The Magnificent Seven UltraHD Blu-ray Review


TitleThe Magnificent Seven
AudioDolby Atmos
Negative Formats35mm
Digital Intermediate2K
Peak Brightness4000 nits
MPAA RatingPG-13
Length132 Minutes
DirectorAntoine Fuqua
StarsDenzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke
Review DateJanuary 3, 2017

Other than the Technical Review, this is identical to our Blu-ray review of The Magnificent Seven.

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.

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 Blu-ray version of The Magnificent Seven was reference quality for a Blu-ray disc, and the UltraHD version improves upon that. Scenes that called out for HDR and WCG when I watched the Blu-ray disc are improved here, with sunsets and bold colors standing out. Shadow details and black levels are still fantastic, with an uptick in detail despite only using a 2K digital intermediate. When the camera has focus on the brim of a hat instead of a face, you can easily see that with the UHD transfer.

The soundtrack also improves with Atmos on the UltraHD Blu-ray version. With plenty of gun battles in the film, height effects are used to great effect and place you directly into the center of the action. Vocal clarity is great, even with the mumbled dialogue of some of the characters.

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, Vizio P65-C1, 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

ProductThe Magnificent Seven UltraHD Blu-ray
ReviewerChris Heinonen
ProsImage and Soundtrack are fantastic, every detail and flaw from the original negative is easy to see on screen.
ConsNot a true 4K master.
SummaryThe Magnificent Seven is a fine movie with a bold, bright transfer and well done Atmos soundtrack.
Value4.5 / 5
Performance4.5 / 5
Overall4 / 5