Some films instantly change the way we look at the medium, and become classics almost before the first viewing ends. Such entries into the history of movies live above and beyond criticism, because if you happen not like them, you have to respect them. Se7en, despite the truly stupid name, is such a film, and if nothing else, it changed the perspective of many when it comes to the idea of the power a film can possess.
Largely responsible for David Fincher as a recognizable name (allowing us to get to Fight Club, and pretend The Game and Panic Room don’t exist), the film took “psychological thriller” to a new plateau, one against which all such films are tested, whether acknowledged or not. The film on its own probably defies introduction at this point, but the Blu-Ray Book release deserves almost equal praise, and should be given serious consideration by even the most casual fans of the film.
Even before getting to the disc, the 32-page book is worth owning. Filled with images from the film, notes on the deadly sins, and a lot more, it’s a great bonus in itself.
The Blu-Ray is an effort that delivers on really providing some meaning to a reissue of a title. Remastered, and revisited in several senses, the release is loaded. Not only are there the kind of features you might expect – additional and extended scenes, production and film photographs (with commentaries), and four commentary tracks (Fincher, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, and several other film collaborators) – but the release also includes alternate angles and audio between original and new masters of the film.
You also get alternate endings, one of which frankly is the better film, The Notebooks – full motion video detail of “John Doe’s” writings, and an in-depth exploration of the opening title sequence from multiple angles with various audio mixes and two commentaries. If you aren’t intimately familiar with the film, this last might sound a bit odd, but it’s a feature that especially showcases the attention given to this release. It’s a surprisingly fun and interesting feature, and a segment worth the deconstruction.
When all is said and done, I can hardly tell you how many hours of extras this might add up to, and few films can hold up under the weight of four commentary tracks, but this one will find its way to a special spot in collections. This is the sort of title that we’ve frequently seen given less than interesting releases in order to capitalize on a convenience of timing (like the release of The Social Network), but this one does the film justice.
An absolute must see for Blu-ray™ fans, Se7en, the gritty and visceral psychological thriller from New Line Productions© stars Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Morgan Freeman (Invictus, The Dark Knight), Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 2) and Kevin Spacey (The Men Who Stare at Goats).
David Fincher’s (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club) chilling directorial vision has been artfully remastered, boasting incredible sight and sound with earsplitting 7.1 audio. Enhanced content includes four different commentaries, an intriguing analysis of the opening credit sequence, frightening alternate endings, still galleries and much more.
The all new remastered feature, supervised by Director David Fincher, includes a bonus book with 32 pages of intense photography and production notes, insight into the making of Se7en and a special behind-the-scenes look at the alternate endings. The Blu-ray Book also features film trivia, cast bios and more.
GLUTTONY. GREED. SLOTH. WRATH. PRIDE. LUST. ENVY. Two cops (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) track a brilliant and elusive killer who orchestrates a string of horrific murders, each kill targeting a practitioner of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars in this acclaimed thriller set in a dour, drizzly city sick with pain and blight.
David Fincher guides the action – physical, mental and spiritual – with a sure understanding of what terrifies us, right up to a stunning denouement that will rip the scar tissue off the most hardened soul.