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Westerns - The Magnificent Seven Blu-ray

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The Magnificent Seven Blu-ray
Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson Robert VaughnEli Wallach, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn
Directed by John Sturges
Widescreen 2:35:1
MGM Home Entertainment 2011

The Magnificent Seven looks wonderful on Blu-ray. This is one of the great American westerns story wise though some purists find it a bit much and too comic. Perhaps they also dislike the fact this is a western even those who do not like the genre enjoy. The Blu-ray features Dolby 5.1 and Stereo and as is often the case Dolby sounds artificial. Aside for a couple of shots, picture quality is superb. Special features include a very interesting feature on the music Elmer Bernstein wrote for the movie; a fifty-minute making of; Lost Images from The Magnificent Seven where Eli Wallach gives his take on the stars; and a good commentary track that includes James Coburn and Eli Wallach.

Tired of being stolen from by outlaw Calvera (Wallach) and his men a group of Mexican farmers talk a cowboy named Chris (Brynner) into getting a posse together and help defend the village. Chris and his five men are followed on the way there by a young cowboy named Chico who wants to join and become the seventh. The seven teach the villagers how to defend themselves before a showdown with Calvera and his men.

There is a showdown but it is not quite over and some of the villagers change their mind about being defended. This puts Chris and his men in a difficult situation.

The Magnificent Seven does wax philosophically on the notions of freedom and choice but it does not get in the way of a good story.

Not everything works in this western Blu-ray. One is the Robert Vaughn character: you never quite know what his deal is.

The yarn Vin (McQueen) tells about a fella falling ten stories is plausible. The first ten storey building was built in Chicago in 1885.

This western Blu-ray has an interesting story, solid characters, and great actors. The theme is also a classic. What more could you want?

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