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The Magnificent Seven (Special Edition)
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- 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
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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.Read more ›
This movie is a classic and set a very high standard for all Westerns to come. With that said, this review is going to deal with the actual Blu Ray transfer , both video and audio , and not the plot or performances contained in it.
This being another 'quickie' catalog release from MGM, a studio in bankruptcy, I was not expecting too much here and afraid the technicians would just slather the image with tons of DNR, Edge Enhancement and call it a day. Luckily for me and all fans of this film I was wrong! Phew!
Here is the good news: This film has not been DNR'd to death at all. I can't see any actually, and as for edge enhancement, I just don't see that either. GREAT! A pretty natural looking image, nothing spectacular, but solid color and an almost fully stable image. There are a few very short instances of 'image/telecine wobble' but nothing too severe and only a few times. Chances are most folks won't even notice it.
Generally the image is pleasing,. Although there are SOME soft shots, a few horrible looking grainy shots, a bit of mosquito noise on certain blue sky shots and a grainy blurriness every single time the picture dissolves/fades into another scene, rather than a clean cut. I watched this carefully and noticed that most of the video problems occur in the first 50 minutes of the film, with the remaining hour and 18 minutes being just about issue free and VERY nice to look at for a 1960 film. Seriously, unless you are picking it apart, you will just notice a few soft grainy shots and everything else should look pretty good to you, bordering on very good.Read more ›
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I have not seen "The Seven Samurai", so I cannot compare that movie with this. But on its own, I find it quite the satisfactory Western. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Long Tom
This movie is just fine, but the original, Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa is superior in every way: story, writing, acting, camerawork, music, and of course direction. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Wizkid
Classic western with great actors. One of the best made western movies, good guys beat the bad guys.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the better old westerns. The entire cast did a terrific job.Published 8 days ago by Esther F. Moss
Forever a classic......anxious to see if Denzel and the new crew can measure up, in their up coming version.Published 27 days ago by Ann P. Graves
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