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The Magnificent Seven Season Two (1999 2000/DVD-Video)

 

Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: C

 

 

There is no doubt that the original 1960 Magnificent Seven is a classic of the genre, despite being derivative and having one too many sequels. In 1998, MGM very belatedly launched a TV series version that had more to do with the low-end success of the Young Guns films than the classic name it bears. Even though they were lucky enough to land Michael Biehn and Ron Pearlman, the show did not last and MGM has issued Season Two for completists.

 

Having somehow survived low ratings for the first season, 13 more shows were produced, but that did not change their luck and this would be the end of the line for the hour-long series that always felt like a package deal. Robert Vaughn, Bruce McGill, Michele Phillips and Brion James had also shown up along the way, but the scripts were oversimple, sometimes pandering and nothing new we had not seen before. Except for some ambitious action and some money on the screen, it never added up. Now you can see for yourself.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is poor with softness throughout despite being shot on film, with the credits and other aspects being finished in NTSC analog video the culprit as it is for so many shows starting in the early 1980s. Not that the shoot is that engaging. All we get are standard Western shots that always look as phony as the sets. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and is the highlight of the disc by default. The combination will be passable only for those who like the show and there are no extras.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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