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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Limited Edition blu-ray steelbook is pretty good
The limited edition blu-ray steelbook of the movie Se7en is pretty good. Not the best steelbook I've ever seen though. The front of it is identical to the original blu-ray release (the black and red cover with the "Seven Deadly Sins" written all over the front of it, except Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman's names are NOT at the top). The back has a picture or Brad...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Aspect Ratio a let down
I was excited to be able to purchase this fine film on blu-ray and viewed it right away when it arrived. I was upset to see that the origional aspect radio was no intact. As a true movie buff I want to see any movie in the correct aspect ratio how it was meant to be seen. The PQ is far superior to the old school two sided non-anamorphic ws dvd I have owned for years...
Published on May 18 2009 by twokiloseven


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Aspect Ratio a let down, May 18 2009
This review is from: Seven [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I was excited to be able to purchase this fine film on blu-ray and viewed it right away when it arrived. I was upset to see that the origional aspect radio was no intact. As a true movie buff I want to see any movie in the correct aspect ratio how it was meant to be seen. The PQ is far superior to the old school two sided non-anamorphic ws dvd I have owned for years. I must say though that the adjusted aspect ratio is a most unwelcomed change. I will likley purchase a blu-ray copy of this film again when the correct aspect ratio becomes available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Limited Edition blu-ray steelbook is pretty good, Jan. 3 2014
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C. Denison (Hamilton, Ont.) - See all my reviews
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The limited edition blu-ray steelbook of the movie Se7en is pretty good. Not the best steelbook I've ever seen though. The front of it is identical to the original blu-ray release (the black and red cover with the "Seven Deadly Sins" written all over the front of it, except Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman's names are NOT at the top). The back has a picture or Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman from the chest up, holding flashlights, and looking into the direction of the camera. There is no inside artwork. The quality of this steelbook is good. The colour quality of the front is very nice, but I think the back of it could've been slightly better. Would've been nice to have some sort of inner artwork as well. Build quality is solid.

This release only contains the one blu-ray disc which contains the movie and special features. The 1080p picture quality and 7.1 DTS HD-MA audio are exceptional. VERY well done! You won't be disappointed with this release. I also want to point out that this release has Se7en in it's correct aspect ratio of 2.40:1. There are some really neat special features including four audio commentary tracks, deleted scenes, alternate endings, photo gallery featurettes, three different versions of the opening title sequence, etc. The extras are definitely worth checking out.

Like I said, this is a pretty good steelbook. Would've been nice to have some inner artwork, but I got this for a pretty low price here on Amazon, so I'm not going to complain too much. If you can get it for around the $10 mark, or if you're a big fan of Se7en, then it's an easy recommend.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong aspect ratio!!?!?!?, March 21 2009
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Christian Burgess "ChristianB" (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seven [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Funny how everyone is up in arms over the 1080i misprint. More importantly, the aspect ratio is WRONG. Alliance has decided to present Seven in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (the OAR is 2.35:1). Huge mistake Alliance and shame on you for the error...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Septenary of Horror., Jan. 21 2007
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Themis-Athena (from somewhere between California and Germany) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Seven [Import] (DVD)
"At first sin is a stranger in the soul; then it becomes a guest; and when we are habituated to it, it becomes as if the master of the house." - Tolstoy.

Although not originating from the bible, the concept of deadly sins is almost as old as Christian doctrine itself. Theologians like 4th century Greek monk Evagrius of Pontus first compiled catalogues of deadly offenses against the divine order, which 6th century pope Gregory the Great consolidated into a list of seven sins, which in turn formed the basis of the works of medieval/renaissance writers like St. Thomas Aquinas ("Summa Theologiae"), Geoffrey Chaucer ("Canterbury Tales"), Christopher Marlowe ("Dr. Faustus"), Edmund Spenser ("The Faerie Queene") and Dante Alighieri ("Commedia Divina"/"Purgatorio"). And in times when the ability to read was a privilege rather than a basic skill, the depiction of sin in paintings wasn't far behind; particularly resulting from the 16th century's reformulation of church doctrine, the works of artists like Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder brought the horrific results of humankind's penchant to indulge in vice back into general consciousness with surrealistic eloquence, reminding their viewers that no sin goes unseen (Bosch, "The Seven Deadly Sins") and that its commission leads straight into a hell reigned by gruesome, grotesque demons and devils whose sole purpose is to torture those fallen into their hands (Bosch, "The Hay-Wagon" and "The Last Judgment;" Bruegel, "The Triumph of Death" and "The Tower of Babel").

