Five Reasons You’ll Love It - January 18, 2017

The Magnificent Seven - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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The Magnificent Seven - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

After storming the box office at the end of 2016, hit western The Magnificent Seven arrives on DVD shelves on Monday (January 23rd, you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page).

Starring alongside leading men Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington are Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer and Peter Sarsgaard. The movie has been directed by Training Day's Antoine Fuqua.

The movie is set in the town of Rose Creek, which is under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. Desperate for help, the townspeople decide to employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns, a decision that sets up one almighty showdown.

The movie is a remake of the 1960 western, which itself was a remake of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. The new version has a script which has been fine-tuned by both Saving Mr Banks director John Lee Hancock and True Detective mainman Nic Pizzolatto.

It’s out on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K and limited edition Blu-Ray Steelbook, exclusive to hmv, in a few days, but we caught an early screening back when the movie was about to hit cinemas and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it…

 

The action is incredible..

It’s been 57 years since the Magnificent Seven were last on the big screen and director Antoine Fuqua takes advantage of every advance to improve the action set pieces. There are breathless chases and some zinging shootouts.

 

All the cast are on top form…

Whether it’s Ethan Hawke's Goodnight Robicheaux, the sharp-shooting veteran, Byung-hun Lee's Billy Rocks, the king of the knives or Cam Gigandet as McCann, Bogue's relentless right-hand-man, there are outstanding supporting roles right across the movie.

 

But particularly Pratt and Washington…

Pratt plays Joshua Faraday, a gambling man who likes his explosives, he provides much of the light relief to the movie, while Washington is Sam Chisolm the stoic leader of the seven who drives the movie on. They’re both excellent.

 

Peter Sarsgaard is an excellent villain…

The Garden State star plays Bartholomew Bogue, a scheming mine owner who rules Rose Creek with a ruthless bloodlust and he’s a menacing marvel, lighting up the screen whenever he’s on it.

 

It’s very respectful, but this is no nostalgia fest…

This is a proper Western and a real homage to the classics, but it doesn’t feel like it’s re-creation, there’s plenty of life and verve in this movie.

 

The Magnificent Seven is released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K and Blu-Ray Steelbook exclusive to hmv on Monday (January 23rd). Click here to pre-order in hmv’s online store.

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