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The Magnificent Seven [VHS]


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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Walter Bernstein, Walter Newman
  • Producers: John Sturges
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Video Promotion
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Sep 1997
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJHL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A small Mexican village, terrorised by the cutthroat Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his bandits, hire a team of seven mercenaries to expel the vile interloper. The seven are led by Chris (Yul Brynner), and they set about the job of training the terrified townfolk in the art of killing before meting out their own brand of justice. Director John Sturges' re-make of Akira Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai' cemented star-like qualities on most of its cast, including James Coburn, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn.

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Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samurai was a natural for an American remake--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. Thus The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turns samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa's Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars). The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum... Followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride! --Robert Horton

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. C. Cummins on 29 Oct 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Yes this Blu ray release of The Magnificent Seven is the best the film has looked. There is so much more sharpness to the original film, and makes the old video tape releases look rather sub standard compared to this. You can tell that the soundtrack in the movie has been cleaned up and the dialogue too, creating a whole new experience of the movie with the capabilities of this superior format. Tremendous service from Amazon yet again, arrived in lovely time, it is also a considerable upgrade from the normal DVD release, I personally could tell straight away, it's all more vivid and audiable.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Manco on 29 July 2005
Format: DVD
If, like me, you grew up in the UK between, say, 1975-1990, you will be well aware of a certain number of films which made up the bulk of family TV during public holidays. The Magnificent Seven is undoubtedly chief among these. No bank holiday Monday was ever complete without the heroics of Yul Bryner & Co. enlivening our living rooms and the sound of Elmer Bernstein's fabulous score ringing in our ears.
And this lovely memory of days gone by suggests to me the strength and weakness of this tremendously popular film. On the one hand, Seven is a blast from start to finish - great fun! But on the other hand, in order to rattle along at a suitably action-packed pace the film lacks sufficent characterisation and plot development to lift it out of the best of the rest category and into the all time greats (of the genre, that is). Sure, there are characters and there is a plot but they are, let's be honest, pretty thin on the ground.
Nevertheless, the film is highly enjoyable and definitely worth repeated viewing. The DVD extras are nice, particularly the feature on the making of the film. There are interviews with some of the cast, crew and folk behind the film and a few nuggets of info which make watching the film a little more fun.
For example, a lot is made of the young Steve McQueen's attempts to be the star of the film and the little acting tricks he employed to capture the camera's, and hence the viewers' attention. Several anecdotes relating to this are told and are great fun to hear!
At its heart, Seven was a vehicle for six rising Hollywood stars and the established star, Yul Bryner. The chemistry between them and the friction on and off the screen adds to the dramatic effect of the film and the results are...dare I say it, magnificent!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
OK, we all know what we're getting here. This is the most classic of classic Westerns, brim full of top acting talent, superbly directed and with an iconic score.

Based on the Japanese film the 7 Samurai, this follows the fortunes of a group of seven mercenaries, who, for a variety of reasons ride off to defend a small Mexican village against the evil Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his gang of bandits, seemingly insurmountable odds. Led by the enigmatic and dangerously cool Chris (Yul Brynner in top form) the gang is a motley crew, with wrecked gamblers, fortune hunters, idealistic young kids and grizzly mercenaries. The seven leads and villain give it their all, and a wonderfully entertaining film is the result.

I always enjoyed this film as it works on two levels. Firstly it is a great wild west romp, with a hint of a moral tale. Secondly, due to the strength of the acting talent on screen it is a wonderful character study, as the motives of the seven as they ride to apparent suicide are studied. Even Calvera's character is explored with great effect. But the film never gets lost in this aspect, it always keeps the aim of being an entertaining adventure firmly in view.

This DVD is an excellent presentation. The print has been nicely cleaned up, presented in the original widescreen and has a 5.1 soundtrack. There are a host of extras, including a documentary, stills, original trailers, and trailers for some of the (inferior!) sequels.

An excellent presentation of a wonderfully entertaining film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. MCQUEEN on 9 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Great Film Blu-Ray is far better than the DVD release,
lots of extras inc the audio commentary, which is not listed on the back of the box.
A must buy from Amazon at this really low price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 1 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
Yes, we know it's a remake of Seven Samurai. Still the twenty words could just be "perfect, perfect....".

For that's what this is; each character perfectly delineated and introduced. Each scene set up perfectly. The pace of the movie, the music, the heroism, the humour and the interplay with the villagers. None of the players has a better movie in their CV.

This is more than just one of the greatest Westerns. It's one of the greatest movies. So rarely is everything done so well.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 on 22 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
I have not seen “The Magnificent Seven” in widescreen since I first saw it in the theatre in 1960. I have been watching it in pan & scan for about 40 years now. It is my favorite motion picture. Seeing it in widescreen opened new vistas for me. It finally seems like the large scale yet personal drama that it always deserved to be. I can greater appreciate the composition of the different camera frames by noticing facial expressions and the like that have gone unnoticed for years. There is more character development here than I even imagined. There is more beauty and detail to the landscape unto which the story unfolds. The film has now at last taken on legendary proportions thanks to this format. Yul Brynner as Chris, Steve McQueen as Vin, Charles Bronson as O'Reilly, Robert Vaughn as Lee, Brad Dexter as Harry Luck, James Coburn as Britt and Horst Buchholz as Chico are all imbedded into the psyche of anyone who ever saw this movie and felt its emotional impact. These are real screen heroes.
There is something very magical about this film. This is different from every other Western that came before it. I believe it is the nature of the seven gunfighters, their motives for that one chance at gallantry and redemption. That combined with the way the story is visually told makes for its greatness. It teaches us something about nobility, dignity and devotion. The hearse-ride taken up to Boot Hill with Yul Brynner driving and Steve McQueen riding shotgun sets the stage and tone for the entire film. Images such as Charles Bronson, bent over from a bullet and the three little Mexican boys clutching him crying out his name while in his death throes bring a tear to the eye.
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