast with a pistol and a quip, seemed to work well for him, and it gave him more than his share of focus.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strap on your six-shooter! August 8, 2001
Format:DVD
MGM has just released the DVD of "The Magnificent Seven", perhaps the very last of an epoch of classic westerns. Poignant and sad, yet thrilling and action-filled, this cinema classic became a model for 100 action flicks to come. It's an early peek at the emerging movie anti-hero of the 60's and the 70's. An embattled farming village in Northern Mexico hires an unemployed gunslinger from Dodge City. Chris, played by Yul Brynner, recruits six more guns and takes a bloody stand against forty invading banditos. The film opened in 1960 to mild reviews. It was sent off to Europe, where it exploded with positive response. "The Seven" returned to the U.S. to wide acclaim, and as co-star James Coburn says in the documentary, "It's been playing ever since..." John Sturges filmed "Bad Day at Black Rock", "Gunfight at the OK Corral", and "The Great Escape", but history confirms that the meticulous out-door director achieved his artistic peak with this star-studded spectacle, featuring Elmer Bernstein's now classic theme. The film was followed by 3 sequels and a TV show that ran for 2 years. The DVD sound dialogue is a bit muted. The anamorphic 16:9 picture is perhaps the clearest ever, though you'll see some grain fallout during the lap dissolves. An audio commentary track with producer Walter Mirisch and several actors comes with 2 trailers and photos from the actual shoot and cast party. The real jewel of this new DVD is a brand new 46-minute documentary featuring interviews with all the major surviving stars, except Charles Bronson, who just turned 80. Charles Coburn, Eli Wallach, and Robert Vaughn re-live the adventures of filming this epic on location in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - DVD is flawed though May 14, 2001
Format:DVD
Enough has been said in the past about this fantastically entertaining movie, so I won't bore you with anything more. My comments concern the DVD, it's nicely presented, with an interesting documentary and feature commentary, certainly a bargain given the incredibly low price tag.
The 5.1 sound remix is excellent, but I have to say that the very obvious grain and print damage on the movie itself knocked my assessment of the DVD down from a 5 star rating to 4 stars. I realise that the movie is over 40 years old but some of the print damage in very noticeable, and given modern cleaning techniques I think it is difficult to believe that at least some effort could have been made to clean things up a bit. Having said that this DVD is still greatly superior to any VHS copy I've seen and well worth the money despite its flaws.
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Format:Blu-ray
I'll just point out the differences in the extras, as others have gone into the differences in the video and audio in this excellent classic.

For those who like extras, the extras are different on the Blu-ray and the two-disc collector's version. If choosing between one or the other, this version is a fine choice.

The Blu-ray director's cut contains audio commentary by Eli Wallach, James Coburn, producer Walter Mirisch and assistant director Robert Relyea.

The audio commentary track with film historian Sir Christopher Frayling is not on this disc. It is on the two-disc collector's edition.

"Guns For Hire" (46:54) is on this disc.
"Elmer Berstein and The Magnificent Seven" is on this disc.
"The Linen Book: Lost Images from The Magnificent Seven" is on this disc.
There is also a separate gallery of images, and two trailers

The original Magnificent Seven trailers, which were not on the Two-Disc Collector's Edition, are back for this Blu-ray edition.

The Magnificent Seven Two-Disc Collector's Edition has:

Audio Commentary with Film Historian Christopher Frayling
A second audio commentary identical to the Blu-ray version
Four Featurettes, including:
Guns for Hire (46:54)
"Christopher Frayling on The Magnificent Seven"
"Elmer Berstein and The Magnificent Seven"
"The Linen Book: Lost Images from The Magnificent Seven"
Separate gallery of images and two trailers.
(If one wants the original Magnificient Seven trailers, get the Blu-ray version or find a copy of the 2001 disc as they are not in this set.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oldies fun to watch
difficult watching these old movies prior to modern visual/audio technology. The larger than life name actors make it very enjoyable watch.
Published 17 hours ago by R. VanDrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classis movie
Though I know this is a remake of the seven samurai, this is a great western movie with some of the best acting
Published 1 day ago by Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent Seven
This is a great movie if you like westerns and older movie stars,Yul Brynner and Charles Bronson are two of the stars on the show with more on them in it,just a good family show
Published 1 day ago by Danny Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time GREAT
This is one of the best movies of all time. Great performances by Yul Brynner & Steve McQueen. Eli Wallach is fabulous as the Mexican Bandit. Read more
Published 2 days ago by AKVHutch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent Seven - a magnificent movie
This is an excellent movie, of course, I love nearly any western but have seen this one several times and will probably watch it again!. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Shep39
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as great as ever!
This is a timeless movie which is just as good now as it was back when I first saw it as a teenager. Read more
Published 2 days ago by granny
5.0 out of 5 stars This one holds up to time
Saw this when I was a teen. Still a great movie. Horst's acting was a little over the top, though.
Published 2 days ago by Ken Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A classic cowboy movie with great acting, action, dialog, and music... but I still prefer the original. A great movie for a family movie night.
Published 2 days ago by Wundt
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down THE best cowboy movie ever
Witty lines, cool banter, and lots of action. 7 gunfighters facing 40 bandits to defend a poor mexican village. awesome!
Published 3 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars classic western
Great old western, with a sound track to match. All the stars of that era are some of my favorites.
Published 3 days ago by wjames
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