More recently, the seven deadly sins have been the subject of Stephen Sondheim's play "Getting Away With Murder" and a ballet by George Balanchine ("Seven Deadly Sins"); and on the silver screen the topic has been addressed almost since the beginning of filmmaking (Cabiria [1914], Intolerance [1916]). Thus, "Se7en" builds on a solid tradition both in its own domain and in other art forms, topically as well as in its approach, denouncing society's apathy towards vice and crime. Yet - and although expressly referencing the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Chaucer and Dante - David Fincher's movie eschews well-trodden paths and grabs the viewer's attention from the beginning; and it does so not merely by the depiction of serial killer John Doe's (Kevin Spacey's) crimes, which could easily degenerate into a mindless bloodfest that would defeat the movie's purpose. (Not that there isn't a fair share of blood and gore on display; both visually and in the characters' dialogue regarding those details not actually shown; but Fincher uses the crimes' gruesome nature to create a sense of stark realism, rather than for shock value alone.) In addition, Doe's mindset is painstakingly presented by the opening credits' jumpy nature, his "lair"'s apocalyptic makeup and his notebooks, all of which were actually written out (at considerable expense), and whose compilation is shown underlying the credits. The movie's atmosphere of unrelenting doom is further underscored by a color scheme dominated by brown, gray and only subdued hues of other colors, and by the fact that almost every outdoors scene is set in rain. Moreover, although screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker explains on the DVD that the story was inspired by his observations in New York (and the movie was shot partly there, partly in L.A.), it is set in a faceless, nameless city, thus emphasizing that its concern isn't a specific location but society generally.

Central to the movie is the contrast between world-weary Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) who, while decrying the rampant occurrence of violence in society, for much of the movie seems to have resigned himself to his inability to do something meaningful about this (and therefore seems to accept apathy for himself, too, until his reluctant final turnaround), and younger Detective Mills (Brad Pitt), who fought for a reassignment to this particular location, perhaps naively expecting his contributions to actually make a difference; only to become a pawn in Doe's scheme instead and thus show that, given the right trigger, nobody is beyond temptation. As such, Somerset and Mills are not merely another incarnation of the well-known old-cop-young-cop pairing. Rather, their characters' development over the course of the film forces each viewer to examine his/her own stance towards vice.

Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt perfectly portray the two detectives; while Freeman imbues his Will Somerset with a quiet dignity, professionalism and learning, muted by profound but not yet wholly irreversible resignation, Pitt's David Mills is a brash everyman from the suburbs with an undeniable streak of prejudice, a penchant for quick judgment and a thorough lack of sophistication, both personally and culturally. Notable are also the appearances of Gwyneth Paltrow (significantly Brad Pitt's real-life girlfriend at the time) as Mills's wife Tracy and ex-marine R. Lee Ermey as the police captain. Yet, from his very first appearance onwards, this is entirely Kevin Spacey's film. Reportedly, Brad Pitt especially fought hard for his casting; and it is indeed hard to imagine "Se7en" with anybody other than the guy who, that same year, also won an Oscar for portraying devilish Keyser Soze in "The Usual Suspects": No living actor has Spacey's ability to simultaneously express spine-chilling villainy, laconic indifference and limitless superiority with merely a few gestures and vocal inflections.

