the best movies I have seen, Se7en has finally come to the bluray format
and quite frankly it is nothing short of stunning. For those who are
maybe too young to have watched or those who have buried their heads in
the sand for the last sixteen years since the movie was first released,
i'll give you a quick run down on the story.
Detective Mills and Sommerset (Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman) are on the
hunt for the crazy John Doe killer who is preaching to the world in the
form of murder about the seven deadly sins. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth.
Wrath. Pride. Lust. Envy. All of them are horrendously carved out into
the hapless bodies of his victims, and it's a race against time to find
out who is doing the killings before Doe works his way through every
Mills is the young brash detective, full of ambition and impatience.
Sommerset is the seasoned veteran who in his spare time studies poetry
and culture. Together the two are thrown together to work on a case that
will take them to the brink of their sanity and quite possibly their
Directed by David Fincher, this is a story that compels you to watch
every moment of it. Not a single moment is filler. and the tension and
suspense is utterly amazing. These two actors deliver a consummate
performance that guarantees a truly timeless viewing experience. It is a
thriller that delivers for the entire movie, right up to the shocking
conclusion. Frankly for fans of the genre it is a must have movie for
the quality of the presentation on bluray and the genius of the movie
One of the things that I loved about this disc is that it's a no
nonsense affair just like the feature itself. There are no trailers at
the start that you HAVE to watch, in fact there is not even an ad for
the movie company itself. You are straight away taken to the blu ray
menu which is very sparse and excellent.
The quality of the video is excellent and second to none. There appears
to have been no cleaning done or any other sort of enhancement which
would take away detail, so what we have is a next to pristine copy of a
movie with small amounts of grain and noise that would have been in the
original work. There are so many degrees of shade and shadow that can
only be captured by a real film and this movie shines shrouded as it is
in night and rain.
Sound is another amazing aspect of this film. The audio is in DTS 7.1
and plays a very subtle role in building the tension. Scenes play out
around us with tiny nuances taking place in almost every chunk of action
or dialogue. This is a very clear audio master and a favourite scene in
particular for sound is when Mills and Sommerset are in a bar after the
Lust murder. They are talking about Sommerset retiring and all around us
the viewer is background noise. It's subtle but I felt immersed in the
scene as though I was literally sitting in the bar with them listening
in and at any moment they could have looked at me for my opinion.
This blu ray disc is filled with extras. Four stunning commentaries
dealing with the different aspects of the film, they will show you how
the film is put together from cast to crew. Additional scenes are
available with audio commentary which frankly to me is amazing that all
this extra material is still available considering that when this movie
was made, we didn't live too much in an age of extras.
The disc also has still photos with commentary, design images, notebooks
from John Doe and an exploration of the opening sequence with commentary
and different title tracks. And there is still more on the disc after
that for fans to really sink their teeth into. It quite simply is an
extraordinary package. Even if this feature was the only thing on the
disc, I would still have given it the final score that is here for you.
This is a must have disc for any fan of the classic thriller movie.