Se7en (Seven) Blu-ray Review - -

Feature 10
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 9.0
Total 9.5

Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 127
Reviewer: Tory Favro
: R18+



One of 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 sin.

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 very lives.

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 itself.

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. Utter brilliance.

This is a must have disc for any fan of the classic thriller movie.


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