Blu-ray Review: Seven

Seven DIGIBOOK

Distributor: Warner Brothers / New Line Cinema

Release Date: 14/Sept/2010

Region: Region Free

Length: 127 min

Video: 1080P (VC-1, 25.44 Mbps)

Main Audio:

7.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio:

5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital

5.1 German Dolby Digital

5.1 Portuguese Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH, Korean, Turkish

Ratio: 2.40:1

Note: This title has also been released on a number of DVD editions.

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Seven was just a gripping yarn and I just felt like I hadn’t seen this movie and I hadn’t seen a movie that was kind of professing to be the procedural that became this other thing. I thought it was a structural… you know, it was as impressive to me that Kevin Spacey would show up spattered with blood at the two hour point of that movie as it is that Janet Leigh gets slashed to death in the shower in Psycho. It was such a different way to spin that top. So that was amazing.” –David Fincher

David Fincher made his reputation with Seven and is now one of the most influential directors of contemporary cinema. The relatively simple narrative allowed for a wealth of chilling subtext that the director capitalized on admirably. While the film wasn’t a huge success at the box office, it has grown in its reputation as an intelligent thriller and a genre favorite.

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The Presentation:

4 of 5 Screams

There are two versions of this disk. It is available in the more extravagant Digibook release that holds the disk in a book style case with pages of photos and production information and in a standard Blu-ray case. Both releases contain the same cover artwork.

SEVENCOVER

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The menu is static, with film related artwork and is attractive and easy to navigate.

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Picture Quality:

4.5 of 5 Screams

The cinematic 1080p transfer handles the shadow detail to perfection and black levels seem rich and natural and remain consistent throughout the film. Colors remain muted and consistent as are the director’s intentions. Detail is extremely impressive and the grain level remains faithful to its source. While there is mild haloing apparent in certain scenes, this is never distracting and hardly noticeable. Luckily, no traces of edge enhancement were perceivable. This is an exceptional Blu-ray transfer. 

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Sound Quality:

4.5 of 5 Screams

The film’s 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix is as wonderful as the image. The track offers a dramatic and dynamic soundscape that absolutely swallows the viewer (in a good way). This is exactly what one expects from such a mix. The panning effects are dramatic without being distracting, dialogue is clear, music is always dynamic, and sound effects are natural. The fidelity is incredible and extremely crisp.

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Special Features:

4.5 of 5 Screams

There are so many special features on this disc that it will likely keep viewers busy for weeks. The special features are divided into four different categories (Behind the Story, Additional Footage, Exploration of the Opening Title Sequence, and Extras.)

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BEHIND THE STORY:

The Stars Commentary:  David Fincher (Director), Brad Pitt, and Morgan Freeman discuss shooting the film from an acting perspective. The track is consistently engaging.

The Story Commentary: David Fincher (Director), Richard Dyer (Author), Andrew Kevin Walker (Writer), Richard Francis-Bruce (Editor), and Michael de Luca (former president of New Line Cinema) discuss the story in this track. There is quite a bit of interesting information contained in the track, such as how David Fincher came to the project and the differences in various drafts of the script. It is worth a listen.

The Picture Commentary: David Fincher (Director), Darius Khondji (Cinematographer), Arthur Max (Production Designer), Richard Francis-Bruce (Editor), and Richard Dyer (Author) discuss the film’s visual design. It is one of the discs more interesting commentaries.

The Sound Commentary: David Fincher (Director), Ren Klyce (Sound Designer), Howard Shore (Composer), and Richard Dyer (Author) discuss the picture’s soundtrack. Ren Klyce and Howard Shore dominate the track as they discuss the score and sound design. There is some interesting information revealed that will be of special interest to anyone interested in film sound or music.

Production Designs – (480p) – (8:56)

Viewers are shown production design drawings as the artist discusses his intentions.

John Doe’s Photographs – (480p) – (14:26)

Photographer Melodie McDaniel discusses the photos that she took for John Doe’s character.

Victor’s Decomposition (480p) – (2:28)

Director David Fincher discusses the photos found in the sloth’s apartment.

Police Crime Scene Photographs (480p) – (5:38)

Photographer Peter Sorel discusses the crime scene photos that he took for the production.

Production Photographs (480p) – (10:47)

Photographer Peter Sorel discusses the stills and other production photos that he took for the marketing of the film.

The Notebooks (480p) – (8:17)

Art Director Clive Piercy discusses creating John Doe’s notebooks.

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ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE:

Probably the most interesting supplemental features on the disc are these deleted scenes and alternate endings (with optional director’s commentary).

Deleted and Extended Scenes (with optional Director’s Commentary) – (480p) – (19:20)

Alternate Endings (with optional Director’s Commentary) – (480p) – (12:56)

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EXPLORATION OF THE OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE:

The viewer can watch these three versions of the title sequence with the original music (in a variety of audio tracks), or with one of two commentary tracks (one focusing on the concept of the picture and the other focusing on the sound).

Early Storyboards

Rough Version

Final version

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EXTRAS:

Theatrical EPK – (SD) – (7mins)

This 1995 EPK (Electronic Press Kit) features interviews and ‘behind the scenes’ footage. The featurette is mildly interesting and a welcome addition to the disc.

Mastering for the Home Theater – (SD) – (23mins)

This feature shows the audience how the film was color corrected for its DVD release in 2000. This is relatively useless to viewers watching the Blu-ray in my opinion.

Telecine Gallery

Here viewers can watch three scenes in both the original DVD master or the 2000 DVD master. They can also hear the original mix or the 2000 DVD mix. This feature also seems rather pointless considering we are watching a new high definition transfer.

Theatrical Trailer

The original theatrical trailer used to promote the film.

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Final Words:

Seven has been given an admirable Blu-ray release with a superior image transfer and an amazing sound mix. Warner Brothers has a reputation for quality transfers and this release is certainly not an exception.

Review by: Devon Powell

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