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The Magnificent Seven (2016 remake/MGM/Sony 4K Blu-ray w/Blu-ray Set)

4K Ultra HD Picture: A- 1080p Picture: B+ Sound: A-/B+ Extras: B Film: C+

Director Antoine Fuqua's 2016 remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven (which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai) lands on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc in grand fashion with a gorgeous home presentation that's spot on. The film itself is what I like to call a 'typical western' in that it follows all of the story beats that it should and all of the trademark cliques that you would expect to see in a film of this nature: saloons, shootouts, plenty of horse chases, and killing. While not as good as the original (which should go without saying) there are some moments that Western fans will enjoy.

Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as the leads - the film also features Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Vinnie Jones, and Lee Byung-hun. To me, the most notable cast member, however, is the late composer James Horner (Avatar, Titanic) - who partially scored the film before his unfortunate death.

Back in the days of the Old West, a small town named Rose Creek is overtaken by a vicious criminal (Sarsgaard) who threatens the townspeople and burns their church to ashes. It's up to seven unlikely heroes (Washington, Pratt, Hawke, Jones, Byung-hun, D'Onofrio, Bennett) who are all expert gunmen) to form an alliance and take down the threat, giving the people back the land that they rightfully deserve. While the odds aren't necessarily in their favor, their passion for justice ignites and helps the townspeople get revenge.

I remember a few years ago when it was almost incomprehensible that a format could look better than Blu-ray and now we have 4K high definition. The color and detail is jaw dropping and so photorealistic you feel like you are in the west with the characters. This release really looks great, as shot on 35mm film, with vivid 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 that will be sure to impress anyone that steps foot in your home. Much of the film is during the day and captures the highlights of the old west pretty well. The sound mix is equally as impressive with a Dolby Atmos 11.1 track that captures the film's wide range of sound design, specifically during action sequences.

The Blu-ray still looks great in 1080p with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 7.1 track that sounds pretty great as well for a mixdown, though the Dolby Atmos or even DTS: X 11.1 mixes could have fit here. Also on the disc are various 5.1 language tracks and a Digital Copy for your tablet or smartphone.

Special Features include...

Vengeance Mode: Director Antoine Fuqua and cast break down key scenes and discuss the making of the film

Deleted Scenes

Six Featurettes: Gunslingers, The Taking of Rose Creek, Magnificent Music, Directing the Seven, The Seven, Rogue Bogue

While not the best Western by any stretch, this popcorn muncher is nothing new but not necessarily terrible either.

For more on the original film, try our coverage of the Blu-ray...


You can also read about the short-lived TV series on DVD here...


- James Lockhart



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