Magnificent Seven Blu Ray [Blu-ray]
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Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samurai was a natural for an American remake--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. Thus The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turns samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa's Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars). The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum.... Followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride! --Robert Horton --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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Contrast this with the fidgetting and fussing of Steve McQueen's much more human performance, and you can almost see how movies will change entirely in the next 15 years. Eli Wallach's bandit villian is a perfectly likeable fellow, while some of the heroes are hunted and greedy. The first scenes show the heroes confronting racism - in 1960! The Magnificent Seven was one of the first movies made outside of the studio system, and it shows. The entire supporting cast is played by Mexican actors who are willing -and allowed- to portray their characters in a realistic, human light.Read more ›
If you are a fan of the actors in this classic you'll love the doco which shows what they went on to do and includes some interviews showing the actors today and telling how Yul Brynner brought this tale to life.
For Steve McQueen fans you get a little insight into how he tries to steal every scene he appears in.
The film is a great telling of an adventurous story based on the Toho studios film "The Seven Samurai".
The commentary features actors James Coburn, Eli Wallach, producer Walter Mirisch & Ass Director Rob Reylea. It covers many interesting stories from a set which saw several stars of the time and even the wedding of Yul Brynner.
Worth a viewing.
This excellent release on DVD hosts a plethora of extra features with an accompanying documentary and commentary by dapper James Coburn and western bad guy Eli Wallach ( After Wallach's cold blooded portrayal of bandit leader Calvera in TMS, Sergio Leone cast him a couple of years later as the cunning gunman Tuco in "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly". Prior to making TMS, Wallach had never ridden a horse in his life ! )
Director John Sturges showed why he is a class act at well paced dramas with his great directorial style on TMS, and Elmer Bernstein's oh so catchy signature score falls right in line with the mood of the script. Bryner & McQueen are outstanding as Chris and Vin, (love that opening sequence with the hearse and a panicky Whit Bissell ) with dynamic support from a youthful Charles Bronson, nervy Robert Vaughn, knife throwing James Coburn, money hungry Brad Dexter and the hot headed farmer-turned-gunslinger Horst Bucholz !!
Fans of this movie will NOT be dissapointed with this fantastic offering on DVD and it's behind the scenes look at it's stars and their stories. Add this one to your collection today.....
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It was bad. Broken in the middle of watching--going front and backward--quite chaotic--we definitely need a refund or exchange
We would like the Movie VERA CRUZ actors... Read more
I last saw this movie years ago, I had to watch it again before I see the re-make! This movie came out when I was a kid, and the music on the soundtrack became a hit on the radio. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Len the Sound Guy
Met our expectations.
A great cast.
Would like the ending changed, but I guess that's just dreaming!! Happy viewing!!