The Magnificent Seven (2016) Blu-ray Review

Summary: In Director Antoine Fuqua’s modern vision to a classic story, the desperate townspeople of Rose Creek employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns after the town falls under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find find themselves fighting for more than money.

Blu-ray Specs
Studio: Sony
Title: The Magnificent Seven
Audio: DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 132 Minutes
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke
Review Date: December 15, 2016

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Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 film, which itself is a remake of The Seven Samurai. I’ve not watched the 1960 version but have seen the original multiple times. While it lacks some of the subtlety of that one, and plays for a bit more humor, much of the same themes remain. For most people the film will move along much faster than the original, and will be more entertaining. Despite knowing how the film is going to go I did enjoy watching it.

Technical Review: The Magnificent Seven was shot on 35mm film and all the benefits and flaws of that are apparent on screen. The director at times goes for a slightly oversaturated look to the image, where skin tones are a little bit pushed and some shadow details disappear, and other images are more natural looking. Also apparent in many scenes are where the focus is locked onto the brim of a hat instead of the face of the actor. Detail is impressive and the images are often gorgeous, and there is nothing bad at all about the transfer. Everything good and bad about the original image shines through perfectly here. A few shots look like they really cry out for HDR, so the UltraHD Blu-ray likely offers an even better image over this one.

Having grown spoiled by Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks, only having a 7.1 channel mix here while the UltraHD Blu-ray has an Atmos one is disappointing. The mix itself is well done, with clear dialog and very good placement of sound effects during shootouts. There is nothing to fault here, only that including the Atmos soundtrack that is on the UltraHD version would have made for an even better experience.

Special Features: There are deleted scenes, six featurettes, and you can watch the movie in Vengeance Mode where actors and the director break down key scenes while you watch.

Review System: Epson 5040UB Projector, Oppo UDP-203 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: The Magnificent Seven Blu-ray
Pros: Image and Soundtrack are fantastic, every detail and flaw from the original negative is easy to see on screen.
Cons: No Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray while the UltraHD version includes it.
Summary: The Magnificent Seven is a fine movie with a pristine transfer and well done soundtrack.
Video: 5/5
Audio: 5/5
Movie: 4/5

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