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"Se7en" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Se7en is the story of two detectives, Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt), who work to track down a serial killer who is attempting to make a statement on society using the seven deadly sins as his basis.  Detective Somerset is working his last week as a detective, happy to be able to finally leave the deranged, crazy metropolis that he has worked in for his whole life.  Mills is a young detective, fresh to the city with his wife (Gweneth Paltrow), excited to escape the boredom of country life for the hustle of the big city.  Paired together to allow Mills to get a feeling for working in the city, they seemingly are not going to get along, and want nothing to do with each other, until a series of murders that they are sent to investigate forces them to connect.

On their first case, they find a grossly obese man who has been seemingly forced to keep eating until he can eat no more and his stomach ruptures from the food.  Where Somerset is methodical and composed in his investigation, Mills seemingly can't wait for something interesting to happen, excited by the rush of being in a big city with more going on.  The next day, an attorney is found murdered in his office, with Greed written on the carpet in blood.  After further investigation reveals that the two murders are connected, Mills and Somerset realize they must hurry to catch this killer before his statement to the world can be completed.

Specifications

  • New Line Cinema
  • 1995, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 7 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  VC-1
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman
  • Directed by David Fincher
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  • Violence: Extreme
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Se7en is the film that really introduced us to David Fincher as a director, and is one of my favorite movies of the 1990's.  While some people might find it too gruesome to watch more than once, I've found myself returning to it over and over again through the years, as it's well written, well acted, and just a wonderful movie.

Technical

This is also the best that I have ever seen Se7en look.  When Se7en was originally released in theaters, many of the original prints used a CCE process on the film to make the blacks really, truly black, and leading to a very dark look for the film.  The Criterion Laserdisc version was made from one of these prints, though it came out lighter than intended.  The Special Edition DVD was digitally altered from the original negative to replicate the process and came close, but this Blu-ray presentation is as close as it has come so far.  Appearing very, very dark in many scenes, just like the director intended, this is as good as Se7en has looked, and I can't really find an issue with the image.

Additionally, the lossless soundtrack is truly amazing.  My theater system is better than it was the last time I watched the DVD, but the audio on the Blu-ray is truly fantastic, surrounding you almost all the time in a dark, ominous atmosphere that sucks you into the film.

Extras

The Blu-ray features four commentary tracks, multiple featurettes, extra and deleted scenes, alternate endings, and a series of videos on mastering Se7en for home video release.