While "Se7en" can certainly claim the "sledgehammer" effect on its viewers sought by its fictional killer, the punishment meted out to Doe's victims - taking their perceived sins to the extreme - pales in comparison to that awaiting sinners according to medieval teachings. (Inter alia, gluttons would thus be forced to eat vermin, toads and snakes, greed-mongers put in cauldrons of boiling oil and those guilty of lust smothered in fire and brimstone.) Most serial killers have decidedly more mundane motivations than Doe. And after all, this is only a movie.

Right?

"Sin ... engenders vice by repetition of the same acts, [clouding the conscience and corrupting the judgment.] Thus sin tends to reproduce ... and reinforce itself, but it cannot destroy the moral sense at its root." - Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan, June 16 2014
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This is a very good movie. Highly under rated even at release. It's got Morgan what else has to be said.
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1.0 out of 5 stars About the awful steelbook edition....., June 7 2014
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This review is about the steelbook edition, not the out of print bluray book edition.
The limited steelbook edition is the WORST edition available in Canada!! Even the first Alliance release with the wrong aspect ratio (1.78 instead of the original 2.35) and the bad definition (1080i) is by far a better one!
Yes there was no special features, yes there was no menu or subtitles and yes it was cropped from its original aspect ratio, but at least this release contains a damn French track!!
This awful steelbook does not contains the dubbed in quebec French track and for a so stupide reason it contains two useless Spanish language tracks.... Yeah great!! What's a fantastic deal thanks!!

So finally, the only right version available on bluray in Canada is the out of print bluray Book edition (currently unavailable on Amazon Canada unfortunately...) since this one contains the right aspect ratio and a French language track...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHY BUY?, Jan. 22 2011
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Ian G. Mcgillivray (cornwall ,ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seven [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The price was right,that's the reason I justify buying this Blu-ray....No special features,no subtitles and the incorrect aspect ratio.It is presented in full screen NOT widescreen.A very slight increase in picture quality due to the Blu-ray format but not much else...Still a good movie,but irritating to watch in this format.Wait for a reputable studio release,save a few bucks buying this version...DON'T!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended. Get this edition of "Seven" until an authorized US version comes along., April 1 2009
This review is from: Seven [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This Blu-Ray disc of "Seven" is a bare bones imported release of the film only, with no menus or extras, that features only DTS English, Dolby 5.1 English, and Dolby 2.0 French audio tracks, and no subtitles. It is framed at 1:78, cropped in from the original 2:35 aspect ratio, and is in 1080i/60 not 1080p/24 with an AVC codec.

It appears to be a release, in the Canadian market, of a transfer originally made, one might guess, for HDTV pay per view, or some such thing. That said, contrary to what some disgruntled reviewers have written, the image is outstanding, within the limits mentioned above, with good luminance, which is very superior to the DVD version, excellent color and very sharp detail. The text of the opening credits have been repositioned to appear correctly in the reduced aspect ratio, which supports the idea that the transfer was originally made by the studio for HDTV.

Obviously, the are some compromises here. But considering that this is a fantastic film, that is currently unavailable in the US market, and which has not been announced for the US market any time soon, this is a great Blu-Ray disc to have of this film. Obviously, some overseas distributors are interpreting their contracts with the US studios to mean that if they can issue a DVD of a title in their territory then they can issue a Blu-Ray too. I would imagine there may have been some lively conversations about this implied right between the parties involved. Nevertheless, I would recommend this edition of "Seven" until an authorized US version comes along with menus, the complete extras, and all the audio/subtitle tracks.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect movie but poor book inside, Jan. 10 2011
This review is from: Seven [Blu-ray Book] (Blu-ray)
The movie is great and the blu-ray has a perfect picture but...

the book inside is badly bonded so that the sheets tend to drop off the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Freeman Is A Genius...., July 19 2004
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M. DALTON (Brisbane, Queensland Australia) - See all my reviews
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Robin Williams...Russell Crowe...Marisa Tomei...Angelina Jolie...Cher...How come these "actors"(& I use the term lightly)have an Oscar & Freeman doesn't? Between SE7EN & NURSE BETTY, 2 of the best performances of all time, there is something seriously wrong.. Watch this powerful film with a lead performance to match to cure any doubts...........
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